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Funding Opportunities for New and Early Career Investigators

New/early career faculty and late postdoc researchers can search these targeted funding opportunities. Please check each program's site for current information and due dates, which can change.

If you are interested in applying for a program, work with the Office of Research Advancement to develop your proposal. You can also search for additional opportunities through our SPIN Funding Database.

Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

Application Deadline: Varies by funding area

Funding Amount: No Specific Set Aside

The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component of this program includes funding for new investigators. A new investigator is defined as an individual who is beginning his/her career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has less than five years postgraduate, career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral research grants or USDA NRI or AFRI Seed Grants.

Contact: AFRI Coordination Team | Institute of Food Production and Sustainability | Afri@nifa.usda.gov 

Department of Defense

Application Deadline: July/August

Funding Amount: $120,000 per year for 3 years

 

The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.

Application Deadline: January

Funding Amount: $170,000 per year for 3 years

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The program's objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of Navy's (DoN's) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.

Application Deadline: January

Funding Amount: $500,000 24-motn base period with 12-month $500,000 optional period.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, this YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues. DARPA is particularly interested in identifying outstanding researchers who have previously not been performers on DARPA programs, but the program is open to all qualified applicants with innovative research ideas.

Application Deadline: Open

Funding Amount: $50,000 year for three years

Designed to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members who have held their graduate degrees for fewer than five years, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Grants are made in disciplines in the physical and life sciences. See Research Area 10 in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement, or Research Area 16 in the ARO/ARL Broad Agency Announcement.

Application Deadline: Open

Funding Amount: $100,000 year for three years

ARO's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. This program is in addition to a YIP Program described in the open ARO BAA.

Department of Energy

Application Deadline: Pre-application due September | Full Proposal Due November

Funding Amount: $750,000 over five years

The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Department of Justice

Application Deadline: March 27

Funding Amount: $40,000 to $200,000 over 24 months

NIJ’s New Investigator/Early Career Program 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.

Environmental Protection Agency

Application Deadline: Varies

Funding Amount: $300,000 over three years

EPA often has an Early Career component to their STAR Program funding opportunities. Topics Vary.

National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA)

Application Deadline: Varies, Biannually

Funding Amount: $80,000 to $120,000 per year  up to three years

This program funds research to promote and increase the use of Earth remote sensing for scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers.

Application Deadline: Varies, Biannually

Funding Amount: $200,000 per year up to three years

The Early Career Faculty (ECF) component of the Space Technology Research Grants Program awards grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers. ECF challenges early career faculty to examine the theoretical feasibility of ideas and approaches that are critical to making science, space travel, and exploration more effective, affordable, and sustainable. Awards result from successful proposals to the ECF Appendix to the SpaceTech-REDDI NASA Research Announcement.  The ECF Appendix is expected to be released at least biannually and will feature specific topics.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 NIH New Investigator policies are designed to counter advantages enjoyed by well-established investigators and to encourage early transition to independence. Applications from New and Early Stage Investigators are identified at the time of receipt using the definitions described and applying the classification for each of the PD/PI(s) that appear in the NIH eRA Commons profile. Under this policy, applications from New Investigators are segregated to the extent possible so that they can be reviewed in relationship to applications from other New Investigators. After review, NIH Institutes and Centers are required by policy to maintain comparable award rates for new (type 1) applications from both Experienced and New Investigators. Further, approximately half of the awarded New Investigators should be Early Stage Investigators.

Application Deadline: September

Funding Amount: $300,000 per year up to three years

Part of the Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, the New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects with no preliminary data required.

Requirements:

Early stage investigator with no R01 or equivalent NIH grant
•  Within 10 years of doctoral degree or medical internship/residency
•  No preliminary data required

Application Deadline: Standard Dates

Funding Amount: (R00) Total cost may not exceed $249,000 per year | (K99) Salary: up to $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year. Research Support: up to $25,000 per year. Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs will be provided at 8% of modified direct costs (to extramural sponsoring institutions only)

The purpose of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) program is to 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 with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees to launch competitive, independent research careers.    

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Application Deadline: July

Funding Amount: $500,000 over five years ($400,000 for Biological Sciences or the Office of Polar Programs)

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 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.

Application Deadline: August

Funding Amount: $175,000 for up to 24 months

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 http://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.

