Funding Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

Federal Agencies

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES Program Element)
Deadline: TBD
Summary: Solicited every two years, the program funds projects that address research, applied sciences, data management, computing or technological issues. Faculty eligible to apply must be within five years of the receipt of a terminal degree.

National Institutes of Health

NIH Director's New Innovator Award
Deadline: September 9, 2016
Summary: The awards supports early stage investigators who have never been awarded a R01 or equivalent NIH grant. Up to $300,000 in direct costs for each year over five years may be awarded for work demonstrating "exceptional creativity" and with the promise of "high potential impact." More information about NIH new and early stage investigators.

National Science Foundation

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Deadline: July 2016
Summary: The award provides $400,000 over a five-year period with the exception that proposers to the Directorate of Biological Sciences or the Division of Polar Programs must submit requests for a minimum of $500,000 for the same period. Applicants must be untenured until October 1 following the deadline and not have previously received a CAREER award.

U.S. Department of Defense

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program
Deadline: June 2016
Summary: The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.

Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
Deadline: Announcement opens on September 12, 2016.
Summary:  The fellowship offers hands-on exposure to research challenges at the Air Force Research Laboratory Directorates, Air Force Test Center, US Air Force Academy and the Air Force Institute of Technology.  The fellowship is an 8 to 12-week residential program at one of the above locations.  Research interests must align with the needs of those research facilities.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Opportunities for Young Faculty
Deadline: Varies for Multiple Programs
Summary: Basic and applied research and development projects for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award
Deadline: January
Summary: The program identifies and engages researchers among junior faculty at US academic institutions and familiarizes them with Department of Defense needs and the DARPA program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding.

Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program
Deadline: November 4, 2016
Summary: The grants supports engineers and scientists in their first of second full-time academic appointments. It supports their research agendas with up to $170,000 per year for three years.

U.S. Department of Energy

Office of Science Early Career Research Program
Deadline: September 6, 2016 (for Mandatory Pre-Application/Pre-Proposal)
Summary: The award funds research in 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.

U.S. Department of Justice

W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture and Crime
Deadline: May
Summary: The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice funds fellows to engage in independent research about the confluence of crime, justice and culture. Broad topic areas including court, sentencing, probation, institutional corrections and parole; police-community relations; civil rights; immigration, crime and victimization; and culture and crime. Applicants must have received a terminal degree recently and must not be tenured. The fellowship awards up to $150,000 for primary data collection and up to $100,000 for secondary data collection for a one-year period.

Foundations and Other Funders

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty
Deadline: December 15, 2016 (Required Letter of Intent)
Summary: The grants provide up to $100,000 for a 1-2 year award to junior faculty to catalyze research programs in a variety of biomedical and clinical topics including causes of cellular senescence, role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease and the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process.

AFAR New Investigator Awards
Deadline: December
Summary: The award provides up to $100,000 over a 1-2 year period for independent investigators no more than 10 years beyond the start of their post-doctoral research training as of July 1, 2014.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation: Young Investigator Awards [Pediatric Oncology]
Deadline: December
Summary: Young Investigator Awards provide start-up funds for new scientists early in their research careers. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. within six years of the time when funding will commence. The award provides up to $50,000 per year for three years.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Research Fellows
Deadline: September 15, 2016 (Requires Nomination)
Summary: The fellowship supports early career scholars who have demonstrated strong evidence of independent research in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. It provides $50,000 over a two-year period. Applicants must hold a tenure-track position and must hold a doctorate awarded in the last six years.

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Young Investigator Award
Deadline: September 13, 2016 (Required Abstract/Letter of Intent)
Summary: The award supports original independent research in cell and gene therapy by a faculty member within five years of their initial appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor. It provides a maximum of $250,000 over a 2-3 year period.

Alzheimer's Association New Investigators Programs
Deadline: September
Summary: The Alzheimer's Association funds two new investigator awards for faculty who completed a post-doctoral fellowship (Ph.D.) or residency for a M.D. or D.O. within the past five years:  Alzheimer's Association Clinical Fellowship Program and Alzheimer's Association Clinical Fellowship to Promote Diversity Program.  Funded projects include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies and health services and outcomes research.  These grants provide up to $155,000 over three years with an additional $10,000 each for the investigator and the mentor.

American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Summary:The fellowship provides $30,000 to spend a year pursuing post-doctoral independent research and improve her chances for obtaining tenure and further promotions.

American Asthma Foundation Scholar Awards
Deadline: February
Summary: The Scholar Awards provide up to $450,000 to early and mid-career investigators within ten years of their first independent faculty appointment. It supports laboratory and clinical studies including genetic and epidemiological studies.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships
Deadline: September 28, 2016
Summary: Fellowships support research in the humanities and social sciences that will culminate in a major scholarly work. Fellowships replace salary permitting recipients to devote themselves full-time to research and writing for six to twelve continuous months. The stipend for assistant professors is $35,000.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Summary: The grant provides up to $85,000 over 2 years to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. The grant requires the investigator to work with a senior suicide research mentor for whom $10,000 of the award is earmarked.

