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Organization:  The National Science Foundation
Award:  $400,000 over five years, minimum award
Details:  The NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Organization:  National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
Award:  $30,000 per year, for up to two years
Details:  NARSAD's Young Investigator Award Program provides support for promising young scientists in neurobiological research. Basic and or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.

Organization:  Prostate Cancer Foundation
Award:  $75,000 per year for three years
Details:  This funding program supports early career prostate cancer researchers who are doing high-impact prostate cancer research, preferably in a clinical or translational setting.

Organization:  Infectious Diseases Society of America Education and Research Foundation and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Joint Research Awards
Award:  $30,000 per year for two years
Details:  The Wyeth Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development 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.

Organization: Office of Naval Research 
Award:  As much as $170,000 annually for up to three years
Details:  The ONR's Young Investigator Program funds early-career scientists interested in basic and applied life science research, especially in marine life science, neuroscience, biorobotics, and biosensors.

Organization: Alzheimer's Association 
Award:  As much as $100,000 total for up to two years
Details:  The Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grant Program funds young investigators with less than 10 years of research experience but who are not postdoctoral fellows.

Organization: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences 
Award:  $70,000 per year for up to four years
Details:  The Pew award funds researchers with a full-time appointment as an assistant professor, or equivalent, who have not held that position for more than three years and who are interested in basic or clinical biomedical research.

Organization: The McKnight Foundation
Award:  $75,000 annually for three years
Details:  The McKnight Scholar Award is open to young scientists, typically one year into their faculty positions but not more than four years, who study learning and memory disorders.

Organization: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Award:  $300,000 over three years
Details:  The Beckman Young Investigators Program supports chemists and life scientists on the tenure track at academic or nonprofit institutions who are not more than three years into their appointment.

Organization: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Award:  $500,000 over five years
Details:  Burroughs Wellcome's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface funds researchers with a PhD in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering who study genomics, quantitative structural biology, or model complex systems. The grant funds researchers for two years of postdoctoral training plus three years as a faculty member.

Organization: W.M. Keck Foundation
Award:  Up to $1,000,000 over five years
Details:  The Keck Foundation's Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program funds researchers focusing on the mechanisms of disease. The scholars must have held a full-time, tenure-track appointment for at least one year but not more than four years. 

Organization: PhRMA Foundation
Award:   $30,000 per year for up to two years
Details:  PhRMA Foundation's Research Starter Grants fund faculty just beginning their careers with a focus on areas important to the pharmaceutical industry, including health outcomes, informatics, pharmacology/toxicology, and pharmaceutics.

Organization: Ellison Medical Foundation
Award:   Up to $100,000 per year for four years
Details:  Ellison Medical Foundation's New Scholar Program in Aging funds basic biology research into development and age-related disorders. Researchers must be in the first three years of their career after their postdoctoral fellowship.

Organization: Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
Award:  $100,000 per year for two years
Details:  The Kimmel Scholar Award supports young investigators who are dedicated to cancer research.  They must have been elected to an assistant professorship or equivalent within the last three years.

Organization:  Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy
Award:  Up to $500,000 over three years
Details:  The ACGT Young Investigators Award promotes basic and pre-clinical gene therapy research. Scientists should have an MD, MPH, PhD, or equivalent degree and be a tenure-track assistant professor within five years of appointment to this role.

Organization:  American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Award:  $25,000
Details:  The ASMS Research Award supports academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry. Open to academic scientists within four years of joining a tenure-track faculty position or equivalent in a North American university.

Organization:  The James S. McDonnell Foundation
Award:  Up to $450,000 over three to six years
Details:  The James S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Initiative Brain Cancer Research Award supports novel research into brain cancer. Proposals from junior faculty and those with neuroscience, genetics, molecular pathology, and tumor immunology backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Organization:  Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars Program
Award:  $100,000 per year for three years
Details:  The Searle Scholars Program supports junior faculty pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Applicants must have been appointed to a tenure-track assistant professorship within the past two years.

Organization:  Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund
Award:  $150,000 over three years
Details:  The Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences supports young investigators who hold tenure-track faculty positions and are engaged in basic or clinical research that will lead to a better understanding of epilepsy.

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