Early Career Funding

The following funding opportunities are intended for postdoctoral research and new faculty members. Please consult each program’s individual website for detailed information regarding program details and deadlines.

Federal Agencies

Department of AgricultureAgriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), National Institute of Food and AgricultureVariesNIFA provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences.
Department of DefenseYoung Investigator Program, Office of Naval ResearchAugust/
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their doctorate or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2011, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.
Department of DefenseYoung Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific ResearchSummerThe Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last seven years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
Department of DefenseYoung Faculty Award, DARPADecemberThe objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process.
Department of DefenseBroad Agency Announcement - Young Investigator Program, Army Research OfficeRollingThe Broad Agency Announcement is a competitive solicitation procedure used to obtain proposals for basic and applied research and that part of development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.
Department of EnergyEarly Career Research Program, Office of ScienceJanuary/February
for required preapplication, April for application
This funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.
NASANew (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth ScienceVariesThe New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.
NASANew Early Career Fellowship Program (Planetary Sciences)VariesThe NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award supports the research and professional development of outstanding early-career scientists, and serves to stimulate research careers in areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division.
NASANancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships for Early Career ResearchersVariesThe goals of the Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship in Astrophysics program are to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrumentation development projects and become principal investigators (PIs) of future astrophysics missions.
NASAEarly Career Faculty (ECF) (SpaceTech-REDDI)VariesThrough the Early Career Faculty (ECF) solicitation, NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants program awards grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers. The grants sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America's space program.
National Institutes of HealthEarly Stage and Early Established Investigator Policies, Next Generation Researchers Initiative, NIHNIH has launched the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to address longstanding challenges faced by researchers trying to embark upon and sustain independent research careers, and to take steps to promote the growth, stability and diversity of the biomedical research workforce.
National Institutes of HealthResearch Training and Career DevelopmentNIH programs help prepare individuals for careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research.
National Science FoundationFaculty Early Career Development (CAREER) ProgramJulyThe Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
National Science FoundationComputer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)AugustThe NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources.
National Science FoundationPlant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Early Career Investigator Awards (ECA-PGR)RollingThe Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research that addresses challenging questions of biological, societal and economic importance.


