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Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program
Deadline : December 8
Since 1976, the Rita Allen Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants to early-career biomedical scholars in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience. These grants allow them to establish labs and pursue research directions with above-average risk and promise. Individuals chosen and their affiliated institutions receive grants of up to $110,000 annually, for a maximum of five years. Investment in the Scholars helps the foundation support transformative ideas in their earliest stages. Note: Invited institutions are eligible to submit one nomination. MSU is currently not on the list of invited institutions.
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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Beckman Young Investigators
The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of 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. $600,000 over 4 years.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's grantmaking strategies support biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded. BWF has programs which support primary and secondary students, science and mathematics teachers, institutions, and academic scientists: postdoctoral-faculty bridging awards and faculty awards. The majority of the BWF's grantmaking is through competitive award programs. Most awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the United States and Canada on behalf of individual researchers, who must be nominated by their institution. All institutions receiving awards must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Good opportunities for early career faculty.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Career Awards at the Scientific Interfaces
Preproposal deadline: September 6; Proposl deadline: January 10
Recognizing the vital role such cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. BWF's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents. Scientific advances such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Prior to 2010, candidates for this award were nominated by North American degree-granting institutions. Since 2010, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate. Good opportunity for early career faculty.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Application Deadline: October 3
Note: MSU can only recommend up to 6 nominees.
The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. New for 2014: Beginning this award cycle, BWF will make up to two additional awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus on research at the interface between neuroscience and psychiatry. These proposals must clearly demonstrate evidence of integration of neuroscience and psychiatry in project design. Good opportunity for early career faculty.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Preproposal deadline: July 14; Full Proposal Deadline: November 15
Note: MSU can only recommend up to 4 nominees.
This award provides $500,000 over a period of five years to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of this encounter: how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones. Researchers who start from the human host are encouraged to apply, as are those whose focus has been more often trained on microbes and macrobes that are sometimes pathogens. Throughout this announcement, when we talk about "microbes," we also include the sometimes large, sometimes multicellular pathogens including protists and worms. Good opportunity for early career investigators.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Preterm Birth Initiative
Deadline: December 1
These awards are targeted toward faculty whose work will increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth. This program is also intended to bring together a diverse interdisciplinary group with expertise in genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, and proteomics along with the more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics to address the scientific issues related to preterm birth.
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Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Innovation in Regulatory Science
Deadline: March 15
Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards provides up to $500,000 over five years to academic investigators who are addressing research questions that will lead to innovation in regulatory science, with ultimate translation of those results into improving the regulatory process. These awards are intended to provide support for academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make.
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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Next round announcement Expected : early May 2017
Note: MSU can only recommend 1 nominee.
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. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
Next round announcement Expected : Feb. 18
Note : Note: MSU can only recommend 1 nominee.
The Henry 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. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching. The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000.
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Clinical Scientist Development Award
Preproposal Deadline: Dec. 1; Proposal deadline: March 16
Provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. $495,000 over three years.
Please refer back to our website for additional details on how to apply.
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William T. Grant Foundation
Scholars Program
Deadline: July 16
Note: MSU can only recommend 1 nominee.
Four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected each year, and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period. The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.
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Keck Foundation
Note: MSU can only recommend 2 nominees.
The Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. The grant is usually spread over 5 years.
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Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences
Applications due Feb. 18
Previously known as the Klingenstein Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences, this year's awards are the fourth from this joint project of the Klingenstein Fund and the Simons Foundation. The awards are among the nation's oldest and most illustrious fellowships for young investigators in neuroscience research. Aimed at advancing cutting-edge investigations, the awards are presented to highly promising, early career scientists. At this critical juncture in young investigators' careers, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship awards promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.
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Lalor Fellowship in Reproductive Health
Deadline: January 15
Provides postdoctoral fellowships to give assistance and encouragement to capable investigators embarking on teaching and research careers in universities and colleges. The programís mission is to support these researchers early in their work so that they can become independently funded in the field of mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility.
