Early Career Opportunities

These programs are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. 

Program Title Federal Agency Deadline Amount
Young Investigator Program - W911NF-12-R-0011-03 DOD, Army Research Office (ARO) OPEN Up to $50,000 per year for three years
NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program National Institute of Health (NIH) 1/29/2016 $250,000 for up to 5 years
Young Faculty Award DOD, DARPA Anticipated Announcement Between and Dec 2015 - Feb 2016 ~$300,000
Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research National Science Foundation (NSF) Anticipated - May 2016 Varies
New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES program element) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Anticipated - June 2016 The average anticipated award is $80,000-$90,000 per year for a period of up to three years
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) National Science Foundation (NSF) July 20, 2016
(BIO, CISE, HER)

July 21, 2016 (ENG)

July 22, 2016
(GEO, MPS, SBE)

$400,000 to $500,000 depending on project areas
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) National Science Foundation (NSF) Sept 28, 2016 It is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD
Early Career Research Program Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science Anticipated - Sept 2016 The minimum award size is $150,000 per year for five years for universities and
$500,000 per year for five years for DOE national laboratories
NIH Director's New Innovator Award National Institute of Health (NIH) Anticipated - Oct 2016 $300,000 for up to 5 years
Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) DOD, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Anticipated - Oct 2016 Up to $120,000 per year for 3 years
Young Investigator Program DOD, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Anticipated - December 2016 $170,000
Additional funds for capital equipment may be requested
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture See Program of Interest See Program of Interest
Fellowships for Early Career Researchers National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) See Program of Interest See Program of Interest