Graduate and Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
Standard Due Dates: The Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows provides support to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicant fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or permanent residents.
Pathway to Independence Award
Standard Due Dates: Provides up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.
American Heart Association
Research Western States Affiliate Postdoctoral Fellowship application due in January: Supports research related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related basic science, clinical, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems. Applicant must have less than six years of postdoctoral experience and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or have a specified visa type.
American Institute for Cancer Research
January deadline for letter of intent: Supports research on cancer prevention and cancer treatment. Applicants must have a Ph.D., or equivalent degree, or M.D. degree that was awarded no more than four years prior to the date of application. Applicants working at an institution in the U.S. must be a U.S. citizen, or foreign national with either permanent residence status or a visa that is valid for the duration of the grant award.
American Lung Association
Grants application due in October: Senior Research Training Fellowships offer postdoctoral support for M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s. Research areas of particular interest are: adult pulmonary medicine, pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding a specified visa type.
Cancer Research Institute
Deadlines-April 1, October 1: Supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology or general immunology.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Funding Opportunities- September deadline for preapplication: Postdoctoral fellowships support breast cancer research with four categories of grants: basic research, translational research, clinical research, and disparities research.
United Negro College Fund
UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship deadline -December 15: Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain training or continue to conduct research projects. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
New and Early Stage Investigators
Department of Defense Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research
Deadline: early January
Synopsis: The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available
Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Synopsis: This program supports scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering.
New Investigator Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
Deadline: Varies by program
Synopsis: Funding program areas vary and may include: Food Allergies, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Peer Reviewed Cancer, Orthopaedic, Spinal Cord Injury, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Deployment Related Medical, Gulf War Illness, Minority & Underserved Populations, Neurofibromatosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Medical, Prostate Cancer, Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Some of these program areas, such as Peer Reviewed Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury have included New Investigator Awards.
Army Research Office: ARO Young Investigator Program
Synopsis: ARO's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Proposals may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. This program is in addition to a YIP Program described in the open ARO BAA.
DARPA Microsystems Technology Office Faculty Award
Synopsis: DARPA solicits single investigator proposals for research and development in the areas of the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics of interest to the Microsystems Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office. Department of Energy
Early Career Research Program, Office of Science
Synopsis: Invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.
National Institutes of Health New and Early Stage Investigator Policies, NIH
In order to address both the duration of training and to protect the flux of new investigators, the NIH announced a new policy in fiscal year 2009 involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators. ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants.
The NIH New and Early Stage Investigator page includes:
- Statement of Commitment
- Definition of New Investigator
- Early Stage Investigator Policies
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Pathway to Independence Awards (Deadline: Standard NIH dates apply)
- NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (Deadline: January)
- Links to Institute and Center Policies
- New and Early Stage Investigator Policies Archives and Resources
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, NSF
Synopsis: The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period for all directorates except BIO. For proposals submitted to the BIO directorate, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.
Research Initiation Grants to Broaden Participation in Biology (RIG BP), NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences
Deadline: second Monday in January
Synopsis: These grants are intended to increase the diversity of researchers who apply for and receive BIO funding to initiate research programs early in their careers. Currently, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are under-represented in biology.
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigators Award
Deadline: August for abstract
Synopsis: The Fund for Discovery awards up to $500,000 over three years to Young Investigators (tenure track assistant professors) conducting innovative exploratory research.
Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grants
Deadline: December 1
Synopsis: Grants provide new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. Each award is limited to $100,000 for up to two years. Eligibility is restricted to investigators who have less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree.
American Association for Cancer Research
Deadline: Varies by program
Synopsis: Open to junior faculty who completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than three years prior to the start of the grant term. Awards provide two-year grants of $50,000 per year.
American Cancer Society Research Programs and Funding
Deadline: April 1 and October 15
Synopsis: Grants provide support for independent, self-directed researchers in the first six years of their independent research careers to conduct basic, preclinical, clinical, and epidemiology research projects.
American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty and Career Development Awards
Deadline: mid January and mid July
Synopsis: Junior Faculty support new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research; applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor. Career Development Awards are designed to assist outstanding assistant professor level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research.