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Early-Career Investigator Opportunities

Search Pivot to find more opportunities.

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 website for more detailed information and current deadlines. Additional funding opportunities geared to early-career faculty can be found using the Pivot database.

For questions about any of these funding opportunities, please contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development (AVCRD@utk.edu) in the Office of Research and Engagement.

Awards recognized by the Center for Measuring University Performance are indicated by an asterisk.

Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

Program Deadline
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) New Investigator grantsNational Institute of Food and Agriculture Varies by program area

Department of Defense

Program Deadline
Young Investigator ProgramOffice of Naval Research Anticipated November
Young Investigator ProgramAir Force Office of Scientific Research Anticipated June
Young Faculty Award, DARPA November-Executive Summary
January- Full Proposal
Broad Agency Announcement – Young Investigator ProgramArmy Research Office

The ARO Young Investigator Program is included in the ARO Section of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research

Career Development Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Early-career awards are program specific. Not all funding programs offer this option.

Varies by program

Department of Energy

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

Department of Justice

Program                       Deadline
W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program                         March 31

Library of Congress

Program Deadline
Kluge Fellowship July 15

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Program Deadline
Early Career Investigator Program in Earth ScienceNASA Applications are solicited approximately every two years.
LOI deadline 7/31/17
Proposal deadline 8/31/17
Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships In Space Astrophysics For Early Career Researchers April 28

National Institutes of Health

Program Deadline
New and Early Stage Investigator PoliciesNIH
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist  (ONES) Award (R01) January for LOI (optional)
Full Proposal February
Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (Parent K08) Standard NIH deadlines
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (Parent K23) Standard NIH deadlines

National Science Foundation

Program Deadline
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program*, NSF July

Nonfederal Agencies

Biochemistry/Physics/Math/Computer Science

Program Deadline
Sloan Research Fellowships*, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September
Young Investigators Research GrantsHuman Frontier Science Program LOI due March


Program Deadline
Young Investigator AwardsAlex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation May
Young Investigators AwardAlliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Currently not offered but program should resume in 2017
Career Development AwardsAmerican Association for Cancer Research Varies by program
Research Scholar GrantsAmerican Cancer Society April 1 and October 15
Innovation AwardDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation July
Hollis Brownstein Research GrantsLeukemia Research Foundation Contact Foundation at Grants@LRFmail.org for LOI instructions


Program Deadline
Beckman Young Investigator Program*, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation LOI portal generally open June-September
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Sponsor Deadline Feb.
Apply first to UT Limited
Submission Competition
Doctoral New Investigator Grants, American Chemical Society March 17
Research Award for Young Scientists, American Society for Mass Spectrometry November 30
Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, AAAS Will be announced Spring 2017
Sloan Research Fellowships*, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September


Program Deadline
ABMRF GrantsABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research Currently on hold
Check website for updates
New Investigator Awards, American Federation for Aging Research March for LOI
New Investigator Research GrantsAlzheimer’s Association March 1 for LOI
Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience, Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund March 1
McKnight Scholar AwardsMcKnight Foundation January 9
NARSAD Young Investigator GrantBrain and Behavior Research Foundation January
Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar AwardsNational Multiple Sclerosis Society August for pre-application
Searle Scholars Program* February 1
Sloan Research Fellowships*, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation September
Grants-in-AidWhitehall Foundation January 15, April 15, or
October 1 for LOI

Public Health/ Medicine

Program Deadline
Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator AwardHealth Effects Institute February 15 for LOI
Future Leader AwardInternational Life Sciences Institute North America June
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research AwardMarch of Dimes March for letter of nomination
Scholar Awards, American Asthma Foundation Suspended for 2017
Junior Faculty Development AwardAmerican Diabetes Association April 17
Scientist Development Grant, Mentored Research Award, American Heart Association February
New Investigators Research GrantAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation April 27
New Investigator Grant For Arthritis Health ProfessionalsArthritis Foundation Check website for update
Early Career Investigator AwardBayer Hemophilia Awards Program November 30 for LOI
Career Development Awards, Foundation Fighting Blindness March 1
Pew Scholars in Biomedicine July 15
Young Investigator GrantsLymphoma Research Foundation August 31
Searle Scholars Program* February 1
Young Investigator AwardNational Ataxia Foundation August 1 for LOI
New Investigator GrantScleroderma Foundation September 15
Research Starter Grants, PhRMA Foundation September 1 for Informatics,
Pharmacology/ Toxicology,
February 1 for Health Outcomes
And translational medicine
Pilot Research GrantsSociety of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging February 3

Humanities/Social Science

Humanities/Social Science

Program Deadline
AAUP Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships November 15
AAUP Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants November 15
ABMRF GrantsABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research Temporarily suspended
American Academy of Arts and Science Deadlines vary
*FellowshipsAmerican Council of Learned Societies September 28
Young Investigator Grants,  American Geriatrics Society December 1
Artinian Fund for PublishingAmerican Political Science Association April 1
Young Scholars Program, Foundation for Child Development June 1 for LOI
William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation  July 6
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics Deadline to be announced
Summer 2017
John V. Krutilla Research Stipend for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics February 28
Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, The National Academy of Education November 2
 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program, National Institute of Justice March 31
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 website
External Faculty FellowshipsStanford Humanities Center October 5
Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships in Anthropology May 1