Funding programs for junior faculty

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Funding programs for junior faculty

Burroughs Wellcome Fund-Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

  • Supports:  "opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases."
  • Size of award:  Five-year awards ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  will generally have an MD, DVM, or PhD degree; must have an established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time of application; must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  November

 

David and Lucille Packard Foundation-Fellowships for Science and Engineering

  • Supports:  "the nation's most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.  Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering."
  • Size of award:  five-year award ($875K total award)
  • Eligibility:  must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators, and within the first three years of their faculty careers
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (two nominees per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  March

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation-Clinical Scientist Development Awards

  • Supports:  "grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers."
  • Size of award:  three-year awards ($150K/year)
  • Eligibility:  physician-scientist (MD or equivalent) conducting clinical research in any disease area; no citizenship requirement; must hold a full-time faculty level position not higher than Assistant Professor; have been appointed to their first full-time faculty level position within the previous five years (see URL for details)
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  December

 

Ellison Medical Foundation-New Scholars Program

  • Supports:  "new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging."
  • Size of award:  four-year awards ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  must be in the first three years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience (the clock usually starting on July 15 prior to the funding date – also July 15); must hold regular, full time faculty appointments (tenure or non-tenure); time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit.
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (two nominees per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  February

 

John Merck Scholars Program

  • Supports:  "promising basic research into the underlying causes and processes that impair the lives of people who are developmentally disabled, particularly children, focusing on investigations by neuroscientists and cognitive scientists."
  • Size of award:  Four-year fellowships ($75K/year)
  • Eligibility:  tenure track; not more than four years as an independent faculty position at the start of the award (the following summer); a record of research on developmental disabilities; evidence of a career in neuroscience or cognitive science.
  • Restrictions:  none
  • Approximate deadline:  September

 

Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

  • Supports:  candidates with "outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Risk-taking is encouraged."
  • Size of award:  four-year award ($60K/year)
  • Eligibility:  junior faculty members holding a full-time assistant professor position on the submission deadline, and who on the subsequent July 1 (start date) had not held that position for more than three years
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  November

 

Searle Scholars

  • Supports:  "the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position."
  • Size of award:  three-year award ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  junior faculty members in their first full-time appointment on or after July 1 of the year preceding the submission deadline.
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  September

 

 

W. M. Keck Foundation-Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program

  • Supports:  "early career development of individuals conducting distinguished, innovative biomedical research in emerging fields at the forefront of science. The Foundation is continuing that tradition by identifying and fostering the careers of some of the nation’s brightest young scientists, those with the promise to become our nation’s research leaders."
  • Size of award:  five-year award (total:  $1M)
  • Eligibility:  as of the application date, applicants must hold their first full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment and have held that appointment for at least one year and for no more than four years; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; my have applied or may plan to apply for other career development awards, including the HHMI Early Career Scientist, as well as for NIH support
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Approximate deadline:  December.  Internal pre-proposals generally are solicited two months before the agency deadline.