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

RIO offers the Principal Investigator (PI) Academy program to orient early career, tenure-track faculty to CU Boulder’s research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of “core” research topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly and creative endeavors. 

  • Early Career Research Program: Mandatory Pre-Application: October 2022 (Anticipated). Submission Deadline for Applications: January 2023 (Anticipated).

Please click on the Opportunity Title for links to the program webpages to access the most up-to-date information.

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Arts & Humanities

Opportunity Title
&
Sponsor

Deadline
&
Award Amount and Duration

Eligibility

The University of Edinburgh: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Multiple Deadlines, Amounts & Durations

The Institute is pleased to offer a range of postdoctoral and early-career Fellowships for recent graduates.

Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University Multiple Deadlines, Amounts & Durations

Offer funding in the following categories:

  • Early Career Fellowships in Hellenic Studies in Greece and Cyprus
  • Early Career Fellowship in Philhellenism

Residencies

National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF)

Multiple Deadlines, Amounts & Durations

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) works directly with select artists and The National Park Service (and their affiliates) to create unique Artist in Residency programs within the wonders of the National Parks.

ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Due: March 28, 2022, at 9 pm ET

Stipend: $62,500 in year one, and $65,000 in year two, plus health insurance and professional development  funding.

Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities.
2021 Eligibility Info: Applicants must have a PhD that was/will be formally conferred by their university between September 1, 2016, and October 1, 2021.

Kala Fellowship Award

Kala Art Institute

Deadline: March 6, 2022

$3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to nine months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery.

Artists producing innovative work in mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Fellowship Awards will be given based on conceptual creativity, originality and artistic excellence as well as project specific technical knowledge.

LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Deadline: March 16, 2022

One-year awards of $10,000. Professional development, Convening, Culturally Appropriate Evaluation, Communications and marketing support.

The program will provide critical support to early-career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. The primary objectives of this opportunity are to support artists who are developing their voices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.

Halcyon Fellowships

Halcyon Flagship Residential Fellowship

Due: April 8, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET

$10,000 stipend

Halcyon Fellowships equip early-stage impact-driven founders with tools and relationships they need to achieve scalable, lasting impact. 

During the Halcyon Flagship Residential Fellowship, a diverse cohort of fellows receives free residency and workspace, mentorship and leadership coaching, robust support from business consultants, and a living stipend to develop their entrepreneurial vision.

Princeton Arts Fellowship

Princeton University – Lewis Center for the Arts

Next application cycle opens: July 1, 2022

An $86,000 a year stipend is provided.

Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected.

Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists–this list is not meant to be exhaustive–who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Cromwell Fellowships

American Society for Legal History (ASLH)

Due: July 1, 2022

Award Amount: $5,000

 

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation makes available a number of $5,000 fellowships to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early-career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project.

Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence Open Call

Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Anticipated: July 2022

Last Due Date: Jul 15, 2021

$10,000 individual grant and requires a two-to-eight-week stay at Oak Spring.

This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional artist who shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense.

MacDowell
Fellowships

Due: September 10, 2022

A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two to six weeks. Funding allows for stipends and travel grants.

Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply.

Find out about their Art of Journalism Initiative here. Journalists who are interested in applying for this initiative should submit an application to our literature nonfiction category.

ACLS Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Anticipated: September 2022

Last Due Date: September 29, 2021

Maximum award: $60,000
Tenure: six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing, to be initiated between July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023, and to be completed no later than December 31, 2023

This year, the fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after September 30, 2013.

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships and GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Getty Foundation

Anticipated: early-October 2022

Last Due date: October 1, 2021

Multiple Amounts & Durations

Open to early career faculty who have recieved their degree in the last 5 years.

External Faculty Fellowships

Stanford Humanities Center (SHC)

October 1 (Annual)

Stipends of up to $70,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $40,000.

Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the PhD by the start of the fellowship year. Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence.

Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors

Princeton Institute for Advanced Study

Anticipated: mid-October 2022

Last Due date: October 15, 2021

Up to a maximum of $78,000 for two terms (six months, September to April), or a maximum of $39,000 for one term (three months, September to December).

To be eligible, scholars must currently hold the title “Assistant Professor” (not including the title “Visiting Assistant Professor”) at a college or university in the U.S. or Canada and as of the application deadline the scholar must be no more than 6 years beyond the date of the Ph.D. Scholars must also be able to return to their current institution after the fellowship.

