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Apr 14, 2014

25 Grants for Young Researchers

Kickstart your career by applying for one of these grants.

25 Grants for Young Researchers

Getting your research off the ground isn’t always easy. Luckily, sources of funds like the ones below can help. [© KaYann - Fotolia.com]

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Brain Foundation (ABF)

    Clinician Scientist Development Awards

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: The Society will provide a base salary for each year dependent on the postgraduate year (PGY) level of the applicant; starting at $51,584 for PGY3, rising to $58,036 for PGY7 or more. The Society will also provide $7,850 as an institutional allowance, while ABF will provide an additional $25,000 to supplement the base salary in each year. No additional funds for fringe benefits or indirect costs are allowed. Allowance of no more than $7,850 per year will be provided to institutions, primarily to help underwrite the costs of individual medical insurance for the fellow. Supplementation of the award with other grants or by the fellowship institution is permissible, but fellows may not accept other fellowships, similar awards, or have another source of support for more than 50% of their research salary while holding this award.

    Eligibility: Applicants must hold an M.D., D.O. or equivalent clinical degree from an accredited institution, and must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Applicants must be at the PGY4 or PGY5 stage of an accredited residency program in the United States at the time of application. Fellowships will initiate upon completion of residency training. Applicants must arrange a proposed training program with an appropriate mentor at a U.S. institution prior to submitting an application. Training may occur with the applicant’s current institution or may take place at a new institution. A plan of training must be formulated and agreed on by the mentor and the applicant, and described in detail in the application.

    Purpose: Support the training of young clinicians committed to careers in academic medicine with an emphasis on MS clinical research. The intent of this program is to support three years of research training in an environment where talented young clinicians address problems in multiple sclerosis with the most current scientific tools.

    Activity status: Deadline August 13, with earliest possible start date July 1, 2015. Application must be made jointly by a candidate and the institution in which an appointment is held.

    More information: http://bit.ly/OQEEmZ (then click link for application information)

  • NIH1

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

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Five-year, two-phase program: Mentored Phase (K99), which provides one to two years of mentored support for promising postdoctoral researchers; and Independent Phase (R00), which provides up to three years of additional independent support if the PI has secured an independent research position. Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses.

    In the K99 Phase, salary and research costs may be requested up to the level provided by the awarding Institute or Center. Requested salary must be consistent both with the established salary structure at the institution and with salaries actually provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members with equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in the department concerned. Extramural sponsoring institution may supplement the NIH salary contribution up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs.

    In the R00 Phase, total costs may not exceed $249,000 per year. This amount includes salary, fringe benefits, research costs, and applicable indirect costs. Indirect costs will be reimbursed at the extramural sponsoring institution’s indirect cost rate. Indirect costs requested by consortium participants are included in the total cost limitation.

    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 clinical or research doctorates (including Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., N.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.N.S., Pharm.D. or equivalent doctoral degrees), and no more than four years of postdoctoral research training (recently reduced from five years). PI not required to be a U.S. citizen. Foreign institutions are ineligible.

    Purpose: Increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented, NIH-supported, independent investigators. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

    Activity status: Support goal: Deadlines are February 12, June 12, and October 12 annually for new applications; and March 12, July 12, and November 12 annually for renewal, resubmission, and revision applications. NIH says the 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 renewed through January 8, 2017.

    More information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-042.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 collaborators), supplies, equipment, subcontracts, 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 of the fiscal year of the competition. 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 propose 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 of the fiscal year of the competition 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 the fiscal year of the competition with a start date of September 30 or earlier in that fiscal year, 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: Submission deadlines of September 17, 2014, and September 16, 2015, both by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

    More information: Funding opportunity announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-007.html
    Program’s web page: 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: 2014 award winners yet to be named; deadline for nominations was November 15. The last winner, announced last year, was Mung Chiang, Ph.D., an electrical engineering professor at Princeton University. 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); support for senior personnel is allowed only for the PI's salary. Support for other senior personnel is not permitted, either in the primary budget or in any subawards. All other allowable costs, as described in the Grant Proposal Guide, are permitted. Allowable costs include funds for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, summer salary, education or outreach activities, support for an evaluator, travel, and subsistence expenses for the PI and U.S. participants when working abroad with foreign collaborators, and consultant expenses.

    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, nondegree-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.

    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: Full proposal due July 21 by 5 PM proposer’s local time to NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences.

    More information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14532/nsf14532.htm#summary
    Program page: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214

  • Rockland Immunochemicals

    Joy Cappel Young Investigator Awards

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $4,000 award, with a total $100,000 to be awarded to 25 qualified candidates each of the next 10 years. Recipient investigators will be given access to Rockland’s antibody development team and products. Rockland scientists will work with recipients toward shared goals with open sharing of information and data. Successful award winners will be able to develop and characterize an antibody which meets their research objectives and includes: antigen design, peptide synthesis, antibody production, antibody purification and antibody analysis by ELISA and/or Western Blotting or similar immunoassay. Selected scientists will work with Rockland professionals to initiate polyclonal antibody development activities

    Eligibility: Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or recipients of advanced degrees (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) within the last five years.

