The following chart is a listing of current federal and private funding opportunities for new and early investigators. Please click through to the sponsor’s website for more accurate deadlines and requirements as the guidelines for an award may have been updated since the opportunity was posted.

If the opportunity you are interested in is designated as “Limited Submission,” please see the Limited Submissions Website Listing for more information, including internal deadlines and the procedure for programs with limited submissions. You may not apply directly to the sponsor for a limited submission.

Please check back regularly as the list is updated as new opportunities are announced.

Also, please remember that it is good practice to send all of your proposal materials to the Office of Research Administration and Finance five days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline.

Assistance in developing proposal submissions is available through the Office of Research Development and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Advancement.

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadine: Multiple
Provides support and “protected time” (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.
New Investigator Research Grants
Alzheimer’s Association
Amount: $100,000 for up to 2 yearsDeadline: September
ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellowships and grants are offered through multiple programs.
Visiting Scholars Program
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amount up to: $60,000
Deadine: October
An interdisciplinary research fellowship, housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to stimulate and support scholarly work by promising scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers. Preference is given to untenured junior faculty.
Young Investigator Award Program
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)
Amount up to: $60,000 over 2 years
Deadine: September
The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators, however, research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, mood and anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.
Young Investigators Fund for Discovery
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy
Amount: Up to $500,000 over 3 years
Deadline: March (anticipated)
The Young Investigator Award has six main areas of research: Tumor-Specific Replicating Viruses and Bacteria; Anti-angiogenesis Immune-mediated Gene Therapy and Cancer Vaccines; oncogenes/Suppressor Oncogenes/Apoptosis; Tumor Targeting and Vector Development; Other Cancer Gene Therapy Research.
Young Investigator Award
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Amount up to: $50,000 per year for 2 years
Deadine: December
The foundation’s focus is on discovering new treatments for pediatric cancers through basic research, career development, and helping to streamline translational clinical research. Applicants should be at the early stages of their research careers. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components for success.
Young Investigators Program
Beckman Foundation
Amount: $750,000 for up to 4 years
Deadline: September
To provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. Intended to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster new invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in the scientists.
Young Investigator Award
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Amount up to: $75,000 per year for 3 years
Deadline: February (anticipated)
The Prostate Cancer Foundation champions human capital investment to fast-forward solutions to prostate cancer. We are pleased to announce a new round of funding for Prostate Cancer Researchers. Consistent with our goal to end death and suffering from prostate cancer, we would like to focus efforts on developing another gifted cohort of human capital in prostate cancer research. Highly innovative basic science programs will be carefully considered, but priority will be given to “bench to bedside” translational research proposals with the potential to deliver near term benefit to patients.
NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Amount up to $300,000/year direct for 5 years$35,000 – 500,000
Deadline: October
To support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) (within 10 years of terminal degree).
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: July
NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.
Young Faculty Award (YFA)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Amount up to $250,000 per year for 2 years
Deadline: December
Provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to these faculty members early in their careers to develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding.
Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) Young Investigators Grant
National Security Agency (NSA)
Deadline: October
The MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. Investigators must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Young Investigator Program (YIP)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Amount Up to $510,000 over 3 years
Deadline: January
Seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called “universities”) to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.
AMBRF Grants
The Foundation for Alcohol Research
Amount up to $50,000 per year for 1 or 2 years
February and September
The Foundation accepts applications for grants to conduct research on important aspects of alcohol consumption and its effects. Depending on the nature of the proposed research, applications submitted to the Foundation are reviewed by the Medical Advisory Council or the Behavioral and Social Advisory Council. Both Councils meet twice each year, in the spring and fall.
Child Health Research Awards
Charles H. Hood Medical Foundation
Amount up to $ 150,000
Deadline: December
Grants support hypothesis-driven clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects relevant to child health. Researchers must be within five years of their first faculty appointment by the funding start date.
Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research
LIMITED SUBMISSION Smith Family Foundation
Amount $300,000
Awards target newly independent biomedical researchers who are within two years of their first independent appointment as of July 1st of the application year. Applications may focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering. Up to two applications per year may be submitted by each College (e.g. College of Engineering, College of Science, Bouve College of Health Sciences).
Young Investigators’ Grants
Human Frontier Science Program Organization
Amount Up to $450,000 per grant per year
Deadline: March
Young Investigators’ Grants are awarded to international, interdisciplinary teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent).
New Investigator Award
American Speech-Language Hearing Foundation
Amount: $5000
Deadline: Multiple
New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last 5 years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology.
AACR Career Development Awards
American Association for Cancer Research
Deadline: Multiple
AACR Career Development Awards are open to junior faculty at an academic, medical or research institution who have completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than four years prior to the start of the grant term.
William T. Grant Scholars Program
LIMITED SUBMISSION William T. Grant Foundation
Amount: $350,000 distributed over a five-year period
Deadline: July 
The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution. Each year, only one applicant may be nominated from a major division (e.g. College of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Science).
Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics
Russell Sage Foundation
Amount Up to $7,500
Deadine: Open
