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Early-Career Investigator Opportunities

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These programs are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and early-career faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines.


Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

Program Deadline
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture varies by program area

Department of Defense

Program Deadline
Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research early January
Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research July or August
Young Faculty Award, DARPA January
Broad Agency Announcement – Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office open
New Investigator Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs varies by program

Department of Energy

Program Deadline
Early Career Research Program, Office of Science September for required preapplication, November for application

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Program Deadline
New Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES program element), NASA varies; applications are solicited every two years

National Institutes of Health

Program Deadline
New and Early Stage Investigator Policies, NIH

National Science Foundation

Program Deadline
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, NSF July
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE), NSF Directorate for Engineering January
Ocean Sciences Research Initiation Grants (OCE-RIG), NSF Division of Ocean Sciences January

Nonfederal Agencies

Biochemistry/Physics/Math/Computer Science

Program Deadline
Young Investigators’ Research Grants, Human Frontier Science Program March for letter of intent
Cottrell Scholar Awards, Research Corporation August
Sloan Research Fellowships, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September
Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI), Burroughs Wellcome Fund September


Program Deadline
Young Investigator Awards, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation December
Young Investigators Award, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy September for abstract
Career Development Awards, American Association for Cancer Research varies by program
Research Scholar Grants, American Cancer Society April 1 and October 15
Innovation Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation June for preproposal


Program Deadline
Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI), American Chemical Society November
Research Awards, American Society for Mass Spectrometry November 30
Beckman Young Investigator Program, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation October for letter of intent
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation January for limited submission application (approximate)
Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences September 15
Searle Scholars Program February 1

Humanities/Social Science

Program Deadline
AAUP Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships November 15
AAUP Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants Deadline: November 15
ABMRF Grants, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research February 15
American Academy of Arts and Science October 15, December 16 or January 6 depending on program
Fellowships, American Council of Learned Societies September or October
Young Investigator Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention November 15
Congressional Fellowship Program for Political Scientists, American Political Science Association December
Foundation for Child Development, Young Scholars Program Letters of Inquiry due June 1
William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation May for limited submission application (approximate)
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics October for limited submission application (approximate)
John V. Krutilla Research Stipend (environmental and natural resource economics) February 19
The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program November 3
National Institute of Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program Varies
Russell Sage Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics Applications accepted on rolling basis
Smith Richardson Foundation International Security and Foreign Policy Program Junior Faculty Research Grant Program Concept papers accepted at any time
Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality New Scholars grants Check program
Strategy and Policy Fellows Program, Smith Richardson Foundation June
External Faculty Fellowships, Stanford Humanities Center October
Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (Anthropology) May 1


Program Deadline
ABMRF Grants, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research February 15
New Scholars Program in Neuroscience, Ellison Medical Foundation June for letter of intent
New Investigator Research Grants, Alzheimer’s Association July for letter of intent, September for application
AFAR Research Grants, New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease, American Federation for Aging Research December
Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences, Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund January
McKnight Scholar Awards, McKnight Foundation January
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation September
Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards, National Multiple Sclerosis Society August
Searle Scholars Program February 1
Grants-in-Aid, Whitehall Foundation January 15, April 15, and October 1 for letter of intent

Public Health

Program Deadline
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, Health Effects Institute February for letter of intent
Young Investigator Awards, Infectious Diseases Society of America varies
Future Leader Award, International Life Sciences Institute North America June
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes March for letter of nomination

General Medicine

Program Deadline
Scholar Awards, American Asthma Foundation February
Junior Faculty Award, Career Development Award, American Diabetes Association mid January and mid July
Beginning Grant-In-Aid, National Scientist Development Grant Program, American Heart Association January
New Investigators Research Grant, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation April
New Investigator Grant For Arthritis Health Professionals, Arthritis Foundation August
Early Career Investigator Award, Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program November for letter of intent
Career Development Awards, Foundation Fighting Blindness March
New Investigator Research Grants, Leukemia Research Foundation February
Pew Scholars in Biomedicine July 15
Postdoctoral Fellowships, Lymphoma Research Foundation September
Searle Scholars Program February 1
Young Investigator Award, National Ataxia Foundation August for letter of intent, September for application
New Investigator Grant, Scleroderma Foundation September
New Investigator Grant, Scoliosis Research Society April 1 and October 1


Program Deadline
Research Starter Grants, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation September 1 for Informatics, Pharmacology/ Toxicology, Pharmaceutics; February 1 for Health Outcomes
Pilot Research Grants, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Moleduclar Imaging November
Start-Up Grant Program, U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation November

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