Early Career Research Funding Opportunities
Department of Defense
YIP funding is available to scientists and engineers who have obtained a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years and exhibit extraordinary abilities for doing basic research. YIP encourages creative basic research and the growth of outstanding young investigators.
The program objective is to attract, inspire, and support outstanding young university faculty members pursuing research areas related to the Army.
The program seeks is to identify and encourage rising junior faculty researchers while familiarizing them with the needs of the Department of Defense.
Academic scientists and engineers with outstanding potential for conducting creative research and are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment are encouraged to submit proposals.
Department of Justice
The program supports non-tenured assistant professors doing applied research in areas significant to the NIJ in the social/behavioral and STEM sciences.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Faculty and postdoctoral are given several opportunities to take part in research relevant to the FDA’s mission.
The Early Career Fellowship program assists advancement of the individual research programs of exceptional scientists and encourages research careers in Planetary Sciences Division supported areas.
National Institutes of Health
The awards support early career researchers that have moved or will be moving to fully independent positions as investigators, faculty members, clinician scientists, or scientific team leaders and have an emphasis on becoming an expert in their research areas.
Policies that support New Investigators and Early-State Investigators.
The program objective is the development a robust group of new and bright NIH-supported investigators.
National Science Foundation
The program is a Foundation-wide activity offering prestigious NSF awards to early-career faculty.
Objective is to promote research independence directly after receiving Ph.D. and securing the first academic position.
The program funds genome-scale research focusing on questions of biological significance and of relevance to society.
U.S. Department of Education
Institute of Education Sciences: Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring
The program supports new investigators developing independent research during the first years at institutions of higher education.
U.S. Department of Energy
The program supports exceptional scientists in the development of their individual research during their early career and encourages research careers in DOE supported disciplines.
Objective is to attract, encourage, and guide promising investigators toward long-term careers in childhood cancer research.
Fellowships recognize early-career scientists and scholars for their outstanding performance and promise of significant contributions to their field.
Grants support Independent investigators in the first six years of their cancer research career.
Program objective is to support research in the petroleum field and provide advanced scientific education to young scientists and engineers in their first three years of their first academic appointment.
ACLS provides support to doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and related social sciences.
Investigators at or below the assistant professor level are awarded grants that support studies that lead to a better understanding of suicide or test treatments and other lifesaving interventions.
The program objective is to provide cardiovascular and stroke research support to exceptional beginning scientists conducting during their initial research training and their complete independence.
The program provides funding to exceptional mathematicians to assist them in advancing their research careers.
The program is very selective, nonpartisan, and dedicated to increasing awareness of Congress through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.
Awards support young scientists conducting academic research in mass spectrometry.
The program offers research support to highly talented young faculty members during their early academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.
The awards recognize highly talented faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.
The grant supports young scientists with the greatest potential doing neurobiological research.
The program provides funding to support young faculty in their chemical sciences research and teaching careers.
The award helps young scientists early in their careers advance as independent investigators.
The program objective is to fund creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas and outstanding innovative early career researchers that may be not be able to acquire traditional funding.
The fellowship awards focus on the advancement of early career scientists’ “cutting-edge” investigations.
The fellowship recognizes tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members working towards making substantial research contributions in the area of entrepreneurship.
The program objective is to encourage talented and creative new faculty to commit to a long-term career doing research in food and agriculture and in particular the problems faced as the world’s population grows.
The program supports research with an emphasis on early learning and development needs of children growing up in situations of economic insecurity and social exclusion.
This career development award allows junior faculty members to conduct innovative bioethics research.
The program’s purpose is to identify and provide support to early career researchers at a time when completion for funding is intense.
The grants are for teams who will be forming an independent laboratory within the next 5 years and will obtain their Ph.D. within 10 years.
New investigators in the area of nutrition and food shall use the award to supplement a current project or begin exploratory research.
The Foundation exclusively supports promising new investigators who are in the process of forming their own laboratories after leaving their senior scientist mentor. The grants give scientists an opportunity to conduct research with the expectation that there will be significant breakthroughs.
MAP funds “original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.”
The Scholar Awards offer support to early career neuroscientists’ researching learning and memory disorders.
The award supports promising early researchers that have the greatest possibility of producing significant and ongoing contributions to educational research.
Obesity Society: Early Career Research Grants
The program objective is to support new research in any areas associated with obesity.
One nomination per participating institution will be invited. The program supports young investigators with exceptional potential in their research promoting human health.
The grants fund researchers in the beginning stage of their independent research careers and is not meant to supplement existing research.
The program seeks to identify and support the early careers and professional advancement of developing artists.
The program supports the development of exceptional early career teachers and scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy.
The program provides support with grants and career development opportunities for researchers in the early stages of their career.
The program supports assistant professor level researchers that are in their first tenure-track position at a participating institution.
The program’s objective is to encourage U.S. scholars and investigators doing policy analysis in the areas of American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
The award supports early career researchers with exceptional potential in the area of brain cancer research.
Fellowships support various academic ranks with the goal of creating a diverse group of scholars.
The program’s goal is to support unestablished assistant professor researchers facing rigorous competition for research funding.
The program objective is to support and develop early career researchers’ proficiency in new areas where they might otherwise be hesitant to take risks.
The award’s purpose is to make more time available to junior faculty that are past their midpoint tenure review by providing funding for research assistance during the summer and academic year.
The webpage provides a list of funding opportunities specifically for early career investigators.