Application Deadline: Open

The PGRP continues to advocate for broadening the participation of scientists in plant genomics. Although well-integrated education and training efforts are expected of all proposals, the PGRP recognizes there are times when a career trajectory would benefit from focused training or mentoring in plant genomics. One important transition is when early career investigators first establish research programs in tenure-track, or equivalent, positions. Another transition is at a mid-stage (post-tenure or equivalent and pre-retirement) when research efforts would benefit from new technologies and genomics approaches. For these reasons, the PGRP offers two career funding opportunities: early career awards (ECA-PGR) to launch careers in plant genomics and mid-career awards (MCA-PGR) to revitalize a research program in state-of-the-art genomics approaches. ECA investigators are strongly encouraged to contact a PGRP Program Director for further guidance.

New York State Specific Funding

New York State Department of Health

Application Deadline: December

Funding Amount: $75,000 per year for two years.

The Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) was created in 2000 upon the recommendation of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education to promote training of physicians in clinical research in order to advance biomedical research in New York State. These awards will promote development of clinician researchers by funding physician ECRIP fellows to train in clinical research under a classic paradigm of one-on-one mentoring. Sponsor/mentors must have been a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI or Co-Investigator of a federal research or Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant within three years of the abstract deadline. There will be one two-year award made per teaching hospital at $75,000 per year. Institutions are encouraged to train two fellows at the same time in a team-based collaborative training model using additional in-kind or other grant funds. In no event will an institution receive more than $150,000 for an Individual award during the two-year period. The institution is expected to provide whatever additional funding and resources may be needed for support and training of the research fellows.

New York Stem Cell Foundation

Application Deadline: February

Funding Amount: Up to $1.5 million over 5 years

The NYSCF Investigator Program builds on the success of the NYSCF Fellowship Program and provides five years of critical seed funding to outstanding early career scientists, supporting them as they move beyond their postdoctoral training to establish their own, independent research.

NYSCF's Investigator Program includes two separate programs:

  • The NYSCF Stem Cell Investigator Program supports scientists engaged in cutting edge translational stem cell research with the potential to accelerate the path from bench to bedside.
  • The NYSCF Neuroscience Investigator Program supports truly innovative neuroscience with the potential to transform our fundamental understanding of the brain and how it functions.

To be eligible, candidates must:

• Have completed one or more of the following degrees: MD, PhD, DPhil
• Be within 5 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2017
• Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research
• Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact
• (NYSCF Stem Cell Invigator) Have demonstrated or strategized true innovation for translation of basic sciences to a clinical setting

Non-Federal Opportunities

Arts and Humanities

Application Deadline: October

Funding Amount: $5,000 per month stipend plus partial accomodations

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

Application Deadline: Fall

Funding Amount: $60,000 per year for two-years for postdoctoral scholars

The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship program offers a collaborative work environment and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. It also creates a national network for these scholars, assisting them in their research and professional development.

Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. The Academy provides office space and computer services as well as library privileges in cooperation with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Application Deadline: September, but varies

Funding Amount: Depends on Position. Ranges from $35,000 to $70,000

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. 

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $45,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or career status as of the application deadline date. Approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 25 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 20 at the full Professor level.

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council's Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, former fellows, and individual friends of ACLS. ACLS is fortunate to have special funds available to support research in particular areas, with fellows designated from among successful applicants: the Oscar Handlin Fund supports archival research in US history; the Frederic Wakeman Fund aids research in modern Chinese history; and the Donald Munro Fund is dedicated to work that exhibits high quality in sinology and in critical analysis of Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems.

Application Deadline: July

For advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts), except the performing arts, to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.

Social and Behavioral

Application Deadline: September, but varies

Funding Amount: Depends on Position. Ranges from $35,000 to $70,000.

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. ACLS Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $45,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or career status as of the application deadline date. Approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 25 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 20 at the full Professor level.

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council's Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, former fellows, and individual friends of ACLS. ACLS is fortunate to have special funds available to support research in particular areas, with fellows designated from among successful applicants: the Oscar Handlin Fund supports archival research in US history; the Frederic Wakeman Fund aids research in modern Chinese history; and the Donald Munro Fund is dedicated to work that exhibits high quality in sinology and in critical analysis of Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems.

Application Deadline: May

Funding Amount: $85,000 over two years. 

Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established suicide researcher to mentor the Young Investigator. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor.

