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Funding Opportunities for Women and Minorities

These programs provide support for women and minority researchers. Funding may be for principal investigators with their own research projects, or for inclusion of female or minority researchers in pre-existing projects. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines. Find more opportunities by using Pivot and selecting “Women” or “Minority” under “Requirements.”

Federal Agencies

National Institutes of Health

NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs: Diversity-related programs

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research varies Provides administrative supplements to existing grants to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.
NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) NIH standard dates The purpose is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences.
NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22) NIH standard dates The program invites applications from recipients of the NCI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity, or from advanced postdoctoral and/or newly independent research scientists who are from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences.
NHLBI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) varies This FOA invites applications from institutions with eligible faculty members to undertake special study and supervised research under a mentor who is an accomplished investigator in the research area proposed and has experience in developing independent investigators.
NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) NIH standard dates The purpose is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.
NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22) NIH standard dates This opportunity provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with strong training in neuroscience with the resources and tools that will help facilitate a transition to a stable and productive independent research position.

National Science Foundation

NSF Broadening Participation Portfolio

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) November NSF offers the Competitive Area 1. Postdoctoral Fellowships for Broadening Participation in Biology to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in biology.
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) October Track 2: Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP) offers fellowships in an effort to increase the diversity of post-doctoral level researchers who participate in NSF programs in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Nonfederal Agencies

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
American Association for Cancer Research, Minorities in Cancer Research varies MICR presents awards to outstanding scientists for recognition of their scientific contributions and to support their participation in AACR Annual Meetings and special conferences.
American Association for Cancer Research, Women in Cancer Research varies WICR presents awards to outstanding scientists for recognition of their scientific contributions and to support their participation in AACR Annual Meetings.
American Association of University Women, Educational Funding and Awards varies AAUW grant categories are American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, International Project Grants, and Selected Professions Fellowships.
American Astronomical Society, Annie Jump Cannon Award June 30 The award is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award.
American Chemical Society, Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal November 1 This award recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.
American Physical Society, Edward A. Bouchet Award June 30 The award promotes the participation of under-represented minorities in physics by identifying and recognizing a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research.
American Physical Society, Maria Goeppert Mayer Award June 30 The award recognizes and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and provides opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures.
American Psychiatric Association, Diversity Awards and Fellowships varies APA awards include the Spurlock (Jeanne) Minority Fellowship Achievement Award and the Symonds (Alexandra) Award for a woman psychiatrist.
Association of Women in Mathematics, Travel Grants February 1, May 1, October 1 The AWM offers several travel grants.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Postdoctoral Enrichment Program January The program supports the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in biomedical or medical research. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, FASEB Excellence in Science Award February The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in biological science, and includes a $10,000 unrestricted research grant.
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships November The awards will be made to individuals wh have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Marine Biological Laboratory, Whitman Center Research Awards December 15 Support is available for scientists to come to the MBL for 4 to 10 weeks to conduct research. Preference is given to early-stage investigators, those new to the MBL, women, and minorities.
Phi Beta Kappa, Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship January Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. The annual fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity November The purpose is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Appointments are for two years.