American Historical Association J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History
Deadline: April
Summary: The fellowship supports research by early stage scholars in the Library of Congress collections. The fellowship includes full-time residence and working space at the Library of Congress for 2-3 months, a $5,000 stipend and travel expenses. Applicants must have received the degree within the past seven years and must not have published or had accepted for publication a book-length historical work.

American Liver Foundation Liver Scholar Award
Deadline: December
Summary: The award provides up to $225,000 over three years to investigators at early stages of their careers to encourage liver-related research with a particular focus on biliary atresia and primary biliary cirrhosis.

American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Summary: The fellowship assists outstanding mathematicians in developing and furthering their research careers. It awards an $87,000 stipend plus $8,700 expense allowance to applicants holding a tenure-track, tenured or post-doctoral appointment who have held the doctoral degree for at least three years, but not more than twelve years.

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016
Summary: The grant provides up to $6,000 to defray the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research, purchase research materials or conduct fieldwork or laboratory-based research. Evaluation privileges the work of early career scholars who have received the doctorate.

American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program
Deadline: December
Summary: The fellowship places early and mid-career political scientists in congressional offices as full-time legislative aides from December to August. Fellows receive a $38,000 stipend plus a travel allowance.

American Psychological Foundation David Weschsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition
Deadline:  June 15, 2017
Summary:  The grant (up to $25,000) is awarded to psychologists conducting research in neuropsychology (including positive applied neuropsychology), intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition.  The grant is open to psychologists with a Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D., who have held the terminal degree no more than seven years.

American Psychological Foundation John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant
Deadline:  March 15, 2017
Summary:  The grant awards $17,000 to an early career psychologist with promising research in the early intervention and treatment of serious emotional disturbances in children.  The grant is open to psychologists with a Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D., who have held the terminal degree no more than seven years.

American Psychological Foundation Pearson Grant
Deadline:  December 31, 2016
Summary:  The grant awards $12,000 to an early career clinician for serious clinical work in areas of critical social need. Recipients must by psychologists with an ED.D., Psy.D. or Ph.D. who received their degrees in the previous ten years.

American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Awards
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Summary: The award provides up to $35,000 to academic scientists within four years of taking a tenure-track faculty appointment. Applicants must be members of the ASMS.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Investigators Research Grant
Deadline: April
Summary: The grant provides up to $10,000 to investigators who earned the doctorate in communication sciences within the last five years. The research foci of the grant are audiology or speech-language pathology.

Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program Early Career Investigator Award
Deadline: November
Summary: The award provides funding of $100,000 annually for two years for a junior faculty mentoring participating in mentored basic and/or clinical research in the bleeding disorders field.

Beckman Young Investigators Program
Deadline: August 15, 2017
Summary: The program provides up in the range of $750,000 over four years per project in the chemical and life sciences by promising young faculty members. The research focus is on the "invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research." Applicants must hold a tenure-track appointment and should not have completed more than three full years in that appointment.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grants
Deadline: February
Summary:  Two years awards worth up to $70,000 support research relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Deadline: September 6, 2016 (Pre-Proposal)
Summary:  Designed to bridge advanced post-doctoral training and the first three years of faculty service, this program is designed for researchers transitioning from academic training in computational sciences, engineering and physical and mathematical sciences with post-doctoral research in the biological sciences.  The award is up to $500,000 over five years.

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Steven H Sandell Grant Program
Deadline:  January
Summary:  The grant supports investigators in retirement research and policy including Social Security, macroeconomic analyses of Social Security, wealth and retirement income, program interactions, international research and demographic research.  It awards three grants of up to $45,000.  Applicants must be within the first 10 years of completing the Ph.D. or comparable certification. 

Cottrell Scholar Award – Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Deadline:  May 16, 2016 (Required Pre-Proposal)
Summary:  The award provides $100,000 over three years to help tenure-track faculty members with a primary appointment in astronomy, chemistry or physics to become outstanding teacher-scholars.  Applicants must propose a research plan, an educational plan and an explanation of how they expect the program to help them become an outstanding teacher-scholar and academic leader.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research
Deadline:  January (for Nomination)
Summary:  The fellowship supports early career faculty who are establishing a record of scholarship in the field of entrepreneurship.  Up to seven fellowships of $35,000 each are dispersed over two to three years are awarded to support the fellows' research activities.  Proposed fellows must be nominated by January.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline:  November 10, 2016
Summary:  Awarded for full-time research, the fellowship supports early career faculty in research-based fields, but not practice-oriented fields.  It awards a one-year stipend of $45,000 and expenses for at least one Conference of Ford Fellows.  To be eligible faculty members must have been awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree no earlier than November 30, 2009 and no later November 10, 2016 from a US educational institution.