Supports high quality research in behavioral economics and to encourage young investigators to enter this developing field. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the proposed research may address any economic topic. Interdisciplinary efforts are welcome. Applicants must be advanced doctoral students or junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for two or fewer years.
Cottrell Scholar Awards
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Amount up to $75,000 over 3 years
Deadline: May
For faculty members who wish to excel at both teaching and research. Applicants should be tenure-track beginning faculty members whose primary appointment is in a Ph.D.-granting department of astronomy, chemistry or physics, but not in a school of engineering or medicine. Eligibility is limited to those in the third year of their first tenure-track position during the calendar year of application.
Sloan Research Fellows
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Amount up to $50,000 over 2 years
Provides support and recognition to scientists, often in their first appointments to university faculties, with little or no outside support. Fellowships are awarded in physics, chemistry, mathematics, neuroscience, computer science, economics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology.
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
LIMITED SUBMISSION Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Amount: $75,000 over 2 years
Deadline: February
Supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers, within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers.
Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Association
Amount Up to $200,000 per year for up to 4 years
Deadline: April and October
Supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.
Amino Acid Research Program Young Investigator Research Grants
Ajinomoto Co.
Amount: Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years
Deadlin: March
Supporting innovative research focusing on the biological aspects of amino acids and application to human life, such as nutritional, physiological and pharmacological functions and properties. For investigators who are within 5 years of their first appointment as independent investigators by the deadline for receipt of full applications.
Petroleum Research Fund New Doctoral Investigator (DNI)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Amount: $100,000 over 2 years
Deadine: Multiple
Research grant programs that support fundamental research in the petroleum field for faculty within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment. Research areas supported include chemistry, the earth sciences, chemical and petroleum engineering, and related fields such as polymers and materials science.
Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship
LIMITED SUBMISSION Microsoft Corporation
Deadline: October
Supports creative research undertaken by promising researchers who have the potential to make a profound impact in their research disciplines. Nominees must hold a tenure-track faculty position, and may be no more than six years from the completion of their most recent PhD, ScD, or MD. Nominees for the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship program must be nominated by their research institution, and their nominations must be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution. Direct applications from new faculty members are not accepted.
PhARMA Research Starter Grants
PhARMA Foundation
Amount: $60,000
Varies by program
Supports individuals beginning independent research careers in academia who do not have other substantial sources of research funding.
Whitehall Foundation
Amount Up to $30,000 for 1 year
Deadline: January, April, October
For researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.
Research Grants
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
Amount : $3,000 to $5,000
Deadline: January
Targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Research grants are open to scholars in all social science disciplines for projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences, particularly issues of policy relevance. Preference is given to scholars in the early stages of their careers.
NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Amount Up to $300,000/year direct for 5 years
Dealine: October
Supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) (within 10 years of terminal degree).
Visiting Scholars Program
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Up to $60,000 (not to exceed one-half of current salary)
Deadline: October
Interdisciplinary research fellowship, housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to stimulate and support scholarly work by promising scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers. Preference is given to untenured junior faculty.
Eurasia Program Post-Dissertation Research Awards
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Amount Up to $33,000 over 2 years
Deadline: November
Provides research funds to early-career scholars who have been awarded their PhD within the last five years to support the furthering of the work initiated in their dissertations or the launching of their first post-dissertation research project. Applicants should be within five years of the completion of their Ph.D., and gainfully employed in teaching and or research.
AFAR Research Grants
American Federation for Aging Research
Amount Up to $100,000
Deadline: December
Supports junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. For research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging, including those underlying age-related diseases and common geriatric functional disorders. Must be within the first ten years of receiving a doctoral degree.
Early Career Research Awards (ECRAs, formerly Mini-Grant Program)
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: February (anticipated)
Reserved for untenured junior faculty within six years of earning their PhD degree, awards provide flexibility to meet special funding needs that, without support, would impede researchers from pursuing the project. Recipients are expected to write a research paper that would be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, to prepare a synopsis of the research for consideration as an article in the Institute’s newsletter Employment Research, and to enter the paper in the Institute’s Working Paper series.
International Security and Foreign Policy Program – Junior Faculty Research Grant Program
Smith Richardson Foundation
Amount: $60,000
Deadline: October
Supports junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. Grants support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community, to buy-out up to one year of teaching time and to underwrite research costs (including research assistance and travel). Projects in military and diplomatic history are especially encouraged.
Research Fellowships
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowships
Amount Up to $5,000
Deadline: August
The fellowships are intended to support scholars in the production of substantial works in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration’s domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources. The successful candidate(s) will develop at least a portion of their original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library.
New Investigator Program in Earth Science
Amount $120,000 per year for up to 3 years
Deadline: August
The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to encourage the integration of Earth system research and education/outreach by scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.
Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Amount Up to $120,000 per year for 3 years
Deadline: September
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. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.