    Purpose: Help young investigators establish themselves in the areas of oncology, nuclear signaling, developmental biology, epigenetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, signal transduction or stem cell technology. 

    Activity status: The program’s first three award recipients were announced April 7. Deadline for award submissions is August 31. Awards may be made throughout the year.  All awards will be honored prior to December 31, 2014.

    More information: http://www.rockland-inc.com/young-investigators

  • Swedish Research Council

    Grant for Distinguished Young Researchers

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 3 million ($459,000) per year, including indirect costs, over six years starting in 2015. Grant may cover all kinds of research-related costs, such as salaries (including applicant’s salary), travel (including visits to research facilities), publication costs, minor equipment, and depreciation costs. The grant may not be used for scholarships/fellowships. If a doctoral student participates, funding may not be used for to pay salary for teaching done by the doctoral student.

    Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree during the period January 1, 2002, through January 1, 2008. Some applicants who completed their doctorates prior to 2002 may still be considered eligible if there are special reasons for deductible time.

    Purpose: Fund positions and provide research financing for the most distinguished young researchers, giving them a long-term opportunity to establish independent research. Funding will be granted to those applicants that demonstrate the greatest potential.

    Activity status: Call for applications opens and closes during spring, at dates yet to be determined at deadline. In late October or early November 2014, the Swedish Research Council will publish its decisions on grant funding on its website. Notification of decisions and comments will be sent to all applicants. First disbursement of awarded funds will normally begin in January 2015, at the earliest.

    More information: http://bit.ly/1hyUlMa

  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

    Ingvar Carlsson Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 3 million ($459,000) per researcher over three to six years, with a total 12 grants to be awarded from a total SEK 36 million ($5.5 million) set aside by the Foundation. Grants include a personal scholarship of SEK 50,000 ($7,650) awarded to each recipient. Up to one-third of the grant may be used to cover the recipient’s own salary.

    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: 12 recipients were named in the award’s third round last year. The recipients’ research projects are to be implemented from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2017.

    More information: Release: http://www.stratresearch.se/Global/utlysning_pdf/ICA12_en.pdf

    Future Research Leaders

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 10 million ($1.5 million) per researcher over five 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 (about $46,000) will be withheld for use by the grantee toward commercialization of results from the project.

    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: Twenty recipients of Future Research Leaders grants were named for the time frame of 2014–2018 on November 11, 2013.

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

  • Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

    Postdoctoral fellowships in Japan

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Covers one to two-year stay in Japan at an academic institution funded by JSPS. The work in Japan should be focused on research within some of the prioritized areas of SSF (which include life sciences, life science technologies and bioengineering) and conducted at a Japanese host institution that is approved by JSPS.

    Eligibility: Doctoral students or Ph.D. holders who have a background in the life sciences, engineering or the natural sciences. Applicants must have received their doctoral degree prior to the start of the stay in Japan. The degree may not be more than six years old, counting from April 1, 2014. Applicants must be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Sweden. In the latter case the applicants should have a permanent position in Sweden or have been active at a Swedish research institution during their Ph.D. studies or otherwise for three to four years. Applicant must, in advance, arrange a research plan together with the Japanese host.

    Purpose: Encouraging young Swedish researchers to conduct cooperative research activities with leading Japanese research groups. The purpose of the stay in Japan is to receive qualified research training in an international environment where scientists of different backgrounds address topics with the potential to contribute to progress in several dimensions of the selected research theme. Multidisciplinary applications are prioritized.

    Activity status: Deadline for applications was March 6. SSF will select and nominate maximum five candidates to JSPS, which will decide the recipients of the fellowships. Decisions expected by June 30. Fellows must start their fellowship in Japan between July 1 and November 30.

    More information: Call for proposals: http://bit.ly/1ndCwBG
    Program announcement: http://bit.ly/1i9urxo

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

    Wallenberg Academy Fellows

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 5 million to 9 million (about $765,000 to about $1.4 million) per researcher over five years. Fellows can apply for an additional five years of funding. Goal is to support up to 125 young researchers between 2012 and 2016 with a potential total of SEK 1.2 billion (about $184 million).

    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 selects a group of researchers in November.  Thirteen grant winners in natural sciences and eight in medicine were among 33 winners named on November 29, 2013 from 120 nominees.

    Purpose: Provide the most prominent, young researchers long-term funding, thus enabling them to concentrate on their research. The program is also designed to contribute to greater internationalization of the Swedish research community.

    More information: http://www.wallenbergacademyfellows.org/
    More nomination information, with details on participating academies and universities: http://www.wallenbergacademyfellows.org/Nomination/
    Announcement of 2013 winners: http://bit.ly/1gSpgxb

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