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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

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 supporting and recruiting 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)
NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22)
standard NIH dates The K01 award provides support and protected time (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
The K22 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 representative of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences.
NHLBI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research (K01) February This program invites applications to increase the number of highly trained investigators, from diverse backgrounds or who have experienced an interruption in their research careers, whose basic and clinical research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases in the general and health disparities populations.
NINDS Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) standard NIH dates The purpose is to provide junior faculty support and protected time (up to three years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in neuroscience research.

National Science Foundation

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) October Through Fellowship Competitive Area 1: Broadening Participation in Biology, the Directorate for Biological Sciences seeks to increase the diversity of scientists at the postdoctoral level in biology.
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE), NSF Directorate for Engineering January ENG offers this BRIGE funding opportunity to all beginning engineers with the intent of increasing the diversity of researchers in the engineering disciplines. BRIGE aims to support innovative research and diversity plans that contribute to recruiting and retaining a broad representation of engineering researchers especially those from groups that are underrepresented in the engineering population.
Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-PRF), NSF Division of Ocean Sciences January OCE offers offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences.
Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-RIG), NSF Division of Ocean Sciences January OCE offers Research Initiation Grants in an effort to increase the participation of under-represented groups in the ocean sciences. Grants provide start-up funding for researchers who have been recently appointed to tenure track (or equivalent) positions.
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) last Monday in October The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS).

Nonfederal Agencies

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
American Association for Cancer Research, Minorities in Cancer Research varies MICR present awards to outstanding scientists for recognition of their scientific contributions and to support their participation in AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences.
American Association of University Women, AAUW Fellowships and Grants varies AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. AAUW offers five grant categories: American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, and Selected Professions Fellowships.
American Astronomical Society, Annie J. Cannon Award June 30 This $1500 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 medal recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists. The award consists of $5,000 and up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented.
American Physical Society, Edward A. Bouchet Award July 1 This award for a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research consists of a stipend of $3,500 plus support for travel to an APS meeting where the recipient will receive the award and give a presentation. The lecturer will be invited to at least three academic institutions where the impact of the visit on minority students would be significant.
American Physical Society, Maria Goeppert Mayer Award July 1 The award provides $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to a woman physicist in the early years of her career to provide her opportunities to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at an APS meeting.
American Psychiatric Association, Diversity Awards and Fellowships varies The APA Office of Minority and National Affairs provides several diversity awards.
Association of Women in Mathematics, Travel Grants February 1, May 1, October 1 The AWM offers several travel grants.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Underrepresented Minority (URM) Postdoctoral Enrichment Program January The program provides $50,000 over three years to support career development activities for URM 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 This award recognizes outstanding achievement by women in biological science. The award includes a $10,000 unrestricted research grant.
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships November The awards will be made to individuals who 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. Fellowships provide a one-year stipend of $40,000.
Marine Biological Laboratory, Fellowships and Awards December 15 The MBL offers the Ann Kammer Fellowship to women investigators, with a preference given to those working in the neurosciences. The William Townsend Porter Fellowships support young scientists from underrepresented minority groups. Awards are intended primarily to help support the costs of summer research at the MBL.
Phi Beta Kappa, Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship January Annual fellowship consisting of $20,000 awarded to unmarried female postdoctoral researchers, ages 25-35. It supports studies of the language, literature, history, or archaeology of Greece in odd-numbered years and the language and literature of France in even years.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Postdoc Program for Faculty Diversity January 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.