Engineering

Space Technology Research Program Early Career Faculty

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
March 28, 2018 (see list of program elements)
Feb. 28, 2018
For Early Career Faculty working on specific space High Risk/High Payoff technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Level. See topic list in solicitation. To be distinguished from Early Career Fellowship—different program, pre-Ph.D.
The proposed research must be led by a single, eligible PI: The PI must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the sponsoring U.S. university at the time of award. If the PI’s appointment is scheduled to change to Associate Professor (either tenure-track or tenured) on or before the award date, he/she is not eligible for an ECF award. At the time of selection, the university must provide, on behalf of a selected PI, confirmation that he/she will remain untenured in a tenure-track Assistant Professor position until at least the award date (date the funding instrument is effective). Note 1: Universities may submit proposals on behalf of PIs who are being considered for a tenure-track position; however, the PI must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track at that university at the time of award. Note 2: The award will be terminated if, at any time, the PI transfers to a position that is not either tenure track or tenured. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or have lawful status of permanent residency (i.e., holder of a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, also referred to as a Green Card) no later than August 1 following the proposal submission deadline, and both the biographical sketch and department letter should specifically address the U.S. citizenship/permanent residency requirement. The PI must be the primary researcher on the effort. Co-Investigators are not permitted. Collaborators are permitted. See “Collaboration” below for further requirements regarding collaborators. NASA civil servant and JPL collaborators are not permitted on submitted proposals. The PI may not be a current or former recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Please see “Relationship of ECF to PECASE” below for further guidance. The PI may not be a current or former recipient of an STRG Program ECF award.
200k per year, max 3 years
03/08/16
physical-science
engineering
computer-science

New Investigator Program in Earth Science

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NOTICE: The New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science will not be competed in 2018. NIP is moving to a 3-year cycle and is scheduled to solicit proposals next in ROSES-2020. Eligibility will be extended to six years after award of PhD in order that potential proposers continue to have two opportunities to propose. The full text of the most recent call can be found in A.36 of ROSES-2017.
Program Link. The New (Early Career) Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate scientific leadership in Earth system science. The Earth Science Division (ESD) places particular emphasis on the investigators' ability to promote and increase the use of space-based remote sensing through the proposed research. The NIP supports all aspects of scientific and technological research aimed to advance NASA’s mission in Earth system science (http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/sciencestrategy/). In research and analysis, the focus areas are: • Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, • Climate Variability and Change, • Water and Energy Cycle, • Atmospheric Composition, • Weather, and • Earth Surface and Interior
Ph.D. within 6 years (expected to change from 5 years to 6 to permit 2 attempts in the 3 year cycle).
Previous Average awards: 80-90k per year for up to 3 years
03/08/16
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
life-science

Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)

National Science Foundation
NSF 16-614 will continue to receive proposal submissions until further notice. Proposals may be submitted any day, any time. Please review the solicitation, the list of Frequently Asked Questions (NSF 17-017), and the IOS InFocus blog post for additional details.
The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research in plant genomics that addresses challenging questions of biological importance and of relevance to society. The Program encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that push the boundaries of research capabilities and permit the community to answer seemingly intractable and pressing questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the creativity of the approach and the scale and depth of the question being addressed. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training and career advancement in plant genomics is featured as an essential element of scientific progress. The PGRP continues to focus on plants of economic importance and biological processes and interactions that will have broad impact on the scientific research community and society in general. Four funding opportunities are currently available: 1. Genome-scale plant research and/or tool development to address fundamental biological questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale (RESEARCH-PGR); 2. Plant Transformation Challenge Grants to overcome constraints in plant transformation through breakthrough discoveries (TRANSFORM-PGR); 3. Data Mining Challenge Grants to mine, reuse and unleash new information from available large-scale datasets (MINE-PGR); 4. Career Advancement to build new 
For Early Career Investigator Awards (ECA-PGR) only: Individuals must hold an appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor (or equivalent) at a U.S. academic or non-profit research institution within 6 months of submission of the proposal and may submit for up to four years from the start date of the appointment. For Mid-Career Investigator Awards (MCA-PGR) only: Individuals must hold a tenure track position (or equivalent) at a U.S. academic or non-profit research institution and have an active research program that would benefit from genomics approaches. Eligible individuals must be post-tenure and pre-retirement (or at an equivalent career stage).
PGRP Program had 15 million total in funds for 10-20 grants in 2015
03/08/16
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
life-science
information-science

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

National Science Foundation
Full Proposal Deadline, August 8, 2018

With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule. 

It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years. Faculty at undergraduate and two-year institutions may use funds to support undergraduate students, and may use the additional RUI designation (which requires inclusion of a RUI Impact Statement) -- see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518 for additional information. In addition, submissions from all institutions may use funds for postdoctoral scholars, travel, and/or research equipment.

