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Young Faculty Grant Opportunities

Department of Agriculture (DOA)

Program Deadline Summary
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) varied by program area The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component of this program includes funding for new investigators, defined as follows: beginning his/her career, no extensive publication record, less than five years post-graduate career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral research grants or USDA NRI or AFRI Seed Grants.

 Department of Defense (DoD)

Program Deadline Summary
Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research early January This program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track equivalent academic appointment and show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years.
Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research July or August Program supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.
Young Faculty Award (DARPA) January DARPA Young Faculty Award identifies and engages rising research stars in junior faculty position at U.S. academic institutions, as well as exposes them to Department of Defense neeeds and DARPA's program development process. DARPA YFA focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal 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.
Young Investitigator Program , Army Research Office open The ARO Young Investigator Program is included in the AEO Section of the ARL COre Broad Agency Announcement fo Basic and Applied Scientific Research. The 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 degress (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. YIP awards are up to $50,000 per year for three years.

Department of Energy (DOE)

Program  Deadline Summary
Early Career Research Program, Office of Science September for requisite pre-proposal, November for full application Supports individual research program development for outstanding scientists early in their careers  and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond Ph.D. at the deadline for application.

National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASA)

Program Deadline Summary
New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES program element) varies; applications are solicited every two years The New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science, directed towards scientists and/or engineers within five years of receiving their terminal degree, is solicited every two years. Proposers can address research, applied sciences, data management, computing, and/or technology issues. Average anticipated award is $80,0000-$90,000 per year for up to three years.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Program Deadline Summary
NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program October NIH Director's New Innovator Award adresses two goal: stimulating highly innovative reserach and supporting promising early stage investigators that have to potential to produce a major impact on borad important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Pre-proposal required. See solicitation for details.

National Science Foundation

Program Deadline Summary
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program July NSF CAREER Award provides stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning, and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size for 2015 is $400,000 for a five year period except for the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Division of Polar Programs (PLR), who must submit budget requests for a minimum of $500,000.
NSF CAREER Award webinar May Provides an overview of the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Program and to answer participants questions about development and submission of CAREER proposals.
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) September Funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the Ph.D. One may not yet have received any other grants in the PI role from any institution or agency, including from the CAREER program or any other award post-Ph.D.

Non-federal Opportunities

Program Deadline Summary
Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI), American Chemical Society March Awards of $110,000 over two years provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the U.S. who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent.

Beginning Grant-In-Aid, National Scientist Development Grant Program, American Heart Association

January AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology, and public health. Applicants should have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment at the Assistant Professor level or its equivalent and must not be funded (extramurally) for more than one year at a level greater than $95,000 per year in direct costs. Applicants must hold faculty/staff rank up to and including Assistant Professor (or equivalent), but not have more than seven years of experience at the Assistant Professor level.

Research Awards, American Society for Mass Spectrometry

November 30 Academic scientists within four years of joining tenure-track faculty are eligible for awards of $35,000 for research in mass spectrometry.