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Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Macy Faculty Scholars Program
Deadline : Feb. 14
The Macy Faculty Scholars Program -- the first of its kind -- launched in December 2010. The program aims to accelerate needed reforms in health professions education to accommodate the dramatic changes occurring in medical practice and health care delivery. Under the program, the Foundation will select five faculty leaders each year. Each Scholar will receive salary support up to $100,000 per year over two years. Scholars must be nominated by the Dean of their institutions, who must commit to protecting at least 50 percent of the Scholars' time to pursue education reform projects at their institution. Each school may nominate only one candidate each year, and will be expected to provide a senior faculty member to mentor the Scholar. The Foundation will support educational change in each Scholar's institution and develop a national network for the Scholars, who will receive career advice from a National Advisory Committee and participate in an Annual Meeting for the program.
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James S. McDonnell Foundation
Scholar Awards
JSMF Scholar Awards support research studying how neural systems are linked to and support cognitive functions and how cognitive systems are related to an organism's (preferably human) observable behavior. Studies with model organisms should justify why such models were selected and how data obtained from models advances our understanding of human cognition. Applicants should keep in mind that JSMF plans to fund less than a dozen Scholar Awards each year. The foundation is looking for well-designed experiments matched to intriguing questions. Note: Amount: $600,000
Duration: 6 years
Eligibility: By nomination only
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James S. McDonnell Foundation
Teachers as Learners
Amount: maximum of $500,000 per year for up to 5 years
Duration: 5 years
Eligibility: Request for Pre-proposals (open to multi-institutional teams)
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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
McKnight Scholars Awards
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for the 2015 McKnight Scholar Awards. These awards were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year. Up to six McKnight Scholars each will receive $225,000 over three years, beginning July 1, 2015. Applicants must have the following:

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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience
Welcomes collaborative and cross-disciplinary studies. The organization focuses on funding the development of technology that can be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. The success rate for Tech awards, $100,000 annually for 2 years, ranges from 4% to 6%.
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites letters of intent for the 2015 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards. These awards encourage and support scientists working on the development of novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how a new technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, and research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered. A goal of the technology awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited. Investigators who are conducting research at institutions within the United States are invited to apply. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions, and may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient's salary. Applicants may not hold another type of McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience award that would overlap with the Technological Innovations Award.
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McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards
We are interested in proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, or behavioral level in animals, including humans. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged. Projects restricted to the creation of conventional mouse knockouts in candidate disease genes identified by association studies, or to broadly overexpress those genes, are discouraged. In addition, projects to perform genetic interaction screens on disease genes in model organisms (yeast, worm, fly, fish) will not be considered, unless the project includes substantive specific aims that investigate the disease relevance of any new genes so discovered in human or mammalian model systems. Investigators who are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents conducting research at institutions within the United States are invited to apply. All PIs on the project must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status at the time of submission. Applicants must be in tenured or tenure-track faculty positions; research faculty in annually renewable positions are ineligible. Applicants may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health. Applicants may not hold another McKnight Award that would overlap with the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award. We are interested in geographic, gender, and racial diversity and we encourage women and minorities, as well as scientists from around the U.S., to apply. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient's salary. The candidate's other sources of funding will be considered when selecting awards. $300,000 over 3 years.
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships
Deadline: Oct. 6
Note : MSU is only allowed to nominate 1 each year.
Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities, broadly understood to include the arts, history, languages, area studies, and zones of such fields as anthropology and geography that bridge the humanities and social sciences, who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable strong scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit humanistic scholarship more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research. The university and the recipient's department should understand that New Directions Fellowships are primarily for advanced training in pursuit of a specific research agenda. Unlike other fellowship awards, this program does not aim to facilitate short-term outcomes, such as completion of a book. Rather, New Directions Fellowships are meant to be viewed as longer-term investments in scholars' intellectual range and productivity. Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study. It may take place either at fellows' home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities evoked above, proposals to study disciplines farther afield will also be eligible. The principal criteria for selection are: (1) the overall significance of the research, (2) the case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research, (3) the likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed; and (4) a well-developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time. Fellows will receive: (1) the equivalent of one academic year's salary; (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary; and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows' training programs. To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars' needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. The Foundation also expects the fellow's home institution to use such budgetary relief as the award may occasion for academic purposes, preferably in the fellow's department.
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David and Lucille Packard Foundation
Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Deadline: March 15
Note: MSU can only recommend 2 nominees.
The Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering provides the nation's most promising early-career scientists and engineers with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields of study. Packard Fellows must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Packard Fellows are encouraged to think big and look at complex issues with a fresh perspective. The Foundation encourages them to use their funds in whatever ways would best advance their research. $875,000 spread over 5 years.
