Department of Agriculture (USDA); National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component includes funding for new investigators. A new investigator is defined as an individual who is beginning their career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has less than five years postgraduate career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds as Project Director with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral grants or AFRI Seed Grants. Deadline varies by program area. Relevant to: STEM
Department of Defense (DOD)
Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP): Supports young scientists and engineers in Air Force relevant disciplines and is designed to promote innovative research in science and engineering. Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents holding tenure-track positions who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees on or after 01 Apr 2017. Deadline: Variable, check current solicitation, usually in summer.; $450K. Relevant to: STEM
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP): This program 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, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2017, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Deadline: Variable, check current solicitation. FY22 and FY23 deadlines were in July; up to $170K per year for 3 years. Relevant to: STEM
DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA): This program accepts single-author grant proposals for research and development in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, materials, mathematics, biology, computing, informatics, social science, and manufacturing. Participation is limited to untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within 5 years of appointment to a tenure-track position. Deadline: RFP typically posted between August and September; $500k. Relevant to: STEM
Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program (YIP): This program is open to researchers in tenure-track positions who have held their graduate degrees for fewer than five years at the time of application. Proposals are invited for research in the following areas: chemical sciences, physics, life sciences, mechanical sciences, electronics, earth sciences, materials, computing, mathematics, network sciences. Application guidelines are available in the current ARO Broad Agency Announcement. Deadline: Proposals accepted at any time; $120K per year for three years. Relevant to: STEM
Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE Early Career Research Program: This program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers. Early career researchers may apply to one of eight Office of Science program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics; Accelerator R&D and Production; and Isotope R&D and Production. Proposed research topics must fall within the programmatic priorities of DOE’s Office of Science, which are provided in the program announcements. Awards are $875k over 5 years. Deadline: Variable, check current solicitation. Eligibility: Must have received a Ph.D. within the past 12 years.
Office of Nuclear Energy Distinguished Early Career Program: The Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP) is the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) most prestigious award for faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to invest in the innovative research and education programs of outstanding early career university faculty poised to pave new lines of inquiry and advance mission critical research directions in nuclear energy. Focus of projects is placed on an integrated, clear research and education plan that highlights research and educational strengths to support the development of the faculty member, research infrastructure, curriculum, and research outcomes that will advance research focus while training the next generation of nuclear energy professionals. Awards are $625k over 5 years. Deadline: In FY23, deadline was in September; Eligibility: Must be in a tenure-track position but untenured at time of application; must be within 7 years of their PhD as of the DECP application due date; cannot be funded by other early career awards from other federal funding agencies; and cannot apply more than 3 times total.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- NASA Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science (ECIP-ES): The Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science (ECIP-ES) is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program, formerly known as the New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science, welcomes innovative research initiatives and seeks to cultivate diverse scientific leadership in Earth System Science. Proposals are solicited every 2-3 years. Awards average $100k/year for up to 3 years ($300k total). Deadline: For FY23, notices of intent were due in July, with proposals due in August; Eligibility: Applicants must be untenured, within 6 years of their PhD (i.e PhD on or after January 1, 2017 for FY23), and not have previously received an ECIP-ES or PECASE award.
- NASA Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP): The Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP) in Heliophysics is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate diverse scientific leadership in Heliophysics. Awards are $125-$175k/year for up to 4 years. ECIP solicitations are expected to be issued once every 2 years. Deadline: For FY22, Step 1 deadline was in July (proposals not solicited in FY23); Eligibility: Applicants must be in a tenure-track position (but untenured at the time of application), be no more than 10 years past their PhD (i.e. PhD on or after January 1, 2012 for FY22), and must not have previously received an ECIP or PECASE award. Most recent URL (check for ROSES-2024 in early 2024).
- NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA): The Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) program is intended to help promising young scientists play an increased and meaningful role in the planetary science community and pursue professional development in areas relevant to the Planetary Science Division (PSD). ECA awards are a one-time award of up to $200k. Deadline: For FY23, deadline is December 7, 2023; Eligibility: For FY23, applicants must be a PI on a from a participating program element solicited in ROSES-2021 or ROSES-2022; must be within 10 years of their PhD (i.e. PhD on or after January 1, 2013 for FY23); and must not have previously received a NASA early career award or PECASE award.
Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships (RTF) for Early Career Researchers: This program provides early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrumentation development projects and become PIs of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions. The RTF application does not involve a separate proposal to this program element; it is a one-page application submitted along with a proposal submitted to either the Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA) or Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) Programs described in the ROSES solicitation. The PI of a successful technology-centered APRA/SAT proposal who is designated as a Roman Technology Fellow based on this one-page application has the opportunity to apply for up to $500K in Fellowship Funds in the future. Deadline: For FY23, deadline was August 17, 2023; Eligibility: Applicants must hold an early career position such as a postdoctoral or tenure-track (but untenured at time of application) position; be within 8 years of their PhD; be a US citizen or permanent resident; and not be a current or former recipient of an RTF or PECASE award.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) For Early State Investigators: provides support for a program of research in an early-stage investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS. For the purpose of this FOA, a program of research is a collection of projects in the investigator's lab that are relevant to the mission of NIGMS. Deadline: February / October; $250K in direct costs per year for a period of 5 years. Relevant to: STEM
- NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2): supports early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important areas relevant to the mission of NIH. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences. PIs who have not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award and who is within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree is eligible. Deadline: August 19, 2022; $1.5M in direct costs for up to 5 years. Relevant to: STEM
- Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Project Grant: supports an innovative project that represents a change in research direction for an early stage investigator (ESI) and for which no preliminary data exist. Applications submitted to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) must not include preliminary data. Applications must include a separate attachment describing the change in research direction. Deadline: varies. Relevant to: STEM
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER): This award for new faculty combines the support of quality research and education and the full participation of those traditionally underrepresented into a single program. This program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers NSF’s most prestigious awards for new faculty members. Deadline: Fourth Monday in July, annually; minimum of $400-500K for 5 years. Relevant to: STEM, HASSE