Funding for Young Investigators in the Life Sciences

There are many private and federal funding opportunities available to new life science faculty members establishing their labs and research careers. Here you’ll find key funding opportunities and people at BU who can help you get started with your submissions.

Private Funding Assistance | Funding Opportunities

Private Funding Opportunity Assistance

The Foundation Relations office can help you with private funding opportunity submissions including:

  • Letters of inquiry, nominations, applications, and proposals
  • Identifying potential funders
  • Communicating with program officers and directors
  • Outlining proposal requirements
  • Developing competitive submissions
  • Securing institutional information and endorsement
  • Editing your proposal
  • Working with the Office of Sponsored Programs (the administrative overseers for all university funding requests)

For assistance please contact:
Katharine Canfield, Director of Foundation Relations, School of Medicine
kcanfiel@bu.edu | 617-638-4573

David Gillerman, Director of Foundation Relations, Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Dental Medicine
dgillerm@bu.edu | 617-638-4566

George Kosar, Director of Foundation Relations, Charles River Campus
kosar@bu.edu | 617-358-2501

Funding Opportunities

This information is updated annually. Deadlines listed here are grouped by month and are not specific. Please check the funder’s website for the given year’s specific deadline.

Occasionally, opportunities are noted as limited submission—that is, allowing a maximum number of applications from each institution. In these cases, please be in touch with the medical school’s Office of Clinical Research (ORC), which manages limited submission funding opportunities and will determine which applicants are approved to move forward with a submission. It is important to coordinate with OCR for any opportunities that stipulate limited submission.

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Science (general)

DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education: Young Professor Program
The DuPont Young Professor program is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont’s long-term business. Meeting the challenge of providing food, energy and protection for 9 billion people in 2050 requires inclusive innovation, driven by science. Not only is the work of these Young Professors aligned with DuPont’s business interests, their research is focused on helping people meet this critical challenge. The grants may be used to obtain matching funds through the National Science Foundation or other organizations.

Research topics from the class of 2014 Young Professors included:

  • Plant biology and reproduction
  • Biotechnology
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanoscience
  • Materials science
  • Organic chemistry

Amount: $600,000 for 10 professors

Eligibility:
Professors are nominated by a member of the DuPont technical staff.

Deadline: Contact Foundation Relations

Limited Submission–Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Sloan Research Fellowships
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Amount: $50,000 for the two-year period

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. More than one candidate from a department may be nominated, but no more than three.
  • Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position at a college, university, or other degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Tenure track faculty positions at the candidate’s institution must include a yearly teaching requirement.
  • Candidates must hold a PhD or (equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.
  • Candidates’ most recent PhD (or equivalent) must have been awarded within the past 6 years.
  • While Fellows are expected to be at an early stage of their research careers, there should be strong evidence of independent research accomplishments.
  • Candidates in all fields are normally below the rank of associate professor and do not hold tenure, but these are not strict requirements.


Deadline: Mid-September
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Life Sciences (General)

Limited Submission: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program
The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.

Amount: The Foundation expects to fund between five and eight projects with total funding of $1 million to $2 million for each project, spanning a 3-year period.

Eligibility:

  • Scientists at any stage of their career may apply.
  • The Foundation has a particular interest in both supporting the careers of exceptional young scientists showing particular promise as thought leaders in their fields and supporting more established researchers with ambitious, high-risk ideas that could have a revolutionary impact in the field but remain outside the scope of traditional funding sources.
  • Each institution may submit up to 3 applications.

Deadline: Late May for proposal submission

Limited Submission: Rita Allen Foundation
The mission of the Rita Allen Foundation is to invest in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. Areas of active interest include:

  • Investing in young leaders in the sciences: cancer, neuroscience, immunology, and pain.

The Foundation sponsors the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program in biomedical research, which has supported more than one hundred scientists since 1976. The program embraces innovative research with above-average risk and groundbreaking possibilities. Scholars have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Medicine and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

Amount: Scholars receive up to $110,000 annual for up to five years. (Pain researchers receive up to $50,000 annually for up to three years).

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation practices proactive grant making and works with a variety of experts in its fields of investment to identify organizations invited to submit proposals. It does not currently consider unsolicited proposals.

Deadline: Late January

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation: Beckman Young Investigator Program
The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Amount: up to $750,000 for a period of up to four years

Eligibility:

  • The BYI program is open to persons with tenure-track appointments in academic and non-profit institutions that conduct fundamental research in the chemical and life sciences.
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.
  • Candidates should not have completed more than three full years in his or her tenure-track or other comparable independent research appointment.
  • No more than one candidate from any one institution, or its affiliates, will be selected for the BYI award in any particular funding cycle.

Deadline: September for Letter of Intent

Limited Submission: Greenwall Foundation: Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.

Amount: The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, we provide $5000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items).

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.
  • Up to two applicants from a university will be considered in each application cycle. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and selection process. No more than one award per institution will be made in each Faculty Scholars grant cycle.

Deadline: November 1 for Letter of Intent

HHMI/Gates/Simons 2016 Faculty Scholars Program

The program will support early-career basic researchers and clinician scientists who are addressing fundamental problems in diverse areas of biology in innovative ways. The program is especially focused on people working at the interface of the biological and physical sciences, as well as those who are studying global health problems and other diseases that disproportionately affect people living in low-resource settings.

Amount: Funding (covers up to 3 months of salary, lab personnel, equipment, supplies, travel, publications) is $100k-400k per year for five years, non-renewable. Funders plan to make 70 awards. Multiple applications are permitted from each institution.

Semi-finalists will be notified in April 2016; finalists will be announced in November 2016; funding will begin fall 2016.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be Assistant Professors or higher and have begun their first post-training, professional experience between 6/1/2005 and 7/1/2011.
  • Applicants must be PI or co-PI on at least one active, nationally competitive grant with an initial term of two or more years at some point from April 1, 2013 through July 1, 2015. Career development grants qualify.
  • Multi-investigator grants may qualify.
  • Faculty Scholars are required to devote at least 50% of their total effort to the direct conduct of research.

Deadlines: Application deadline: Late July | References (2) deadline:Early August


Apply online here.

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  • Contact information for two references (note that you must ensure they submit letters by August 4th)

Limited Submission: The Kinship Foundation: Searle Scholars Program
The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding young scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment. Today, 155 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

Amount: $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.
  • Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1 of the year of applying.
  • The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.
  • The Searle Scholars Program does not ordinarily support purely clinical research but has supported research programs that include both clinical and basic components.


Deadline: Late September
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Biochemistry

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: General Research Grant
AACC’s Directed Donations Program provides a small start-up grant targeted to young investigators who need limited research funds to explore new ideas in areas where funds are not normally available.

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility: Preference for research grants will be given to young investigators.

Deadline: Mid-March

Limited Submission: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards
The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences (including biochemistry). Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.

Amount: $75,000

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than six years ago.
  • Awardees are from granting departments in which scholarly research is a principal activity.
  • Undergraduate education is an important component of the nominee’s activities.
  • Institutions may submit only one Camille Dreyfus nomination annually.
  • Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.


Deadline: Early February
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Biomedicine

Limited Submission: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation: Mallinckrodt Grants
The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation is a private foundation that funds basic biomedical research in St Louis and throughout the United States. The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

Amount: $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be faculty members who hold MD or PhD degrees
  • Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position
  • Applicants cannot have current R01 funding
  • Any domestic biomedical institution, whether solely research or educational, is invited to submit two candidates for the Mallinckrodt Board’s consideration

Deadline: August 1

Limited Submission: The Medical Foundation: Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research
The Smith Family Foundation supports groundbreaking medical research through the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research. Its mission is to launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Applications focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering.

Amount: $300,000 for three years ($100,000 per year)

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be new faculty who are within two years of their first independent faculty appointment as of July 1st of the application year.
  • Candidates must be full-time faculty at nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts, at Brown University or at Yale University.
  • Candidates must be internally selected by their institutions. Any School or College within an academic institution in Massachusetts may each submit up to two applications.

Deadline: Mid-July

The Milstein Awards: Young Investigator Award
The Milstein Young Investigator Awards are bestowed upon individuals who have made an impact on interferon and cytokine research early in their careers. Every year up to five awards are granted to individuals who have made notable contributions to interferon and cytokine research, either in a basic or applied field.

ICIS members may apply themselves or nominate other members for Milstein Young Investigator Awards. Senior laboratory advisers are encouraged to have their associates apply. A curriculum vitae and letter of recommendation should accompany the application.

Amount: Unavailable

Eligibility:

  • International Society of Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR) members who attend the Annual Meeting of the ISICR and who have received a PhD or MD within the previous 8 years are eligible.

Deadline: Contact Foundation Relations

Limited Submission: Pew Charitable Trusts: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

The Pew Charitable Trusts sends a letter of invitation and application instructions to the leaders and offices of sponsored research of select institutions to invite them to nominate a candidate. Institutions are expected to complete a comprehensive internal selection process in order to identify and select one nominee.

Amount: $240,000 ($60,000 per year for four years)

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences or medicine.
  • As of November 1 of the application year, nominees must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor.
  • On July 1 of the application year, candidates must have been in such an appointment for less than three years, whether or not such an appointment was on a tenure track.
  • Candidates may be nominated by their institution two times in total. ALL applicants must be nominated by their institution and must complete the 2014 online application.
  • If an applicant’s university has more than one eligible nominating institution or campus, that applicant may only apply from one institution; they may not reapply in a subsequent year from a different one.
  • Applicants with committed awards that overlap for the first two years of the Pew Scholars Program from the Searle Scholars Program, Rita Allen Foundation Scholars, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, Beckman Young Investigator Program, Ellison New Scholar Award, W.M. Keck Foundation, Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award, and the Kimmel Scholar Award are not eligible.

Deadline: Nominations are due July 15

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded.

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface: Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Recognizing the vital role such cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/interfaces-science/career-awards-scientific-interface

Amount: $500,000 over five years

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering. This includes related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science.
  • Candidates who hold an MD are eligible if they hold both an MD and a PhD., and is in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering.
  • Candidates must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline.
  • Candidates who are not titled “postdoctoral” fellows must (1) have at least 12 months, but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research experience, including time as, for example, an instructor, research associate, or non-tenure track research faculty.
  • Candidates cannot hold nor have accepted, either in writing or verbally, a faculty appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at the time of application.
  • Additional eligibility information available at http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/interfaces-science/career-awards-scientific-interface.


Deadline: Early September for Pre-proposal
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Cardiology

American College of Cardiology: Young Investigator Award
The Young Investigator Awards competition encourages and recognizes young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress in the field of cardiology is dependent. Applicants may submit a manuscript and abstract summarizing any problem that relates to cardiovascular disease whether it be in etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, or therapy.

Award Categories include the following:

  • ACCF/Herman K. Gold Young Investigator Awards in Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology
  • Clinical Investigations, Congenital Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Health Outcomes and Population Genetics

Amount: The first place winner for each category receives $2,000, second place winners receive $1,000; three honorable mentions in each category receive $500. Travel, hotel and meals up to $1,500 will be reimbursed for all 20 finalists to attend the YIA Competition at ACC.14 in Washington, DC.

Eligibility:

  • Physicians, scientists, medical students, and other healthcare providers currently in residency or fellowship programs, or are no more than three years out of training.
  • PhD, PharmD or DNP candidates who are no more than three years out of training may also apply.

Deadline: Mid-September

American Heart Association: Scientist Development Grant (Founders Affiliate)
The objective of this grant is to support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator. The award supports research that is broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Amount: The maximum award amount is $77,000 per year for three years.

Eligibility:
At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Hold an MD, PhD., DO, DVM or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree.
  • Hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). Applications may be submitted for review in the final year of a postdoctoral research fellowship or in the initial years of the first faculty/staff appointment.
  • Have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment (after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or its equivalent (including, but not limited to, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc).

Citizenship: at the time of application, must have one of the following designations:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Pending permanent resident. Applicants must have applied for permanent residency and have filed form I-485 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and have received authorization to legally remain in the United States (having filed an Application for Employment Form I-765)
  • E-3 – specialty occupation worker
  • H1-B Visa – temporary worker in a specialty occupation
  • J-1 Visa – exchange visitor. Note: You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date. If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.
  • O-1 Visa – temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
  • TN Visa – NAFTA professional
  • G-4 Visa – family member of employee of international organizations and NATO

Deadline: Mid-January

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

PHA/ATS Research Fellowship in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is partnering with the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to support faculty-level researchers in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension. A primary goal of this research program is to enable new faculty-level investigators to make the transition to established investigators. Partnerships between junior and senior investigators are strongly encouraged, particularly for new investigators who are within 1 to 5 years of the completion of their training. One research grant will be awarded to support novel studies of the diagnosis, pathogenesis, treatment or outcomes of pulmonary hypertension.

Amount: Up to $40,000/year for 2 years for salaries, supplies or a combination of these two

Eligibility:

  • Both U.S. and non-U.S. based investigators are encouraged to apply.
  • One of the investigators must be an ATS member at the time of application, and the Principal Investigator must be an ATS member at the time that the grant is awarded.
  • Indirect costs will not be paid to the sponsoring institution.


Deadline: June for Letter of Intent
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Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology: Young Investigator Awards
The AAD Awards for Young Investigators in Dermatology recognize outstanding basic and clinical/translational research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada, and the dermatology departments that support their efforts. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge research contributions that further the improvement of diagnosis and therapeutics in the practice and science of dermatology. Two outstanding young investigators will be selected as recipients of the award, which is presented during the AAD’s Annual Meeting.

Amount: $6,000

Eligibility:

  • Research must be initiated after medical school.
  • Research must be initiated after PhD thesis work.
  • Research must be completed by age 35 or within 7 years of completing a terminal degree.
  • Research proposals are not eligible.
  • The applicant must personally complete all sections of the application except the letter of recommendation.
  • The application must clearly articulate the problem, strategy of attach, results, conclusion, and statement of significance to the general dermatology community.
  • Published papers may be submitted.

