Early Career Grant Opportunities

These programs are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines. More grant opportunities can be found on the Office of Sponsored Programs site.

Grant NameOrgDeadlineEligibilityPast and Current RecipientsAwardDescription
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)NSFProposal 7/18/17 or 7/19/17Asst. facultyMahendra Sunkura,
Antonio Badia,
Hichem Frigui,
Olfa Nasraoui,
Cindy Harnett,
Hui Zhang,
Kevin Murphy
$400K ($500K for engineering) min for a 5 year periodThe intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators demonstrating commitment to teaching, learning, and dissemination of knowledge. The minimum award is $400,000 total for the five-year duration, except for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), with a minimum total of $500,000 for the five-year duration.
CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)NSFProposal  8/8/18PhD within past 5 years

Have not been a PI for any federal grant

Nihat Altiparmak$175KFunds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, with certain exceptions.
Early Career Faculty Grant (ECF)NASALOI 3/1/18

Proposal 3/28/18

Tenure track faculty$200K per yearIntended to support outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA’s Mission Directorates.
New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth ScienceNASALOI anticipated spring 2019


PhD within past 5 years$80-$90K per year/ 3 yearsThe NIP in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate scientific leadership in Earth system science.
ARL Young Investigator Program (YIP)Army DODProposal OpenTenure track faculty
PhD within past 5 years
$50K per year/ 3 yearsAttract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers
ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP)Naval DODProposal anticipated September 2018Started 1stfull time appt. within past 5 years$170K per year/ 3 yearsIdentify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy’s research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers
AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP)AFOSRProposal 6/1/18PhD within past 5 years$120K per year/ 3 yearsSupports scientists and engineers who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.
Young Faculty Award (YFA)DARPAExec Summary 10/2/17

Proposal  12/3/17

Tenure track asst. or assoc. faculty$250K per year/ 2 yearsIdentify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.
Early Career Research ProgramDOELOI 1/25/18Tenure track faculty

PhD within past 10 years

$150K per year/ 3 yearsSupports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.
New Innovator AwardNIHProposal 9/10/18PhD within past 10 years

Never awarded RO1 or equivalent NIH grant

$300K per year/ 5 yearsSupports unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included.

The research proposed for a New Innovator Award may be in any scientific area relevant to the mission of NIH (biological, behavioral, clinical, social, physical, chemical, computational, engineering, and mathematical sciences)

Young Investigator AwardBCANProposal 2/26/18Asst. faculty PhD within past 6 years$100K for 2 yearsThese grants fund researchers who work in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research.
Young Investigators’ GrantsHFSPLOI  3/30/18

(must initial application by 3/20)

PhD within past 10 years

Independent lab established within past 5 years

$450K per year/ 3 yearsResearch grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together early career scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. Awards support 2-4 team members.
Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI)ACSProposal 10/19/18Started 1stfull time asst. faculty position within past 3 years$110KAwards of $110,000 over two years provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.
New Innovator in Food and Agriculture ResearchFFARProposal 2/28/18Hired no earlier than 8/1/14 for tenure track$200K per year/ 3 yearsThe award is designed to give recipients three years of financial support to pursue highly innovative research in one or more of FFAR’s seven focus areas and to act as mentors to the next generation of standout scientists in food and agriculture.  Candidate must be nominated by the school.
Future Leader AwardILSI North AmericaProposal Currently closedStarted 1stfull time tenure track position within past 5 years$15K per year/ 2 yearsGiven to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science.