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Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Nomination: July 7; Application: October 23
Note: MSU can only recommend 1 nominee.
Provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. An award of $60,000 per year will be provided to the sponsoring institution for use by the Scholar over the four-year period, subject to annual review of the Scholar's progress. Grant agreements will be issued in August 2015. Annual progress reports are required, describing research accomplishments, project status, and future directions. In addition, financial reports are required annually accounting for grant expenditures. Funding for the second, third and fourth years is contingent upon timely submission of acceptable financial and narrative progress reports and attendance at the annual meeting in March during the four-year term. The awarded funds may be used at the discretion of the Pew scholar, for personnel, equipment, supplies, or travel directly related to the Scholar's research and as to best advance his or her research and career. Not more than $10,000 of the annual award may be used for the scholar's salary (including benefits). Should the funds not be immediately required, they may be accumulated (up to a maximum of $100,000 in any given year) and carried over through the four years of the grant period, and, with written approval of the program office, the grant may extended for one additional (fifth) year (without additional funds). Not more than 8 percent of the total award may be allocated for overhead costs. It is expected that Pew Scholars will spend at least 80 percent of their time in work related to the accomplishment of their overall research goals. However, Pew provides flexible support to the overall research aims of the Scholar and does not monitor or restrict percentage of effort or time of Pew scholars. During the four-year scholarship term, program participants are required to attend an annual meeting held in March. All expenses for attendees' travel, lodging, and meals are paid by The Pew Trusts. The meeting provides Pew scholars with an opportunity to present their research and for scientific collaboration and exchange with other scholars and members of the National Advisory Committee.
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Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Cottrell Scholars
Preproposal deadline: May 1; Proposal: July 19
Begun in 1994, the Cottrell Scholar Award Program (CSA) funds early career faculty in the physical sciences and related fields who are committed to excellence in both research and undergraduate teaching at U.S. research universities. The premise is that the right combination of high-caliber research, integrated with modern, interactive educational tools, creates the perfect environment for scientific breakthroughs and outstanding learning outcomes for the next generation of U.S. scientists. Another key objective of the program is to build an interdisciplinary community of outstanding teacher-scholars dedicated to becoming leaders in both research and teaching and who, collectively, have the potential to change the way science is taught nationally. To facilitate networking and dissemination of effective practices, Cottrell Scholars are required to attend the annual Cottrell Scholar Conference. Cottrell Scholar awards are for three year projects in the amount of $75,000 for the entire project. An amount of $5,000 is set aside to cover travel expenses related to attendance at two Annual Cottrell Scholar Conferences. Budgets are not required; hence, there is no budget page in the proposal. Funds from Cottrell Scholar awards can be used at the discretion of the Scholar for most direct costs, with limitations only on the range of acceptable expenditures. There is no provision for indirect costs or overhead, faculty salaries, tuition, or for routine institutional services. Funds from an award may be used to support both the educational and research projects of the Cottrell Scholar.
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Searle Scholars Program
Nomination deadline: June 1; Application deadline: September 29
Note: MSU can only recommend 1 nominee.
Supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level in the biomedical sciences and chemistry, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 153 institutions, including Michigan State University, are invited to participate in the Program. The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years.
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Simons Foundation
Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, and Theoretical Computer Science
Deadline: October 31
Each year, the Simons Foundation invites nominations from universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for the Simons Investigators in Mathematics, Physics, Theoretical Computer Science and the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) programs. Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation. In 2016, the foundation also invited nominations for a new program, Simons Investigators in Astrophysics. The foundation also invites nominations each year from universities in the United States and Canada for the Math+X Investigators program. This program is designed to encourage novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering. Only nominations from eligible universities will be accepted. In all the investigator and university can receive as much as $550,000 over a five year period.
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Sloan Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15
Note: MSU can nominate no more that 3 nominees from any one department.
These two-year fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. Currently a total of 126 fellowships are awarded annually in seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. $50,000 for 2 years.
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Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
Deadline: June 30
Since 1947, The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship has been providing independent postdoctoral research support to young biomedical scientists. The Foundation recognizes and encourages independent thinking, creativity, and passion for scientific discovery. The HHWF Fellowship Program has excelled at nurturing young scientists, who go on to contribute significantly to the advancement of biomedical research, in many cases with landmark discoveries recognized by major awards.