Foundation for Child Development: Young Scholars Program
Deadline: June 1, 2017 (Required Letter of Intent)
Summary:  The program supports scholars who have received doctoral degrees (as well as J.D. degrees) within one to seven years of application submission.  Research projects must focus on policy and practice-relevant research focused on early childhood learning and development for children growing up in conditions of economic insecurity and social marginalization.

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program [Bioethics]
Deadline: November 1, 2016 (Required Letter of Intent)
Summary: The career development award for junior faculty provides 50% salary support for three years to carry out innovative bioethics research program. Faculty Scholars also attend twice-yearly meetings with other scholars and program alumni during which they present their research in progress and receive feedback and mentoring.

Health Effects Institute – Walter A. Robsenblith New Investigator Award
Deadline: April (Letter of Intent)
Summary:  The award supports early career investigators with up to three years of funding for research on the health effects of air pollution. Investigators must have two to six years of research experience after obtaining the terminal degree and must hold an assistant professor position or the equivalent.

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies
Deadline:  November 9, 2016
Summary:  The fellowship supports research in China that will culminate in a scholarly text written in English.  It is designed for recent doctoral graduates preparing their dissertations for publication or pursuing new research agendas.  The fellowship provides up to $50,000 for one academic year.  Applicants must have received the doctorate by May 31, 2017, but not have held it for more than eight years.  A working knowledge of Chinese is required.

James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Complex Systems
Deadline:  March 18, 2016
Summary:  The award provides $450,000 over six years for researchers whose work advances the science of complex systems via the development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions.  Eligible applicants must be at least five years and no more than fifteen years beyond receipt of the Ph.D.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Career Development Awards
Deadline:  July 
Summary:  Awards up to $150,000 over five years are available promising early career scientists in disciplines consistent with the Foundation's research emphasis areas.  

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
Deadline:  March 1, 2017
Summary:  The fellowship supports potentially high-risk, high-reward projects by early career investigators whose research focuses on cellular and molecular neuroscience, neural systems and clinical research.  The award provides $225,000 over a three year period.  Applicants must be within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her first tenure track appointment.

Komen Foundation Career Catalyst Research Grants
Deadline: July 14, 2016 (Required Letter of Intent) and November 22, 2016 (Full Application)
Summary:  The grant provides up to $450,000 in combined direct and indirect costs over three years for early career faculty to achieve research independence in basic and translational research or clinical research.  The applicant must not have held a faculty position for more than 6 years.

Library of Congress Kluge Fellowships
Deadline:  July 15
Summary:  The award provides $4,200 per month up to eleven months for research in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on interdisciplinary or cross-cultural projects. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree within seven years of the July deadline.  

Louisville Institute First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars
Deadline:  January 15
Summary:  The program supports junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color working to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute.  The project should lead to a first or second book.  It awards $40,000 to successful applicants who must have possess an earned doctoral degree (Ph.D, or Th.D.); hold a pre-tenured full-time tenure-track position at a college, seminary or university; have a full academic year free of teaching and committee responsibilities.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline:  November 3, 2016
Summary:  The award supports early career scholars conducting education research with the potential of making substantial contributions to the field.  The fellowship is non-residential.  It awards $70,000 for one academic year of full-time research or $35,000 for two contiguous years of half-time research.  Applicants must have received the Ed.D. or the Ph.D. between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015.

National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (NSA MSP) Young Investigators Grant
Deadline:  Forestalled until FY 2018
Summary:  The program awards up to $20,000 per year for two years to promising young investigators within 10 years of receiving the doctorate.  The award encompasses awards cover direct costs of up to 2 months of summer salary per year plus fringes, other expenses (e.g. computers and software) and up to $5,000 per student for graduate student support.  

PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants
Deadline:  See below.
Summary:  The grants provide support to early career faculty beginning independent research careers with research grants of $100,000 for one year ($50,000 for Adherence Improvement).  They support faculty who do not already have significant research funding.

  • Adherence Improvement:  September 1, 2016
  • Health Outcomes: February 1, 2017
  • Informatics: September 1, 2016
  • Pharmaceutics: September 1, 2016
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology:  September 2, 2016

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Scientific Scholar Awards
Deadline:  December 1, 2016
Summary:  The award provides up to $60,000 for an early carer researcher with career goals focused on ovarian cancer.  The applicant must hold a M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degrees with no more than 3-4 years in any of the following positions (assistant professor, instructor, research assistant or post-doctoral fellow).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming Early to Mid-Career Investigators
Deadline: May 4, 2016
Summary:  The fellowship awards up to $100,000 over a 24-month period.  