Career Enhancement Fellowship

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

Anticipated Due: Oct. 2022

A stipend of up to $30,000 and a grant of up to $1,500 for research, travel, or publication.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities.

Formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Anticipated: October 2022

Last Due Date: October 27, 2021

Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses
2021 Tenure: the 2022-23 academic year

2021 Eligibility Info: Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2020.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Anticipated: November 2022

Last Due Date: November 1, 2021

Stipend for short-term fellowships: $15,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for three months’ work accomplished over a twelve-month period. An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.

Stipend for long-term fellowships: Minimum $20,000, maximum $40,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for four to eight months’ work accomplished full time, i.e., with leave from all university responsibilities.  An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.

An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2013. Applicants who have obtained tenure, or who have submitted tenure materials for review by the application deadline are not eligible.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Early Career Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Anticipated: November 2022

Last Due Date: November 15, 2021

Stipend: up to $70,000, to provide release from other duties for devoting full time to the proposed project. The exact stipend will be calculated based on the Fellows’ current academic salary and other fellowships, grants, sabbatical salary to be received during fellowship tenure. A nine-month stipend may not exceed 125% of the annual academic salary.

Tenure: Fellowship period must begin after July 1, 2022, and must end by June 30, 2024. The tenure may last up to nine months (minimum: 6 months) and may be divided into two periods, each of which must be a minimum of three months.

For pre-tenure scholars who hold the PhD degree, with priority given to those teaching full time.
An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2013.
The PhD degree must be completed by November 16, 2021 (including defense and revisions) and be conferred by May 31, 2022.

Social and Behavioral 

Opportunity Title
&
Sponsor

Deadline
&
Award Amount and Duration

Eligibility

Small Grants in Behavioral Economics

Russell Sage Foundation

Open Deadline

$8,500 lifetime limit for the BE Small Grants

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, or non-tenured junior faculty members who are no more than two years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. (or equivalent graduate degree).

Speech Science Research Grant

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

Mandatory Intent to Submit Form Due: March 2, 2022

$10,000

The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within the past five years.

Alzheimer's Association Research Grant (AARG)

Alzheimer’s Association

January (Anticipated)

Each AARG award total is limited to $150,000 (direct and indirect costs) for up to three years (minimum two years = $120,000). Requests may not exceed $60,000 in any given year (direct and indirect costs). Indirect costs are capped at 10% of total direct costs and is inclusive of indirect costs for the implementing institution as well as to any
subcontracts.

Applicants must be an Assistant Professors or above at their respective academic institution and less than 15 years past their doctoral degree or post-residency (M.D. or D.O.).

New Investigators Research Grant

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2022

$10,000

The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in communication sciences and disorders within the past five years.
The investigator must not yet have received external research funding since completion of the PhD; prior internal university funding is accepted. Note that training grants (for example, NIH F32) do not disqualify the investigator from the New Investigators Research Grant.

BBRF Young Investigator Grants

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)

Anticipated: February 2023

Last Letter of Intent Deadline: February 23, 2022

Up to $35,000 per year for two years totaling $70,000.

Aims to fund early-career investigators who are less than 15 years past their doctoral degree or post-residency (MD or DO). The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to federal or other funding entities.

ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Due: March 28, 2022, at 9 pm ET

Stipend: $62,500 in year one, and $65,000 in year two, plus health insurance and professional development funding.

Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities.
2021 Eligibility Info: Applicants must have a PhD that was/will be formally conferred by their university between September 1, 2016, and October 1, 2021.

Strategy & Policy Fellows Program

Smith Richardson Foundation

June (Annual)

$60,000 to enable the recipients to research and write a book.

To support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing.

Young Scholars Program

Foundation for Child Development

LOI: June (anticipated)
Application Deadline: October (anticipated)

Up to $225,000 to be used over a two- to three-year period.

Eligible researchers must have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., J.D., etc.) between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2020. Physician applicants must have received their M.D. degrees between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2020.

ACLS Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

September (Anticipated)

Maximum award: $60,000
Tenure: six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing, to be initiated between July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023, and to be completed no later than December 31, 2023

This year, the fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after September 30, 2013.