Application Deadline: November

Funding Amount: TBD

The American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. Since 1953, it has brought select political scientists, journalists, federal employees, health specialists, and other professionals to Capitol Hill to experience Congress at work through fellowship placements on congressional staffs.  

The nine-month program begins each November with an intensive one-month introduction to Congress taught by leading experts in the field. After orientation, fellows work in placements of their choosing and also participate in ongoing seminars and enrichment programs. 

Through this unique opportunity, the American Political Science Association enhances public understanding of policymaking and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics. 

Application Deadline: Varies

Funding Amount: $35,000 or $70,000 over two years.

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.

A few NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are selected each year to present at the foundation's annual Scientific Symposium in New York City. NARSAD Young Investigator Grantees are also eligible to be selected for the Foundation’s Freedman Prizefor Outstanding Basic Research and Klerman Prize for Outstanding Clinical Research. Selection is based upon outstanding research as outlined in the final progress report of the NARSAD Grant project.

*Assistant Professors with an NIH R01 Grant are now eligible to apply for the NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant.

NARSAD Young Investigator Grants enable early career scientists to garner pilot data for innovative ideas before they have “proof of concept” for their work. Once their NARSAD Grant project is complete, Investigators usually go on to receive sustained grant support from other sources that has proven to equal as much as 50 times the original research grant amount. NARSAD Grants offer the first critical backing of these young scientists' work.

Application Deadline: LOI June, Full Proposal October

Funding Amount: $225,000 over three years. 

All proposed research should focus on the ways in which the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of specific segments of the early care and education workforce (ECE workforce) can support young children’s growth and development across the birth through age eight continuum. Specifically, the ECE workforce refers to the professionals who educate and care for young children across a variety of settings (center and home-based) and systems (regulated and informal), as well as the individuals who provide leadership and support to them, e.g., lead teachers, coaches, home visitors, and administrators. The ECE workforce plays a critical role in the lives of young children since the quality of their interactions and the environmental stimulation that they provide has a direct impact on children’s learning and development. Supporting the preparation, competency, well-being, and on-going professional learning of the ECE workforce can enhance the quality of early learning experiences for young children and improve their chances of reaching their full potential. As such, YSP seeks to support research that examines questions related to the following goals: • Supporting greater awareness of the status of the early childhood workforce • Enhancing the quality of professional practice • Supporting improvements to preparation and ongoing professional learning, with special attention to the role of institutions of higher education

Application Deadline: LOI November, Full Proposal January

Funding Amount: 50% salary support for three years.

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year around three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae. The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities.

Application Deadline: June

Funding Amount: $30,000 over two years.  

The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given annually to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science. Grants extend for a period of 2 years at a funding level of $15,000 USD per year. Funds may not be used for overhead or to support the investigator's salary.

Application Deadline: LOI March, Full Proposal July

Funding Amount: $150,000 for two years.

Named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (BOC) is designed to support young scientists embarking on their independent research careers. Applicants’ research interests should be consonant with those of the March of Dimes’ mission: The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited or acquired in utero, and presenting in infancy or early childhood. Reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course, and premature births are appropriate subjects for research support. Relevance is interpreted broadly to include fundamental cell biology (embryogenesis, cell lineage, organ differentiation), genetics and genomics, molecular and clinical pathogenesis of disorders of importance to mothers and infants, biomedical engineering and imaging, and social and behavioral aspects. Each application should be accompanied by a Letter of Support from a Nominator.

Application Deadline: March 

Funding Amount: Varies

The goal of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships (SCIMF) is to support clinical training and to ensure that a sufficient number of physicians are attracted to the field to meet the needs of patients with spinal cord injury. The SCIMF portfolio awards grants annually to training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Only sites in the United States with this accredited subspecialty program are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: June

Funding Amount: $60,000

The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields.

The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each to enable the recipients to research and write a book. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. Within the think tank community, the program supports members of the rising generation of policy thinkers who are focused on U.S. strategic and foreign policy issues.

Applicants must be an employee or affiliate of either an academic institution or a think tank.

Please note that the Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects.  It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays.)

Application Deadline: LOI April, Full Proposal June

Funding Amount: $225,000 over three years.

The Fellows Award supports the best and brightest early career scientists and clinicians as they establish their independence.

