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Funding Opportunities for Tenure-Track Faculty

Department of Defense

Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research
ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify 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. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years. Applicant must have held their PhD for five years or less. 

Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and 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. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.

Young Faculty AwardDARPA
The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify 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. Applicants must hold their PhD for five years or less.  

Broad Agency Announcement - Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office
The ARO Young Investigator Program is included in the ARO Section of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. Scroll down to Section II.3.b. Young Investigators Program (YIP). The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. This program is open to U.S. citizens, Nationals, and resident aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. YIP awards are up to $120,000 per year for three years.

Department of Energy

Early Career Research Program, DOE Office of Science
September for required pre-application, November for application
Supports 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. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond their Ph.D. at the deadline for the application. Only one application allowed annually.  

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

New Investigator Program (NIP), NASA
The New Investigator Program in Earth Science, directed towards scientists and/or engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. Proposers can address research, applied sciences, data management, computing, and/or technology issues. NIP proposals are openly solicited approximately every two years. The anticipated average award is $80-90K per year for a period of up to three years. Next solicitation is scheduled for 2017. 

Early Career Faculty (ECF), NASA
The Early Career Faculty (ECF) component of the Space Technology Research Grants Program awards grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers. ECF challenges early career faculty to examine the theoretical feasibility of ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable. The ECF Appendix is expected to be released at least biannually and will feature specific topics.  Awards are expected to be a maximum of three years in duration and the typical award amount is $200K/year.

National Science Foundation

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) ProgramNSF
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 except for the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate of Engineering (ENG) and the Division of Polar Programs (PLR). For proposals submitted to BIO, ENG, or PLR, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years. Only one submission annually and three submissions total for CAREER proposals. 

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII), NSF
With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. It is expected that funds 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. Only one proposal per applicant annually with only two submissions allowed. 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), NSF
AESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Nominations for the PAESMEM award may be submitted by any individual U.S. citizen or permanent resident or affiliated organization conducting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM or STEM-related) mentoring activities in formal and/or informal settings. Nominations must demonstrate exemplary, measurable mentoring over a sustained 5 year period at a minimum.


Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Grants (DNI)American Chemical Society
The Doctoral New Investigator grants program aims to promote the careers of young faculty by supporting research of high scientific caliber, and to enhance the career opportunities of their undergraduate/ graduate students, and postdoctoral associates through the research experience. Awards 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.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
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. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Applicants must have been hired in May 2011 or later.

Sloan Research Fellows, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Applicants must have received their PhD between 2004 and 2010 in the field of chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, Blavatnik Family Foundation
The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country's most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. Must currently hold a faculty position and a doctorate degree. Must conduct research as a principal investigator in one of the disciplinary categories in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Chemistry. To be eligible, candidate must be nominated by institution. Only three submissions per institution.

NIH New Innovator Award (DP2),National Institute of Health
The NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award initiative  supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Award initiative complements ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators.

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The program invites up to two nominations from selected institutions. The program supports the innovative research efforts of young faculty members in the natural and physical sciences or engineering. Candidates must be faculty members in the first three years of their faculty careers. Awards provide $875,000 over five years.

Beginning Grant-In-AidScientist Development Grant ProgramAmerican Heart Association
Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee with the exception of (1) applications specifically related to the AHA’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and (2) the Veterans Administration employees. Funding is prohibited for awards at non-U.S. institutions.

Federal Programs and Fellowships that Support Early Career Faculty, University of Southern California