Research and Graduate Studies

Funding Opportunities-Young Investigator/Junior Faculty

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)       
Research to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability            
Young Investigator grants in the various funding categories (availability varies)

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)          
Basic and applied research and development projects for DoD; pursues research and technology where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions  
Young Faculty Award                       

Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)                          
Agriculture, life sciences and rural economics
National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program: New Investigator Awards

Dept. of Defense (DOD)
Science, technology, mathematics and engineering related to defense needs
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Young Investigator Program (YIP) (due July)
Army Research Office                       
Young Investigator Program
(Section 11.2 of BAA)                               
Office of Naval Research                                                                      
Young Investigator Program Security Agency
Mathematical Sciences Program
Young Investigators Grant
This award is available to promising investigators within ten years after beginning an academic career
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs                   
New Investigator Awards
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
- Neurofibromatosis
- Prostate Cancer                                     

Dept. of Energy (DOE)                        
Science, technology, mathematics and engineering related to energy
Division of Nuclear Physics
Early Career Opportunities
Basic Energy Sciences
Early Career Research Program
High Energy Physics
Early Career Research Opportunitiies
Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Library of Congress                                        
Humanistic and social science research          
Kluge Center Fellowships                         

Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice (DOJ, NIJ)          
Knowledge of the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts     
W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Science, technology, mathematics and engineering related to the global environment and exploration of space
Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships in Astrophysics for Early Career Researchers
Earth Science                                                                                        
New Investigator Program (approx. every 18 months)               

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Life sciences, behavioral and social sciences, technology, mathematics, and engineering related to health and development
Career Development Awards
- Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
- Independent Scientist Award
- Academic Career Award
- Career Transition Award (K22)
- Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award
Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES) (R01)
Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)
Small Grants (R03)
Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Scientist Development Award for New Minority Faculty Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal-Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Small Grant Program for New Investigators

National Science Foundation (NSF)             
Research, education and informal education re: science, technology, mathematics and engineering                                    
Faculty Early Career Development Program             
International Research Fellowship Program
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program (mid-July annually) Initiation Grants and Career Advancement Awards in the Biological Sciences (January and July annually)

National Security Agency (NSA)       
Mathematics, statistics and cryptology
Mathematical Sciences Program          
Grants for Research in Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics - Young Investigators Grant                    

US Embassy, US - Egypt Joint Science & Technology Fund
Science and technology                                    
Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants


Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies
Research that will identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity                                                 
New Investigator Awards                         

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy                
Basic and clinical research re: the development of gene therapy approaches to cancer                                                        
Young Investigators Award                      

Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
Biological and behavioral aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects
ABMRF Grants                                         

Alex’s Lemonade Stand                                 
Support for childhood cancer research designed to fill the critical gaps in funding as identified by doctors and researchers across the country
Young Investigator Awards                      

American Association for Cancer Research
Basic, translational, clinical, and prevention research re: cancer
Funding Opportunities for Junior Faculty

American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund
Fundamental research in the petroleum field

American College of Sports Medicine      
Support for basic, applied, clinical, and behavioral research re: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise

American Council of Learned Societies      
All disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, using the foreign language collection of the Library of Congress

American Diabetes Foundation                    
Basic and clinical research to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes
- Career Development Awards
- Junior Faculty Awards

American Federation for Aging Research   
Mechanisms of aging, incl. age-related diseases and common geriatric functional disorders; Inter- relationships between aging and immunity
AFAR Research Grants                           
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Young Investigator Grant
Supports research on suicide from a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, health services administration and many others.

American Geriatrics Society
Junior Faculty & Fellow Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association
Scientific research related to cardiovascular disease and stroke
National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
Scientist Development Grant

American Historical Association
American History European, African or Asian History
AHA Research Grants

American Liver Foundation
Research programs into the cause, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts

American Lung Association
Health services research, behavioral research, epidemiology, pharmacology, medical ethics; pathogenic mechanisms, lung biology, lung disease
- Biomedical Research Grant
- Clinical Patient Care Research Grant
- Dalsemer Resesarch Grant
- Social-Behavioral Research Grant

American Mathematical Society
Centennial Research Fellowships

American Museum of Natural History

American Philosophical Society
Research leading to useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities
Franklin Research Grants
Philips Fund Grant for Native American Research

American Physiological Society
Animal and human physiology

Psychological Foundation                         
Psychophysiological and behavioral research to explicate the concept of the human mind                                                 
Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers                                                             
Research and teaching plan in ASHRAE’s areas of interest
ASHRAE New Investigator Award        

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
Communication sciences and disorders        
New Investigators Research Grant
Speech Science Research Grant

American Thyroid Association
Research into better ways to diagnose and treat thyroid diseases
Research Grants

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
Cause, means of prevention and possible cure of ALS; clinical management, incl. speech/ communication, mobility/daily living, and mental health

Archaeological Institute of America         
Support for travel and study of archaeology
- Olivia James Traveling Fellowship
- Anna C. & Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship

Arthritis Foundation                                    
Arthritis Foundation Investigator Awards                 

Association for the Sociology of Religion
Women and religion, gender issues, and feminist perspectives on religion
Fichter Research Grant Competition    

Autism Speaks
Global biomedical research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention, adn treatment of autism

Beckman (Arnold and Mabel) Foundation
Chemistry and the life sciences                     
Beckman Young Investigator Program 

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Support for young scientists conducting neurobiological research
Young Investigator Grant