We support researchers, from all disciplines, around the world who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to transformative advances in mental health research. Research can be based in the laboratory, clinic or field, and may involve experimental, clinical, theoretical, social science or medical humanities approaches. It must be relevant to the cause, treatment or prevention of mental illness.

In supporting early career investigators, MQ aim to complement on-going efforts to nurture the academic research leaders of tomorrow.  We are seeking Applicants who are establishing their independence.  Awardees will join a community of MQ supporters and friends who are championing research progress across all sectors of mental health research.

MQ is committed to catalysing interdisciplinary approaches to transforming mental health research. Consequently, awardees will demonstrate their commitment to interdisciplinary research.

Application Deadline: July

Funding Amount: $350,000 over five years.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.

The Scholars Program funds research that increases understanding in one of our two focus areas:

WTGSP seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas. WTGSP intends for supported research  to inform change.  While it is not expected that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.

Health and Life Sciences

Application Deadline: December

Funding Amount: $150,000 per year over three years

Attracting and retaining the best and brightest early career scientists is critical to the future of childhood cancer research. Funding at this stage will encourage and steer promising researchers toward long-term careers in pediatric oncology investigation. Some awards are also open to MD, MD/PhD and PhD candidates

Application Deadline: September

Funding Amount: Maximum $250,000 over two to three years (10% indirect costs)

Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Inc. (ACGT) funds research aimed at furthering the development of cell and gene therapy approaches to the treatment of cancer. To this end, ACGT offers its Young Investigator Award to qualified scientists at the Tenure Track Assistant Professor level.

Application Deadline: March for LOI, May for Full Application

Funding Amount: $150,000 up to three years (10% indirect costs)

The All Investigators Program includes several programs for new investigators: New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG), New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (NIRGD), and Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD).

Application Deadline: December

Funding Amount: $100,000 up to two years

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics

Application Deadline: Varies

Funding Amount: $100,000-$150,000

AACR offers an array of support mechanisms for cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to grants for independent investigators. Multiple grant programs are offered.

Application Deadline: Temporarily Suspended

The American Asthma Foundation will not be accepting grant applications for AAF Scholar Awards in 2017. All current grants will continue, and we hope that this suspension of new funding will be temporary  

Application Deadline: April 1 and October 15

Funding Amount: $165,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs for up to four years; $400,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs for up to five years**

Research Scholar Grants support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum.  Independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply.

Exceptions: 1) RSG applicants to the Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program ONLY may be at any career stage provided that the focus of their project is either: a) health policy/health services research or b) achieving cancer health equity;

**RSG applicants to the Cancer Control and Prevention Research Program (limited to psychosocial and behavioral studies or health policy and health services research) that are population based and focused on achieving health equity may be up to 5 years with a maximum budget of $400,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

Application Deadline: April

Funding Amount: $138,000/year, plus optional student loan repayment ($10K/year) for up to two to four years

These awards support early investigators as they establish independence as diabetes researchers. Eligible applicants must be full-time independent faculty with less than 10 years of research experience since their terminal degree who do not have previous or current NIH support (R00, R01, U01 or equivalent). Applicants may not hold concurrent awards of similar intent (NIH K awards, foundation or non-profit career development awards), however they can have completed previous NIH K or other career development funding. Applicants must dedicate at least 75% total effort to research activities.

Application Deadline: Typically January or February

Funding Amount: $77,000 per year (10% indirect costs)

AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health. Scientist Development Grant applicants should have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment at the assistant professor level or its equivalent and must not be funded (extramurally) for more than one year at a level greater than $95,000 per year in direct costs. Beginning Grant-In-Aid applicants must hold a faculty/staff rank up to and including assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level.

Application Deadline: December 

Funding Amount: $225,000 over three years

The Liver Scholar award is a basic science award that encourages early career investigators to pursue a career in liver related research. The goal is to provide the scientists with support at an early stage of their careers to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist. The additional research experience provided by this award is intended to enable them to successfully compete for research grants from national sources, particularly the National Institutes of Health.

Application Deadline: April

Funding Amount: $10,000

The New Investigators Research Grant competition is designed to help further new investigators' research activities by funding preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale research investigations. Research, while not limited in topic, should be focused to match the one-year scope and should have clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The investigator must not have received prior external funding for research; internal university funding is accepted  

Application Deadline: August, Varies

Funding Amount:  Up to $750,000 over the term of the project

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award

Application Deadline: LOI due November, Varies

Funding Amount: $100,000 per year for up to two years

This award will fund salary support and research funds for a junior faculty member who wishes to undertake a mentored basic and/or clinical research project in the bleeding disorders field. The applicant would be expected to dedicate a significant amount of time to the project. Up to four new awards will be made each year. Part of the Award may fund salary support. The candidate must spend at least 25% of his/her time on the project in order to request salary support.

