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Early Career Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation

Faculty Early Career Development Program  (CAREER)

Deadline: July

Synopsis: 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) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). For proposals submitted to BIO or OPP, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.

National Institutes of Health

Director’s New Innovator Award

Deadline: September

Synopsis: Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the New Innovator Award supportsexceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects with no preliminary data required.

Department of Defense

 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

Deadline: July/August

Synopsis: 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. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. 
Army Research Office, Young Investigator Program

Deadline: Open

Synopsis: 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 $50,000 per year for three years.
Congressional Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), Career Develoment Award

Dealine: Varies by program

Synopsis: Funding program areas vary and may include: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Genetic Studies of Food Allergies, Gulf War Illness, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, Peer Reviewed Medical, Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic, Prostate Cancer, Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Some of these program areas, such as Peer Reviewed Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Lung Cancer, and Breast Cancer Research Programs have included New Investigator Awards or Career Development Awards.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award

Deadline: January

Synopsis: 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.
Office for Naval Research Young Investigator Program

Deadline: January

Synopsis: 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.

Department of Energy

Early Career Program

Deadline: Pre-application due in September

Synopsis: 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 the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows: Information for Potential Host Organizations

Deadline: 17 october, 2017

ACLS invites applications from organizations wishing to host a 2018 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program is an innovative, career-building initiative that allows talented humanities PhDs togain valuable experience in areas such as arts management, development, communications, public administration, policy, and digital media. ACLS partners with a diverse group of organizations each competition year. Host organizations are selected based on their capacity to offer rewarding, career-building work that will foster the fellow's professional development.