Deadline: Late September

American Skin Association: Research Scholar Awards
Through its Research Scholar Awards, the American Skin Association seeks to foster the career development of a young investigator working at the level of instructor through associate professor in the field of dermatology or cutaneous biology. The aim of the program is to provide bridge support for young investigators. Special consideration will be given to individuals without significant prior support. A second year of funding may be requested upon receipt and review of a final progress report and reapplication.

There are four Research Scholar Awards. The eligibility requirements are the same for each award.

Eligibility:

  • Preference will be given to those under the age of 45 as of June 30 of the application year with a rank of instructor up through associate professor (or the institutional equivalent).
  • First preference will be given to those working in a department or division of dermatology, and second preference to those with a close working relationship to dermatology.
  • If an MD, the candidate must be Board certified in dermatology with at least three years of in-depth experience in investigative dermatology.
  • If a PhD, the candidate must have at least three years of postdoctoral or faculty-level experience in investigative dermatology.
  • MD/PhD candidates must meet the requirements of either the MD or PhD candidates, but not both sets of requirements.
  • The candidate must be identified as a current or future leader in dermatological investigation, and must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time in research.

Limited Submission — Research Scholar Award: Supports basic science and clinical research by investigators in the early phases of their careers.

Amount: $60,000

Deadline: Mid-October

The Chair of Dermatology may annually endorse only one candidate for the Research Scholar Award

Carson Research Scholar Award in Psoriasis: Supports basic science and clinical research for Psoriasis by gifted investigators in the early phases of their careers.

Amount: $75,000

Deadline: Early October

Research Scholar Award in Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders: Supports new discoveries in the basic or translational medical sciences that impact the understanding or treatment of Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders by gifted investigators in the early phases of their careers.

Amount: $60,000

Deadline: Early November

Research Scholar Award in Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer:

Amount: $60,000

Deadline: Early October

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
The Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation gives two Young Investigator Awards each year to new physicians and scientists in the field of cutaneous lymphoma research.

American Society of Hematology Young Investigator Award: Established in 2011, this annual award is given to support travel of a young investigator who is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.

Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award: Since 2003, this annual award has been given to support travel to the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting and participation in the concurrent CTCL Symposium. Nominations for this award are received from members of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, a candidate is chosen by the organizing committee of the Symposium, and the candidate is approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Amount: $1,500 to support travel of a young investigator who is attending the SID Annual Meeting and is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research

Eligibility:

  • Individuals with a MD or PhD degree.
  • Individuals with an academic rank no greater than assistant professor.
  • Individuals with demonstrable interest and/or achievement in clinical care, education or research in cutaneous lymphomas.
  • Individuals who have submitted an abstract and will presenting research at the annual ASH meeting.

Deadline: Late March

Scleroderma Foundation: New Investigator Grant
The Scleroderma Foundation seeks applications from promising new investigators who hold faculty or equivalent positions and who wish to pursue a career in research related to systemic sclerosis. This grant supports promising research that is likely to lead to individual research project grants.

Amount: Up to $50,000 per year for up to three years

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine or one of the sciences.
  • Applicants must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship by the grant award date.


Deadline: Mid-September
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Diabetes

American Diabetes Association
Junior Faculty Awards: These awards support new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research. Applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor. http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696#JF_Award

Amount: Up to $138,000 per year for up to three years for direct costs

Eligibility: At the time of application, Junior Faculty Award applicants must be either:

  • Senior post-doctoral or clinical fellows (more than 3 years of research experience since doctoral degree) and will receive their first full-time faculty/staff position by the start date of the award

OR

  • Junior faculty holding any level of faculty appointment up to and including Assistant Professor. Applicants with more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of their doctoral degree are not eligible for this award.

Deadline: Mid-January and Mid-July

Career Development Award: These awards are designed to assist outstanding Assistant Professor level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research. The award supports an individual’s salary and research project to enable the investigator to advance his/her career as an independent investigator.

http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696#CD_Award

Amount: Up to $175,500 per year for up to five years

Eligibility:

  • Career Development Award applicants must be four to seven years out of their post-doctoral or clinical fellowship in order to apply.
  • Applicants must hold an assistant professorship within his/her institution, or will be promoted to this position upon receipt of the award.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research independently of their former mentor by appearing as the senior or corresponding author on at least one previous publication relevant to the grant topic, preferably without mentor as co-author.

Deadline: Mid-January and Mid-July

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Career Development Award

JDRF fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas.

Awardees will focus their research efforts on a subject directly related to JDRF mission goals and research priorities, and position themselves to work at the leading edge of type 1 diabetes research. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasize either basic or clinical topics.

Amount: Maximum of $150,000 per year for up to 5 years

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must hold an MD, DMD, DVM, PhD received at least three but not more than seven years before the award.
  • The applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the proposal.
  • There are no citizenship requirements for this program.


Deadline: Late July
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Endocrinology

Endocrine Society: Early Investigators Awards
The Early Investigators Awards provide monetary support to assist in the development of early career investigators and recognition of their accomplishments in endocrine research. Recipients receive a monetary award, one-year complimentary membership to the Society, one-year complimentary access to the Society’s online journals, and public recognition of research accomplishments in the recipients’ home town and various Society mediums.

Amount: Unavailable

Eligibility:

  • Hold an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD
  • Be a newly-appointed faculty within 10 years from the terminal degree granting date
  • Only one nomination per research mentor


Application Deadline: Late June
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Genetics, Genetic Disorders, and Gene Therapy

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: Young Investigators Award
The Young Investigators Award distributes funds over 3 years, inclusive of a maximum of 10% indirect costs. Funds may be used at the recipient’s discretion for salary, technical assistance, supplies, animals or capital equipment, but may not support staff not directly related to the project, e.g. secretaries or administrative assistants. Purchase of equipment is not allowed in the third year of the grant. Continued support is contingent upon submission and approval of a non-competitive renewal application each year.

The overall objectives of this grant are to advance cell and gene therapy into the causes, treatment and prevention of all types of cancer by promoting development of novel and innovative studies by young investigators. The emphasis of this initiative is to promote basic and pre-clinical research approaches utilizing cells and genes as medicine. ACGT will direct its grants into areas of cell and gene therapy research that have demonstrated great promise. The six main areas of research ACGT will support are:

  • Tumor-Specific Replicating Viruses and Bacteria
  • Anti-angiogenesis
  • Immune-mediated Gene Therapy and Cancer Vaccines
  • Oncogenes/Suppressor Oncogenes/Apoptosis Directed Therapy
  • Tumor Targeting and Vector Development
  • Other Cancer Cell and Gene Therapy Research

Amount: $250,000 to $500,000 for 3 to 5 years

Eligibility:

  • At the time of award activation, candidates must hold an MD, MPH, PhD, or equivalent degree and be a tenure-track Assistant Professor within five years of their initial appointment to this rank.
  • The investigator must be conducting original research as an independent faculty member.
  • ACGT has no citizenship restrictions; however, research supported by the award must be conducted at medical schools and research centers only in the United States and Canada.
  • Entering into clinical translation during the funding period is a requirement.
  • Continued support is contingent upon submission and approval of a non-competitive renewal application each year.

Deadline: Mid-March for abstract

Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program: Early Career Investigator Award
The Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program supports basic and clinical research and education in hemophilia. Through grants provided to early career investigators, fellows in training, and other hemophilia care professionals, the program seeks to support the next steps for the next generation of care and treatment options for people with hemophilia worldwide.

Amount: $100,000 per year for two years

Eligibility:

  • The applicant should have an entry-level academic or clinical appointment within his or her institution.
  • This award is open to applicants with a medical degree and/or PhD.
  • Applicants should have earned their terminal degree within the previous 10 years.

Deadline: November 30 for Letter of Intent

Genetics Society of America: Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award of the Gruber Foundation 
The Gruber Foundation funds the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award (a career development research award) to 2 young woman geneticists from anywhere in the world. One award will fund genetics research in human and non-human mammals, and the other will fund genetics research in model organisms. This unrestricted cash award is presented every three years.

Amount: $75,000 for three years

Eligibility: The successful candidate must be in her first one to three years of an independent faculty-level position in any area of genetics.

Deadline: Early June every three years

Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA is pursuing the full spectrum of research approaches that are geared toward combating neuromuscular diseases, from fundamental discoveries of the causes of disease to clinical trials of potential treatments. MDA also helps spread this scientific knowledge and train the next generation of scientific leaders by funding national and international research conferences and career development grants.

Basic Research: Development Grant
Development Grants are awarded to young researchers on the brink of becoming independent investigators, and are intended as seed money to help launch the scientific programs of promising new neuromuscular disease researchers. MDA will consider an application for a research grant from a candidate who may be a member of a research team in the laboratory of an independent investigator (Principal Investigator) under whose guidance the applicant will be given flexibility to conduct a neuromuscular disease research project.

Amount: $60,000 per year for one to three years

Eligibility:
To be eligible for a Development Grant, an applicant must:

  • Hold a MD, PhD, DSc, or equivalent degree (i.e. DO)
  • Be a member of a research team at an appropriate institution
  • Be qualified to conduct a program of original research under the supervision of a Principal Investigator
  • Have an acceptable research plan for a specific disease in MDA’s program
  • Have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project
  • Have a minimum of eighteen (18) months of post-degree research laboratory training at the time of application but no more than five (5) years (60 months)
  • Not have been funded under the Development Grant program in the past.

Deadline: For basic research grants, MDA accepts Letters of Intent twice a year—before each of the two six-month grant review cycles.

  • Letter of Intent due January 30 for a grant to begin the following August 1
  • Letter of Intent due July 15 for a grant to begin the following February 1

Translational Research: Bridge to Industry Grant
The Bridge to Industry Grant is designed to train scientists in the methods, language, and culture of translational research. The B2I fellowship will fund the training of postdoctoral fellows conducting original translational research projects involving neuromuscular diseases represented in MDA’s portfolio of diseases.

Amount: $60,000 per year for one to three years

Eligibility: MDA will consider an application from a candidate who may be a member of a research team in the laboratory of an independent investigator (principal investigator) under whose guidance the applicant will be given flexibility to conduct a neuromuscular disease research project. Applicants must have a mentor both at a university and one at a drug development company, with work performed at both institutions.

Deadline: For translational research grants through MDA Venture Philanthropy letters of intent are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Clinical Research Training Grant
The Clinical Research Training Grant (CRTG) is designed to provide promising young clinicians with the research training opportunities needed to become productive clinical investigators in neuromuscular disease research. This training opportunity is designed to be compatible with the requirements of a traditional clinical fellowship in neuromuscular disease and any forthcoming requirements for certification in neuromuscular disease. Trainees will be expected to design their own educational plans and to participate, under the supervision of a mentor, in the development and/or coordination of a clinical research project.

Amount: Up to $90,000 per year, with a cap of $85,000 to be applied to salary and benefits, and a cap of $10,000 to be applied to coursework, travel and a laptop computer.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree and be licensed to practice medicine in the state or province in which the grant will be given
  • Applicants must be board eligible or board certified in neurology, child neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation at the time of the award.
  • Clinicians who have been in a practice focused on neuromuscular diseases for not more than 5 years are also eligible to submit an application.
  • Applicants are expected to commit 100% of their time to this Fellowship.


Deadline: Mid-August for Letter of Intent
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Geriatrics

American Federation for Aging Research: The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease
Funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, the major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular.

Projects in basic and translational research related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that are clinically relevant, will be considered. Projects that focus on healthy brain aging are also considered.

Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic mechanisms of aging in the central nervous system
  • Learning and memory
  • The Biology and Pathobiology of Synapses
  • Genetics of AD
  • Neuroimaging and precursors of AD
  • Cellular and Molecular pathways of AD
  • Biological Markers of AD
  • Exercise, nutrition and dietary factors
  • Neurogenesis and AD
  • Impact of environmental agents in CNS aging and early AD
  • Inflammation
  • Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors
  • Drug discovery

Amount: $100,000 for one or two years

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair.
  • The applicant must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of the start of the funding period.

Deadline:

  • Letter of Intent: due mid-December
  • AFAR will send a response to the LOI by the end of January
  • Full application (if requested): due mid-March

American Society of Nephrology: Junior Development Grant in Geriatric Nephrology
This award supports developing academic subspecialists interested in careers focused on the geriatric and gerontology aspects of nephrology during the early years of a first faculty appointment. This award, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will supplement an award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), using the R03 mechanism under the funding announcement titled Grants for Early Medical and Surgical Subspecialists’ Transitions to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR). The GEMSSTAR program provides two years of support for small research projects to allow early career physicians trained in medical and surgical subspecialties to establish a research track record in geriatric aspects of their subspecialty. The award will provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience in aging research and help the investigators establish an independent program of research in this field.

Amount: Total grant funding, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research-AAIM Junior Development Grant and NIA grant, cannot exceed $250,000 in annual direct costs.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a US citizen or be eligible for US permanent resident status.
  • Must be an active member of ASN.
  • Must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
  • Cannot be a previous recipient of an ASN or ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Career Development Grant.
  • Must be within the first four years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation.
  • Must have a proposed project that is independent of previous mentors.
  • Cannot have more than $250,000 (in annual direct costs) in external grant support, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds, at the time of the award activation.
  • Must devote at least 75% of their time to research.
  • Proposed project must be independent of previous mentors.
  • Must have completed a subspecialty internal medicine fellowship leading to certification in Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Must be pursing research in a geriatric aspect of nephrology.
  • Must have a mentorship team which includes a nephrologist that has successfully competed for an NIH grant, and a geriatrics mentor.
  • Must show proof, after receipt, of a fundable score as defined by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The professional development plan must also be submitted to ASN.

