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Early Career Funding Opportunities


In a competitive funding environment, opportunities exist to help researchers at the beginning stages of their careers. Examples of federal and non-federal funding opportunities specifically geared toward early career investigators working at the University of Florida are available in the tables below. As with all funding opportunities, it is essential to review the sponsor guidelines to confirm eligibility, deadlines and research priorities.

For a calendar of select Early Career Faculty Awards, please visit the Provost’s Award Page.


Federal Opportunities

Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Fiscal Year 2023 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) intends to support young in career scientists and engineers showing exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Investigators must have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees by 1 April 2015 or later.  6/6/2022 Up to $150,000/year,
over 3 years

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Young Faculty Award

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process. November 2022 (anticipated) $500,000 over 2 years, with a 1-year option period

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agricultural sciences. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awards AFRI research, education, and extension grants to improve rural economies, increase food production, stimulate the bioeconomy, mitigate impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, enhance human nutrition, and train the next generation of the agricultural workforce. Varies Varies: Multiple grants

Army Young Investigator Program (YIP)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
YIP awards are one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the Army on scientists beginning their independent careers. The objective is to attract outstanding young university faculty members to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army, to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Continuous through March 31, 2023 Maximum of $120,000/year over 3 years

Navy Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator 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, who have received their doctorate or equivalent degree in the past seven years, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. 7/1/2022 $510,000 over a 36- month period of performance. May request up to $170,000 for each 12-month interval

Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program provides an annual funding opportunity for researchers in universities and DOE national laboratories. Established in 2010, this program supports the individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. N/A $750,000 over 5 years

Department of Energy – Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP) is the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy’s (DOE-NE) most prestigious award for faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers, not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators demonstrating commitment to teaching, learning, and dissemination of knowledge. Previous FY, Deadline in February $625,000

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the US in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development.  Awaiting publication TBD

Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results (STARS) Program

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program aims to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peer-reviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation’s best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions.  Varies Varies: Multiple grants

NASA: ROSES Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP in Heliophysics)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
NASA’s Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP) in Heliophysics is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate diverse scientific leadership in Heliophysics. 7/28/2022 $125,000 – $175,000 per year for up to 4 years

NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within the NIH mission. 8/19/2022 Up to $1.5M in direct costs split into two multi-year segments

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the award supports outstanding junior scientists with the intellect, scientific creativity, drive, and maturity bypass the traditional postdoctoral training period to launch independent research careers. 9/2/2022 Up to $250,000/year

NSF Alan T. Waterman Award

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient’s choice. October 2022 (anticipated) [Internal Limited Submission] A medal and $1,000,000 over 5 years

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
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 early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.  7/25/2022 Minimum of $400,000 for the 5-year duration

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks to award grants intended to support research independence among early-career academicians who specifically lack access to adequate organizational or other resources. 9/19/2022 Up to $175,000 over 2 years


Non-Federal Opportunities

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation: Young Investigator Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration

Alex’s
Lemonade Stand Foundation

Young Investigator grants are designed to fill the critical need for startup funds for less experienced researchers to pursue promising research ideas. Eligible applicants may apply during their fellowship training or early in their research careers but must not have achieved an appointment higher than Instructor.  December 12, 2022 Up to $150,000, over 3 years

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation: 'A' Award Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation The ‘A’ Award is designed for the early independent career scientist who wants to establish a career in pediatric oncology research. May 2023 (anticipated) Up to $200,000 per year for 4 years , with the possibility of a 5th year of funding

RunX1 Early Career Investigator Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation The RUNX1 Early Career Investigator grant is designed to fund research in strategies leading to the development of therapies to prevent the transition from pre-leukemia to leukemia for patients with RUNX1-FPD. Collaboration and data sharing are a priority for this research program.  December 2022 (anticipated) $180,000 over 3 years

Sloan Research Fellowships

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
July 2022 [Internal Limited Submission] $75,000

New Investigator Research Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program (IRGP) funds investigations to advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, identify new treatment strategies, improve care for people with dementia and further our knowledge of brain health and disease prevention.  Varies: February and March 2023 Award amount varies

American Cancer Society: Research Scholar Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Cancer Society

Research Scholar Grants (RSG) provide support for independent, self-directed researchers and clinician scientists, who are investigators licensed to provide patient care and trained to conduct research. Applicants’ institutions must provide space and other resources customary for independent investigators.