Russell Sage Foundation Funding Opportunities
Deadline:  Open
Summary:  The foundation provides small grants in the areas of behavioral economics, the future of work; race, ethnicity and immigration; and social inequality; as well as the uses of computational social science with regard to those themes.

SHAPE America 2015-2016 Research Grant Program
Deadline:  November
Summary:  The grant provides up to $5,000 for early career investigators and graduate students conducting research that yields evidence-based data to promote or demonstrate the value of social justice in physical education, physical activity, dance and sports in schools. Applicants must be members of SHAPE America and the organization's Research Council for at least one full year before applying.  

Smith Richardson Foundation: Strategy & Policy Fellows Program
Deadline:  June 17, 2016
Summary:  The research grant supports research projects leading to a book that engages with American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy and diplomatic and military history.  The $60,000 grant is designed for junior or adjunct faculty, research associates and post-docs.

Social Science Research Council:  Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship
September 19, 2016
Summary: The fellowship supports faculty who received the Ph.D. within five years who pursue new approaches to and practices in international and area studies.  It focuses on a "reconceptualization of Asia as an interlinked historical and geographic formation stretching from West Asia through Eurasia, Central Asia and South Asia to Southeast Asia and East Asia."  The cycle for this year emphasizes linkages beyond the "InterAsian expanse" and, in particular connections between Asia and Africa.  Up to 20 awards up to $45,000 each will be awarded.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants
Deadline:  October 1
Summary:  The grants provide up to $2,000 to defray the cost of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research on significant scholarly projects. It is available to untenured college and university faculty or professional historians working on their first research monographs.  They must have received the doctorate within 6 years of applying for the grant.

Society for Judgment and Decision Making Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award
Deadline: June 19, 2016
Summary:  The award is open to recent doctorate-holders (earned in the last five years) and  requires the submission of a journal-style manuscript.

Stanford Humanities Center External Fellowships
Deadline:  October 5, 2016
Summary:  The fellowship provides a full academic year for faculty to work on a humanities research project while in residence at SHC from mid-September to mid-June.  Junior fellowships are available for scholars who at the beginning of the fellowship year are at least three years and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the Ph.D.  (Fellowships also available for senior scholars.)  The award provides up to a $70,000 stipend and a housing and moving allowance up to $30,000.

Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Early Career Research Awards
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Summary: The award supports junior faculty (i.e. untenured and within 6 years of having earned the Ph.D.) conducting policy-related research on labor market issues and public workforce policy.

Wenner-Gren Foundation: Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film
Deadline: May 1
Summary:  The fellowship provides up to $40,000 for completion of an ethnographic film based on anthropological research already completed by the applicant.  The applicant must be within 10 years of receipt of the degree.

Wenner-Gren Foundation: Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline:  May 1
Summary:  The fellowship supports the writing of already completed research in the area of anthropology.  It provides up to $40,000 for financial support for 12 months of continuous full-time writer and can be pro-rated for shorter periods.  Eight are awarded annually.  Applicants must have received a Ph.D. no more than ten years before application.

Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants
Deadline:  May 1 and November 1
Summary:  The grant provides up to $20,000 to holders of a Ph.D. engaged in research that contributes to anthropological knowledge.

Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid 
Deadline:  January 15, April 15 or October 1
Summary:  The grants supports researchers at the assistant professor level in areas of biological research for which there are not substantial funding opportunities.  Current interests include "..Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior."  Applications are assessed on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposals as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant's continued productivity.  The grants award $30,000 for a one-year period.

William T. Grant Scholars 
Deadline:  May
Summary:  The program selects 4-6 scholars whose research advances the interest in understanding programs, policies and practices that reduce inequality or understanding the use of research evidence with the aim of reducing inequality.  Applications must focus on children or youth between the ages 5 and 25.  Each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.  Successful applicants must have received a terminal degree (i.e. Ph.D. or M.D.) within seven years of application.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation:  Career Enhancement Fellowship
Deadline:  Process will re-open in Fall 2016.
Summary:  The fellowship awards a stipend up to $30,000 per year; $1,500 for research, travel or publication to each recipient; and paid participation in an annual conference/retreat.  Twenty fellowships are awarded per year.  Fellowships are awarded to faculty members in the third year of a tenure-track appointment teaching in a designated humanities field.  To be eligible a faculty member must be either (1) a Mellon Mays undergraduate fellowship program alumnus/a, (2) a minority junior faculty [i.e. African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Native Alaskan], (3) or a junior faculty member with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities and promoting cross-racial understanding.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation:  Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellowship
Deadline:  December
Summary:  The fellowship awards a $10,000 stipend for research, research assistance, acquisition of research materials, transcription, travel or publication related to projects that will be presented as part of the tenure dossier.  It is open to faculty in any field of the humanities and social sciences with a preference for those whose work explores modern American history, politics, culture and society with emphases on African American issues, women's issues and/or higher education.