Deadline: Mid-December

Infectious Diseases Society of America: ASP-IDSA Young Investigator Award in Geriatrics
This award provides funding for young investigators who develop and implement a basic, clinical, or health services research project focused on a geriatric aspect of infectious diseases. Applicants must have applied for the GEMSSTAR award and received a fundable score as defined by the National Institutes of Health. The award is administered by IDSA and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)/Association of Specialty Professors (ASP).

Amount: Two-year award of $200,000 ($150,000 research grant from National Institute of Aging and $50,000 career/professional development award from IDSA/AAIM/ASP)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA.
  • Young Investigator Awards are for junior faculty members only.
  • Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should not be more than four years out of a training program.
  • Candidates must be assured of a faculty position at a U.S. institution.
  • Priority will be given to qualified investigators without active grant support.
  • Researchers with R01 grants are not eligible for Young Investigator Awards, but those with K grants may apply.


Deadline: Mid-July
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Liver Disease

Limited Submission: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation
The Career Development Award in Liver Transplantation is designed to foster career development for an individual performing clinical and/or translational research in the field of liver transplantation and who has shown commitment to excellence in the field at an early stage of his or her career. The award is intended to support a junior faculty member in the development of liver transplant research so that further funding can be obtained.

Amount: $90,000 ($45,000 per year for two years)

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be in the first five years of appointment as a junior faculty member (instructor or assistant professor) at a UNOS approved transplant center who spends 50% or more of his/her time in clinical transplantation or transplantation-related sciences.
  • Applicant must show commitment to making substantial contributions to the field of liver transplantation.
  • Applicant may not hold other similar research awards during award period.
  • Sponsor should be the applicant’s research mentor and must be an AASLD member in good standing.
  • Applicant must be an AASLD member in good standing by the award start date and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • A single sponsoring institution may submit up to one application per distinct department within each institutional training site.
  • Applicant may only apply for one AASLD award or fellowship.


Deadline: Early December
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Lymphatic System

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
The Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation gives two Young Investigator Awards each year to new physicians and scientists in the field of cutaneous lymphoma research.

American Society of Hematology Young Investigator Award: Established in 2011, this annual award is given to support travel of a young investigator who is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.

Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award: Since 2003, this annual award has been given to support travel to the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting and participation in the concurrent CTCL Symposium. Nominations for this award are received from members of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, a candidate is chosen by the organizing committee of the Symposium, and the candidate is approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Amount: $1,500 to support travel of a young investigator who is attending the SID Annual Meeting and is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research

Eligibility:

  • Individuals with a MD or PhD degree.
  • Individuals with an academic rank no greater than assistant professor.
  • Individuals with demonstrable interest and/or achievement in clinical care, education or research in cutaneous lymphomas.
  • Individuals who have submitted an abstract and will presenting research at the annual ASH meeting.

Deadline: Late March

Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN): Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards
LE&RN offers a variety of grants and awards to researchers to advance our knowledge of the lymphatic system.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Program: The goal of this program is to expand and strengthen the pool of outstanding junior investigators in the field of lymphatic research. The awards will support investigators who have recently received their doctorates, a critical point in career development when young scientists choose their lifelong research focus.

Amount: Two-year fellowships from $82,000 – $95,000

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD and/or MD or equivalent degree and have completed no more than three years of full-time postdoctoral research experience by July 1 of the application year.
  • The research project must be conducted under the supervision of a mentor who is an established investigator with an active and productive research program.
  • Eligibility is NOT limited to those investigators with past experience in lymphatic research.
  • International applications are welcome.

Deadline: Early January

Additional Support for NIH-Funded F32 Postdoctoral Fellows: The goal of the Additional Support Awards Program is to help foster career interest in the field of lymphatic research by offering additional funds for F32 postdoctoral research projects.

Amount: $20,000 over two years

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be supported by the NIH F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
  • Applicants must have at least one year remaining of F32 support as of July 1, 2014
  • Applicants must conduct research that clearly advances the mission of LE&RN

Deadline: Early January

Lymphoma Research Foundation of America
Postdoctoral Fellowships: These two-year fellowships help attract the nation’s best scientific talent to careers in lymphoma and allow them to pursue promising leads under the guidance of a Sponsor.

Amount: $45,000 in year one and $50,000 in year two.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have completed two years of their fellowship, or not more than two years as a junior faculty instructor or assistant professor at the start of the award period and hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with an institution in the U.S. or Canada.
  • A sponsor is required.
  • The Fellow must spend a minimum of 80 percent of his/her time in research.

Deadline: Early September

Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards: This three-year program funds training of clinicians who will participate in developing new therapeutics and diagnostic tools for lymphoma. Clinicians will be trained to design and administer clinical studies and to take on primary responsibility for trial design, protocol development, IRB submission, and publication. A Career Development Plan and the commitment of a mentor are required as part of the grant application.

Amount: Maximum of $75,000 per year for three years.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be licensed in the U.S. or Canada.
  • The Clinical Investigator must spend a minimum of 35 to 50 percent of his/her time in research.


Deadline: Early September
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Microbiology & Infectious Diseases

American Gastroenterological Association: Young Investigator Grants
The AGA Research Foundation is the foundation of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the leading professional society representing gastroenterologists and hepatologists worldwide. The mission of the foundation is to raise funds to support young researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology.

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Neurogastroenterology: This award supports young investigators working in the field of neurogastroenterology.

Amount: $270,000 over three years

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution by Nov. 1, 2015.
  • Candidates research must be conducted at a North American institution.
  • AGA Membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit the membership page  or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
  • The award is intended to support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research. Candidates should be in the beginning years of their careers; therefore, established investigators are not appropriate candidates.
  • MD applicants: No more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
  • PhD applicants: No more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
  • Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; these applications in particular will receive the review committee’s full consideration.
  • Physician/scientist investigators and candidates interested in translational research are especially encouraged to apply for this award.
  • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.
  • Applicants working in a nonprofit institution in North America are eligible for this award (U.S. citizenship is not required).

Deadline: Early July

AGA-Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Research Scholar Award in Gut Microbiome Research: This award supports young investigators studying the role of the gut microbiome in the function or diseases of the digestive system.

Amount: $270,000 for three years ($90,000 per year)

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution by Nov. 1, 2015.
  • Candidates research must be conducted at a North American institution.
  • AGA Membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit the membership page  or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
  • The award will support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research. Candidates should be in the beginning years of their careers; therefore, established investigators are not appropriate candidates.
  • MD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
  • PhD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
  • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.
  • Women, minorities and physician/scientist investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants working in a nonprofit institution in North America are eligible for this award (U.S. citizenship is not required).

Deadline: Mid-August

Research Scholar Awards: This award supports young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents working toward independent careers in gastroenterology, hepatology or related areas.

Amount: $270,000 ($90,000 per year for three years)

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution by July 1 of the application year.
  • AGA Membership is required at the time of application submission.
  • The award will support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.
  • MD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
  • PhD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
  • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.
  • Women, minorities and physician/scientist investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Mid-September

AGA-Rome Foundation Functional GI and Motility Disorders Pilot Research Award: This award supports early stage and established investigators in pilot research projects pertaining to functional GI and motility disorders.

Amount: $50,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at an accredited institution. International candidates may apply for this award.
  • Candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other agencies.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. However, candidates whose AGA membership applications are pending approval may apply for the award. Please visit the membership page or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Rome Foundation board members are ineligible.

Deadline: Mid-January

AGA-Elsevier Pilot Research Award: The objective of this award is to provide non-salary funds for new investigators to help establish their research careers or to support pilot projects that represent new research directions for established investigators. The intent of this award is to stimulate research in gastroenterology- or hepatology-related areas by providing time for investigators to obtain new data that can ultimately lead to subsequent grant applications for more substantial funding and duration.

Amount: $25,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at an accredited North American institution.
  • Candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other agencies.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Mid-January

AGA-Elsevier Gut Microbiome Pilot Research Award: This award is offered to early stage and established investigators to support pilot research projects pertaining to the gut microbiome.

Amount: $25,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at an accredited North American institution.
  • Candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other agencies.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Mid-January

AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer: This award supports a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer.

Amount: $40,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
  • Candidate must hold an NIH K series (e.g. K01, K08, K23, K99, R00) or other federal or non-federal career development award of at least four years duration. There must be at least one year remaining on the award by July 1 of the application year.
  • Candidates may not hold an R01 or equivalent such as a VA Merit award; therefore, established investigators will not be considered for this award.
  • MD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
  • PhD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
  • Women and underrepresented, minority applicants, physician scientists, and candidates interested in translational research are strongly encouraged to apply for this award.
  • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.

Deadline: Mid-January

AGA-Covidien Research & Development Pilot Award in Technology: This research initiative grant is offered to investigators to support the research and development of novel devices or technologies that will potentially impact the diagnosis or treatment of digestive disease.

Amount: $30,000 for one year. The award will also include a $1,000 travel stipend.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a fulltime faculty position at an accredited North American institution.
  • Candidates may not hold awards directly related to the proposed research from other agencies.
  • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
  • Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Late January

AGA-June & Donald O. Castell, MD, Esophageal Clinical Research Award: This award provides research and/or salary support for junior faculty involved in clinical research in esophageal diseases.

Amount: $25,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have an MD, a PhD, or equivalent.
  • Applicant must hold a full-time faculty position at a North American university or professional institute.
  • Applicants research must be conducted at a North American university or professional institution.
  • Applicant must be an AGA member at the time of application submission. Please visit the membership page or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
  • This award is not intended for fellows, but for junior faculty who have demonstrated unusual promise, have some record of accomplishment in research, and have established independent research programs at the time of the application. The award recipient must be at or below the level of assistant professor, and his/her initial appointment to the faculty position must have been within seven years of the time of application.
  • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the seven-year eligibility requirement. Other exceptional circumstances will be considered.
  • Candidates must devote at least 50 percent of their efforts to research related to esophageal function or diseases.

Deadline: Late January

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
This grant focuses on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Cell/Pathogen interactions—studies of host responses at the cell surface, cell signaling in response to infection, microbial persistence in host cells, and other work.
  • Host/Pathogen interactions—studies of how host genetics influences resistance and susceptibility to infection, innate and adaptive immune responses to microbes, pathogen modulation of the immune system, and other work.
  • Novel routes to disease causation—studies of the role of infectious agents in the etiology of chronic, autoimmune, and immunologic diseases, and other work.

Amount: $500,000 over a period of five years

Eligibility:

  • Candidates will generally have an MD, DVM, or PhD degree (References to degrees include all types of medical and scientific doctoral level degrees). BWF particularly encourages human health-relevant applications from veterinary scientists.
  • Candidates must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent (at the time of application) at a degree-granting institution. Researchers recently appointed to a faculty position may not have a demonstrated track record sufficient to compete successfully for this award. Exceedingly few newly appointed assistant professors have sufficient independence. Most successful applicants are at or well past their third complete year as an Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates must be nominated by accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada. A U.S. or Canadian institution— including its medical school, graduate schools, and all affiliated hospitals and research institutes—may nominate up to two candidates.
  • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application.

Deadline: Mid-November

Infectious Diseases Society of America: IDSA ERF/NFID Joint Research Awards
The IDSA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) have joined forces to offer the IDSA ERF/NFID Joint Research Awards. Our goal is to support needed research by promising young researchers who may not otherwise find funding as federal and other institutional research support becomes more difficult to obtain. By co-sponsoring awards we hope to expand the awareness of our awards among the research community and attract the best possible candidates each year.

Merle A. Sande/Pfizer Fellowship Award in International Infectious Diseases

Sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

This award is intended to encourage young physicians interested in international medicine. The award will be given for important clinical research in infectious diseases and/or HIV/AIDS conducted in a resource-limited setting. The successful applicant will be expected to spend a significant amount of time during the year in country.

Amount: $60,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be members of IDSA.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited graduate training program in infectious diseases.
  • Research must be conducted in a resource-limited country as defined by the World Bank (low- income and low-middle-income countries).
  • Sponsor must be from the resource-limited country and does not necessarily have to be an IDSA member.
  • Postdoctoral fellows who hold a comparable fellowship are not eligible.

Deadline: Mid-March

ASP-IDSA Young Investigator Award in Geriatrics

Sponsored by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc. and the John A. Hartford Foundation

This award provides funding for young investigators who develop and implement a basic, clinical, or health services research project focused on a geriatric aspect of infectious diseases. Applicants must have applied for the GEMSSTAR award and received a fundable score as defined by the National Institutes of Health. The award is administered by IDSA and the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)/Association of Specialty Professors (ASP).

Amount: Two-year award of $200,000 ($150,000 research grant from National Institute of Aging and $50,000 career/professional development award from IDSA/AAIM/ASP)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA.
  • Young Investigator Awards are for junior faculty members only.
  • Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should not be more than four years out of a training program.
  • Candidates must be assured of a faculty position at a U.S. institution.
  • Priority will be given to qualified investigators without active grant support.
  • Researchers with R01 grants are not eligible for Young Investigator Awards, but those with K grants may apply.

Deadline: Early April

Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development

Sponsored by Pfizer, Inc.

This annual award provides funding for outstanding research in vaccine development, either through clinical or laboratory investigation. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to vaccinology as a career, and must be conducting research or working in a recognized and accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or in a government agency.

Amount: $60,000 ($30,000 a year for two years)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA.
  • Young Investigator Awards are for junior faculty members only.
  • Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should not be more than four years out of a training program.
  • Candidates must be assured of a faculty position at a U.S. institution.
  • Priority will be given to qualified investigators without active grant support.
  • Researchers with R01 grants are not eligible for Young Investigator Awards, but those with K grants may apply.

