As we’ve discussed in the past, it’s not always easy for young researchers to get grants. While the NIH does have a policy of separating new investigator applications at review in an effort to lower the age of first award, the average age of first-time R01 grant winners is around 42 years old for Ph.D.s, 44 years old for combined M.D./Ph.D.s, and about 45 for M.D.s. But all is not lost—several organizations are offering grants to young up-and-coming scientists.
You've seen our list of the 25 schools that received the most NIH funds last fiscal year through July 31; now, check out this list of 20 grant programs that direct funds to younger researchers, unranked and listed in the alphabetical order of the sponsoring organizations, based on information furnished by these organizations on their websites and other publicly available material. Each program is listed by its name, amount of funding available and types of costs covered, eligibility requirements of applicants, purpose of the grant program, status of recent activity, and a link or links with more detailed program information.