Social 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

Kluge Center Fellowships

Library of Congress
July 15

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. Established in 2000 through an endowment of $60 million from John W. Kluge, the Center is located in the splendid Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for post-doctoral Fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington.

The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints and photographs are also available. Further information about the Library's collections can be found on the Library's website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/.

Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Exceptions may be made for individuals without continuous academic careers. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Upon selection, and in accordance with relevant visa regulations, foreign nationals will be assisted in obtaining the appropriate visa. To meet the minimum eligibility requirements, the degree must be formally awarded by the deadline date.
$4,200/month stipend for residential research at the Library of Congress.
03/08/16
social-science
humanities

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

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

National Science Foundation
July 18, 2018 Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter -- for BIO, CISE, EHR July 19, 2018 Third Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter -- for ENG July 20, 2018 Third Friday in July, Annually Thereafter -- for GEO, MPS, SBE
CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one CAREER proposal per annual competition. In addition, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three CAREER competitions. Proposals that are not reviewed (i.e., are withdrawn before review or are returned without review) do not count toward the three-competition limit.Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements: Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by the cognizant Directorate's deadline for submission of CAREER proposals; Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF; Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) as of October 1 after the proposal submission; Be untenured as of October 1 following the proposal submission; and Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)
The CAREER award, including indirect costs, is expected to total a minimum of $400,000 for the 5-year duration, with the following exceptions: Awards for proposals to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) are expected to total a minimum of $500,000 for the 5-year duration. The PECASE award is an honorary award for all NSF recipients and does not provide additional funds. CAREER awards are eligible for supplemental funding as described in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).
03/08/16
social-science
physical-science
mathematics
education
computer-science
life-science
information-science

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

Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring

Department of Education
Expected in August
Expected in June
The Early Career Development and Mentoring program provides support for an integrated research and career development plan for investigators in the early stages of their academic careers who have established an interest in special education research. The ultimate aim of this program is to help launch independent research careers focused on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for disabilities. The award will provide support for research (including salary for protected time to conduct research) and career development that includes training under the guidance of an experienced mentor or mentors.
Principal Investigator • Principal Investigators may be from any one of a variety of relevant disciplines and fields in addition to special education (e.g., general education, human development, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics) within institutions of higher education provided that the focus of their research and mentoring is in the field of early intervention or special education for children with or at risk for disabilities. • The Principal Investigator must have completed a doctoral degree or postdoctoral program no earlier than April 1, 2014 and no later than the start of the award period. Please note that the Institute will use the date on which the University granted your doctoral degree. For example, if you defended your dissertation on March 25, 2014, but your University granted the degree on April 2, 2014, you would be eligible to apply. • The Principal Investigator must hold a tenure-track position (e.g., Assistant Professor), or research scientist position (e.g., not a visiting faculty or adjunct position), at an institution of higher education, or must have accepted an offer for such a position to begin before the start of the award. In the latter case, you must include a letter of support in Appendix E from the future home institution indicating that an offer has been made and accepted. The position must be a regular, salaried position paid by the University without a focus on training (e.g., not a postdoctoral position). (2)Mentors • Training must be provided under the guidance of a mentor. Applicants may have comentors depending on their training needs and location. The term “mentors” includes both primary and co-mentors. • Mentors may be from academic or nonacademic institutions (e.g., nonprofit and forprofit organizations, public and private agencies) that conduct rigorous special education or early intervention research. • Mentors must include only individuals who have not served as the Principal Investigator’s primary graduate school advisor, dissertation advisor, or postdoctoral supervisor. A faculty member who served on a dissertation committee but did not have a direct advisor-advisee relationship with the Principal Investigator is eligible to serve as a mentor. • One mentor must be designated as the primary mentor. • At least one mentor (primary or co-mentor) must be at the Principal Investigator’s home institution.
400,000 over 4 years
03/07/16
social-science
education

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