Deadline: Early April

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award
This award recognizes promising scientists in the early stages of their careers in any field of vaccinology, from basic research, through preclinical and clinical studies, manufacturing, and production, to related research in public health, agriculture, health delivery, policy, and regulatory matters. Applicants should submit an abstract to the NFID’s Annual Conference on Vaccine Research.

Amount: $ 10,000 to support research activities at the awardee’s institution as well as a travel stipend and complimentary registration to attend the following year’s Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Eligibility:

  • At the time of submission, applicants must be currently enrolled, recently completed training (e.g. internship, residency, fellowship, postdoctoral training, or similar educational program), or be within four years of having earned their advanced degree (masters or doctoral).
  • To be eligible for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Investigator Award the abstract must be submitted for poster presentation only.

Deadline: Abstract due early January

US Probiotic Scientific Board: Young Investigator Grant
The purpose of the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research (YIGPRO) is to contribute to the advancement of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota research in the United States. Attempts will be made to support young investigators who do not yet have independent funding (such as NIH R series awards that are likely to progress to RO1 research awards).

The focus of the 2014 grant is to improve understanding of mechanisms by which potential probiotics, including beneficial commensals, interact with the host and gastrointestinal microbiota to improve physiology and bodily function. Proposals on dietary intervention to improve physiological function, health status and reduce disease risk are preferred over proposals on disease pathogenesis, drugs and therapies. Research cannot employ commercial probiotic strains, but publicly available, non-commercial strains are acceptable.

Amount: $50,000 for one year

Eligibility:

  • Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible.
  • Applicants must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics or microbiota and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota and the body.
  • Candidates must be part of an established research program with the capacity to do research on microbiota and its role in health and disease.
  • Applicants are limited to one submission per investigator.


Deadline: Early February
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Nephrology

American Society of Nephrology: Career Development Grants
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.

The following grants are awarded to applicants within seven years of initial faculty appointment:

  • Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant: This award is given to a general nephrology investigator. It provides funding for young faculty to foster evolution to an independent research career and a successful application for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant or equivalent.
  • John Merrill Grant in Transplantation: This award is given to an investigator performing biomedical research related to transplantation.
  • NephCure Foundation-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant: This award supports research that is determined to be relevant to the following research areas: understanding the cause, mechanism and treatment of primary forms of idiopathic focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), as well as investigations of the mechanisms of normal glomerular biology or pathobiology that can be applied commonly to all forms of glomerular disease. These investigations will be applicable to identifying treatments of minimal change disease (MCD) and primary FSGS.
  • Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant: This award is given to a pediatric investigator.
  • OHF-ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grant: This award supports research on topics relevant to oxalosis, primary hyperoxaluria and related stone diseases.

Amount:

  • The award will provide $100,000 annually for two years and will cover salaries/supplies related to the candidate’s research proposal.
  • A maximum of 10% of the award per year may be used to cover indirect costs at the candidate’s sponsoring institution.
  • Applicants are allowed to have currently, or have had previously, extramural (NIH or Foundation) mentored career development grant funding (e.g., NIH K08).
  • However, total grant funding, including the ASN Foundation Career Development Grant, cannot exceed $250,000 in annual direct costs, irrespective of scientific overlap.
  • The amount of the ASN Foundation grant will be reduced as appropriate if total funding exceeds this amount at any time during the funding period of the grant.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of North America.
  • Must be an active member of ASN.
  • Must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
  • Cannot be a previous recipient of an ASN or ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Career Development Grant.
  • Must be within seven (7) years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation.
  • Must have a proposed project that is independent of previous mentors.
  • Cannot have more than $250,000 (in annual direct costs) in external grant support, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds, at the time of the award activation.
  • Must devote at least 75% of their time to research.

Deadline: Mid-December

The following grant is awarded to applicants within four years of initial faculty appointment:

  • ASN Foundation for Kidney Research-AAIM Junior Development Grant in Geriatric Nephrology: This award supports developing academic subspecialists interested in careers focused on the geriatric and gerontology aspects of nephrology during the early years of a first faculty appointment. This award, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) will supplement an award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), using the R03 mechanism under the funding announcement titled Grants for Early Medical and Surgical Subspecialists’ Transitions to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR). The GEMSSTAR program provides two years of support for small research projects to allow early career physicians trained in medical and surgical subspecialties to establish a research track record in geriatric aspects of their subspecialty. The award will provide an opportunity to gain skills and experience in aging research and help the investigators establish an independent program of research in this field.

Amount: Total grant funding, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research-AAIM Junior Development Grant and NIA grant, cannot exceed $250,000 in annual direct costs.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a US citizen or be eligible for US permanent resident status.
  • Must be an active member of ASN.
  • Must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
  • Cannot be a previous recipient of an ASN or ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Career Development Grant.
  • Must be within the first four (4) years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation.
  • Must have a proposed project that is independent of previous mentors.
  • Cannot have more than $250,000 (in annual direct costs) in external grant support, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds, at the time of the award activation.
  • Must devote at least 75% of their time to research.
  • Proposed project must be independent of previous mentors.
  • Must have completed a subspecialty internal medicine fellowship leading to certification in Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Must be pursuing research in a geriatric aspect of nephrology.
  • Must have a mentorship team which includes a nephrologist that has successfully competed for an NIH grant, and a geriatrics mentor.
  • Must show proof, after receipt, of a fundable score as defined by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The professional development plan must also be submitted to ASN.

Deadline: Early October

National Kidney Foundation: Young Investigator Grant Program
The intent of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is to fund the most meritorious research projects within budgetary constraints. Both basic and clinical research activities will be funded, with an emphasis on the support of high‐quality clinical investigation.

Amount: $20,000 for one year. The investigator may request an additional year’s funding at $20,000 per annum as a competitive renewal.

Eligibility:

  • Applications will be considered from individuals who will have completed research training in nephrology, or closely related fields prior to the start of the grant award and who intend to pursue research directly related to these areas.
  • At the time funding begins, the applicant must hold a full‐time appointment to a faculty position at a university or an equivalent position as a scientist on the staff of a research oriented institution, in the United States.
  • (Customarily, the appropriate faculty rank is that of Assistant Professor).

Deadline: Early February

Nephcure Foundation: Young Investigator/Junior Faculty Awards
Investigator initiated applications are sought through a NephCure Request for Applications (RFA) and through partnership grant awards with ASN Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. These awards support the investigation of novel ideas that are directly relevant to primary FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome and foster the independent careers of Young Investigators with a focus on FSGS, nephrotic syndrome and glomerular disease research.

Amount: $75,000 per year for three years to provide a portion of the investigator’s salary and fringe benefits, technician’s salary and fringe benefits and supplies

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must have an MD or PhD degree and be an independent investigator holding a faculty appointment at the institution where the research will be conducted.
  • The applicant must be within the first four years of their first academic appointment at the time the grant commences.


Deadline: Mid-February
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Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Alzheimer’s Association: New Investigator Research Grants
The purpose of this program is to provide newly independent investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other funding agencies and groups, including future proposals to the Alzheimer’s Association.

All NIRG applications must target defined areas of focus for fiscal year 2014 to be considered responsive to the program announcement. These areas of focus are:

Amount: Your budget must not exceed the maximum amount of the award, $100,000 or $60,000 per year.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be Assistant Professors or above at their respective institution.
  • Eligibility to apply for this grant competition is restricted to investigators who have less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree. The 10-year period applies to the date of submission of the grant application. Adjustments for career interruptions can be made. These would include, but are not limited to, family leave, military service, and major illness or injury.

Deadline: Early March for Letter of Intent

American Epilepsy Society and Grass Foundation: Young Investigator Travel Award
To recognize and honor outstanding young investigators conducting research in basic or clinical neuroscience related to epilepsy, the Grass Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society have combined resources to present Grass Foundation-AES Young Investigator Travel Awards to up to 8 deserving candidates to help support travel costs to present their research at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. In addition, the AES will announce the awardees and their talk/poster titles in an award ceremony during the scientific program.

Amount: $1,000 plus a waiver of AES meeting registration fees

Eligibility:

  • Candidates will be investigators early in their careers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows or junior faculty (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, or the equivalent), who are conducting basic or clinical research relating to epilepsy and are less than 5 years out of postgraduate training.
  • Applicants should be first authors on an abstract submitted to the AES.
  • Applicants can self-nominate, or nominations from second parties will be accepted.
  • Following the initial review of application abstracts, as part of the application process, a recommendation may be required from one of the applicant’s trainers/mentors. This will be solicited by the AES review committee should the application be deemed competitive for the award. This recommendation should include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, promise as a future investigator, and any information regarding the applicant’s status as an underrepresented minority.

Deadline: Early June

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Young Investigator Grants
Young Investigator Grants are awarded to investigators at the level of assistant professor or lower. AFSP can assist in matching mentors with mentees. Recognizing that a complex array of factors contributes to suicide risk, AFSP research grants support many different types of studies:

  • Neurobiological studies of brain mechanisms that may increase or lessen suicide risk.
  • Genetic studies that illuminate the hereditability and genetics of suicide and suicide risk factors in families.
  • Psychosocial studies that lead to the identification of risk factors and warning signs.
  • Clinical treatment studies in which researchers test the effectiveness of psychotherapies, medications and other biological interventions like ECT (electric convulsive therapy) in reducing suicidal behavior and suicide risk.
  • Community intervention studies aimed at identifying effective ways of preventing suicide in the general community.
  • Survivor studies directed towards understanding the impact of suicide on those who have experienced suicide loss, and how people can be supported through suicide bereavement.
  • International studies that help identify the similarities and differences among different cultural contexts in which suicide occurs.

Amount: Up to $85,000 for two years ($37,500 per year)

Eligibility:

    • Investigators must be at the level of assistant professor or lower.
    • This grant is designed for investigators who have completed doctoral studies, although high quality applications from pre-doctoral applicants will be considered.

    Deadline: Mid-November

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation: Research Grant for New Investigators
    The New Investigators Research Grant competition is designed to help further new investigators’ research activities that have particular clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. Proposals, while not limited in topic, are encouraged in the area of treatment efficacy and outcome studies.

    Amount: $10,000

    Eligibility:

          • The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within the past five years.
          • Students currently enrolled in a degree program are not eligible for this award.
          • The investigator must not have received prior external funding for research; internal university funding is accepted.
          • The proposal must be for research to be initiated, not currently in progress.

    Deadline: Mid-April

    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) supports education, training, and research for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders.

    Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award: This award is granted to an early career investigator for the best original research paper on neurobiology, psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments, or experimental psychopathology of anxiety disorders and depression.

    Award: The winner will receive a monetary award and complimentary registration to the Anxiety Disorders and Depression Conference.

    Eligibility:

          • The award is restricted to investigators who have completed their terminal degree and are currently at a rank of assistant professor or below.
          • Applicants must be the first or senior author on the submitted paper, which must be original research on anxiety disorders, depression, and comorbid related disorders, focusing on neurobiology, psychosocial treatments, or experimental psychopathology. The paper may not be published or in press elsewhere.
          • Applicants must be members of ADAA, but we welcome new members, so interested nonmembers should feel free to join and then submit.

    Deadline: Mid-November

    Career Development Leadership Program: This new program is an intensive mentoring and professional development opportunity for early career clinicians and researchers. An interactive learning experience, the program challenges thinking and encourages creative discourse about anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and depression in a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals involved in practice and research. This highly participatory program features outstanding leaders in the field, who will initiate stimulating discussions that shape new ideas and ways of thinking about the future.

    Participants will be grouped among three tracks: Basic Neuroscience, Clinical Investigation, and Clinical Practice; each group will be limited in size. Session topics will cover funding from NIH, PCORI, and private foundations; ethical, marketing, legal, and business considerations in clinical practice; developing careers that involve both practice and research; critique of research project ideas; navigating the academic and clinical workplace; and more.

    Award: Free registration to the Anxiety and Depression Conference is awarded to all those selected to participate in the program. Awardees will engage with mentors and peers throughout the year.

    Eligibility:

          • ADAA membership
          • Junior faculty or trainees, residents, postdoctoral fellows in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, or related fields who have received a doctorate or medical degree within the last five years; licensed clinicians

    Deadline: Early October

    Career Development Travel Awards: The ADAA Career Development Travel Awards are given to help early career professionals who have a research interest in anxiety disorders and depression, such as basic and clinical neurobiology, psychopharmacology, anxiety comorbidities, clinical psychology, genetics, neuroimaging, epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, multicultural issues, public health, as well as other areas.

    Award:

          • Complimentary registration to the annual conference
          • $500 travel stipend
          • Pairing with a senior research mentor at the conference
          • Recognition at the Opening Session of the conference
          • Recognition at their poster session and on the ADAA website
          • Consideration to present abstract at the annual meeting of either ACNP or ABCT

    Eligibility:

          • Winners must present a poster (not an oral presentation) at one of the New Research Poster sessions at the ADAA Annual Conference; all winners must be on-site.

    Qualifying candidates may be any of the following:

          • Students in training for postgraduate degrees (MD, PhD, MPH, MSW, PsyD)
          • PhD-level researchers or clinicians who have received doctorates or completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past three years
          • Physician scientists or clinicians who have completed their residency or research fellowship (whichever occurred last) within the past three years
          • MSW, MPH, or other related degree holders who have conducted research about or related to anxiety disorders within the past three years

    Deadline: email awards@ada.org

    Clinician Trainee Award: This award acknowledges clinician trainees who have excelled in their performance in an internship or clinical training setting. ADAA will give up to three awards, providing trainees the opportunity to attend the annual conference, meet with a senior clinician mentor there, and become involved with the organization.