Sloan Research Fellowships

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

If interested please contact Andrew Chiacchierini

September (Annual)

Two-year, $75,000 fellowships

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field. Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15 of the nomination year. Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

External Faculty Fellowships

Stanford Humanities Center (SHC)

October 1 (Annual)

Stipends of up to $70,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $40,000.

Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the PhD by the start of the fellowship year. Fellowships are for one full academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence.

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

October 27, 2021

Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses
2021 Tenure: the 2022-23 academic year

2021 Eligibility Info: Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2020.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

November 1, 2021

Stipend for short-term fellowships: $15,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for three months’ work accomplished over a twelve-month period. An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.

Stipend for long-term fellowships: Minimum $20,000, maximum $40,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for four to eight months’ work accomplished full time, i.e., with leave from all university responsibilities.  An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.

An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2013. Applicants who have obtained tenure, or who have submitted tenure materials for review by the application deadline are not eligible.

Young Investigator Innovation Grants

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Nov. 15, 2021

Up to $90,000 over 2 years
These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor.

Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Early Career Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

November 15, 2021

Stipend: up to $70,000, to provide release from other duties for devoting full time to the proposed project. The exact stipend will be calculated based on the Fellows’ current academic salary and other fellowships, grants, sabbatical salary to be received during fellowship tenure. A nine-month stipend may not exceed 125% of the annual academic salary.

Tenure: Fellowship period must begin after July 1, 2022, and must end by June 30, 2024. The tenure may last up to nine months (minimum: 6 months) and may be divided into two periods, each of which must be a minimum of three months.

For pre-tenure scholars who hold the PhD degree, with priority given to those teaching full time.
An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2013.
The PhD degree must be completed by November 16, 2021 (including defense and revisions) and be conferred by May 31, 2022.

Nutrition & Diabetes Junior Faculty Development (JDFN)

American Diabetes Association

LOI: November 22, 2021
Application: March 7, 2022

Maximum Funding: $138,000/year, plus optional student loan repayment ($10K/year)
Award Term: Up to 3 years

Any level faculty up to & including Assistant Prof or equivalent, ≤10 years research experience beyond terminal degree

Health and Life Sciences

Opportunity Title
&
Sponsor

Deadline
&
Award Amount and Duration

Eligibility

Speech Science Research Grant

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

Next competition anticipated 2022

$10,000

The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within the past five years.

Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship (AARF)

Alzheimer’s Association

January (Anticipated)

Each Fellowship award is limited to $175,000.

Applications will be accepted from postdoctoral fellows (or an equivalent level position) with full-time positions at their respective academic institution and less than 10 years of research experience after receipt of their terminal degree.

Alzheimer's Association Research Grant (AARG)

Alzheimer’s Association

January (Anticipated)

Each AARG award total is limited to $150,000 (direct and indirect costs) for up to three years (minimum two years = $120,000). Requests may not exceed $60,000 in any given year (direct and indirect costs). Indirect costs are capped at 10% of total direct costs and is inclusive of indirect costs for the implementing institution as well as to any
subcontracts.

Applicants must be an Assistant Professors or above at their respective academic institution and less than 15 years past their doctoral degree or post-residency (M.D. or D.O.).

Taking Flight Award

Cure Epilepsy

LOI: January (Anticipated)
Full proposal: April (Anticipated)

Up to $100,000 for one year.

You must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for the Taking Flight Award:
A senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience.
A clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships.
Newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training.

McKnight Scholar Awards

McKnight Foundation

January (Anticipated)

Currently, awards are $75,000 per year for 3 years.

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.

Mitzi & William Blahd, MD, Pilot Research Grant

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

January (Annual)

$25,000

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. Applicant must be no more than five years post training (most recent training; training includes residency, MD/PhD training, professional school, graduate school, post doc, or fellowship). Applicant must not have served as the principal investigator of a peer-reviewed grant for more than $50,000 in a single calendar year.

Grants-in-Aid

Whitehall Foundation

Mandatory LOI: January 15, April 15, and October 1 (Annual)

Awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

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. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology.

Research Starter Grants: Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

PhRMA Foundation

February 1 (Annual)

$100,000 for one year

Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.

Career Development Award Program

LUNGevity

LOI: February (Anticipated)

Maximum of $300,000: $100,000 per year for 3 years

LUNGevity’s Career Development Award in Lung Cancer Translational Research program supports future research leaders who will keep the field of lung cancer research vibrant with new ideas. Applicants must be within the first five years of their faculty appointment.

