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Early-Career Grant Opportunities: 2007


Getting that great research project idea only gets you part of the way to an elegant research paper — you need funding to actually get the experiments up and running. Instead of scrounging under couch cushions for spare change, work on your grant-writing skills by applying for some of the following grants that specifically court young investigators.

Organization: Office of Naval Research
Award: As much as $100,000 annually for up to three years
Details: The ONR’s Young Investigator Program (ONR BAA 08-002) funds early-career scientists interested in basic and applied life science research, especially in marine life science, neuroscience, bio-robotics, and biosensors.
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Organization: Alzheimer’s Association
Award: Up to $100,000
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 post-doctoral fellows.
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Organization: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Award: $60,000 per year
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 for more than four years.
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Organization: The National Science Foundation
Award: $200,000 over two years
Details: The NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers program supports women in science and engineering, including the biosciences, to foster the participation of women in the academic sciences.
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Organization: PhRMA Foundation
Award: $30,000 per year
Details: PhRMA Foundation’s Research Starter Grants fund faculty just beginning their careers and give preference to scientists focusing on combining computational methods with genetics, genomics, or proteomics.
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Organization: Ellison Medical Foundation
Award: $100,000 annually 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.
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Organization: Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
Award: $100,000 annually for two years
Details: The Kimmel Scholar Award supports cancer researchers who finished their studies within the last three years.
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