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Funding Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

  • Funding for Early Career Investigators

Early Career Faculty are encouraged to explore and apply to funding opportunities. Contact the Research Development Office to learn more about opportunities, proposal management, and more.

Below are lists of funding opportunities for early investigators in different categories that are that are continuously updated.

Early Career Faculty are encouraged to explore and apply to funding opportunities. Contact the Research Development Office to learn more about opportunities, proposal management, and more.


Organization/Grant Opportunity

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) Grants for Junior Faculty

Letters of Intent - Anticipated December 2021

McKnight Foundation, McKnight Scholar Awards – Neuroscience

Was due January 1, 2020. Check back for January 2021 deadline

Children’s Tumor Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

Letter of Intent was due January 3, 2020. Check back for January 2021 deadline

American Diabetes Foundation

The 2020 call for applications has been suspended

Whitehall Foundation - Currently interested in basic research in neurobiology

Letter of Intent January 15, April 15 and October 1

Foundation Fighting Blindness, Ted and Elaine Welp Enhanced Career Development Awards

Various Awards - LOIs usually due in Nov/Dec; Applications usually due Jan/Feb

Leukemia Research Foundation New Investigator Grants

LOI was due in November, check back for 2023.

National Kidney Foundation, Young Investigator Grant Program

Deadline was February 10, 2020. Check back for 2021.

Thrasher Research Fund, Early Career Awards

Deadline: September 13, 2022. 

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Grants

Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Human Frontier Science Program, Young Investigators' Research Grants

Initiation of Letter of Intent Deadline: March 19th 2020

Sontag Foundation, Distinguished Scientist Award – Brain Cancer

Application deadline: 3/16/20

American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grants

 April 1 and October 15 annually

Scoliosis Research Society, New Investigator Grant

LOI deadlines: February 1 - March 15 annually

Health Effects Institute, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award – Health effects of air pollution

Preliminary Application Due: March 24, 2020

William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation

Application deadline: July 6, 2022

Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award
* Must be nominated from a member of the Society of Neuroscience

Deadline: May 19, 2022

Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award
* Must be nominated from a member of the Society of Neuroscience

Deadline: May 19, 2022

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Early Investigators Award

* Must be nominated from a member of the ASCPT

Deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2022

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
* Limited submission internal nomination process

Deadline: May 18, 2022

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Innovation Award

Deadline: deadline July 6, 2022 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Career Development Award

Deadline: June 21 2022

Susan G. Komen, Career Catalyst Research Grants (CCR)

2020 program suspended. Anticipated LOI was June – July 2020

March of Dimes, Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Anticipated Letter of Intent/ Nomination July 2020

American Heart Association, National Scientist Development Grant Program

Anticipated October 2020

National Ataxia Foundation, Young Investigator Award

Various - late September and early October 2020 deadlines

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards

Pre-Application & Full Application due: August 19 & August 26, 2020

Greenwall Foundation, Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

Program suspended

Burroughs Wellcome, Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Deadline: July 14, 2022

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Research Starter Grants

Deadline was: February 1, 2020  (Translational Medicine/Therapeutics & Health Outcomes)

Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, Early Career Grants

Deadline: May 17 2022 

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowships

Deadline: July 15 2022

Scleroderma Foundation, New Investigator Grant

Annual deadline: September 15

Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship

Nominations anticipated to be accepted through September 30, 2020

**Limited Submission

Alzheimer's Association, New Investigator Research Grants

LOI must be received by 5 p.m. EST, March 19, 2020

Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Young Investigator Award

September 24, 2020

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Beckman Young Investigator Program

Deadline: August 1 2022

American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowships

September 30, 2020

Scoliosis Research Society, New Investigator Grant

LOI: February 1 - March 15

Whitehall Foundation, Grants-in-Aid

Letter of Intent due:
January (Summer Session)
April (Fall Session)
October (Spring Session)

Academic Pediatric Association, Young Investigator Awards

Cycle opens July 2022

American Association for Cancer Research, Career Development Awards

Deadline: June 28 2022

Doris Duke Foundation, Clinical Scientist Development Award

No open funding at this time.

A.P. Giannini Family Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: November 3 2022

Young Investigator Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Varies by award, check individual dates on website

Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) KL2, Career Development Award

2020 Guidelines not yet available, Contact:

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

2020 Guidelines not yet available

The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) - Famliy Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, Trainee Expansion Programme

2022 applications open August 1st

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program

Watch for new RFPs throughout the year.

Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program, Early Career Investigator Award

Deadline: November 30 2022

Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Scialog

Varies by area, see calendar on their website

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Varies by area

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Research Grant for New Investigators

Next competition opens in 2023

Prostate Cancer Foundation, Human Capital Initiative - Young Investigator Awards

Deadline: June 20 2022

DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education

Invitation-only grant application process; Contact:

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Clinical Research Scholars Program

TBD - Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, only mission-critical functions within NIH research laboratories will be supported.

Society of Nuclear Medicine, Pilot Research Grants in Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging

Varies by program

Sturge-Weber Foundation, Young Investigator Awards

Funder is currently not accepting applications

Hope for Vision, New Investigator Award

Emailed one page summary accepted at any time.

The Princess Grace Foundation – Production Grants and Scholarships

Varies by award, check individual dates on website

Federal Grant Opportunities

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program

Various based on Program Officer - 2020 deadlines not yet available

Army Research Office - ARO Young Investigator Program

See BAA solicitation for more information and programs

NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Policies


NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

Various, see program page for more information 
Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program LOS Required, must contact Research Development office to apply  

Office of Science, Early Career Research Program

Preproposals were due Jan 7, 2020. Check back for 2021 deadline



(this is a campus limited submission based on internal nomination by dept. leadership)

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