    Award:

          • Complimentary registration to the ADAA Annual Conference
          • Recognition at the Opening Session
          • Lodging for three nights during the conference
          • Assignment of a senior clinician mentor from the ADAA professional membership

    Eligibility:

          • Graduate students in a supervised clinical setting as part of a graduate degree program in the mental health field (MA, MD, MPH, MSN, MSW, PhD, PsyD) or psychiatry residents in a supervised clinical setting
          • Completion of at least six months of supervision in a clinical setting the previous twelve months
          • At least half of the clinical work must be in direct service to patients with anxiety disorders (GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic and agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias) and anxiety and depression.
          • Winners must commit to attending the entire ADAA Annual Conference.

    Deadline: To be announced

    Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund & The Simons Foundation: Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
    The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences supports, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

    The Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation recognize that to accomplish this goal it is necessary to encourage a variety of new approaches. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest:

          • Cellular and molecular neuroscience—Studies of the mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior.
          • Neural systems—Studies of the integrative function of the nervous system.
          • Clinical research—Studies designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

    Amount: $75,000 per year for three years

    Eligibility:

          • To qualify for an award investigators must hold the PhD and/or MD degrees, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training. Applications will be reviewed, and selections made by an Advisory Committee of distinguished neuroscientists.
          • The candidate must be an independent investigator, within 4 years (before July 1, 2014) of receiving his/her first tenure track appointment at a university or medical institution.
          • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but it is expected that candidates will be permanent residents of the U.S. and that their research will be carried out in U.S. institutions.
          • Klingenstein-Simons Fellows must obtain approval before accepting awards from other foundations.

    Deadline: Early March

    McKnight Foundation: McKnight Scholar Awards
    The McKnight Scholar Awards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. The awards support young scientists who hold the MD and/or PhD degree, who have completed formal postdoctoral training, and who demonstrate a commitment to neuroscience. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Funds may be used in any way that will facilitate development of the Scholar’s research program, but not for indirect costs.

    Amount: $75,000 per year for three years

    Eligibility: Candidates for the McKnight Scholar Awards:

          • Have demonstrated an interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience.
          • Are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career and are in tenure-track faculty positions.
          • Have completed formal postdoctoral training and have a record of meritorious research in areas pertinent to the interests of the Endowment Fund.
          • Have no more than four years of experience in an independent, tenure-track faculty position. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year; non tenure-track research faculty are ineligible.
          • Show evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience.
          • Hold U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.
          • Have a U.S.-based sponsoring institution, to which awards will be paid.

    Deadline: Early January

    National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression: Young Investigator Award
    The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. The awards are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent mental illnesses.

    NARSAD Young Investigator Grants enable early career scientists to garner pilot data for innovative ideas before they have “proof of concept” for their work. Once their NARSAD Grant project is complete, Investigators usually go on to receive sustained grant support from other sources that has proven to equal as much as 50 times the original research grant amount. NARSAD Grants offer the first critical backing of these young scientists’ work.

    Amount: $70,000 for two years ($35,000 per year)

    Eligibility: Not specified

    Deadline: Mid-January

    National Ataxia Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    Young Investigator (YI) Award: Grants to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in the field of any form of ataxia research.

    Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research: Grants to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) research.

    Amount:

          • Young Investigator (YI) Award: $35,000 for one year
          • Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research: $50,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • For both Young Investigator award programs, candidates must have attained an MD or PhD degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc or clinical fellow.
          • Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible.
          • Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying.
          • PhDs must be no more than five years from end of the completion of their post-doc training.
          • The sponsoring institution must agree in writing to the following provision: the young investigator (MD or PhD) must be free to allocate approximately half time (50%) for ataxia related research.

    Deadline:

          • Mid-July – Date the Letter of Intent is due with a ½ to one-page abstract with specific aims of your research
          • Mid-August – Full application due

    National Eating Disorders Association: Research Grants
    The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is committed to providing help and hope to those affected by eating disorders. To this end, NEDA’s Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research and Training aims to support projects that will improve the lives of individuals affected by eating disorders.

    Amount: $100,000

    Eligibility:

          • Investigators who are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents conducting research at institutions within the United States at the time of submission are invited to apply.
          • We are interested in geographic, gender, and racial diversity and we encourage women and minorities, as well as investigators from around the U.S., to apply.
          • The candidate’s research track record and other sources of funding will be considered when selecting awards.
          • Junior, as well as more established investigators, will be considered for the NEDA Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research and Training.

    Deadline: Mid-August

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards
    The overarching goals of the National MS Society are stopping MS progression, restoring function, and ending MS forever. As a part of reaching these goals, the National MS Society offers a limited number of Harry Weaver awards to highly qualified candidates who have concluded their research training and begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis. The awards are designed to provide salary and grant support for a five year period, thus permitting the awardee to establish competence in his/her chosen research area. Application must be made jointly by a candidate and the institution in which an appointment is held.

    Amount: The award includes both salary and research support, for a non-renewable five-year period paid through the sponsoring institution

          • Salary: The candidate must spend at least 20% of his or her time working on the research award in order to request salary support. Up to 75% of annual salary support may be requested (but in no case exceed $75,000 in the first year), with a 3% annual increase in each of the remaining 4 years. Salary Cap: The Society will not pay pro-rated salaries that exceed $199,700.
          • Research Support: The maximal direct costs that may be requested in the grant budget of the award is $30,000 in the first year, increasing incrementally each year up to $40,000 in the last year.

    Eligibility:

          • Candidates are eligible who hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) and have received sufficient research training at the postdoctoral level to be capable of independent research.
          • Individuals who have already conducted independent research for more than five years after postdoctoral training are ineligible.
          • Candidates must hold or have been offered an academic appointment at the assistant professor (or equivalent) level at an approved university, professional school or research institute in the United States at the initiation of the award.
          • Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is not required.

    Deadline: Mid-August

    Society for Neuroscience: Young Investigator Award (supported by AstraZeneca)
    The Young Investigator Award, supported by AstraZeneca, recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence.

    Amount: $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting.

    Eligibility:

          • Actively engaged in research at the time the award is given.
          • Show evidence of heading an independent research laboratory.
          • Received a PhD or MD (or equivalent) within the past 10 years. Time taken off for child-rearing does not count in these totals. Part-time work and other special circumstances are evaluated at the discretion of the committee.
          • Post-docs are ineligible.

    Deadline: Early May to Early June

    Whitehall Foundation: Grants-in-Aid
    The Whitehall Foundation assists scholarly research in the life sciences. It is the Foundation’s policy to assist those dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily supported by Federal Agencies or other foundations with specialized missions.

    The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: 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. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

    The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity.

    Amount: Maximum of $30,000 for a one-year period

    Eligibility:

          • The principal investigator must hold no less than the position of assistant professor, or the equivalent, in order to participate in the application process.
          • The applicant need not be in a tenure track position but must be an independent researcher and have Principal Investigator status at his/her institution, usually construed as having lab space independent of another Principal Investigator.


    Deadlines:

    Summer Session Fall Session Spring Session
    Letter of Intent January 15 April 15 October 1
    Application June 1 September 1 February 15

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    Nuclear Medicine

    Society of Nuclear Medicine
    The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), headquartered in Reston, Va., is a nonprofit scientific and professional organization that promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. SNMMI strives to be a leader in unifying, advancing and optimizing molecular imaging, with an ultimate goal of improving human health.

    Mitzi & William Blahd, MD Pilot Research Grant: The pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of their career conduct research that may lead to further funding. This grant may be used for salary support of the principal investigator, as well as direct costs of supplies and equipment. Support is not provided for salaries of other research personnel, or for indirect costs.

    Amount: $25,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • Basic or clinical scientists with an advanced degree, such as MD, PhD, or equivalent.
          • The research may be done in any country.
          • Awardee must hold a full-time position in an educational institution when the award starts.
          • Applicant must be no more than five years post nuclear medicine/molecular imaging training.
          • Applicant must not have served as the principal investigator of a peer-reviewed grant for more than $50,000 in a single calendar year.
          • Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated great potential for a research career in the field of nuclear medicine/molecular imaging and whose research focuses on translational in vivo studies that include radionuclide imaging or therapy.

    Deadline: Late February

    Postdoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Program: The postdoctoral program will support a two-year research endeavor that promotes integration of molecular imaging into the career of the trainee.

    Amount: $65,000 grant ($32,500 annually for two years)

    Eligibility:

          • MD, MD/PhD, PhD and PharmD applicants are eligible.
          • Applicants from any country may apply; the research may be performed in any country.
          • Applicants must hold a full-time position in an educational institution when the award starts.
          • Applicants must have completed all basic training and be no more than 2 years post training.
          • Applicants must not have served as a principal investigator on peer-reviewed grants totaling $50,000 or more in a single calendar year.
          • Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated great potential for a research career in the field of molecular imaging and whose research focuses on translational in vivo studies that include radionuclide imaging or therapy.
          • Only one application per trainee is accepted. No grantee may receive more than one SNMMI research grant in any one year. Likewise no other research grant request or continuation will be considered until a satisfactory summary of an earlier grant is received.

    Deadline: Late October

    Molecular Imaging Research Grant for Junior Academic Faculty: The objective of this program is to support one junior faculty member in an academic/research setting, and to enable them to engage in Molecular Imaging research related to diagnostic or therapeutic applications. Grants can be used for research support of the principal investigator, as well as direct costs of supplies and equipment. Support is not provided for salaries of other research personnel, or for indirect costs.

    Amount: $105,000 grant ($52,500 annually for two years)

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must have an advanced degree, such as MD or PhD (or equivalent).
          • Applicants must be practicing in an academic/research setting as a faculty member; the research may take place in any country.
          • Applicants must be in the first term of their academic appointment, with a rank no higher than assistant professor (or equivalent).
          • Applicants must provide a detailed proposal of the proposed research activity.
          • Applicants must not have received grant/contract amounts totaling $50,000.00 or more in a single calendar year as the principle investigator.
          • Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated great potential for a research career in the field of molecular imaging and whose research focuses on translational in vivo studies and includes radionuclide imaging or therapy.
          • Only one application per faculty member is accepted per grant. No grantee may receive more than one SNMMI research grant in any one year. Likewise no other research grant request or continuation will be considered until a satisfactory summary of an earlier grant is received.


    Deadline: Late December
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    Oncology

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) evolved from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) into a national fundraising movement to find a cure for all childhood cancers. The Young Investigator Awards are designed as start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.

    Amount: Maximum $50,000

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants may have their MD, PhD or dual MD, PhD and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor.
          • MD (DO) or MD, PhD applicants must either be finished with the third year of an accredited fellowship program at the time funding will start or must be no more than 6 years after finishing 3-year fellowship at the time the award would start (i.e., if the fellowship ended in 2008 or later, applicant is eligible for the 2014 award).
          • Applicant must be no more than 12 years after receiving the first professional degree (MD, DO, MBBS or equivalent) at the time the award would start.
          • M.D. candidates who did not do a 3-year fellowship must have 3 years of research experience after MD was awarded and be no more than 12 years after receiving MD at the time the award would start.
          • Ph.D. applicants must be within six years from the granting of the PhD at the time the funding will start, i.e. those with PhD received in 2008 are eligible to apply for a 2014 grant.
          • Post-docs are encouraged to apply but must also be within the six year time frame.
          • The applicant must not currently hold an independent NIH grant (R or P Award).
          • Applicant may currently have a NIH K Award.
          • A research mentor must be identified and the application must document his/her involvement in experimental design and execution.

    Deadline: Mid-December

    Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy: Young Investigators Award
    The Young Investigators Award distributes funds over 3 years, inclusive of a maximum of 10% indirect costs. Funds may be used at the recipient’s discretion for salary, technical assistance, supplies, animals or capital equipment, but may not support staff not directly related to the project, e.g. secretaries or administrative assistants. Purchase of equipment is not allowed in the third year of the grant. Continued support is contingent upon submission and approval of a non-competitive renewal application each year.

    The overall objectives of this grant are to advance cell and gene therapy into the causes, treatment and prevention of all types of cancer by promoting development of novel and innovative studies by young investigators. The emphasis of this initiative is to promote basic and pre-clinical research approaches utilizing cells and genes as medicine. ACGT will direct its grants into areas of cell and gene therapy research that have demonstrated great promise. The six main areas of research ACGT will support are:

          • Tumor-Specific Replicating Viruses and Bacteria
          • Anti-angiogenesis
          • Immune-mediated Gene Therapy and Cancer Vaccines
          • Oncogenes/Suppressor Oncogenes/Apoptosis Directed Therapy
          • Tumor Targeting and Vector Development
          • Other Cancer Cell and Gene Therapy Research

    Amount: $250,000 to $500,000

    Eligibility:

          • At the time of award activation, candidates must hold an MD, MPH, PhD, or equivalent degree and be a tenure-track Assistant Professor within five years of their initial appointment to this rank.
          • The investigator must be conducting original research as an independent faculty member.
          • ACGT has no citizenship restrictions; however, research supported by the award must be conducted at medical schools and research centers only in the United States and Canada.

    Deadline: Mid-March for abstract

    American Association for Cancer Research: Career Development Awards

    AACR Career Development Awards provide research support to foster a successful career path for junior faculty at academic, medical, and research institutions who have completed their mentored training and are newly appointed to independent research positions.

    Amount: Previous grants have ranged from $50,000 to $100,000 per year. Most previous grants have been granted for a two-year period.

    Eligibility: Eligibility criteria vary by funding opportunity. In general, applicants must:

          • Have a medical and/or doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.
          • AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR active membership.

    At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2014, applicants must:

          • Hold a full-time faculty position with the title of instructor, research assistant professor, assistant professor, or an equivalent full-time faculty position.
          • Have held a full-time faculty position or the equivalent for no more than 4-5 years.
          • Work at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world. There are no citizenship or geographic requirements.