Application Deadline: January and February

Funding Amount: $70,000 over two years

NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.  

Application Deadline: December

Funding Amount: Up to $30,000 per year

DTRF seeks applications from young investigators (at the rank of Associate Professor or below) who are new to desmoid tumor research and need seed funding to gather preliminary data to enable the applicant to applyfor funding to support a more fully developed line of research in the future.

Application Deadline: August

Funding Amount: $100,000 per year over four years for Scholars; $60,000 award for Grants

The mission of the Foundation is to support early state investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.  

Mallinckrodt Scholars

Each year thirty institutions are invited to submit one or two candidates to compete for the Mallinckrodt Scholar Award.  The institutions are selected by the Mallinckrodt Board based on their history of quality grant applications and award selection.  Candidates should be in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure track faculty position.  From these nominations, four are chosen for direct interviews in St. Louis and one to two of these are selected to be Mallinckrodt Scholars.  These individuals receive $100,000 annually for four years beginning October 1 of the year they received the designation.  

This competition is by invitation only

Mallinckrodt Grants

Any domestic biomedical institution, whether solely research or educational,  is invited to submit one candidate for the Mallinckrodt Board's consideration.

Each institution is allowed to submit one proposal.  Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding.   Grants are usually $60,000 and funding commences on October 1.  No indirect costs are allowed.  Salary is acceptable. 

Effective April 20, 2016, only one applicant per institution will be accepted.

Application Deadline: LOI due October, Varies

Funding Amount: $50,000 for one year (direct costs)

Junior Investigator Research Awards supports basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research by recently independent investigators and are intended to facilitate successful competition for subsequent longer term support from the NIH or other sources. Proposals are welcome across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research, including studies of disease mechanisms or treatments, epidemiologic or behavioral studies, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research. This award provides up to $50,000 for one year to support the direct costs of research. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds. Additional programs may be available. 

Application Deadline: February

Funding Amount: $50,000 (10% indirect costs)

This program seeks to support the best science that addresses the grant objectives. Attempts will be made to support young investigators who do not yet have independent funding (such as NIH R series awards that are likely to progress to RO1 research awards), Young investigators who are senior fellows with a committed faculty appointment or early faculty members within a maximum of 5 consecutive years of his/her first faculty appointment (appointments must be in the United States) are eligible. Applicants must be interested in understanding the health benefits of probiotics or microbiota and the relationship between probiotics, gastrointestinal microbiota and the body. Candidates must be part of an established research program with the capacity to do research on microbiota and its role in health and disease. Applicants are limited to one submission per investigator.

Application Deadline: Varies, cycle announced summer 2017

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each year about three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.  Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series or its equivalent at a university or non-profit research institute that has tax-exempt status in the United States.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.

Application Deadline: March

Funding Amount: $375,000 over five years

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is soliciting applications for Career Development Awards (CDA) from clinical research scientists of superior dedication and talent. The award is for junior investigators to pursue vigorous research programs to drive the research to find the therapies and cures for retinal degenerative diseases (RDDs), i.e., inherited orphan retinal degenerative diseases and non-exudative age-related macular degeneration. The goal of this Program is to facilitate advances in laboratory and clinical research, to elucidate the mechanisms for the etiology and pathogenesis of RDDs and to develop innovative strategies to prevent, treat and cure these diseases.

Application Deadline: Preliminary application due February 15, Full application due May

Funding Amount: $450,000

The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. Please refer to the Funding Opportunities on how to apply.  Provides funding for 1 or 2 studies.

Application Deadline: LOI due March

Funding Amount: $250,000 to $450,000 depending on team size

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences. Young Investigators’ Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer or equivalent)

Application Deadline: July, varies

Funding Amount: $40,000 for one year

The IDSA Education and Research Foundation and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases have joined forces to offer awards to support needed research by promising young researchers who may not otherwise find funding as federal and other institutional research support becomes more difficult to obtain. Multiple Programs may be available

Application Deadline: June

Funding Amount: $15,000 per year for two years

The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given annually to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science.

