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Early Career Investigators

The submission requirements checklists provided by the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) are intended to be supplemental resources for new investigators. Please consult with your College RA or OCG-designated RA to determine which fields in the checklist are the investigators’ responsibility.

Agency Program Name Funding Amount Deadline DOR Checklist Other Helpful Links
Department of Agriculture Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Foundational and Applied Science Program) Not to exceed $500,000 (including indirect costs) for up to 5 years March (exact date varies based on specific program area) Submission Requirements Checklist AFRI Request for Applications
Department of Defense Office of Naval Research (Young Investigator Program) $510,000 over 3 years August Submission Requirements Checklist Young Investigator Program (YIP)
Department of Defense Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Young Investigator Program) $150,000 per year for up to 3 years Proposals are reviewed as they are received Submission Requirements Checklist
Department of Defense DARPA (Young Faculty Award) $250,000 per year for up to 2 years September-November Submission Requirements Checklist
Department of Defense Army Research Office, Broad Agency (Young Investigator Program) No funding restrictions Proposals are reviewed as they are received Submission Requirements Checklist
Department of Energy Office of Science (Early Career Research Program) $750,000 over 5 years Pre-application: January/February; Full Proposal: March Early Career Research Program 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration New Early Career Fellowship Program $80,000-$90,000 a year for up to 3 years 3-year cycle- Date Varies
National Institutes of Health Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Vary by RFA Vary by RFA Submission Requirements Checklist Early Stage Investigator Policies
National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Awards Vary by RFA Vary by RFA
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (Career) $400,000-$500,000 for up to 5 years July Submission Requirements Checklist
National Science Foundation Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation (CRII) $175,000 for 2 years August
American Heart Association Career Development Award $231,000 for up to 3 years October 2020-21 Application Deadlines
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Young Investigators Program $600,000 for up to 4 years August
Fulbright Fulbright Scholar Program (Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards) Stipends vary by award September Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Packard Fellowship Awards Vary by award February (for limited submissions)
Pew Foundation Pew Biomedical Scholars Up to $300,000 for 4 years May/June (for limited submissions)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Research Fellowships $75,000 for a 2-year term September