    Deadline: Varies by Program

    American Cancer Society: Research Grants
    As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals. This process ensures that scientists propose projects that they believe are ready to be tackled with the available knowledge and techniques. This intellectual freedom encourages discovery in areas that scientists believe are most likely to solve the problems of cancer.

    Research Scholar Grants:
    The American Cancer Society seeks to support innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer. This grant supports independent, self-directed researchers within six years of their first academic appointment.
    http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/research-scholar-grants

    Amount: The maximum award is for 4 years and for as much as $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must be independent investigators within the first 6 years of their first academic appointment.
          • Applicants must be within a total of 12 years from the awarding of the terminal degree, and with no more than 1 current R01[-like] grant.
          • In most cases, the use of ACS research resources will require that at least one ACS intramural scientist is included as a collaborator on a grant application.

    Deadline: April 1 and October 15. Grant application materials become available January 1 and July 1.

    Mentored Research Scholar Grants:
    The American Cancer Society provides support for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers as either clinician scientists or cancer control and prevention researchers.
    http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/mentored-research-scholar-grants

    Amount: Awards are for up to five years and for up to $135,000 per year (direct costs), plus 8% allowable indirect costs. A maximum of $10,000 per year for the mentor(s) (regardless of the number of mentors) is included in the $135,000.

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must currently have an independent research or faculty position
          • Applicants are typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment.
          • In most cases, the use of ACS research resources will require that at least one ACS intramural scientist is included as a collaborator on a grant application.

    Deadline: April 1 and October 15. (Grant application materials become available January 1 and July 1.)

    Institutional Research Grants:
    http://www.cancer.org/research/applyforaresearchgrant/granttypes/institutional-research-grants
    The American Cancer Society awards these grants to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate research projects.

    Amount: Grants are made for one to three years, and average $90,000 per year. These grants are renewable.

    Eligibility: Eligible institutions must have:

          • A current letter from the Internal Revenue Service conferring 501(c)(3) status
          • Documentation of an active cancer research program

    Deadline: April 1 (Grant application materials become available January 1.)

    American Gastroenterological Association (AGA): Award in Digestive Cancer
    The AGA-Caroline Craig Augustyn & Damian Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer supports a young investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent who currently holds a federal or non-federal career development award devoted to conducting research related to digestive cancer.

    Amount: $40,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution.
          • AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
          • Candidate must hold an NIH K series (e.g. K01, K08, K23, K99, R00) or other federal or non-federal career development award of at least four years duration. There must be at least one year remaining on the award by July 1 of the application year.
          • Candidates may not hold an R01 or equivalent such as a VA Merit award; therefore, established investigators will not be considered for this award.
          • MD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
          • PhD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of your PhD and the start date of this award.
          • Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Physician/scientist investigators and candidates interested in translational research are especially encouraged to apply for this award.
          • An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.

    Deadline: Mid-January

    American Head and Neck Society (AHNS)
    The American Head and Neck Society sponsors several research grants both as an individual society and in conjunction with the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

    AHNS Pilot Grant: The purpose of this award is to support basic, translational, or clinical research projects in head and neck oncology. Clinical or translational research studies are strongly encouraged and should be specifically related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, or pathophysiology of head and neck neoplastic disease.

    Amount: $10,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • Candidates should reside in the U.S. or Canada.
          • Candidates should be medical students, residents, PhDs, or faculty members at the rank of associate professor or below.
          • Previous AHNS or AAO-HNS Foundation research grant recipients are eligible to compete for this grant. However, candidates who have successfully obtained funding from a private or federal funding agency for the same research are ineligible.

    Deadline: Mid-December

    AHNS/AAO-HNSF Young Investigator Combined Award, In Memory of Duane A. Sewell, M.D: To support research in neoplastic disease of the head and neck. One award available per year.

    Amount: $20,000 per year for up to two years

    Eligibility:

          • Open to fellows and assistant professors.
          • Must be AHNS member (may be candidate member).

    Deadline: Mid-December

    Breast Cancer Alliance: Young Investigator Grants
    The mission of the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment, and cure. BCA invites clinical doctors and research scientists whose primary focus is breast cancer and who are in the early stages of their careers to apply for funding for the Young Investigator Grant. This grant is open to applicants at institutions within a 200 mile radius of Greenwich, CT (an area that includes cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Albany).

    Amount: $125,000 for two years ($62,500 per year)

    Eligibility: Applicants for 2015 grants must:

          • Have held a faculty position for no more than four years following the completion of their training
          • Have not been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award
          • Dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research
          • This grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers who do not yet have their own major grant support.

    Deadline: Late July

    Children’s Tumor Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    CTF’s longest running program, YIA provides two-year awards for young scientists early in their careers, bringing them into the NF field and helping to establish them as independent investigators. The main function of the YIA program has been as a ‘seeding mechanism’ for researchers who went on to secure larger grants from NIH and CDMRP NFRP.

    Amount: Recent grants range from $64,000 to $108,000

    Eligibility:
    Applicant must be one of the following:

          • A postdoctoral fellow (MD, PhD or equivalent) but no more than 8 years past the completion of their first doctoral degree at the time that this funding begins, OR
          • A graduate student pursuing their PhD or equivalent doctoral degree

    Additionally:

          • NOTE: Applications from individuals holding a faculty position will NOT be accepted.
          • Applicant must be affiliated with the laboratory of an established researcher who is the applicant’s research sponsor.
          • In a given year, more than one member of a laboratory can apply for a YIA, but only one application per laboratory per year will be funded.
          • There are no citizenship requirements for this program.

    Deadline:

          • Pre-Application: Early January
          • Full-Application: Early March
          • Reviews: Early April
          • Notifications: Late April

    Concern Foundation: CONquer canCER Now Award
    Concern Foundation funds pediatric and adult cancer researchers worldwide studying many forms of cancer, primarily in the areas of immunology, immunotherapy, and the genetics of cancer. Concern specifically funds researchers who lack financial support for their first major research project and provides critically needed start-up funds for promising projects. Concern will not fund clinical trials, cancer epidemiology, or behavioral studies.

    Amount: $60,000 for a period of one year, with the possibility of continued funding of an additional $60,000 for the second year

    Eligibility:

          • Grants will only be awarded to independent investigators who are at the start of their career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent with explanation).
          • Concern will require a letter from the applicant’s Department Chair attesting to the applicant’s faculty status and to the applicant’s status as an independent investigator with independent laboratory space.
          • Priority will be given to proposals from independent investigators who have yet to obtain significant funding for their work.

    Deadline: Early September for Letter of Intent

    Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    The Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation gives two Young Investigator Awards each year to new physicians and scientists in the field of cutaneous lymphoma research.

    American Society of Hematology Young Investigator Award: Established in 2011, this annual award is given to support travel of a young investigator who is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.

    Society for Investigative Dermatology Young Investigator Award: Since 2003, this annual award has been given to support travel to the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting and participation in the concurrent CTCL Symposium. Nominations for this award are received from members of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, a candidate is chosen by the organizing committee of the Symposium, and the candidate is approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

    Amount: $1,500 to support travel of a young investigator who is attending the SID Annual Meeting and is presenting cutaneous lymphoma related research

    Eligibility:

          • Individuals with a MD or PhD degree.
          • Individuals with an academic rank no greater than assistant professor.
          • Individuals with demonstrable interest and/or achievement in clinical care, education or research in cutaneous lymphomas.
          • Individuals who have submitted an abstract and will presenting research at the annual ASH meeting.

    Deadline: Late February

    Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Innovation Award
    The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

    The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

    Amount: $600,000 for four years. (Awards will be paid in increments of $150,000 per year).

    Eligibility:

          • Institutional nominations are not required and there is no limit to the number of applications that can be received from a particular institution.

    Applicants must belong to one of the following categories:

          • Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first three years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position.
          • Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (in the final year of their sub-specialty training) holding an MD who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position. Such individuals must have an exceptional record of research accomplishment, dedicated laboratory space and the support of their institution.
          • Distinguished Fellows with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by their institution to pursue an independent research program and who have dedicated laboratory space. These candidates are markedly distinct from traditional postdoctoral fellows. Examples: Whitehead Fellows, UCSF Fellows, Cold Spring Harbor Fellows.

    Additionally:

          • Basic and translational/clinical projects will be considered.
          • Applications will be accepted from all scientific disciplines provided that the proposed research meets the selection criteria.
          • Applicants with a background in multiple disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.
          • Joint submission from collaborators working in different disciplines will be considered. Each collaborator must meet the eligibility criteria.
          • Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible.
          • Applicants are expected to commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research.

    Deadline: Early July

    Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research: Kimmel Scholar Award & Kimmel Translational Science Award
    The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to improving the understanding of cancer biology and to developing new methods for the treatment and prevention of cancer. It principally supports the programs of cancer institutions and individuals that emphasize basic cancer research, the rapid translation of scientific concepts into preventative and potential therapeutic applications and clinical research with novel or innovative treatment technologies.

    Kimmel Scholar Award: The Kimmel Foundation is seeking accomplished young investigators dedicated to a career in cancer research. Each year the Kimmel Foundation expects to select up to ten grant recipients who will receive $100,000 per year for two years.

    Kimmel Translational Science Award: The Foundation provides up to five additional awards specifically for physicians engaged in translational science.

    Amount: $100,000 per year for two years

    Eligibility:
    Kimmel Scholar Award:

          • Qualified applicants must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent graduate degree
          • Applications are limited to those who achieved the equivalent rank of Assistant Professor within the past 3 years. Physicians who have both clinical and research responsibility are eligible if appointed within the last 4 years
          • Applicants must not yet have their own R01 funding

    Kimmel Translational Science Award:

          • Applicants must hold an MD or equivalent degrees
          • Applicants must have achieved the rank of Assistant Professor within the past 4 years
          • Applicants must not hold R01 funding for the laboratory component of their cancer research
          • Applicants must demonstrate a significant personal involvement in the laboratory component of the translational project described
          • The translational research may involve primarily animal studies but must include reasonable application to subsequent human investigation

    Deadline: Early December

    Susan G. Komen: Career Catalyst Research Grants (CCR)
    CCR grants provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer.

    There are two types of CCR grants:

    Basic and Translational Research: This grant mechanism is appropriate for both basic (i.e. PhD) or clinical (i.e. MD) fellows proposing research projects that are laboratory- or field- based and do not meet Komen’s definition of clinical research. Studies focusing on quality of life or survivorship issues are not appropriate for this mechanism.

    Clinical Research: This grant mechanism is appropriate for clinical (i.e. MD) fellows/faculty proposing clinical, patient-oriented research projects that involve direct interactions with human subjects/patients. This includes studies such as therapeutic interventions or clinical trials.

    Amount: $450,000 combined direct and indirect costs; ($150,000 per year for up to 3 years)

    Eligibility:

          • Must have a doctoral degree, including MD, PhD, DrPH, DO, or equivalent
          • Must currently hold a faculty appointment or have a formal offer letter at the time of full application submission (November 20, 2014), verified by the Letter of Support from Institution
          • Must not have held any faculty appointment, including non-tenure and tenure track appointments combined, for more than a total of 6 years at the time of full application submission, November 20, 2014, verified by the Letter of Support from Institution
          • Must not currently hold or simultaneously apply for a Komen Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
          • Must not simultaneously hold a Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Grant. If a PDF grant is currently held, the PDF grant term must expire before the start of the CCR, if funded. If the Applicant is the recipient of a previous Komen CCR grant, the awarded CCR must end within 3 months of receiving Notification of Intent to Fund for the FY15 cycle or the funding will be withdrawn
          • Must not currently be a Principal Investigator on an existing R01 research grant.
          • Must conduct the proposed research and training at the Lead Mentor’s institution, which may be located anywhere in the world
          • Must have adequate space and facilities to conduct the proposed research and protected time for research, as verified by the Letter of Support from Institution
          • Must ensure that all past and current Komen-funded grants are up to date and in compliance with all Komen requirements; e.g., progress report submissions, IRB approvals, etc. at the time of full application submission, November 20, 2014
          • Is not required to be a U.S. citizen or resident
          • Must be able to commit at least 75% of full-time effort to research during each year of the grant period, verified by the Letter of Support from Institution

    Deadline for LOI Submission Early June

    Leukemia Research Foundation: New Investigator Research Grants
    The Leukemia Research Foundation exclusively funds New Investigators – individuals beginning to establish their own laboratories that are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. Preference is given to proposals that focus on leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, and multiple myeloma.

    Amount: $100,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • Preference given to proposals that focus on leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, and multiple myeloma.
          • New Investigators are considered to be within seven (7) years of their first independent position. Years as a resident physician, fellow physician, or post-doctoral fellow are considered to be training years.
          • Adjustments for career interruptions can be made. These could include but are not limited to, family leave, military service, major illness or injury. It is the responsibility of the applicant to point out and document such interruptions.
          • Investigators at the instructor level or similar position must include a letter from the department chair confirming their independence. The letter should also describe the facilities and resources available to the applicant.
          • Applicants with an NIH KO8 or K23 are eligible.

    Deadline: Mid-March

    Lymphoma Research Foundation of America
    Postdoctoral Fellowships: These two-year fellowships help attract the nation’s best scientific talent to careers in lymphoma and allow them to pursue promising leads under the guidance of a Sponsor.

    Amount: $50,000 in year one and $55,000 in year two.

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must have completed two years of their fellowship, or not more than two years as a junior faculty instructor or assistant professor at the start of the award period and hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
          • Applicants must be affiliated with an institution in the U.S. or Canada.
          • A sponsor is required.
          • The Fellow must spend a minimum of 80 percent of his/her time in research.

    Deadline: Early September

    Clinical Investigator Career Development Awards: This three-year program funds training of clinicians who will participate in developing new therapeutics and diagnostic tools for lymphoma. Clinicians will be trained to design and administer clinical studies and to take on primary responsibility for trial design, protocol development, IRB submission, and publication. A Career Development Plan and the commitment of a mentor are required as part of the grant application.

