Health Science

Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for New and Early Stage investigators (R35)

NIH (NIGMS)
January 17, 2018; May 17, 2018; January 17, 2019; May 17, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

The Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) is a grant to provide support for the program of research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS.  For the purpose of this FOA, a program of research is the collection of projects in the investigator's lab that are relevant to the mission of NIGMS. The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding.  It is anticipated that this mechanism will:

  • Increase the stability of funding for NIGMS-supported investigators, which could enhance their ability to take on ambitious scientific projects and approach problems more creatively;
  • Increase flexibility for investigators to follow important new research directions as opportunities arise, rather than being bound to specific aims proposed in advance of the studies;
  • More widely distribute funding among the nation's highly talented and promising investigators to increase overall scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs;
  • Reduce the time spent by researchers writing and reviewing grant applications, allowing them to spend more time conducting research;
  • Enable investigators to devote more time and energy to mentoring trainees in a more stable research environment.
Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Eligibility is restricted to PDs/PIs with at least one NIGMS R01 equivalent award (defined here as R01, R37, DP2, and SC1 awards) that was awarded funding in the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year of the MIRA application submission and whose project end date is in the same or subsequent fiscal year of the MIRA application submission. See restrictions on overlapping applications in Section III.3. PDs/PIs who submitted a MIRA application in previous years and are eligible for this FOA are welcome to apply, but must submit a New Application, rather than a Resubmission. The PD/PI is required to devote at least 51% of his/her time available for research to this award and the commitment expressed in person-months. The time available for research should be expressed in person-months and should not include time expended toward teaching, administration, and/or clinical duties. Only single PD/PI applications are allowed. Applications with multiple PD(s)/PI(s) will not be accepted.
Applications may request up to $750,000 direct costs per year. Investigators are encouraged to request what are well-justified actual costs for their research program. In general, awards will be commensurate with the investigator’s average total NIGMS research funding over the past few years. For PDs/PIs previously supported by modest budgets (~$250,000 in annual direct costs or less), well-justified increases will be considered. For well-funded PDs/PIs (two or more NIGMS research grants or approximately $400,000 or more in annual direct costs from NIGMS) modest reductions should be anticipated, and only in exceptionally well-justified cases would an increase be awarded. Applications may request a maximum project period of five years.
08/15/16
social-science
health-science
life-science

New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

U.S. Department of Justice
March 27, 2017

NIJ’s New Investigator/Early Career Program (Note name of program changed to New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on March 9, 2017) provides support for non-tenured assistant professors to conduct applied research on topics relevant to NIJ’s Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) and/or Office of Science and Technology (OST). ORE’s primary areas of interest include but are not limited to: social science research on criminal justice systems (e.g., courts, policing, corrections); violence and victimization (e.g., victims of crime, human trafficking, bias crime); and crime control and prevention (e.g., school safety, firearms, gangs). OST’s primary areas of interest include but are not limited to: the development and application of technology to criminal justice issues, understanding technology’s impact in the field, and exploring policy-related research questions with regards to technology use and impact. Applications must propose research led by a Principal Investigator (PI) who: was awarded a terminal degree in their field within the four (4) years prior to September 30, 2017; holds a nontenured assistant professor position at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; and has not previously served as PI on an NIJ research grant or fellowship. Please note that those who have held Graduate Research Fellowships with NIJ or have served as a PI on an award under the “Data Resources Program” solicitation are not deemed “PIs” under that award and are eligible under this solicitation. NIJ encourages applications from diverse academic disciplines including but not limited to: social and behavioral sciences, technology, engineering and math. The goal of this solicitation is to broaden the pool of NIJ-sponsored researchers by encouraging new scholars to develop their own research. The objective of the New Investigator/Early Career Program is to provide assistant professors with an opportunity to conduct research that is directly relevant to criminal justice. In the social and behavioral sciences, NIJ encourages applications from diverse disciplines including but not limited to: criminal justice, criminology, economics, law, psychology, public health, and sociology. In the STEM sciences, NIJ encourages applications from diverse disciplines including but not limited to: computer and information sciences, civil and mechanical engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, biostatistics, data science and material sciences.

Eligible applicants must: • Have received a terminal degree within the four (4) years prior to September 30, 2017. • Hold a non-tenured assistant professor position at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. • Not have previously served as PI on an NIJ research grant or fellowship (with the exception of Graduate Research Fellows and Data Resource Program grantees)
NIJ estimates that it will make up to 8 awards, each up to $200,000 for performance periods to begin on January 1, 2018 and not to exceed 24 months. In addition, NIJ estimates that it will make up to 3 additional awards of up to $40,000 for projects solely engaging in secondary data analysis for performance periods to begin on January 1, 2018 and not to exceed 24 months.
08/15/16
social-science
health-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 Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

National Institutes of Health
September 8, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Supports 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. 

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. For the purpose of this FOA, multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are not allowed. Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is 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). See the Office of Extramural Research for a complete list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a PD/PI as a new investigator and for frequently asked questions about the NIH Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Policy. 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.). To request an extension, an applicant MUST complete the “Form for Requesting an Extension in the Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Period”. A request for extension must be approved at the time the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award application is submitted. It may take up to several weeks for the approval process, so applicants should plan accordingly. Applicants are responsible for reviewing and/or updating their degree information in their eRA Commons account in a timely fashion. Applicants should allow several weeks for an extension request to be processed. Note: If an applicant is not identified as an ESI in the eRA Commons, it may result in the application not being reviewed. Applicants also must hold an independent research position at a domestic (U.S.) institution as of September 1, 2018. 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, 2018, 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 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award application that does not overlap substantially with their New Innovator Award application. However, if that pending grant is awarded prior to the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, then the applicant is no longer eligible to receive the New Innovator Award. Awardees are required to commit at least 25% of their research effort each year to activities supported by the New Innovator Award. For more details regarding eligibility requirements, see FAQs on the New Innovator website.
Awards are multi-year funded, with all funds being disbursed in the first year of the award. Awards will be up to $1,500,000 in direct costs (the equivalent of $300,000 in Direct Costs each year for five years) plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award.
03/08/16
social-science
health-science
life-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, Office of Naval Research

Department of Defense
Eligibility and Technical Questions due: 15 August 2018 (Wednesday) Business related Questions Due: 29 August 2018 (Wednesday) Proposals due: 31 August 2018 (Friday) at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
None, but must contact program director before submitting. No white papers accepted. Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. A list of Program Officers and their contact information can be found at: http://www.onr.navy.mil/en/Science-Technology/Contacts.aspx
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.
Awards under this FOA will be made only to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education which award degrees in science, engineering, or mathematics. U.S. Non-profit organizations operating primarily for scientific and educational services may also submit proposals. The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due), holding a first or second full-time tenure-track or tenuretrack-equivalent faculty position at that university, and has received his/her PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2011. The term "national" of the United States includes a native resident of a possession of the United States, such as American Samoa. The term “tenure-track-equivalent” is explained on the ONR website: https://www.onr.navy.mil/Science-Technology/Directorates/office-research-discoveryinvention/Sponsored-Research/YIP/tenure-track-equivalent
Applicants may request up to $500,000 for 24-months with an option for up to $250,000 for an additional 12-months. These funds may be budgeted against any reasonable costs related to conducting the proposed research, for example, salary for the investigator, graduate student support, supplies, and applicable indirect cost.
02/26/16
physical-science
engineering
computer-science
health-science
life-science

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