Application Deadline: June, varies

Funding Amount: $150,000 per year for up to five years (10% indirect costs)

JDRF fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasize either basic or clinical topics.

Application Deadline: March, varies

Funding Amount: $225,000 over three years

This award supports young investigators in the early stages of their careers engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Candidate should be within four years of receiving their first tenure track appointment. 

Application Deadline: March, varies

Funding Amount: $100,000 one year

The Foundation provides one year grants to selected New Investigator researchers to allow innovative scientists to act on their ideas and try new procedures and experiments that will hopefully lead to significant breakthroughs. New Investigators are considered 

Application Deadline: September

A cornerstone of LRF's grants portfolio, the Young Investigator Grants have consisted of the Clinical Research Career Development Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship grants since 2002. Beginning with the 2014 cycle, the Foundation added the LRF Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP), which provides hands on career development and networking opportunities to early career scientists.

Application Deadline: Nomination Letter Due March

Funding Amount: $150,000 for 2 years (10% indirect costs)

This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers in areas consonant with those of the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g., an R01, or other grant exceeding $200,000 a year) at the time of the application. The award is $150,000 for two years, including 10 percent indirect costs to sponsoring institutions 

Application Deadline: September, varies

Funding Amount: $75,000 per year for three years (no indirect costs)

The McKnight Scholar Awards encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Each year, up to six scholars are selected to receive three years' support.

Application Deadline: August for Letter of Intent

Funding Amount: $35,000 to $50,0000 for one year

Young Investigator (YI) Award: One-year grants* of $35,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in the field of any form of ataxia research.

Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research: One-year grants of $50,000 will be awarded to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) research.

For both Young Investigator award programs, candidates must have attained an MD or PhD degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc or clinical fellow. Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible. Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying. PhDs must be no more than five years from end of the completion of their post-doc training.

Application deadline: February, varies

Funding Amount: $75,000 over three years

Early Investigator Grant Program provides financial support for early investigators studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome or a related disorder in basic or clinical research. Three grants are awarded each cycle.

Application Deadline: August, varies

Funding Amount: $30,000 to $40,0000 per year over five years

This award supports candidates who have begun academic careers as independent investigators in an area related to multiple sclerosis. Maximum funding is $30,000 in the first year, increasing to $40,000 by the last year of the five-year award.

Application Deadline: November, varies

The goal of the PBTF’s Early Career Development grants program is to support talented researchers in the field of pediatric brain tumors who are in the first five years of their first faculty position. The expectation is that this funding will facilitate awardees’ transition to becoming fully independent investigators. 

Application Deadline: June, varies

Funding Amount: $60,000 per year over four years

The Pew program invites one nomination from selected institutions and supports basic and clinical research relevant to the advancement of human health, carried out by investigators with full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor

Application Deadline: July

Funding Amount: $60,000 over two years

This award provides funding for outstanding research in vaccine development, either through clinical or laboratory investigation. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to vaccinology as a career, and must be conducting research or working in a recognized and accredited US institution of higher learning or in a government agency. Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should have completed an accredited infectious diseases fellowship within the last four years.

This award is offered in conjunction with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Application Deadline: February 1 for Health Outcomes, Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; September 1 for Informatics, Pharmacology/Toxicology, Pharmaceutics.

Funding Amount: $50,000 to $100,000 for one year

The PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants offers financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level. Disciplines:  Adherence Improvement; Health Outcomes; Informatics; Pharmaceutics; Pharmacology / Toxicology; Translational Medicine and Therapeutics.

Application deadline: November

Funding Amount: $50,000 over two years

Awards support projects that offer a high likelihood of improving the understanding of pulmonary fibrosis in the following areas: basic science, transnational research, clinical medicine/research, and social science/quality of life. 

Application Deadline: Spring Cycle, LOI Due January; Fall Cycle, LOI due July

St. Baldrick's funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any other private foundation. 

Three or more years of funding given to early career professionals who are pursuing exciting research and without funding might have to leave the field.

Application Deadline: April and October

This grant is targeted at new investigators in spinal pathology research. 

