Funding Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

This page lists Federal sponsoring institutions with programs designed to encourage early-stage investigators, usually at the rank of Assistant Professor. Where available, most recent deadlines and information shown are current as of the most-recent update (Oct. 2017). Checking the current Sponsor website information for updates regularly (including immediately prior to submission) is strongly encouraged. While many of these opportunities will recur on a regular (often yearly) basis, programs may be discontinued or dates changed at any time. Always obtain and carefully read the most-current solicitation documentation prior to preparing an application. This list is by no means exhaustive—additional solicitations can be found through online search using such mechanisms as Pivot and
How to navigate listings
- Each Program Name links to a summary page of program details. The Learn More section on the program summary page links to details on the sponsor’s website.
- The list below may be searched according to category by selecting a subject-matter keyword from the pull-down menu and clicking the Apply button.
- To change the number of opportunities shown on the page, choose an amount from the “Items per page” dropdown menu and click the Apply button.
- To do an alpha sort, ascending or descending, click on the Program Name or Sponsor header.


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