Career Development Award

National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF)

LOI: February (Annual)

Awards up to $70,000 annually for a maximum of three years.

Candidates must hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, with no more than six years of postdoctoral years of experience in hematology, nor more than six years since completion of medical training.

Mentored Career Transition Award for Intramural Fellows (K22 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

February 12 (Annual)
June 12 (Annual)
October 12 (Annual)

$90,000 for PhDs or $100,000 for MDs per year toward the salary of the career award recipient.

The Mentored Career Transition Award for NIMH Intramural Fellows (K22) is a two-phase, mentored career development award program that is intended to facilitate a timely transition of qualified postdoctoral fellows in the NIMH Division of Intramural Programs (DIRP) from intramural postdoctoral research positions to extramural, academic tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions at eligible U.S. institutions.  Both the intramural and extramural phases will be mentored, and the award will provide research support during the extramural phase to help awardees launch competitive, independent research programs.

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards

Klingenstein Philanthropies

February 15 (Annual)

$225,000 payable over a three-year period

To qualify for an award, investigators must hold a Ph.D. and/or an M.D, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training. The candidate must have a tenure track appointment or equivalent. The candidate must be an independent investigator at a university, medical center, or research institute with a maximum of four years between the completion of last postdoc and the application deadline.

New Investigators Research Grant

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

LOI: March 1 (anticipated)

$10,000

The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in communication sciences and disorders within the past five years.
The investigator must not yet have received external research funding since completion of the PhD; prior internal university funding is accepted. Note that training grants (for example, NIH F32) do not disqualify the investigator from the New Investigators Research Grant.

BBRF Young Investigator Grants

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)

March (Anticipated)

Up to $35,000 per year for two years totaling $70,000.

Applicants must have a doctoral level degree (e.g., M.D. with [minimum PGY-IV] training, Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D., etc.) and already be employed in research training or a faculty research position. The YI Grant is intended to support advanced post-doctoral fellows, instructors and assistant professors (or equivalent).

Distinguished Scientist Award (DSA)

Sontag Foundation

March (Annual)

$600,000 in funding over a four-year period

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline which can be brought to bear on the intractable disease, brain cancer. Applicants must have received their first independent faculty appointment within the last 5 years at a tax-exempt academic, research, or medical institution within the United States or an equivalent institution in Canada. The qualifying appointment must be on the tenure track.

Research Grants - Early Career

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Letter of Intent: March (Anticipated)
Submission of Full Applications: mid-September

$265,000 for a team of 2; $365,000 for a team of 3; $465,000 for a team of 4 or more. These figures represent the amount awarded to the whole team per year for a period of 3 years.

All members of an RG-Early Career team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position and must have obtained their first doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) no longer than 10 years before the deadline for submission of the letter of intent.

Rosenblith New Investigator Award

Health Effects Institute (HEI)

Preliminary Application Due: March (Anticipated)
Full Application Due: September (Anticipated)

Provides funding for one or two studies with a funding cap of $500,000 each.

Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply. At the time of application the candidate should have two to seven years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree and must be at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at an academic or research institution.

Research Scholar Grants

American Cancer Society

April 1 and October 15

Awards are for up to 4 years, for up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

Independent investigators in the first 8 years (previously 6 years) of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

Interstellar Initiative 2022-2023

The New York Academy of Sciences
&
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

May 24, 2022

The initiative will help you to develop a stress-tested research proposal that can be submitted for funding.

Applicants must have obtained their doctorate in science and technology and be involved in active research for 10 or fewer years. In addition, candidates must hold an independent, tenure-track, or equivalent faculty position at a university.

Young Scholars Program

Foundation for Child Development

LOI: June (anticipated)
Application Deadline: October (anticipated)

Up to $225,000 to be used over a two- to three-year period.

Eligible researchers must have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., J.D., etc.) between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2020. Physician applicants must have received their M.D. degrees between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2020.

Michelson Prizes

Human Vaccines Project

June 26, 2022

$150,000 given annually

To support promising early-career researchers who possess novel ideas and who have significant potential to execute these ideas to affect transformative change in their respective fields. Open to early-career researchers under 35 at the time of application, and will focus on human immunology, vaccine discovery and immunotherapy research. 

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

July (Annual)

The Stage 1 award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $800,000).

Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first five (5) years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position (Cut-off date: July 1, 2016). 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.

