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March 26, 2013

20 Grants for Young Researchers

Looking for funding? Here are some places to start.

20 Grants for Young Researchers

Fear not, young scientists—the funds are out there. [© Laurence Gough - Fotolia.com]

  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (with five royal academies and sixteen universities)

    Wallenberg Academy Fellows

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 5 million to 7.5 million ($769,648 to about $1.2 million)1 per researcher through a five-year grant; Fellows can apply for an additional five years of funding. Support goal and past year’s activity: up to 125 young researchers between 2012 and 2016 with a potential total of SEK 1.2 billion ($184.7 million)1.

    Eligibility: Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic disciplines; engineering sciences, humanities, medicine, natural sciences, and social science, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. Researchers eligible for nomination this year must have received their doctoral degree after January 1, 2005. Researchers who have defended their thesis before that date and who since have been absent for an extended period of time due to illness or parental leave may have the date adjusted by the duration of said absence.

    Activity status: Evaluation of candidates has begun following deadline of March 1. Evaluation groups present what they deem the most promising candidates to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which will select 25 researchers in November. Twelve grant winners in natural sciences and eight in medicine were among 30 winners named on November 30, 2012.

    Purpose: Give the most promising young researchers a work situation that enables them to focus on their projects and address difficult, long-term research questions.

    More Information: http://www.wallenbergacademyfellows.org/

  • National MS Society

    Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards

    Amount of Funding/Costs covered: Salary: Capped at $199,700. Candidate must spend at least 20% of his or her time working on the research award in order to request salary support. Up to 75% of annual salary support may be requested (but in no case exceed $75,000 in the first year), with a 3% annual increase in each of the remaining four years. Research Support: The maximal direct costs that may be requested in the grant budget of the award is $30,000 in the first year, increasing incrementally each year up to $40,000 in the last year. Salary for Postdoctoral Research Associates: Scale starting at $39,264 for less than one year’s experience, climbing each year to $54,180 for seven or more years’ experience.

    Eligibility: Candidates are eligible who hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have received sufficient research training at the postdoctoral level to be capable of independent research. Individuals who have already conducted independent research for more than five years after postdoctoral training are ineligible. Candidates must hold or have been offered an academic appointment at the assistant professor (or equivalent) level at an approved university, professional school, or research institute in the United States at the initiation of the award.

    Purpose: The awards are designed to provide salary and grant support for a five-year period, thus permitting the awardee to establish competence in his/her chosen research area.

    Activity status: Deadline “mid-August;” no exact date at deadline.

    More Information: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ms-clinical-care-network/researchers/get-funding/harry-weaver-awards/index.aspx (then click link for application information)

  • NIH<sup>2,3</sup>

    Pathway to Independence Awards (PI; K99/R00 or “Kangaroo”)

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Five-year, two-phase program. Costs “generally should not exceed” $90,000 per year at either an NIH intramural or an extramural sponsoring institution site in Phase I, which provides one to two years of mentored support for promising postdoctoral researchers; cost may be higher in the case of individuals with exceptional salary needs. In Phase II, which provides up to three years of additional independent support if the PI has secured an independent research position, costs may not exceed $249,000 per year. This amount includes salary, fringe benefits, research support allowance, and applicable indirect costs.

    Eligibility: Principal investigators, including “outstanding” postdoctoral candidates with terminal clinical or research doctorates, and no more than five years of postdoctoral research training; PI not required to be a U.S. citizen. Foreign institutions are ineligible.

    Purpose: Assist postdoctoral investigators in transitioning to a stable independent research position with NIH or other independent research funding.

    Activity status: Support goal: Deadlines are March 12, July 12, and November 12 annually. Between 150 and 200 awards per year. Actual number and distribution of awards made by the NIH Institutes and Centers will depend upon the quality of the applications received, the results of the scientific peer review process, the availability of funds, and the program priorities of awarding components. Program set to expire September 8, 2014.

    More Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-197.html

    NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $300,000 in direct costs each year, with a maximum project period of five years, plus applicable facilities and administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award. Funds may be requested for personnel (including co-investigators and collaborators), supplies, equipment, sub-contracts, and other allowable costs. Awardees are required to commit at least 25% of their research effort each year to activities supported by the New Innovator Award.

    Eligibility: Applicants must meet the definition of an early stage investigator (ESI), a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or is within 10 years of completing medical residency (or the equivalent). An extension to the 10-year period may be granted under special circumstances (e.g., family care responsibilities, extended periods of clinical training, disability or illness, etc.). Applicants also must hold an independent research position at a domestic (U.S.) institution as of September 1, 2013. For the purpose of this FOA, “independent research position” means a position that automatically confers eligibility, by the applicant’s institutional policy, for an investigator to apply for R01 grants, with an appropriate commitment of facilities to be used for the conduct of the proposed research. Investigators still in training or mentored status (postdoctoral fellows) are not eligible to apply unless they have a written commitment of an independent faculty position as of September 1, 2013, that is certified by submission of the application from that institution. Applicants may submit or have an R01 (or other equivalent) grant application pending concurrently with their New Innovator Award application. However, if that pending grant is awarded in Fiscal Year 2013 with a start date of September 30, 2013, or earlier, then the applicant is no longer eligible to receive the New Innovator Award.