    Amount: Maximum of $75,000 per year for three years.

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must be licensed in the U.S. or Canada.
          • The Clinical Investigator must spend a minimum of 35 to 50 percent of his/her time in research.

    Deadline: Early September

    March of Dimes: Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
    This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. The applicants’ research interests should be consonant with those of the
    March of Dimes’ mission:

    The Mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited, or acquired in utero and presenting in infancy or early childhood. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course, and premature births, are appropriate subjects for research support.
    Relevance is interpreted broadly to include fundamental cell biology (embryogenesis, cell lineage, differentiation), genetics and genomics, fundamental cellular and clinical pathogenesis of disorders of importance to mothers and infants, biomedical engineering and imaging, and social and behavioral aspects.

    Amount: The award is $150,000 for two years, including 10 percent indirect costs to sponsoring institutions.

    Eligibility:

          • Each application should be accompanied by a Letter of Support from a Nominator.
          • Candidates must have an unrestricted faculty position and lab space.
          • PhD applicants should be no more than eight years past their degree. Successful applicants have traditionally had four to six years of postdoctoral training or other faculty-mentored work, but not more than eight years.
          • For MD or MD/PhD applicants, the same 4-8 year timeline applies, but begins upon completion of the last year of clinical training required for medical specialty board certification.
          • Basil O’Connor applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g. an R01, or other grant exceeding $200,000 a year) at the time of the application.

    Deadline: March for letter of nomination

    Melanoma Research Alliance Foundation: Young Investigator Award
    This program aims to attract early career scientists with novel ideas into melanoma research, thereby recruiting and supporting the next generation of melanoma researchers.

    Amount: Up to $75,000 per year for 3 years

    Eligibility:

          • Investigators must be within 4 years of their first academic faculty appointment at the time of application.
          • Young Investigator applicants must designate a Mentor, i.e., a senior investigator at the same institution who will ensure that adequate support and guidance are provided for successful completion of the proposed research project.
          • Fellows or others who are in training or support positions are not eligible to apply.
          • However, applications from those who have secured an independent faculty position commencing by July 1 of the year following the application year will be considered.

    Deadline: Mid-November

    Free to Breath

    Accelerate Clinical Trials Grant: (http://www.freetobreathe.org/research-grants/our-research-grants/accelerate-clinical-trials-grant) Free to Breathe (formerly the National Lung Cancer Partnership)’s new program funds pilot research projects that will investigate novel strategies to improve accrual of lung cancer patients to therapeutic cancer clinical traisl by at least 50% within a defined healthcare facility, system, or community. The intent of this program is to fund projects that will be reproducible and implementable to a wider community.

    Amount: $100,000 over two years

    Deadline: Mid-July

    Research Grant Competition (http://pivot.cos.com/funding_opps/154729): This new program is solely focused on research to prevent or stop lung cancer metastasis. Free to Breathe seeks to support high-impact and innovative lung cancer research within this area of emphasis that will result in clinical translation (e.g. clinical trial) by the end of the 3-year award period. The ultimate goal of this program is to fund research that will result in treatments for lung cancer patients and increase survival.

    Amount: Uppter $600,000

    Deadline: Early November for Letter of Intent and early March for the application

    Prostate Cancer Foundation: Young Investigator Awards

    The Young Investigator Awards offer career and project support for young (generally 35 and younger) proven investigators who have achieved junior faculty positions and are committing their lives to the field of prostate cancer.

    Amount: Amount varies. In 2013, the Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded nearly $5.8 million to 27 young investigators, or about $215,000 per recipient.

    Eligibility:

          • Young investigators are junior faculty members, usually age 35 and younger.
          • Young investigators are proven investigators who are committing their lives to the field of prostate cancer.

    Deadline: Deadline varies.

    Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research: Scientific Scholar Awards
    Young, talented investigators often have novel ideas and fresh approaches to scientific challenges. In order to attract new investigators to ovarian cancer research, each year we support multiple Scientific Scholars each who receive $60,000 for their proposed research.

    Amount: $60,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

          • Potential candidates will have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree with career goals focused on ovarian cancer.
          • Clinicians will have completed their residency.
          • Candidates should be at the post-doc/fellow, instructor, research assistant, or assistant professor level with no more than 3-4 years in any of these positions.
          • Established, outstanding scientists without prior focus in ovarian cancer but looking to focus in this disease area are also encouraged to apply.
          • Successful candidates will need to identify 1-2 research mentors who are willing to dedicate resources to support a proposed research plan and laboratory/office space that fits his/her short- and long-term goals.


    Deadline: Early December
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    Orthopedics

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world. Its continuing medical education activities include a world-renowned Annual Meeting, multiple CME courses held around the country and at the Orthopaedic Learning Center, and various medical and scientific publications and electronic media materials.

    Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons solicits manuscripts each year for the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award. Manuscripts should represent a large body of cohesive scientific work generally reflecting years of investigation. If the submission reflects a single project, it should be of high significance and impact.

    Amount: $20,000

    Eligibility:

          • Manuscripts must be original and written specifically for this award.
          • Manuscripts must be submitted by members (or candidate members) of the AAOS, ORS, Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), or Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS).
          • Manuscripts should focus on the results of the author’s basic and/or clinical research that relates to the musculoskeletal system.
          • The principal investigator must be under 40 years of age or no more than seven years beyond training.
          • Investigators submitting a manuscript for the Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award must include a letter of support from the laboratory director or department chair.

    Deadline: Mid-July

    Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation
    OREF supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education seeking clinically relevant advancements that orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve outcomes and help patients enjoy more of life. Research grant and award recipients are selected through OREF’s independent, peer-review process, which is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health. OREF invites applications for funding for qualified, clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education projects as grants and awards are funded.

    Career Development Grant

          • Encourages investigators to commit to scientific research,
          • Research may be basic, translational, clinical and/or health services.

    Amount: $225,000 ($75,000 per year)

    Eligibility:

          • Orthopaedic surgeon (MD, MBBS).
          • PhDs and DVMs are eligible if affiliated with an orthopaedic department.
          • Resident/fellow can apply only if he/she is able to demonstrate will begin a staff position at the time the grant commences.
          • Deadline: Mid-July

    New Investigator Grant

          • Advances the scientific training of the next orthopaedic surgeons by providing seed and start-up funding for promising research projects.
          • Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims and be obvious from the title and study design.

    Amount: $50,000

    Eligibility:

          • Residents
          • Fellows
          • Orthopaedic surgeons having completed formal training within the last four years

    ORS/OREF Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant

          • ORS/OREF Postdoctoral Fellowship Award provides one year of support for individuals in a full-time postdoctoral training program.
          • Applications must be dedicated to an orthopaedic-related project and focused on development of a career in orthopaedic research. Applications from trainees who have established a working relationship with an academic orthopaedic or musculoskeletal research unit are strongly encouraged.
          • Applicants must have a minimum of 95% time dedicated to proposed research.

    Amount: $50,000

    Eligibility:

          • PhD, MD, DVM or DO.
          • Applicant must be a full member of the ORS at the time of application submission.
          • Applicant must have a mentor/advisor that is a full member of ORS at the time of application submission.

    Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant

          • Prepares residents for a career with research as a major component.
          • Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aim and be obvious from the title and the study design.
          • Work should clearly be achievable by the resident as a free-standing project even when it is a part of a larger work, and it should potentially lead to publication with the resident as an author.

    Amount: $20,000

    Eligibility:

          • Residents
          • Fellows

    Deadline: Mid-September for all grants

    Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation: Michael Geisman Fellowship
    This fellowship supports post-doctoral trainees who are currently working on projects with clear relevance to OI, or who have projects that will enable them to develop expertise in OI research.

    Amount: $50,000 for one year; possibility of renewing for a second year

    Eligibility:

          • A qualified applicant must hold an MD, DDS, DO, or PhD, and be appointed at the level of a post-doctoral trainee, or equivalent, within an academic institution.
          • An applicant should have completed their PhD or their clinical training within the past five years.

    Deadline: Mid-January

    Scoliosis Research Society: New Investigator Grant
    The Scoliosis Research Society is a non-profit, professional organization, made up of physicians and allied health personnel. Their primary focus is on providing continuing medical education for health care professionals and on funding/supporting research in spinal deformities.

    The Research Grant Committee feels the following topics are important areas for research. This list is not all-inclusive and should not deter other areas of spinal pathology research.

          • Evidence Based Medicine
          • Idiopathic scoliosis
          • Etiology
          • Non-op and operative treatment
          • 3D deformity of the spine and thorax
          • Adult deformity
          • Treatment and outcomes
          • Osteoporosis
          • Osteoporotic spine fractures
          • how it impacts scoliosis kyphosis management
          • how it relates to spinal deformity and instrumentation
          • Early onset scoliosis treatment
          • Sagittal imbalance
          • Congenital scoliosis
          • Neuromuscular spinal deformity
          • Deformity and reconstruction arising from spine and sacral tumor treatment
          • Thoracic insufficiency children associated with spinal deformity
          • Pulmonary outcome sequeallae following common natural history of spine deformity and treatment history.

    This grant is specifically targeted to new investigators. The maximum award is $25,000 for up to two years. Extensive list of research focus areas can be viewed on the website.

    Amount: Maximum of $25,000 for up to two years

    Eligibility:

          • The New Investigator Grant is specifically targeted to new investigators.
          • This grant will not be awarded to those who have received prior funding from national granting organizations, such as SRS (standard grant), OREF, NSF or NIH; though it is available to candidates who have received a Small Exploratory grant.
          • You do not need to be a member of the SRS to apply for a grant. However you must have at least one SRS member listed as a Co-Investigator on the grant.


    Deadline: Early April and Early October
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    Pediatrics

    Academic Pediatric Association: Young Investigator Awards
    The APA supports research by fellows or junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care. Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA. Preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies.

    The three award categories are:

          • 1. APA Young Investigator Program: This program broadly funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains.
          • 2. APA Bright Futures Young Investigator Program: Supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, this program funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of and research base for health supervision in primary care.
          • 3. APA Young Investigator Award Program for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness: Supported by Reach Out and Read, this program funds research projects that focus on interventions in primary care intended to support the early stages of literacy development and school readiness among children at risk For Reading Problems or School Failure.

    Amount:

          • APA Young Investigator Program: up to $10,000
          • APA Bright Futures Young Investigator Program: up to $15,000
          • APA Young Investigator Award Program for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness: up to $15,000

    Eligibility:

          • The PI of any proposal submitted must be a member of the APA or have submitted an application for membership.

    Young investigators are defined as:

          • Faculty members who are no more than five years out from completion of all training
          • Fellows
          • Residents.

    Deadline: October

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) evolved from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) into a national fundraising movement to find a cure for all childhood cancers. The Young Investigator Awards are designed as start-up funds for new scientists at the end of their fellowship training or early in their research career. Demonstration of outstanding mentorship and demonstration of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a successful application.

    Amount: Maximum $50,000

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants may have their MD, PhD or dual MD., PhD. and must not have achieved an appointment higher than assistant professor.
          • MD (DO) or MD, PhD applicants must either be finished with the third year of an accredited fellowship program at the time funding will start or must be no more than 6 years after finishing 3-year fellowship at the time the award would start (i.e., if the fellowship ended in 2008 or later, applicant is eligible for the 2014 award).
          • Applicant must be no more than 12 years after receiving the first professional degree (MD, DO, MBBS or equivalent) at the time the award would start.
            MD candidates who did not do a 3-year fellowship must have 3 years of research experience after MD was awarded and be no more than 12 years after receiving MD at the time the award would start.
          • PhD applicants must be within six years from the granting of the PhD at the time the funding will start, i.e. those with PhD received in 2008 are eligible to apply for a 2014 grant.
          • Post-docs are encouraged to apply but must also be within the six year time frame.
          • The applicant must not currently hold an independent NIH grant (R or P Award).
          • Applicant may currently have a NIH K Award.
          • A research mentor must be identified and the application must document his/her involvement in experimental design and execution.

    Deadline: Mid-December

    American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Junior Investigator Award
    Amount: up to $30,000 a year for two years for up to two child and adolescent psychiatry junior faculty

    Eligibility:

          • Applicants must be board eligible or certified in child and adolescent psychiatry.
          • Applicants must have a doctoral level degree and be in a faculty or independent research position (assistant professor level or equivalent).
          • Applicants who have served as Principal Investigator on an NIH R01 grant are not eligible.
          • Applicants with a K award are eligible to apply, though priority will be given to applicants who do not have current federal research funding.
          • Applicants must have an on-site mentor who has had experience in the type of research that is being proposed that will normally include work with children and adolescents.
          • Candidates must either be AACAP members or have a membership application pending (not paid by the award).

    Deadline: Mid-March

    American Society of Nephrology: Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant
    The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients. The Norman Siegel Research Scholar Grant is given to a pediatric investigator.

    Amount:

          • The award will provide $100,000 annually for two years and will cover salaries/supplies related to the candidate’s research proposal.
          • A maximum of 10% of the award per year may be used to cover indirect costs at the candidate’s sponsoring institution.
          • Applicants are allowed to have currently, or have had previously, extramural (NIH or Foundation) mentored career development grant funding (e.g., NIH K08).
          • However, total grant funding, including the ASN Foundation Career Development Grant, cannot exceed $250,000 in annual direct costs, irrespective of scientific overlap.
          • The amount of the ASN Foundation grant will be reduced as appropriate if total funding exceeds this amount at any time during the funding period of the grant.

    Eligibility:

          • Must be a resident of North America.
          • Must be an active member of ASN.
          • Must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree.
          • Cannot be a previous recipient of an ASN or ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Career Development Grant.
          • Must be within seven (7) years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation.
          • Must have a proposed project that is independent of previous mentors.
          • Cannot have more than $250,000 (in annual direct costs) in external grant support, including the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research funds, at the time of the award activation.
          • Must devote at least 75% of their time to research.