Nonfederal Agencies

Academic Pediatric AssociationYoung Investigator AwardsVariesProvides awards of up to $15,000 for research related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand FoundationYoung Investigator GrantsDecemberGrants are designed to support scientists during their fellowship training or early in their research careers. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components o f a successful application.
Alzheimer’s AssociationResearch GrantsMarch for Letter of IntentThe association offers several grant programs that provide support for new investigators, including Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant and Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity.
American Association for Cancer ResearchAACR Funding OpportunitiesVariesGrants support researchers, both domestically and abroad, at every stage of their career, representing a global commitment to understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer.
American Cancer SocietyResearch Scholar GrantsApril and OctoberGrants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible.
American Chemical SocietyPetroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator GrantsOctoberAwards of $110,000 over two years provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.
American Council of Learned SocietiesFellowshipsSeptemberFellowships support research in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Awards provide up to $40,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent.
American Diabetes AssociationCore Program: Junior Faculty DevelopmentAprilAwards support early investigators as they establish independence as diabetes researchers. Eligible applicants must be full-time independent faculty with less than 10 years of research experience since their terminal degree, with restrictions on previous or current support.
American Federation for Aging ResearchNew Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s DiseaseVariesGlenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty provide up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty. New Investigator Awards support research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
American Foundation for Suicide PreventionYoung Investigator Innovation GrantsNovemberGrants of up to $85,000 over two years are awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor, with an additional $10,000 ($5,000 per year) for an established suicide researcher who will mentor the Young Investigator.
American Heart AssociationCareer Development AwardDecemberSupports healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of their first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training necessary to assure future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.
American Liver FoundationLiver Scholar AwardDecemberPprovides early career scientists with support for their research to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist.
American Mathematical AssociationCentennial FellowshipsDecemberThe program makes awards to outstanding mathematicians to help further their careers in research. Recipients shall have held the doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award. Recipients may not hold the Fellowship concurrently with another major research award.
American Society for Mass SpectrometryResearch AwardsNovemberThe program is open to academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure track faculty or equivalent. Awards are $35,000.
American Speech-Language-Hearing FoundationNew Investigators Research GrantAprilResearch should have clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent within the past five years. The investigator must not yet have received external research funding since completion of the PhD.
ARVO Foundation for Eye ResearchGenentech Age-related Macular Degeneration Research FellowshipsSeptemberAvailable to newly established investigators who are age 45 or younger at the application deadline and have received their MD, PhD or equivalent degree ten years before the application deadline.
Bay Area Lyme FoundationEmerging Leader AwardFebruaryThe $100,000 ELA grant is offered to researchers in academia or the private sector who are currently at the post-doctoral level through the assistant professor level, or equivalent.
Bayer Hemophilia Awards ProgramEarly Career Investigator AwardNovember for Letter of IntentThis award will fund salary support and research funds for a junior faculty member who wishes to undertake a mentored basic and/or clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field.
Arnold and Mabel Beckman FoundationBeckman Young Investigators ProgramAugust for Letter of IntentThe program provides research support to young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment.
Brain and Behavior Research FoundationNARSAD Young Investigator GrantsMarchThe program offers up to $35,000 per year for two years to enable promising investigators to either extend their research fellowship training or to begin careers as independent research faculty. All research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders.
Burroughs Wellcome FundInvestigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious DiseaseJulyThe PATH award provides $500,000 over five years to support investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology.
Children’s Tumor FoundationYoung Investigator AwardsJanuaryThe foundation supports neurofibromatoses research. The YIA provides two-year funding, commensurate with NIH, to young scientists early in their careers.
CURE: Citizens United for Research in EpilepsyGrant OpportunitiesVariesThe Taking Flight Award seeks to promote the careers of young epilepsy investigators. CURE Epilepsy and Innovators Awards also fund early career investigators.
Desmoid Tumor Research FoundationResearch Grants - New InvestigatorsJanuaryThis RFP seeks applications from young investigators (at the rank of Associate Professor or below) who are new to desmoid tumor research and need seed funding to gather preliminary data.
Camille and Henry Dreyfus FoundationCamille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar AwardsJanuary for limited submission application (approximate)This programs offers $75,000 grants to young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of the appointment and a demonstrated commitment to education.
Foundation Fighting BlindnessCareer Development AwardMarchThe award is for junior investigators to pursue research to find the therapies and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. Clinician-scientists possessing an M.D., D.O., or recognized equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment are eligible.
Foundation for Child DevelopmentYoung Scholars ProgramJune for Letter of IntentThe program supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on the early learning and development needs of the nation’s children who are growing up under conditions of economic insecurity and social exclusion. Eligible researchers must have received their doctoral degrees within one to eight years of application submission.
Global Probiotics CouncilYoung Investigator Grant for Probiotics ResearchFebruaryYoung investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the U.S.) are eligible.
Greenwall FoundationGreenwall Faculty Scholars Program in BioethicsSeptember for limited submission application (approximate)The program is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.
Health Effects InstituteRosenblith New Investigator AwardFebruary for Letter of IntentThe award provides up to three years of funding to a new investigator at the assistant professor or equivalent level for a small research project on the health effects of air pollution.
Human Frontier Science ProgramYoung Investigators’ Research GrantsMarch for Letter of IntentGrants are awarded to teams of researchers from different countries, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences.
Infectious Diseases Society of AmericaIDSA Foundation Young Investigator AwardsVariesCandidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree and should have completed an accredited infectious diseases fellowship within the last four years.
International Life Sciences Institute North AmericaFuture Leader AwardJuneThe award allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science.
International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation - Family Larsson-Rosenquist FoundationTrainee Expansion ProgrammeVariesTEP funds two types of projects in human milk and lactation research: Trainee Travel Fund for activities achievable within three months, and Trainee Bridge Fund for activities achievable within one year.
