Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

Young Investigator Funding Opportunities

Following are a variety of available funding opportunities, which are organized in chronological order according to their submission deadline. You can also search the page by using the search function below.

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Claire Grezemkovsky at or 858-246-2322. We are here as your partner during the cultivation and solicitation process and can help guide you through campus limited submissions when required.

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Organization/Grant Opportunity Deadline
McKnight Foundation, McKnight Scholar Awards January 4, 2016
American Federation for Aging Research, AFAR Research Grants January 4, 2016 5:00pm EST
American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate Beginning Grant-in-Aid Program January 14, 2016
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research January 19, 2016, Letter of Nomination
American Diabetes Association, Junior Faculty Award, and Career Development Award January 2016
Whitehall Foundation, Grants-in-Aid January 15, April 15, and October 1, Letter of Intent
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Young Investigator Award January 2016
Children’s Tumor Foundation, Young Investigator Awards January 11, 2016 Pre-Application
WM Keck Foundation Internal Deadline: January 2016 (actual date and time TBA)
Campus Contact: Jennifer Martin
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Awards February 10, 2016
National Kidney Foundation, Young Investigator Grant Program February 12, 2016
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Deadline for campus limited submission: February 2016
Funder Deadline: April 2016 (Two applicants may move forward)
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research N/A
ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research Not accepting applications for 2016
Leukemia Research Foundation, New Investigator Research Grants February 16, 2016
Thrasher Research Fund, Early Career Awards Concept papers due: March 15, 2016 and September 2016
Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences March 1, 2016
Human Frontier Science Program, Young Investigators' Research Grants March 2016
March of Dimes, Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award Letters of Nomination due: March 2016
James S. McDonnell Foundation, Studying Complex Systems Program March 2016
Foundation Fighting Blindness, Career Development Awards March 1, 2016
Sontag Foundation, Distinguished Scientist Award March 15, 2017
American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiology Research April 1, 2016 and October 15, 2016
Scoliosis Research Society, New Investigator Grant April 1, 2016 and October 1, 2016
Health Effects Institute, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award LOI due February 1, 2016  with full proposals due April 1, 2016
Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation, Career Development Award in the Biomedical Sciences May 16, 2016 (this is a campus limited submission based on internal nomination by dept. leadership)
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Cottrell College Science Awards Submission portal opens March 2015 with pre-proposals due May 2015.**
William T. Grant Scholars Program, William T. Grant Foundation Internal Deadline: March 2016  Foundation Deadline: May 5, 2016 
Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award May 20, 2016
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Young Investigator Award May 2016
International Life Sciences Institute, Future Leader Awards June 2016
Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Application for 2016 Award is now closed
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Innovation Award July 1, 2016
American Heart Association, National Scientist Development Grant Program July 27, 2016
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Career Development Award July 2016
Susan G. Komen, Career Catalyst Research Grants (CCR) Pre-application deadline: June 2016
Application deadline: November 2016
The Kinship Foundation, Searle Scholars Program Internal Review Deadline: July 2016Funder Deadline: September 2016 (three applicants may move forward)
The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Program Internal Deadline: August 2016
Funder Deadline: September 2016 (four applicants may move forward)
National Ataxia Foundation, Young Investigator Award LOI due: August 2016
Full Proposal due: September 2016
Theatre Communications Group – Program Development and Fellowships August 2016
Research Corporation, Cottrell Scholar Awards August 2016
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards August 2016
Greenwall Foundation, Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics LOI deadline: October 9, 2015
Proposal deadline: January 2016
Burroughs Wellcome, Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Internal Deadline: May 2016
Pre-proposal Deadline: July 15, 2016
Foundation Deadline: November 15, 2016 (2 may move forward)

Arthritis Foundation, New Investigator Grant for Arthritis Health Professionals September 2016
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Research Starter Grants September 1, 2016 (Pharmaceutics)February 1, 2016 (Health Outcomes)
Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, Clinical Investigator Career Development Award September 2016
Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Young Investigators Award Abstract Deadline: December 18, 2015
Proposal Deadline: February 23, 2016
Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards at the Scientific Interface Pre-proposal deadline: September 2015
Proposal deadline: January 8, 2016
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowships September 2016
Scleroderma Foundation, New Investigator Grant September 2016
Microsoft, New Faculty Fellowship Program Limited submission: September 2016
Alzheimer's Association, New Investigator Research Grants LOI deadline: September 2016
Proposal deadline: October 2016
American Society for Clinical Oncology September 2016
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Beckman Young Investigator Program LOI due: September 2016
American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowships September 2016
American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiology Research April 1, 2016 and October 15, 2016
Scoliosis Research Society, New Investigator Grant April 1, 2016 and October 1, 2016
Whitehall Foundation, Grants-in-Aid January 15, April 15, and October 1 for letter of intent
The GRAMMY Foundation – Arts/Science Research, and Archiving and Preservation Grants LOI due: October 2016
Burroughs Wellcome, Career Awards for Medical Scientists October 2016
MAP Fund (Multi-Arts Fund) – Performing Arts Grants Online LOI due: October 2016
Academic Pediatric Association, Young Investigator Awards October 2016
American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI) October 2016
American Association for Cancer Research, Career Development Awards October 2016
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, Research Fellowships October 2016
Doris Duke Foundation, Clinical Scientist Development Award October 2016
A.P. Giannini Family Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
November 2016
Young Investigator Grants, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention November 2016
Hilton Foundation, Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research Bridging Award for Physician Scientists November 14, 2016
Hilton Foundation, Marilyn Hilton Award for Pilot Innovator Grants November 14, 2016
Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) KL2, Career Development Award November 29, 2016 5:00pm PST, Contact:
American Liver Foundation, Liver Scholar Award December 2016
American Mathematical Association, Centennial Fellowships December 1, 2016
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Young Investigator Awards December 2016
The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) - Famliy Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, Trainee Expansion Programme Decemeber 31, 2016; June 30, 2017
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) Program Watch for new RFPs throughout the year.
Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program, Early Career Investigator Award LOIs accepted throughout the year
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Scialog Varies
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Varies
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Research Grant for New Investigators Varies
International Osteoporosis Foundation-Servier, Young Investigator Research Grant No Announcement as of April 2016
Prostate Cancer Foundation, Human Capital Initiative - Young Investigator Awards Varies
The Milstein Awards, Young Investigator Award No Announcement as of April 2016
DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education Open
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Clinical Research Scholars Program Nomination by February 1, 2017
Russell Sage Foundation, Small Grants Program in Behavioral Economics Open
Society of Nuclear Medicine, Pilot Research Grants in Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging No Announcement as of April 2016
Sturge-Weber Foundation, Young Investigator Awards Funder is currently not accepting applications
Hope for Vision, New Investigator Award Emailed one page summary accepted at any time.
The Princess Grace Foundation – Production Grants and Scholarships Varies
Elizabeth George Foundation -- Artistic Grants Initial Step: write to foundation to request brochure
Sundance Institute – Labs, Fellowships, Project Support, Mentorships Varies
Federal Grant Opportunities Deadline
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program
Army Research Office - ARO Young Investigator Program
Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement – Young Investigator Program
DARPA Microsystems Technology Office, Young Faculty Award
NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science
National Institute of Food and Agriculture - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program
National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) Young Investigators Grant
NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Policies
NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences Outstanding Junior Investigator Program
Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program
Office of High Energy Physics Young Investigator Program
Office of Nuclear Physics, Early Career Research Program
Office of Science, Early Career Research Program
SINAM, Graduate Young Investigator

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