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Federal Programs and Fellowships That Support Early Career Faculty
This report contains an overview of federal government funding opportunities and fellowship programs that provide support for early career faculty reseachers working at universities or other non-government institutions. Some programs provide support for early career faculty, as well as postdoctoral researchers and new investigators. Slideshare package offered by Lewis-Burke Associates.
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Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
Provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses. A few NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are selected each year to present at the foundation's annual Scientific Symposium in New York City. NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are also eligible to be selected for the Foundation's Freedman Prize for Outstanding Basic Research and Klerman Prize for Outstanding Clinical Research. Selection is based upon outstanding research as outlined in the final progress report of the NARSAD Grant project. NARSAD Young Investigator Grants enable early career scientists to garner pilot data for innovative ideas before they have "proof of concept" for their work. Once their NARSAD Grant project is complete, Investigators usually go on to receive sustained grant support from other sources that has proven to equal as much as 50 times the original research grant amount. NARSAD Grants offer the first critical backing of these young scientists' work. Here are a few examples of NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees whose early work was initially supported with a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant and who went on to make breakthroughs in mental health research.
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BrightFocus Foundation Research Grants
Provides significant funding for projects related to Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, or glaucoma.
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Concern Foundation
Conquer Cancer Now Award
Founded in 1968, Concern Foundation is a pioneer in funding Immunology Research worldwide. As a leading grassroots nonprofit based in Los Angeles, Concern Foundation is committed to funding cancer research scientists to further the advancements that are being made in conquering cancer. The Conquer Cancer Now Award is a $60,000 grant given to young and innovative cancer immunology researchers. Approximately 20 researchers receive a $60,000 Conquer Cancer Now Award per year for the two-year grant cycle. To learn more about The Conquer Cancer Now Award and to see if you qualify, please read our Grant Information Packet.
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Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of identifying and supporting exceptional early career researchers. Our scientists are committed to discovery leading to new understanding of the cell and how it becomes cancerous, as well as innovative approaches to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of all forms of the disease. Our awards support postdoctoral fellows conducting basic research, early career clinical investigators conducting translational research, and young innovators with high-risk/high-reward ideas.
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Foundation for Child Development
Young Scholars Program (YSP)
Supports policy- and practice-relevant research on the development and learning needs of the nation's young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income. FCD believes that early learning is a solid first step towards lifelong development and that promoting research in this area, conducted in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner, will help address the disparities in children's outcomes. YSP encourages applications from scholars who are: (1) From historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, e.g. first-generation college graduates, and those from low-income communities. (2) Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methods, given that mental, physical, health, social, economic, institutional, and community factors impact early learning and child development. Eligible researchers will have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., M.D.) within seven years of application submission. Ten years for physician applicants.
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Greenwall Foundation
Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
A career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae. The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities.
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Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF)
Fellowships Program
KSTF was established to enhance the quality of high school science and mathematics teaching. KSTF offers Teaching Fellowships to young men and women who have degrees in science and want to teach high school physics, chemistry or mathematics. The Fellowship provides both financial and professional support for up to five years, including tuition assistance and a stipend while Fellows participate in a recognized teacher credential program.
Knowles Research Fellowships are also available to support outstanding scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds whose work contributes to science and mathematics educational research, practice, and policy. In particular, KSTF seeks to support scholarship related to issues in the recruitment, preparation, induction, mentoring and retention of science and mathematics teachers in United States high schools.
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National Institutes of Health
International Research Scientists Development Award
The purpose of the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral U.S. research scientists and recently-appointed U.S. junior faculty (at least two years beyond conferral of doctoral degree) for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) leading to an independently funded research career focused on global health. FIC invites applications from early-career investigators from any health related discipline who propose career development activities and a research project that is relevant to the health priorities of the LMIC.
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Smith Richardson Foundation
The Foundation provides funding to foster the next generation of scholars and analysts and underwrites historical research with implications or lessons for current foreign policy. For more than a decade, the Foundation has provided research grants to junior faculty and junior-level analysts in the think tank community. The Foundation also sponsors the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship Program, to support doctoral graduate students who are pursuing policy-relevant research projects in their dissertations. Some funding may also be available for domestic policy issues.