BrightFocus Foundation
Research Grants for the study of Alzheimer's Disease, Macular Degeneration, and Glaucoma

Burroughs Welcome Fund                         
Grants to support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College                                               
Support to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community, to train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources                      
Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research

Concern Foundation                                      
Cancer research, esp. cancer genetics, cell biology, and immunology

Cultural Vistas
International practical training opportunities for young professionals, students, educators, as well as labor, business and government representatives
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

Dreyfus (Camille & Henry) Foundation        
Chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry
New Faculty Awards Program                 

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Supports research that will lead to effective treatments and ultimately a cure for dystonia, neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions
Postdoctoral fellowships                                          

Epilepsy Foundation                                      
Basic mechanisms, new therapeutic approaches, behavioral and psychosocial aspects of epilepsy
Research Grants Program                      

Fight for Sight                                                 
Projects relating to clinically important eye diseases

Foundation for Child Development             
Fundamental and policy-relevant research re: the development of immigrant children from birth to age ten
Young Scholars Program

Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition  
Research and public education in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of digestive diseases
- Bridging Grants
- Designated Research Award in Geriatric Gastroenterology
- Designated Research Award in Research Related to Pancreatitis
- Pilot Research Awards
- Research Symposia
- TAP Endowed Designated Research Award in Acid-Related Diseases
- Research Scholar Awards                    

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies
Scholarly works with the potential for significant contributions to the understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures and continuities thereof among the indigenous cultures in modern Mesoamerica                                 
Foundation Grants                                   

Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Scientific sexuality research in areas not likely to receive support from other sources                                                          

French (John Douglas) Alzheimer’s Foundation
Research to significantly delay the onset or find a cure for Alzheimer's disease        
French Foundation Fellowship                 

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
Scientifically well founded projects with the greatest impact on both the horse industry and the problem re: equine health being studied      
Storm Cat Research Career Advancement Award Program

Greenwall Foundation                                   
Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics    

Human Frontier Science Program                
Basic research focused on complex mechanisms of living organisms using tools from biology, physics, math, chemistry, computer science, engineering
Young Investigators' Grants                    

Jurassic Foundation                                      
Dinosaur biology: anatomy, biogeography, ecology, evolution, taxonomy, etc.           
Research Grants                                     

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation     
Type 1 diabetes and its complications              
Career Development Award                     

Keats-Shelley Association of America         
Research in the field of British Romanticism     
Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grants

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation      
Support for early career scholars engaged in critical research in education
KSTF Teaching Fellowships for early-career STEM teachers     

March of Dimes                                               
Basic biological processes: development, genetics, clinical studies, reproductive health, environmental toxicology, social and behavioral studies
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Materials Research Society
To recognize outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award
The annual award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, a presentation trophy, and a certificate.

Microsoft Research                                         
Security, interdisciplinary research, scientific computing, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, and other areas in which computing transforms the discipline and advances the state of the art

Mineralogical Society of America                 
MSA Grant for Research in Crystallography

Morris Animal Foundation                             
Companion animal and wildlife research           
First Award Grant Program                      

National Academy of Education                   
Improvement of education in all its forms          
Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships           

National Hemophilia Foundation                 
Gene therapy and other experimental strategies to understand and cure the hemophilias
Career Development Awards                   

National Multiple Sclerosis Society              
Training and Research Grants for Young Scientists and Doctors

Phi Beta Kappa Society                                  
Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology OR French language or literature (alternate years)
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship                  

PhRMA Foundation                            
Health outcomes; informatics; pharmacology/toxicology, esp. mechanisms of action                        
Health Outcomes                                  
Research Starter Grants

Research Corporation
Cottrell Scholar Awards
Applicants should be tenure-track beginning faculty members whose primary appointment is in a Ph.D.-granting department of astronomy, chemistry, or physics. Eligibility is limited to those in the third year of their first tenure-track position.

Russell Sage Foundation                              
Behavioral economics                                       
Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics

Scleroderma Foundation                               
New research and new ideas to find the cause and cure of scleroderma
New Investigators Grants                        

Scleroderma Research Foundation              
Research to advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of scleroderma and to promote the design, development and pilot testing of hypothesis-driven innovative therapeutic approaches.                                                
New Faculty Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships                                   

Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
Improve the basic understanding of cancer biology and develop new methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer  
Kimmel Scholars Program                        

Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation
Sloan Research Fellowships                    

Smith Richardson Foundation                     
Policy issues re: school reform, child and youth development, income support, non-governmental approaches to social policy, public finance, criminal justice and urban policy, regulatory policy, and the political process
Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship Program
International Security and Foreign Policy Program’s Junior Faculty Research Grant Program                                      

Social Science Research Council                                                                            
Support to innovators within social science fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. These programs often target the spaces between disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance, thus ensuring the production of knowledge and expertise on key topics, regions, and social challenge.

Society in Science                                          
Support for scientists, particularly from the life sciences, in their quest to identify, explore and build new avenues in the relationship between science and society
Branco Weiss Fellowship                        

Society of Nuclear Medicine Education and Research Foundation
Basic and clinical research in nuclear medicine

Sontag Foundation                                        
Causes or cure for brain tumors; improved rates of survival and/or improved functional recovery of individuals with brain tumors               
Distinguished Scientist Awards               

Whitehall Foundation
The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology.
Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences

Other University websites with information for New Investigators:

UC Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office

Wake Forest University
Young Investigator Awards for Science Faculty