Federal agencies and private sponsors offer many funding opportunities to support early- and mid-career researchers. Many programs are especially helpful for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of assistant professor. The lists below will be updated periodically as agencies and sponsors announce their funding plans, and as new opportunities become available.

Please note: many of these opportunities are limited submission grants or awards, meaning the University may forward a limited number of candidates for competitive selection. Learn more about limited submission grants and awards.

Program Agency Award Amount/Duration Important Dates
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) New Investigator Grants Department of Agriculture; National Institute of Food and Agriculture Varies Deadline: Varies / None Posted
Air Force Young Investigator Research Program


Department of Defense; Air Force Office of Scientific Research $120,000 per year for 3 years Deadline: July 1, 2018
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

NSF 18-554

National Science Foundation $400,000 to $500,000, depending on project area Deadline: August 8, 2018

Second Wednesday in August Annually

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Young Faculty Award Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Typical: $150,000 per year for 2 years Executive Summaries: October 2, 2017

Full Proposals: December 4, 2017

Early Career Research Program


Department of Energy Office of Science $750,000 over 5 years Pre-Application: January 25, 2018

Full Proposal: April 4, 2018

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
SF 17-537
National Science Foundation Up to $175,000 for 2 years Deadline: July 18 – 20, 2018 (see divisions for dates)
Fellowships for Early Career Researchers (ROSES)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration Up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years Deadline: March 29, 2018
Early Career Fellowship Start-Up Program for Named Fellows
NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program


Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health Up to $250,000 per year, for up to 5 years, in direct costs, plus applicable F&A costs Limited Submission
Letter of Intent (Agency): August 27, 2018
NIH Director’s New Innovator Award


Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health Up to $1.5M in direct costs, all disbursed in first year. Equivalent to $300,000 per year for 5 years. F&A costs to be determined at time of award. Deadline: September 8, 2017
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Department of Defense; Office of Naval Research Up to $170,000 per year for 3 years Deadline: September 29, 2017
Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research


National Science Foundation Budgets should be commensurate with activities proposed Proposals accepted anytime
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Education, and Health and Human Services; NIH; VA; EPA; NASA; NSF; and the Smithsonian Institution $200,000 per year for 5 years Each agency nominates candidates from its own young/early investigator awardees, and/or from its intramural laboratories


Program Sponsor Award Amount/Duration Deadline
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Carnegie Corporation of New York Up to $200,000 for 1-2 years Limited Submission
Sponsor Deadline: November (anticipated)
Beckman Young Investigators Program Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation $750,000 for up to 4 years Letter of Intent: June thru September (typical)
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation $75,000 for 1 year Limited Submission
Sponsor Deadline: February 8, 2018
Cottrell Scholar Awards Research Corporation for Science Advancement $100,000 for 3 years Pre-Proposal: May 1, 2018
Invited Full: July 20, 2018
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program Greenwall Foundation 50% of salary for 3 years Limited Submission
Letter of Intent (Sponsor): November 1, 2017
Full Proposal (Sponsor): January 15, 2018
Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering David and Lucille Packard Foundation $875,000 over 5 years (equivalent to $175,000 per year) Limited Submission
Request for Nomination (Sponsor): March 15, 2018
Pew Scholars in Biomedical Research Pew Charitable Trust $240,000 over 4 years Limited Submission
Internal Deadline: June 4, 2018
See the Internal Call
Sponsor Nomination: July 7, 2017
Sponsor Application: October 23, 2017
Searle Scholars Program Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust $100,000 per year for 3 years Limited Submission
Internal Deadline: June 4, 2018
See the Internal Call
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
Mallinckrodt Research Grants Mallinckrodt Foundation $60,000 per year for up to 3 years Limited Submission
Internal Deadline: June 4, 2018
See the Internal Call
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2017
Simons Investigator in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) Simons Foundation $100,000 per year for 5 years Limited Submission
Nominations (Sponsor): October 31, 2017
Sloan Research Fellowships Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $60,000 for 2 years September 17, 2018
St. Baldrick’s Scholar Awards (Career Development) St. Baldrick’s Foundation $110,000 per year, 3 year minimum (potential for 2 additional years) Limited Submission
Letter of Intent (Sponsor): January 31, 2018
Young Investigators Research Grants Human Frontier Science Program Up to $450,000, depending on size of team, for 3 years Letter of Intent: March 28, 2018

You must obtain a reference number from the HFSP extranet by March 19, 2018


Last Updated: May 3, 2018