Juvenile Diabetes Research FoundationCareer Development AwardsJuneResearchers who have received their first faculty-level appointment less than three years before the submission date are eligible to apply for this award.
Ewing Marion Kauffman FoundationKaufmann Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship ResearchJanuaryThis program recognizes junior faculty who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.
Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein FundKlingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the NeurosciencesFebruaryThe Award supports young investigators in the early stages of their careers engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The candidate must be within four years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her first tenure-track appointment.
Leukemia Research FoundationHollis Brownstein Research Grants ProgramFebruary for Letter of IntentThe Foundation provides one year grants of $100,000 to selected New Investigator researchers to allow innovative scientists to act on their ideas and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs. New Investigators are considered to be within seven years of their first independent position.
LUNGevityLUNGevity Career Development AwardsFebruary for Letter of IntentThe goal of our Career Development Program is to train and retain the next generation of lung cancer researchers. Applicants must be within the first five years of their faculty appointment.
Lymphoma Research FoundationYoung Investigator GrantsSeptemberYoung Investigator Grants attract and train early career scientists for lymphoma research through three programs: Postdoctoral Fellowships, Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards, and the Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program.
March of DimesBasil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research AwardsMarch for nominationThis award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers on topics related to the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
McKnight Endowment Fund for NeuroscienceScholar AwardsJanuaryAwards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Candidates must hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline.
Melanoma Research AllianceYoung Investigator AwardsVariesApplicants must be within four years of their first independent, full time academic faculty appointment at the time of application at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent position).
MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through ResearchMQ Fellows AwardVariesThe Award supports early career scientists who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research.
National Ataxia FoundationYoung Investigator AwardsAugust for Letter of IntentOne-year grants of $35,000 encourage young investigators to pursue a career in the field of any form of Ataxia research. Candidates must have attained an MD or PhD degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc or clinical fellow.
National Hemophilia FoundationCareer Development AwardFebruary for Letter of IntentNHF funds innovative research studies in the area of bleeding disorders to be carried out at the sub cellular, cellular, animal or human/patient levels. CDA candidates must hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, with no more than six years of postdoctoral years of experience in hematology, nor more than six years since completion of medical training.
National Marfan FoundationEarly Investigator Grant ProgramFebruaryThe program supports early investigators studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome or a related disorder. Applicants must have less than seven years experience in a faculty position and have never received an NIH R01 grant award.
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyHarry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar AwardsAugustThe awards support candidates who have concluded their research training and begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis.
Craig H. Neilsen FoundationSpinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational SpectrumMay for Letter of IntentTwo-year Pilot Research Grants help to establish new investigators in the field of spinal cord injury research and support studies by established investigators who are undertaking new directions in their work.
David and Lucile Packard FoundationPackard Fellowships for Science and EngineeringFebruary for limited submission application (approximate)The program invites nominations from selected institutions. Candidates must be eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers.
Pew Charitable TrustPew Biomedical ScholarsMay for limited submission application (approximate)The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent biomedical research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America FoundationResearch Starter GrantsFebruary 1 for Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; September 1 for Informatics, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology/ToxicologyPhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.
Prostate Cancer FoundationYoung Investigator AwardsMarchAwards offer support for young (generally 35 and younger) proven investigators in postdoctoral fellowships or who have recently achieved junior faculty positions and are committing their lives to the field of prostate cancer.
Pulmonary Fibrosis FoundationI.M. Rosenzweig Junior Investigator AwardsNovemberAwards support projects that offer a high likelihood of improving the understanding of pulmonary fibrosis in the following areas: basic science, translational research, clinical medicine/research, and social science/quality of life.
Research Corporation for Science AdvancementCottrell ScholarsMay for preproposal, July for invited proposalEligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the third year after their first tenure-track appointment.
Research Corporation for Science AdvancementScialogVariesScialog supports early career faculty to expand research in a focused area of high scientific importance. Within each multi-year initiative, Fellows collaborate in high-risk discovery research on untested ideas and communicate their progress in annual closed conferences.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research FoundationInnovation AwardJulyThe Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high risk/high reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.
Russell Sage FoundationSmall Awards in Behavioral EconomicsRollingApplicants must be advanced doctoral students or post-docs/junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for two or fewer years.
Scleroderma FoundationNew Investigator GrantSeptemberThe Foundation seeks applications from promising new investigators who hold faculty or equivalent positions and who wish to pursue a career in research related to scleroderma.
Scoliosis Research SocietyNew Investigator GrantApril 1 and October 1New investigator research grants are meant to stimulate young members into a career of investigation in spinal deformity and are open to SRS Candidate Fellows or investigators within the first five years of completing their training.
Searle Scholars ProgramSearle Scholars ProgramJune for campus limited submission application (approximate)The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment and will be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.
Alfred P. Sloan FoundationSloan Research FellowshipsSeptemberFellowships support fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.
Smith Richardson FoundationStrategy and Policy Fellows ProgramJuneGrants enable the recipients to research and write a book. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing.
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular ImagingPilot Research GrantJanuaryThe pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of their career conduct research that may lead to further funding.
Sontag FoundationDistinguished Scientist AwardMarchThe award provides career and research support to early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research.
Stanford Humanities CenterExternal Faculty FellowshipsOctoberJunior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the PhD by the start of the fellowship year. Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence.
U.S.-Israel Binational Science FoundationStartup Research GrantNovemberProjects must have a strong element of cooperation between an Israeli and an American scientist(s), and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. At least one of the PIs should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting the proposal.
Whitehall FoundationGrants-in-AidJanuary 15, April 15, and October 1 for Letter of IntentFunds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology.