Finding funds for research is among the steepest hurdles that young investigators must surmount as they grow from grad school students to postdocs to finally running their own laboratories.
Years of yo-yo budgeting has reduced the confidence young researchers once had of obtaining funding through NIH, and over the past 20 years, lowered the amount of money available. The success rate for all research project grants dipped to 15.3% in the sequestration-stymied federal fiscal year that ended September 30, 2013, about half the two-decade high 29.5% of FY 1999.
“Imagine yourself as a visionary young scientist at one of our nation’s research universities. You have many exciting ideas. You write up the most promising and send the grant application to NIH in hopes of being supported. But you find it increasingly difficult to remain optimistic or to see a future in this field when you look at the steep odds of being funded,” Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, wrote September 24, 2013, in her blog Rock Talk on NIH’s website.
A little bit of help is on the way, thanks to GEN’s list of 25 grant programs that direct funds to younger researchers. The list is 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.