Beckman Young Investigator Program

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

LOI: Early August (Anticipated)
Full proposal: Following January (Anticipated)

Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 ($150,000 annually) over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.

The BYI program is open to those within the first four years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences.

Harry Weaver Scholar Award

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

August (Anticipated)

The Principal Investigator may request up to 75% salary, but not more than $75,000/year for salary plus applicable fringe benefits in the first year. A 3% annual increase in salary is allowed.
The research budget may not exceed $30,000 in year 1 and may increase by $2,500 in subsequent years to a maximum of $40,000 in year 5.

The awards support candidates who have concluded their research training and begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis.

Small Business Transition Grant For Early Career Scientists

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

LOI Due: July 22, 2022

Full Proposal Due: August 22, 2022

NCI, $3M, five to seven awards;

NIBIB, $1M, one to two awards;

NIDA, up to $1M, up to three awards.

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) intend to support early-career academic scientists interested in transitioning to entrepreneurship while also supporting the transfer of technology from academic laboratories into small businesses.

Research Starter Grants: Informatics, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology/Toxicology

PhRMA Foundation

September 1 (Annual)

$100,000 for one year

Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.

Sloan Research Fellowships

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

If interested please contact Andrew Chiacchierini

September (Annual)

Two-year, $75,000 fellowships

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field. Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15 of the nomination year. Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

Career Development Awards

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

September (Anticipated)

$150,000 USD maximum/year for up to 5 years, including up to 10% for indirect costs and generally not renewable after 5 years

Researchers who have received their first faculty-level appointment less than 3 years before the submission date are eligible to apply for this award. The applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of submission of the proposal, at a university, health science center, or comparable institution with strong, well-established research and training programs for the chosen area of interest.

New Investigator Grant

Scleroderma Foundation

September 15 (Annual)

Three-year award in the amount of $200,000 total

The 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. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine or one of the sciences; and must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship by the grant award date. Applicants who have been a principal investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private or government agencies other than fellowship grants are not eligible for this award.

Young Investigator Award

National Ataxia Foundation

Mandatory LOI: Late September (Anticipated)
Full Proposal: Late October (Anticipated)

Up to $50,000 for 1 year.

Must have attained an MD or PhD degree.
Must have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc, or clinical fellow.
Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than 5 years prior to applying.
PhDs must be no more than 5 years from the end of completion of post-doc training.

Innovative, Developmental, and Exploratory Awards (IDEA)

California Breast Cancer Research Program

Mandatory LOI: October (Annual)

Budget cap for total project direct costs is either $100,000 or $150,000 (higher cap is for projects using animal or human participants). Non-UC institutions are entitled to full F&A of the Modified Total Direct Cost base (MTDC).

Researchers at a career level beyond postdoctoral training and less than three years as an independent investigator, or entering research from another field, are encouraged to apply for IDEA grants.

Young Investigator Awards

Melanoma Research Alliance

Eligibility Checklist Due:  November 3 (Annual)
Full Proposal Due: November 17 (Annual)

Up to $85,000 per year for three years (up to $255,000 total)

Young Investigator Awards aim to attract early career faculty with original ideas into the field of melanoma, thereby recruiting and supporting the next generation of melanoma research leaders. Awardees will be provided funding to accomplish innovative and original, preclinical, translational, and/or early clinical research projects. Young Investigators are scientists within the first five years of their first academic faculty appointment. A mentorship commitment from a senior investigator is required.

Nutrition & Diabetes Junior Faculty Development (JDFN)

American Diabetes Association

LOI: November 22, 2021
Application: March 7, 2022

Maximum Funding: $138,000/year, plus optional student loan repayment ($10K/year)
Award Term: Up to 3 years

Any level faculty up to & including Assistant Prof or equivalent, ≤10 years research experience beyond terminal degree

Career Development Award

American Heart Association

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

$77,000 per year, including 10% institutional indirect costs.
Award Duration: Three years. non-renewable
Total Award Amount: $231,000

Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply but must have attained faculty appointment by the time of award activation.
An awardee must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent).
No more than five years may have elapsed since the first faculty/staff appointment (after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or equivalent (including, but not limited to, instructor, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.).

STEM

Opportunity Title
&
Sponsor

Deadline
&
Award Amount and Duration

Eligibility

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Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Varies

Contact Lisa Nanstad for more information and to apply

Fellows are early career faculty at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada, with “early career” defined as anytime from just joining an institution as a beginning assistant professor through one- or two-years post-tenure.

Taking Flight Award

Cure Epilepsy

LOI: January (Anticipated)
Full proposal: April (Anticipated)

Up to $100,000 for one year.

You must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for the Taking Flight Award:
A senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience.
A clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships.
Newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training.

McKnight Scholar Awards

McKnight Foundation

January (Anticipated)

Currently, awards are $75,000 per year for 3 years.

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.

Mitzi & William Blahd, MD, Pilot Research Grant

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

January (Annual)

$25,000

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. Applicant must be no more than five years post training (most recent training; training includes residency, MD/PhD training, professional school, graduate school, post doc, or fellowship). Applicant must not have served as the principal investigator of a peer-reviewed grant for more than $50,000 in a single calendar year.

Grants-in-Aid

Whitehall Foundation

Mandatory LOI: January 15, April 15, and October 1 (Annual)

Awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

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. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology.

Research Starter Grants: Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics

PhRMA Foundation

February 1 (Annual)

$100,000 for one year

Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.

Career Development Award

National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF)

LOI: February (Annual)

Awards up to $70,000 annually for a maximum of three years.

Candidates must hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, with no more than six years of postdoctoral years of experience in hematology, nor more than six years since completion of medical training.

Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards: Neuroscience

Klingenstein Philanthropies

February 15 (Annual)

$225,000 payable over a three-year period

To qualify for an award, investigators must hold a Ph.D. and/or an M.D, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training. The candidate must have a tenure track appointment or equivalent. The candidate must be an independent investigator at a university, medical center, or research institute with a maximum of four years between the completion of last postdoc and the application deadline.

Research Grants - Early Career

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Letter of Intent: March (Anticipated)
Submission of Full Applications: mid-September

$265,000 for a team of 2; $365,000 for a team of 3; $465,000 for a team of 4 or more. These figures represent the amount awarded to the whole team per year for a period of 3 years.

All members of an RG-Early Career team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position and must have obtained their first doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) no longer than 10 years before the deadline for submission of the letter of intent.

Rosenblith New Investigator Award

Health Effects Institute (HEI)

Preliminary Application Due: March (Anticipated)
Full Application Due: September (Anticipated)

Provides funding for one or two studies with a funding cap of $500,000 each.

Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply. At the time of application the candidate should have two to seven years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree and must be at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at an academic or research institution.

Interstellar Initiative 2022-2023

The New York Academy of Sciences
&
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

May 24, 2022

The initiative will help you to develop a stress-tested research proposal that can be submitted for funding.

Applicants must have obtained their doctorate in science and technology and be involved in active research for 10 or fewer years. In addition, candidates must hold an independent, tenure-track, or equivalent faculty position at a university.

Michelson Prizes

Human Vaccines Project

June 26, 2022

$150,000 given annually

To support promising early-career researchers who possess novel ideas and who have significant potential to execute these ideas to affect transformative change in their respective fields. Open to early-career researchers under 35 at the time of application, and will focus on human immunology, vaccine discovery and immunotherapy research.

Cottrell Scholar Award

Research Corporation for Science Advancement

July 1 (Annual)

$100,000

Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty who hold primary or courtesy appointments in chemistry, physics, or astronomy departments that offer bachelor's and/or graduate degrees in the applicant's discipline. For the 2021 proposal cycle, eligibility is limited to faculty members who started their first tenure-track appointment anytime in calendar year 2018.

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

July (Annual)

The Stage 1 award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $800,000).

Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first five (5) years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position (Cut-off date: July 1, 2016). 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.

Beckman Young Investigator Program

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

LOI: Early August (Anticipated)
Full proposal: Following January (Anticipated)

Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 ($150,000 annually) over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.

The BYI program is open to those within the first four years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in chemical and life sciences.

Research Starter Grants: Informatics, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology/Toxicology

PhRMA Foundation

September 1 (Annual)

$100,000 for one year

Research Starter Grants offer financial support to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level.

Sloan Research Fellowships

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

If interested please contact Andrew Chiacchierini

September (Annual)

Two-year, $75,000 fellowships

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, or a related field. Candidates must be tenure-track, though untenured, as of September 15 of the nomination year. Candidate’s faculty position must carry a regular teaching obligation.