Application Deadline: 

Funding Amount: $100,000 per year for three years

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

Application Deadline: February and March

Funding Amount: $25,000 - $105,000 depending on program

Mitzi & William Blahd, MD Pilot Research Grant

The pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of their career conduct research that may lead to further funding. This grant may be used for salary support of the principal investigator, as well as direct costs of supplies and equipment. Support is not provided for salaries of other research personnel, or for indirect costs.

This grant provides $25,000 for one year and is made possible by support from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Molecular Imaging Research Grant for Junior Academic Faculty

The objective of this program is to support one junior faculty member in an academic/research setting, and to enable them to engage in Molecular Imaging research related to diagnostic or therapeutic applications. Grants can be used for research support of the principal investigator, as well as direct costs of supplies and equipment. Support is not provided for salaries of other research personnel, or for indirect costs.

This $105,000 grant provides $52,500 annually for two years and is made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Applicants must be a member of the SNMMI.

Application Deadline: March

Funding Amount: up to $600,000 over four years

The foundation is looking for early career scientists with the potential to create new waves across the brain cancer field. Proposed research should demonstrate potential to generate new knowledge relating to causes, cure or treatment of primary brain tumors/brain cancer.

Application Deadline: Three Cycles, LOI due January, April, October

Funding Amount: $30,000 for one year

The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. 

Application Deadline: July

Funding Amount: $350,000 over five years

The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas. Four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected each year.

STEM

Application Deadline: March

Funding Amount: $110,000 over two years

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. Applicants may have limited or no preliminary results for a research project they wish to pursue, with the intention of using the preliminary results obtained to seek continuation funding from other agencies. The DNI grants are to be used to illustrate proof of principle or concept, to test a hypothesis, or to demonstrate feasibility of an approach in the petroleum field. Estimated number of awards: ~ 75 each year 

Application Deadline: Varies, Typically January or February

Funding Amount: $77,000 (including 10% indirect costs)

AHA funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health. Scientist Development Grant applicants should have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment at the assistant professor level or its equivalent and must not be funded (extramurally) for more than one year at a level greater than $95,000 per year in direct costs. Beginning Grant-In-Aid applicants must hold a faculty/staff rank up to and including assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level.

Application Deadline: November 

Funding Amount: $35,000 annually

Open to academic scientists within four years of joining the tenure track faculty or equivalent in a North American university. Applicants may not have previously received an award under this program. Applicants must be members of ASMS. Two awards are fully sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific and Waters Corporation. The Research Awards were originated by Robert Finnigan in 1985. The awards are intended to promote academic research in mass spectrometry by young scientists.

Application Deadline: August, does vary

Funding Amount: $750,000 over four years

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $750,000 over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award. 

Application Deadline: November

Funding Amount: $250,000

The Blavatnik National Awards honor America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers.

These awards celebrate the past accomplishments and future potential of young faculty members working in three disciplinary categories of science and engineering. Every year, one nominee in each category will be named a Blavatnik Laureate and awarded $250,000 in unrestricted funds:

·         Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Life Sciences 

·         Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering 

·         Blavatnik National  Award for Young Scientists in Chemistry

Candidates for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may submit up to three nominations, one in each disciplinary category of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Application Deadline: February

Funding Amount: $75,000

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. 

Application Deadline: May for Pre-Proposal, August for Invited Propsals

Funding Amount: $100,000 over three years

Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty members whose primary appointment is in a department of astronomy, chemistry or physics. Eligibility is limited to faculty in the third year after their first tenure-track appointment.

Application Deadline: Open 

Funding Amount: Varies

Candidates must be faculty members at one of the 50 Invited Institutions.  Candidates must be eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered. 

Application Deadline: September

Funding Amount: $100,000 per year for three years

The Searle Scholars Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 161 institutions are invited to participate in the Program.

The Program was established at The Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and has been administered by Kinship Foundation since 1996. The Program is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the world-wide pharmaceutical company, G.D. Searle & Company. It was Mr. Searle's wish that certain funds be used to support "...research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences."

Each year 15 new individuals are named Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years. Since its inception, 572 Scholars have been named and over $124 million has been awarded.

Application Deadline: September

Funding Amount: $50,000 for two years

Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Candidates should be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D. (or equivalent) as of the year of their nomination.

Application Deadline: February 

Funding Amount: Varies

These grants, supported by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF), SNMMI-TS's Professional Development and Education Fund (PDEF), and Nihon Medi-Physics LLC, represent the society's commitment to advancing molecular imaging and therapy by supporting the next generation of researchers.