Federal 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.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program

This program supports scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. The awards foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities to recognize Air Force mission and challenges in science and engineering. Link to Opportunity

Army Research Office – ARO Young Investigator Program

ARO’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Proposals may request up to $100,000 per year for three years. This program is in addition to a YIP Program described in the open ARO BAA. Link to Opportunity

Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement – Young Investigator Program

This program is designed to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members who have held their graduate degrees for fewer than five years, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Grants are made in disciplines in the physical and life sciences and will not exceed $50,000 per year for three years. See Research Area 10 in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement, or Research Area 16 in the ARO/ARL Broad Agency Announcement. Link to Opportunity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Research to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability Young Investigator grants in the various funding categories (availability varies). Link to Opportunity

DARPA Microsystems Technology Office, Young Faculty Award

DARPA solicits single investigator proposals for research and development in the areas of the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics of interest to the Microsystems Technology Office and Defense Sciences Office. Link to Opportunity

Department of Defense (DOD)

Science, technology, mathematics and engineering related to defense needs Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) (due July). Link to Opportunity

Department of Energy (DOE)

Science, technology, mathematics and engineering related to energy Division of Nuclear Physics  (November)Outstanding Junior Investigator Program Link to Opportunity

Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and High-Performance Networks Early Career Principal Investigator Program. Link to Opportunity

High Energy Physics  (December) Outstanding Junior Investigator Program Link to Opportunity

Plasma Physics, Fusion Energy (September) Junior Faculty Development Program Link to Opportunity

NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science

This program funds research to promote and increase the use of Earth remote sensing. Grants are from $80,000-$120,000 per year for a period of up to three years for scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. Link to Opportunity

National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component of this program includes funding for new investigators. A new investigator is defined as an individual who is beginning his/her career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has less than five years postgraduate, career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral research grants or USDA NRI or AFRI Seed Grants. Link to Opportunity

National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP) Young Investigators Grant

This award is available to promising investigators within ten years of receiving the Ph.D. The basic award is a bottom line figure of $20,000 per year for each of two years. Awards cover the direct costs of up to two months of summer salary per year plus fringes, a small amount for travel and expenses, and a university payment in lieu of indirect cost of 15% of the direct costs. Subject to the same 15% in lieu of indirect, a young investigator proposal may also ask for graduate student support (other than tuition) not to exceed $5,000 per student per year, as well as limited funds for computer equipment, as long as the total costs of the project fall within $20,000. Link to Opportunity

NIH New and Early Stage Investigator Policies

In order to address both the duration of training and to protect the flux of new investigators, the NIH announced a new policy in fiscal year 2009 involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators. ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants. Link to Opportunity

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period for all directorates except BIO. For proposals submitted to the BIO directorate, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years. Link to Opportunity

NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences Outstanding Junior Investigator Program

These grants are intended to increase the diversity of researchers who apply for and receive BIO funding to initiate research programs early in their careers. Currently, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are under-represented in biology. Link to Opportunity

Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program

The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. 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. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available. Link to Opportunity

Office of High Energy Physics Young Investigator Program

The program supports academic scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years. 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. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. ONR research areas are available. Link to Opportunity

Office of Nuclear Physics, Early Career Research Program

Invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application. Link to Opportunity

Office of Science, Early Career Research Program

Invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application. Link to Opportunity

SINAM, Graduate Young Investigator

NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Scalable and Integrated NAnoManufacturing (SINAM) is inviting applications for Graduate Young Investigator Program. The purpose is to offer the opportunity for graduate students in leading the research project with their innovative ideas. Graduate students from six SINAM partner Universities are invited to compete for innovative research ideas. The student to be selected will be required to propose a new and innovative research topic that involves at least two faculty members at SINAM from different fields, to study a nano-manufacturing topic using a multidisciplinary approach. This will allow the student to experience being a driver in research and inspire them to work across different disciplines. The student will combine the fund, with resources from the faculty advisers to conduct an exploratory research project. Each GYI award size will be in amounts up to $25,000 in a 12-month period. The grant will be used to support proposed research activities. The covered expenses may include purchasing for small instruments (<$1,500 or per Universitys policy), supplies, cleaning room charges, and graduate student stipend.  Link to Opportunity