    Deadline: Mid-December

    Children’s Tumor Foundation: Young Investigator Awards
    YIA provides two-year awards for young scientists early in their careers, bringing them into the neurofibromatosis (NF) field and helping to establish them as independent investigators.

    Amount: $64,000 to $108,000

    Eligibility:
    Applicant must be one of the following:

          • A postdoctoral fellow (MD, PhD. or equivalent) but no more than 8 years past the completion of their first doctoral degree at the time that this funding begins, OR
          • A graduate student pursuing their PhD or equivalent doctoral degree
          • NOTE: Applications from individuals holding a faculty position will NOT be accepted.
          • Applicant must be affiliated with the laboratory of an established researcher who is the applicant’s research sponsor.

    Deadline: Mid-January for Pre-Application

    Foundation for Child Development: Young Scholars Program
    The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy- and practice-relevant research on the development and learning needs of the nation’s young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income. FCD believes that early learning is a solid first step towards lifelong development and that promoting research in this area, conducted in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner, will help address the disparities in children’s outcomes.

    Amount: Maximum of $150,000 to be used over a two- to three-year period

    Eligibility:

            • Eligible researchers will have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., PhD, JD, EdD, PsyD, MD) within seven years of application submission. Ten years for physician applicants.
            • Applicants must be United States citizens, legal permanent residents, or those who have employment authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of the award and for the duration of the fellowship.
            • For the duration of the fellowship, individual Principal Investigators must be full-time employees of a private, nonprofit institution or American college or university located in the United States that will receive, process and support (i.e., contribute material and in-kind support) the funded research project, if awarded.
            • The affiliated nonprofit institution must have a minimum annual operating budget of $2.5 million, have a minimum three-year track record in conducting multi-year research projects (at least three over the last three years), include research as a core activity as described in recent annual reports, and have produced and publicly disseminated a minimum of five publications (over the last five years) reporting the results of their research.
            • The proposed research is led by the applicant who is the single Principal Investigator.
            • More than one applicant may apply from a single institution.

    Deadline: Early June for Letter of Intent and Early October for application.

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Career Development Award
    JDRF fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas.

    Awardees will focus their research efforts on a subject directly related to JDRF mission goals and research priorities, and position themselves to work at the leading edge of type 1 diabetes research. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasize either basic or clinical topics.

    Amount: Maximum of $150,000 per year for up to 5 years

    Eligibility:

            • The applicant must hold an MD, DMD, DVM, PhD received at least three but not more than seven years before the award.
            • The applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the proposal.
            • There are no citizenship requirements for this program.

    Deadline: Late June

    Thrasher Research Fund: Early Career Award
    The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The Fund is open to a variety of research topics important to children’s health. In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children’s health through medical research.

    Amount: The grant amount is based on the actual budgetary needs of the project, with a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs for the entire grant. The duration of the project can be up to two years.

    Eligibility:
    Those eligible to apply include:

            • Physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who completed that program no more than one year before the date of submission of the Concept Paper.
            • Post-doctoral researchers who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the Concept Paper.

    Additionally:

            • A new investigator who holds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K award (including a K12 award) or a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) is not eligible to apply for the Early Career Award.
            • Each project needs to be under the guidance of a mentor. The qualifications and experience of the mentor will be considered in the evaluation of the application. A mentor may have only one Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awardee at a time.
            • There are no restrictions with regard to citizenship. The Fund is open to applications from institutions both inside and outside the United States.


    Deadlines:

            • Spring Cycle: Late March for concept submission
            • Fall Cycle: Mid-September for concept submission

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    Pharmacology

    American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    Leon I. Goldberg Early Investigators Award

    The Early Investigator Award honors a young scientist for accomplishments in the field of clinical pharmacology achieved early in his/her career.

    Amount: $1,000

    Eligibility:

    • The nominee can be an academic, industrial, or regulatory scientist who has made a substantial contribution to clinical pharmacology within 10 years of the completion of an advanced degree and/or a post-doctoral fellowship or residency program.
    • An important aspect is that the recipient will be able to deliver an engaging presentation about the impact of their research.
    • The award is intended to foster the candidate’s potential for significant contributions to the future of clinical pharmacology.
    • The nominator’s assessment and letters of recommendation should contain evidence that the candidate has documented scientific contributions, as evidenced by either well cited publications, grants, patents, independent influence on important drug development or regulatory decisions, or other recognitions as may be relevant.
    • There are no restrictions concerning the scientific field in which nominees have earned their doctoral degrees.
    • Although it is encouraged, a nominee need not be a member of the Society.

    Deadline: Mid-June

    Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation: Research Starter Grants
    The PhRMA Foundation funds scientists at critical points in their research careers to support and reward innovation in disciplines essential to the development of safe and effective medicines. The PhRMA Foundation offers research starter grants to advance science in pharmacology, toxicology, informatics, pharmaceutics, and health outcomes.

    Awards Include:

            • Assessing the Benefits of Treating Cancer (Deadline: May 16)
            • Pharmacology/Toxicology (Deadline: September 1)
            • Informatics (Deadline: September 1)
            • Pharmaceutics (Deadline: September 1)
            • Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Deadline September 15)
            • Adherence Improvement Young Investigator Grant Program (Deadline: October 1)
            • Health Outcomes (Deadline: February 1)
            • Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (Deadline: February 1)

    Amount: $100,000 for one year

    Eligibility:

            • Individuals holding a rank of instructor, assistant professor, or investigator at the doctoral level are eligible to apply for a research starter grant.
            • The program is not intended for individuals in post-doctoral training programs.
            • Applicants must be sponsored by the department within which the proposed research is to be undertaken.
            • All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.


    Deadline: Vary based on award (see above).
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    Regenerative Medicine

    International Society for Stem Cell Research: Young Investigator Award
    The ISSCR Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of an investigator in the early part of his or her independent career in stem cell research who will be honored with the award at the ISSCR Annual Meeting

    Amount: $7,500 USD personal award plus a complimentary registration to the ISSCR Annual Meeting where they will be honored. The award recipient will have the opportunity to give a featured presentation.

    Eligibility:

            • Nominees must be five or fewer years out from their first full-time assistant professorship or equivalent position in an academic, industrial or clinical research setting.
            • Comparable titles in the international academic community might include but are not limited to Lecturer, Senior Scientist or Team Leader.
            • Nominees must be an ISSCR member in good standing.
            • Nominees must be independent investigators conducting original research in basic science or clinical development and translation in the field of stem cell research.
            • Nominees must be nominated by two (or more) ISSCR members in good standing.
            • Nominees must be available to attend the ISSCR Annual Meeting if they are selected as the award recipient.


    Deadline: Mid-October
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    Retinal Diseases

    Foundation Fighting Blindness: Career Development Awards
    The award is for junior investigators to pursue vigorous research programs to drive the research to find the therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases (RDDs), i.e., inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and non-exudative age-related macular degeneration. The goal of this Program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research, to elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs and to develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat and cure these diseases.

    Amount: Each five-year award will be for a total of $375,000, received as five annual payments of $75,000.

    Eligibility:

            • Clinician-scientists possessing an MD, DO or recognized equivalent foreign degree and who are in their first, second, or third year of a junior faculty appointment are eligible to apply for a CDA.
            • A CDA recipient must be mentored by one or more senior clinician-scientist and the application must include a “Mentor’s Proposal for Training” that details how the senior clinician-scientist will guide the junior investigator to advance his/her knowledge and career.


    Deadline: Mid-March
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    Federal Grants

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research: Young Investigator Program (YIP)
    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.

    A BAA specific to the YIP program will be announced once a year and, while open, will be posted to www.grants.gov and www.fbo.gov. Check these sites in July for the announcement.

    Amount: $120,000 for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.

    Eligibility:

            • Scientists and engineers who have received PhD or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

    Deadline: Mid-September

    Army Research Office: Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research
    Young Investigator Program (YIP): The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Young investigators meeting eligibility requirements may submit a YIP proposal. Outstanding YIP projects may be considered for a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).*

    Research Areas:

            • Mechanical Sciences
            • Environmental Sciences
            • Mathematics
            • Electronics
            • Computing Science
            • Physics
            • Chemical Sciences
            • Life Sciences
            • Materials Science
            • Network Science
            • ARO Special Programs

    Amount: Up to $50,000 per year for three years

    Eligibility:

            • This program is open to U.S. citizens, Nationals, and resident aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges, who have held their graduate degrees (PhD or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application.
            • Faculty at an institution of higher education which does not designate any faculty appointments as “tenure track” are eligible if that is so indicated in the proposal, and the supporting letter from the university states that the faculty member submitting the proposal will be considered for a permanent appointment.

    Deadline: Late March

    * PECASE awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Army on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. An applicant may not directly apply for a PECASE award. Instead, once a year, ARO technical program managers will nominate PECASE candidates from among all ARO YIP and other eligible proposals and white papers (if any) received.

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): Young Faculty Award (DARPA-RA-14-07)
    The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s 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. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.

    Amount: Up to $250,000.00 per year for up to two years

    Eligibility:

            • Untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science and technology research institution

    Deadline: Mid-January

    For more information, see FAQs at http://www.darpa.mil/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147487352.

    Department of Energy: Early Career Research Program
    The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

    Amount:

            • Ceiling: None
            • Floor: $750,000 over five years

    Eligibility:

            • The Principal Investigator must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track or an untenured Associate Professor on the tenure track at a U.S. academic institution.
            • No more than ten (10) years can have passed between the year the Principal Investigator’s PhD was awarded and the year of the deadline for the application.
            • There can be no co-Principal Investigators.

    Deadline: Early September for pre-application

    National Institutes of Health
    New investigators are the innovators of the future – they bring fresh ideas and technologies to existing biomedical research problems, and they pioneer new areas of investigation. Entry of new investigators into the ranks of independent, NIH-funded researchers is essential to the health of this country’s biomedical research enterprise. NIH’s interest in the training and research funding of new investigators is understandably deep and longstanding.

    Pathway to Independence Award
    http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/QsandAs.htm
    The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

    Amount: In the initial K99 application, an itemized budget is not required for the R00 phase. Applicants should follow the budget instructions for research career development awards outlined in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/) when providing information for the requested years of K99 support.

    Eligibility:

            • Outstanding postdoctoral candidates who have terminal clinical or research doctorates (or equivalent doctoral degrees) and who have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of initial application receipt date, or subsequent resubmission (A1) are eligible.
            • Parental leave or other well-justified leave for pressing personal or family situations of generally less than 12 months duration is not included in the 4-year eligibility limit. In addition, clinical training time with no research involvement (e.g., residency training) is not counted against the 4 year limit

    Deadlines: Mid-February, mid-March, early May and mid-June of each year

    NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
    http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/faq

    The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative research that has the potential for significant impact, and supporting promising early stage investigators. As part of NIH’s commitment to increasing opportunities for new scientists, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award supports a small group of exceptionally creative early stage investigators who propose bold new approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. This award complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its institutes and centers to fund new and early stage investigators through R01 grants and other mechanisms, which continue to be the major sources of support for new and early stage investigators.

    Amount: Applicants may request up to $1.5 million in direct costs for the five-year budget/project period. Applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs will be determined at the time of award.

    Eligibility:

            • An “early stage investigator” is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not been awarded a substantial, competing NIH independent research grant) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or is within 10 years of completing his/her medical residency (or the equivalent).

    Deadline: Mid-October

    NIH Director’s Early Independence Award
    http://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/index

    Recent trends show an increase in the length of the traditional scientific training period with a concomitant increase in the age at which scientists establish independent research careers. Although traditional post-doctoral training is likely to be appropriate for the large majority of new PhDs and MDs, there is a pool of talented junior scientists who have the intellect, scientific creativity, drive and maturity to flourish independently without the need for traditional post-doctoral training. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award provides a mechanism for exceptional early career scientists to move rapidly into independent research positions at U.S. institutions by essentially omitting the traditional post-doctoral training period.

    Amount: Up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs

    Eligibility:

            • Candidates must be within one year (before or after) of completion of their terminal degree or clinical residency at the time of application.
            • Since each institution may submit only up to two applications, candidates must be chosen by the institution through an internal institutional selection process.

    Deadline: Late December for Letter of Intent

    National Science Foundation: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
    CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’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 within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

    PECASE: Each year NSF selects nominees for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious recent CAREER awardees. Selection for this award is based on two important criteria: 1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the mission of the sponsoring organization or agency, and 2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, education or community outreach. These awards foster innovative developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of the participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the Nation’s future. Individuals cannot apply for PECASE. These awards are initiated by the participating federal agencies. At NSF, up to twenty nominees for this award are selected each year from among the PECASE-eligible CAREER awardees who are most likely to become the leaders of academic research and education in the twenty-first century. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy makes the final selection and announcement of the awardees.

    Amount: The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000, including indirect cost or overhead, for a 5- year period except in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Proposals to BIO and OPP must request a minimum of $500,000 (approximately $100,000 per year) for the 5-year duration. There is no maximum award size but be realistic about your budget expectations and what has been funded before by the Program considering your proposal.

    Eligibility:

            • Assistant professors without tenure are eligible.

    Deadline: Mid-July

    Office of Naval Research: Young Investigator Program
    The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received PhD or equivalent degrees within the last five years. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available.

    Amount: Up to $170,000 per year for three years

    Eligibility:

            • Awards under this announcement will be made only to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education which award degrees in science, engineering and/or mathematics.
            • The principal investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a first- or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent faculty position at that university.
            • The principal investigator must have started her/his first full-time appointment within the past six years.

    Deadline: Mid-September
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