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Thrasher Research Fund
Early Career Awards
The Fund recognizes that young investigators may find it difficult to remain in pediatric research because of a lack of funding. Therefore, the purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The Fund will make up to 30 awards total with two funding cycles (15 awards each). The Fund is open to a variety of research topics important to children's health. Both incidence and severity are considered when determining the significance of a problem being studied. In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children's health through medical research. Both an applicant's aptitude and inclination toward research are considered. The quality of the mentor and the mentoring relationship are also considered to be important predictors of success.
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Whitehall Foundation
Grants-In-Aid Program
The Whitehall Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which is focused exclusively on assisting basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology in the United States. Investigations should specifically concern neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.
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. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicantís continued productivity. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.
Research grants are also available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year.
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Michigan State University Opportunities

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Michigan State University
Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Internal Grants
Major opportunities include:
Discretionary Funding Initiatives (DFI)
Humanities Arts Research Program (HARP)
Strategic Partnership Grants

Michigan State University
Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)
The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful, but nearly fundable, grant application to the same funding agency. To request funding from this program, faculty must submit a request to the research associate dean of their college (if the faculty member is appointed in multiple colleges, the request must be made to the lead college) using the DFI information form. Applicants will be expected to provide copies of their previous external reviews, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in these documents. Requests for DFI support that have been approved by the research associate deans will be forwarded in a prioritized list to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Note that:

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Michigan State University
Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)
HARP has two components, Development and Production with different funding criteria and different submission deadlines:
The HARP Development program provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university. Within the Development program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that are supporting research projects and scholarship broadly related to the humanities. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that support scholarship and creative activities leading to an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs posted here for clarification. The deadline for HARP development applications will be in mid-October, with awards announced in February. Funding will be available for a two-year period beginning on July 1.
The HARP Production program provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a completed creative or research project. A contract from the publisher will be required if funds are being requested to publish a book. Proposals requesting funds to complete textbooks will not be considered. Within the production program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews (Humanities Research and Exhibition & Performance). The Humanities Research panel will review applications that support the completion of research, such as the publication of a book or production of a film. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that provide support for an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs posted here for clarification. In order to respond to the more immediate needs that these subsidies often entail, the panels will review applications twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring semester. Funds will be available for an additional year after the fiscal year of the original funding allocation. Faculty from Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, James Madison, Lyman Briggs, Music, Social Science, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities are eligible to apply for HARP funding.
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Michigan State University
Strategic Partnership Grants
The Strategic Partnership Grants Program is competitive, and is funded by the Michigan State University Foundation, providing funding for major projects in key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities. Michigan State University recognizes the value of supporting and nurturing faculty engaging in leading-edge research and scholarship initiatives. These initiatives must be of a caliber that positions the faculty to compete for significant external funding, including the development of research ideas with significant commercial potential, and to raise the stature of the university. Some of these initiatives may have strong potential to develop into a center or institute-level research program. The SPG program focuses on such opportunities by supporting research and scholarship that is leading-edge, interdisciplinary or futuristic, and capitalizes on the existing intellectual capital at Michigan State University. The SPG program is a continuation of the mission of the MSU Foundation to provide seed funding for the development of new knowledge, to initiate centers of excellence at the university, and to invest in the development of Michigan State University as one of the nation's leading research institutions. Proposals for new and innovative research initiatives are solicited. The program will not support requests for incremental research/scholarship or the extension of ongoing supported programs. As initiated several years ago, the program is organized in two parts. Pre-proposals are open for university-wide competition, while full proposals will be invited, based on the review of the pre-proposals. The key SPG program goals are to support the initial development of:

The maximum funding will be $400K total for projects of up to three years duration. Details concerning all aspects of the Strategic Partnership Grants program can be found online ( https://gps.vprgs.msu.edu ) under the Submission Guidelines, Important Dates, and How to Use the Grant Proposal System links.
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Based on Foundation Awards and Competitions, compiled annually by Doug Gage, Assistant Vice President, Internal Grants and Institutionally Limited Programs. See Foundation Awards and Competitions, 2015-2016. Other examples can be found under Coffee Break Series Powerpoint Presentations.

Early and mid-career faculty should also be aware that additional opportunities are posted at the Vice President's Office of Research and Graduate Studies Institutionally-Limited Opportunities Database


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