Must be untenured and In the first three years of a tenure-track or research science or education position (or equivalent) but not more than a total of five years after completion of Ph.D. The number of years includes any academic position held post-PhD, exclusive of postdoctoral appointments. Must not have received any federal grants as PI (see exceptions). A PI may submit one proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than two CRII competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the two-competition limit. The PI may not submit a CRII proposal in the same calendar year in which he/she submits a CAREER proposal. A CRII proposal submitted in the same calendar year as a CAREER proposal by the same PI will be returned without review.
$175k for up to 24 months
03/08/16
social-science
mathematics
engineering
education
computer-science
health-science
information-science
architecture

Small grants for New Investigators (R03)

National Institutes of Health
Standard dates for new submissions: February 16, June 16, October 16, or by RFA. For standard dates, see: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/due-dates-and-submission-policies/due-dates.htm
A number of NIH Institutes make use of the R03 activity code to issue subject-matter-specific funding opportunities targeted to New Investigators. As with derivative R01s, the specifics of these targeted funding opportunities will vary. Grant specifics (including whether an LOI is required) will vary according to the specific FOA—so read carefully.
See individual PARs and participating institutes.
50,000/2 years
03/08/16
social-science
physical-science
engineering
education
computer-science
health-science
life-science
information-science

NIH Independent Scientist Award (Parent K02)

National Institutes of Health
Standard dates apply, Feb 12, June 12, October 12 through January 8, 2021

Expires January 8, 2021. 

The purpose of the NIH Independent Scientist Award (K02) is to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research. The K02 award provides three to five years of salary support and "protected time" for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers. Each independent scientist career award program must be tailored to meet the individual needs of the candidate.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator. Applicants proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary study to an ongoing clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (PA-18-370).

Multiple PDs/PIs are not allowed. By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status Candidates for the K02 award must have a research or clinical doctoral degree, be newly independent, and have peer-reviewed, independent support at the time the award is made. Some of the participating NIH ICs require the candidate to have an NIH research grant at the time of application and that the support be from their IC. Other NIH ICs will accept candidates with peer-reviewed, independent research support from other sources.
Three, four or five years of salary support, see Institute- specific Info. Expected to already have research support in most cases. The NIH Independent Scientist Award (K02) is intended to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research. It provides three, four, or five years of salary support and “protected time” for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers.
03/08/16
social-science
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
health-science
life-science
information-science

NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01)

National Institutes of Health
Feb 5, June 5, Oct 5
R01—the bread and butter grant of NIH, this Funding mechanism has different review criteria that apply for Early Stage Investigators. In addition, this activity code is used for topic-specific funding opportunities (with their own specific FOA numbers) that may target new investigators. Grant specifics (including whether an LOI is required) will vary according to the specific FOA—so read carefully.
Early Stage Investigator status (within 10 years of Ph.D. at time they apply)
Budget to reflect scope of project, 5 years max
03/08/16
social-science
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
health-science
life-science
information-science

Young Faculty Award, DARPA

Department of Defense
Executive Summary due September 10, 2018 (Strongly Encouraged) (Limit 1 per topic area) FAQ submission deadline November 8, 2018 (1 only) Full Proposal Due Date,
Strongly Encouraged, see solicitation.
The Department of Defense offers four recurring grant programs that benefit new investigators, including opportunities through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While broad areas of research are supported, the agency will usually evaluate the application in terms of agency need. DoD agencies typically publish lists of desired topic areas.
Participation in the YFA program is limited to any current tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors and to tenured Assistant or Associate Professors within three (3) years of their tenure appointment at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a U.S. non-profit science and technology research institutions. Proposals are not being sought from foreign organizations; however, foreign organizations may be a member of a team in a subcontractor role. Previous YFA recipients are not eligible to apply to this or any future YFA program. Please see Section III for more details.
250,000/year for 2 years- possible 3rd year at 500,000
03/07/16
social-science
physical-science
mathematics
engineering
education
computer-science
health-science
life-science
information-science

Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office

Department of Defense
Continuous through 31 March 2022
Preliminary inquiries encouraged as to the general need for the type of research effort contemplated. Requested to submit whitepaper prior to submission of complete proposal.

The Department of Defense offers four recurring grant programs that benefit new investigators, including opportunities through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While broad areas of research are supported, the agency will usually evaluate the application in terms of agency need. DoD agencies typically publish lists of desired topic areas.

This program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, and Permanent Resident Aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. institutions of higher education, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. Faculty at an institution of higher education which does not designate any faculty appointments as "tenure track" are eligible if that fact is so indicated in the proposal, and the supporting letter from the institute states that the faculty member submitting the proposal will be considered for a permanent appointment.
120,000/year for 3 years
02/26/16
social-science
physical-science
mathematics
engineering
computer-science
health-science
life-science
information-science

Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Department of Defense
Proposals must be received electronically through Grants.gov by Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern time to be considered. Technical or general pre-proposal inquiries and questions must be received in writing by electronic mail not later than Monday, 01 May 2017 to be considered.
See Deadline.

The Department of Defense offers four recurring grant programs that benefit new investigators, including opportunities through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While broad areas of research are supported, the agency will usually evaluate the application in terms of agency need. DoD agencies typically publish lists of desired topic areas.

Scientists and engineers demonstrating exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research who have: 1.Received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree on 1 April 2012 or later; or, 2.Received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree between 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2012, be presently in a tenure-track position and has served as a tenure-track faculty member for no more than two years prior to 01 April 2017. Examples of other interim appointments after receiving Ph.D. include: post-doctoral or research associate positions, serve as active duty service member for the U.S. Armed Forces, or maternity/paternity leave.
150,000 per year over 3 years
04/13/17
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
life-science
information-science

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