New Investigator Grant

Scleroderma Foundation

September 15 (Annual)

Three-year award in the amount of $200,000 total

The 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. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine or one of the sciences; and must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship by the grant award date. Applicants who have been a principal investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private or government agencies other than fellowship grants are not eligible for this award.

Young Investigator Award

National Ataxia Foundation

Mandatory LOI: Late September (Anticipated)
Full Proposal: Late October (Anticipated)

Up to $50,000 for 1 year.

Must have attained an MD or PhD degree.
Must have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc, or clinical fellow.
Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than 5 years prior to applying.
PhDs must be no more than 5 years from the end of completion of post-doc training.

Innovative, Developmental, and Exploratory Awards (IDEA)

California Breast Cancer Research Program

Mandatory LOI: October (Annual)

Budget cap for total project direct costs is either $100,000 or $150,000 (higher cap is for projects using animal or human participants). Non-UC institutions are entitled to full F&A of the Modified Total Direct Cost base (MTDC).

Researchers at a career level beyond postdoctoral training and less than three years as an independent investigator, or entering research from another field, are encouraged to apply for IDEA grants.

Start-Up Research Grants

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

Mid-Nov. (Annual)

Do not exceed $250,000 and this support is divided among the PIs and spread over the lifetime of the program (up to four years).

Projects must have a strong element of cooperation between an Israeli and an American scientist(s), and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. At least one of the PIs should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting the proposal.

Research Awards

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

November 30

$35,000

Open to academic scientists within four years (at time award is presented) of joining their first tenure track faculty position or equivalent in a North American university at the time award is conferred. For 2022 the 4 years are July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022. Applicants may not have previously received an award under this program. Applicants must be members of ASMS.

Career Development Award

American Heart Association

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

$77,000 per year, including 10% institutional indirect costs.
Award Duration: Three years. non-renewable
Total Award Amount: $231,000

Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply but must have attained faculty appointment by the time of award activation.
An awardee must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent).
No more than five years may have elapsed since the first faculty/staff appointment (after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or equivalent (including, but not limited to, instructor, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.).

AMS Centennial Research Fellowship Program

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

December 1

Expected to be in the amount of $50,000.

A recipient of the fellowship shall have held their doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award (that is, received between September 1, 2010 and September 1, 2019).
Applications will be accepted from those currently holding a tenured, tenure track, post-doctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at an institution in North America.

  • Seed Grant Program: Designed to catalyze new areas of research and creative work, the Seed Grant Program awards nearly $1 million annually to Boulder faculty across all disciplines. Recent winners included faculty from the Departments of Geological Sciences, Linguistics, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Sociology.
  • Faculty Conference Awards: These awards provide partial support for planning and hosting conferences at CU Boulder that promote and encourage the scholarship, research and creative work of the Boulder campus faculty.
  • RIO Travel Grants: Designed to facilitate faculty-funder relationships, travel grants provide funding up to $1,500 for faculty to visit extramural sponsors.
  • Other CU Funding Opportunities: Opportunities available through CU Boulder and the greater CU System.

  • Arts & Humanities Opportunities & Resources: Webpage curated by RIO with information on Art & Humanities based funding opportunities.
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Opportunities & Resources: Webpage curated by RIO with information on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) based funding opportunities.

  • Social Sciences Opportunities & Resources: Webpage curated by RIO with information on Social Sciences based funding opportunities.

  • SPIN: SPIN is a web-based, searchable funding opportunities database available to all CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students.
  • Foundation Directory Online (FDO): FDO includes more than 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; and much more.
  • Dimensions: Dimensions is an innovative grants and funder database providing insights into research activities from multiple perspectives allowing CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe.
  • Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter: Log in with your CU credentials and access “Documents” for university subscribed research funding newsletters and guides.
  • Philanthropy News Digest (PND): PND publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Sign up for free email alerts for funding opportunities in your academic area. 

Contact RIO regarding a Faculty Funding Consultation
The Research & Innovation Office provides individual Faculty Funding consultations that will teach faculty more about using funding opportunity databases, including SPIN and the Foundation Directory Online. Consultations are used to help identify relevant opportunities and can also be customized to support trainings for groups of researchers. Please contact RIO to schedule a meeting specific to your interests.

Do you have suggestions about how RIO can better support your research and creative works? We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Email us: rio@colorado.edu