    Purpose: Created in 2007 to support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Awards are designed to complement ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early-stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early-stage investigators.

    Activity status: Earliest start date for research is September following scientific merit review planned for April, and Advisory Council review in May. Deadline was October 17, 2012.

    More Information: Funding opportunity announcement—http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-12-016.html
    Program’s webpage—http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/index.aspx

  • NSF

    Alan T. Waterman Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $1 million grant over five years, in addition to a medal, for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.

    Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than seven years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers.

    Purpose: Recognize outstanding researchers under age 35 in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

    Activity status: Mung Chiang, Ph.D., an electrical engineering professor at Princeton University announced as 2013 winner on March 18. Deadline was November 8, 2012. The last winner in the biological sciences was Casey Dunn, Ph.D., a biologist at Brown University and winner of the 2011 Waterman award; his work involves genome analyses to better understand relationships between groups of animals.

    More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp

    Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Minimum $500,000 for five years for grants from candidates submitting grant proposals to the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP); 600 grants are awarded annually. Program support: $220 million per year toward new and continuing CAREER awards.

    Eligibility: Candidates must hold a doctoral degree, by the deadline date, in a field supported by NSF; be untenured until October 1 following the deadline; and have not previously received a CAREER award. They must be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) at an accredited institution or nonprofit, non-degree-granting organization such as a museum, observatory, or research lab located in the U.S., its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards degrees in a field supported by NSF. They must remain in a tenure-track assistant professor or equivalent position until the October 1st following the proposal submission deadline.

    Purpose: NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

    Activity status: Deadline July 22 for BIO grant proposals.

    More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11038/nsf11038.jsp

  • Swedish Research Council

    Project Research Grant for Junior Researchers

    Eligibility: Individual researchers who also serve as project leaders and have the scientific responsibility for their project. They must dedicate time equivalent to at least 20% of a full-time position to the project. Eligible researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. The doctoral degree must have been awarded January 1, 2006, or later, but no later than the closing date for applications in this call. Applicants awarded their doctoral degrees earlier than 2006 could be considered if special circumstances interrupted their period of active research.

    Purpose: Give researchers early in their careers an opportunity to build up and develop a research activity.

    Activity status: Deadline is April 4. Later this spring the evaluation process will begin, according to the council. Decisions will be published on the council website “in October and November.”

    More Information: http://bit.ly/ZmnqPk

  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

    Ingvar Carlsson Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 1 million to 3 million ($153,834 to $461,474)4 per researcher over three to six years; Grants include a personal scholarship of SEK 50,000 ($7,691)4 awarded to each recipient. Up to one-third of the grant may be used to cover the recipient's own salary. Support goal: SEK 36 million ($5.5 million)4 to fund 12 three-year grants.

    Eligibility: Applicant must have received his or her Ph.D. at a Swedish or foreign university not earlier than January 1, 2008; must have conducted continuous postdoctoral studies outside Sweden, at a university different from the one where he or she graduated, for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline; and must become permanently active at a university in Sweden. His or her work in Sweden should have started not earlier than September 1, 2011, and not later than August 31, 2013. Applicants with a Ph.D. from a university outside Sweden must have completed a basic academic degree within the Swedish higher education system, achieving a qualification equivalent to both of a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. Must not apply for Future Research Leaders grant.

    Purpose: Give homecoming postdocs an opportunity to launch their own independent and creative research careers in Sweden; program includes leadership training.

    Activity status: Final decision by the Governing Board “March/April 2013;” deadline for submission of full proposal was September 5, 2012. Research project is to be implemented from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2017.

    More Information: http://www.juniorfaculty.uu.se/digitalAssets/111/111194_announcement-ingvar-carlsson-award-2012.pdf

    Future Research Leaders

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 1 million to 3 million ($153,834 to $461,474)5 per researcher over three to six years; grant is primarily intended for building a research group and maximum 20% of the grant may be used to cover the recipient's own salary. Out of each grant, SEK 300,000 ($46,180)5 will be withheld for use by the grantee toward commercialization of results from the project. Support goal is SEK 200 million (about $30.8 million)5 to fund up to 20 grants of a total of SEK 10 million ($1.5 million) each, covering a period of five years.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be born in 1973 or later; must have obtained their Ph.D. degree between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2008; and must not apply for Ingvar Carlsson Award. Applicants currently working outside Sweden must be prepared to work full-time at a Swedish research organization.

    Purpose: Support and promote young scientists who have the potential and the ambition to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden. Grantees will participate in a mandatory leadership training program.

    Activity status: Decision by the SSF Board: “September 2013”; deadline for submission of full proposal was November 20, 2012. Earliest project start is October 2013. The next announcement is planned to take place in 2015.

    More Information: http://www.stratresearch.se/global/utlysning_pdf/FFL12_en.pdf

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