 

 10/15/2022 Up to $165,000/year, over 4 years

American Cancer Society: Clinician Scientist Development Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Cancer Society The Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG) supports junior faculty members in becoming independent investigators as clinician scientists. This grant is designed for people trained primarily as clinicians who want to maintain clinical practice and conduct cancer research.

 10/15/2022 and 4/1/2023

Up to $165,000/year, over 4 years

Petroleum Research Fund: Doctoral New Investigator Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Chemical Society

The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are:

To support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and
To develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience.

March 2023 (anticipated) $110,000 over 2 years

ACLS Fellowship and Grant Programs

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Council of Learned Societies ACLS is one of the leading private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and interpretive social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. Varies Multiple. See individual programs

American Diabetes Association: Junior Faculty Development Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association will request letters of inquiry (LOIs) for research focused on leveraging nutrition and lifestyle for diabetes prevention across the life span. TBD $138,000/year, plus optional student loan repayment ($10,000/year)

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Federation for Aging Research The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research (GFMR) and AFAR provide up to $125,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts on the biology of aging. These investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics related to aging. Letter of Intent due: December 2022 (anticipated) Up to $125,000 for a one- to two-year award

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Young Investigator Innovation Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Our research grants support studies that will increase our understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives. Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. Nov 15, 2022  $90,000 over 2 years

AMS Centennial Fellowship

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Mathematical Society The AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program makes an award annually to an outstanding mathematician to help further their career in research. The primary selection criterion for the Centennial Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate’s research. Fall $50,000 for one year

American Society for Mass Spectrometry: Research Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research awards promote the research of academic scientists within the first four years of joining the tenure track or research faculty of a North American University at the time the award is conferred.  Nov 30, 2022  $35,000

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation: New Investigators Grant

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
American Speech- Language-Hearing Foundation The New Investigators Research Grant is designed to help further new investigators’ research activities by funding one-year, preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale research studies.  TBD $10,000

Beckman Young Investigator Program

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their 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. August 1, 2022  Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award

BBRF Young Investigator Grant

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation BBRF Young Investigator Grants cover a broad spectrum of mental illnesses and serve as catalysts for additional funding, providing researchers with “proof of concept” for their work. Spring 2023 (anticipated) $35,000/year for 2 years totaling $70,000

Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.  February 1, 2023 [Internal Limited Submission] $100,000

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Career Development Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Career Development Awards are mentored awards intended to facilitate the development of individuals with research potential to prepare for a career of independent basic research investigation in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  November 2022 Up to $90,000/year, up to 3 years

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Cancer Research Foundation: Innovation Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Damon Runyon-Rachleff Cancer Research Foundation 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. TBD $200,000/year, for 2 years, with the option for 2 additional years

Dermatology Foundation: Career Development Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Dermatology Foundation The Dermatology Foundation offers nine categories of highly competitive Career Development Awards (CDAs). CDAs may be renewed annually for up to a total of three years of funding.  10/15/2022 Up to $55,000/year, up to 3 years

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Clinical Scientist Development Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. TBD $495,000 over 3 years

Klingenstein-Simons Neuroscience Fellowship

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Klingenstein Philanthropies The Klingenstein-Simons Neuroscience Fellowship supports innovative research by early career investigators. The research should have relevance for understanding the mechanisms underlying any of a wide range of neurological and behavioral disorders, and it may lead to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.  February 2023 (anticipated) $225,000 over 3 years

Knowledge Challenge (formerly the Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research)

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation The Knowledge Challenge RFP is intended to support activities that improve our understanding of entrepreneurship and generate practical, actionable, and rigorous evidence to inform decision making and change systems.  TBD $400,000 annually for project teams, up to $200,000 annually for individual researchers

Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Health Effects Institute The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. March 2023 (preliminary application) Maximum of $500,000 for 3 years

Research Grants – Early Career

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants – Early Career (formerly Young Investigator Grants) are for teams of researchers who are all within 5 years of establishing an independent laboratory and within 10 years of obtaining their PhDs.  March 2023 (initiate LOI) Up to $500,000/year for a team of 4 or more

Michelson Prizes

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Human Vaccines Project The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases. June 26, 2022 $150,000

Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards support young physicians/scientists committed to March of Dimes’ mission to fight for the health of all moms and babies. June 30, 2022 (anticipated) $150,000 for 2 years

McKnight Scholar Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
McKnight Foundation The McKnight Scholar Awards support neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers.
The Scholar Awards support young scientists who: hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree; have completed formal postdoctoral training; and demonstrate a commitment to neuroscience. 
January 2023 $225,000, over 3 years

NAS Award in Molecular Biology

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Academy of Sciences The NAS Award in Molecular Biology is supported by Pfizer Inc. and recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist (preferably no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. On a case-by-case basis, scientists up to 50 years of age are eligible for consideration.  October 3, 2022  A medal and a $25,000 prize

National Academy of Sciences: Troland Research Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Academy of Sciences Two Troland Research Awards are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers (preferably 45 years of age or younger) and to further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.  October 3, 2022  $75,000

National Ataxia Foundation: Young Investigator Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Ataxia Foundation The Young Investigator Award was created to encourage young clinical and scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of Ataxia research.  Sept 28, 2022 (LOI) Up to $50,000 for 1 year

National Hemophilia Foundation: Career Development Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Hemophilia Foundation NHF seeks research grant applications from established investigators, preferably at the assistant professor level or above, who have demonstrated a commitment to bleeding disorders research. We especially encourage innovative projects that promote the development of novel technologies and/or therapies to advance the field of bleeding disorders research. 7/1/2022 $70,000 annually for a maximum of three years

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Biostatistics/Informatics Junior Faculty Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

As part of our commitment to building a workforce of research leaders to drive pathways to MS cures, the National MS Society established a junior faculty award in biostatistics/ informatics/computational biology, with funding from the Marilyn Hilton MS Research Fund. 

August 10, 2022 Three years of partial (25%-50%) salary support or teaching buy-out and up to $20,000 per year for access to datasets

National Scleroderma Foundation: New Investigator Grant

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
National Scleroderma Foundation The National 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 scleroderma. This grant supports promising research that is likely to lead to individual research project grants. TBD Three-year award of $200,000 total

PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants The PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants help promising young scientists advance their research projects. Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.   $100,000

Cottrell Scholar Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Research Corporation for Science Advancement The Cottrell Scholar Award honors and helps to develop outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. The Cottrell Scholar Award provides entry into a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes. July 1, 2022 $100,000 over three years

Simons Foundation: Bridge to Independence Award

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative SFARI is invested in supporting the next generation of top autism researchers. The Bridge to Independence Award program engages talented early-career scientists to pursue autism research by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their faculty positions. February 2023 (anticipated) $495,000, over three years

Smith Richardson Foundation: Strategy & Policy Fellows Program

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Smith Richardson Foundation The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy & Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. June 17, 2022 $60,000

David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Society for Conservation Biology The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program seeks to develop future world leaders and entrepreneurs who are successful at linking conservation science and application. Smith Fellowships provide two years of postdoctoral support to outstanding early-career scientists.  September 2022(anticipated) 2-year annual salary of $59,000, research funds totaling $32,000 & $8,000 travel budget.

Society of Neuroscience: Early Career Awards (multiple)

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Society for Neuroscience For students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists in the field for a decade or less who have contributed remarkable research or achievements. Early May to early June (depending on award) Varies ($2,000 – $25,000 per award)

Mitzi & William Blahd, MD, Pilot Research Grant

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging 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. Jan 2023 (anticipated) $25,000

Susan G. Komen: Career Catalyst Research Grants

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Susan G. Komen We are accelerating scientific discoveries through new approaches and technologies to acquire new knowledge and advance personalized care for all through Komen’s research priorities TBD [Internal Limited Submission] $150,000/year, for up to 3 years

Searle Scholars Program

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Kinship Foundation The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. September 2022 (anticipated) [Internal Limited Submission] $300,000 over 3 years

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
The Pew Charitable Trust 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 support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. September 8, 2022 [Internal Limited Submission] $75,000/year for a 4- year period, totaling $300,000

Thrasher Research Fund: Early Career Awards

Organization Award Description Deadline Award Amount & Duration
Thrasher Research Fund The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators.  9/13/2022 Up to $25,000