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Grant Opportunities: Nov. 2009


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: NIH
Award: Various
Details: The NIH offers a variety of training opportunities for scientists at all levels.

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 (IDSA ERF/NFID 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.

Award: $50,000 for one year
Details: The Astellas Young Investigator Award will fund young investigators who have demonstrated outstanding research in any area of current interest in the field of infectious diseases.

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. Special attention will be given to proposals in naval priority research areas.

Organization: Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences
Award: $60,000 per year for 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. Creative, risky, and/or innovative approaches are encouraged.

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: 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 the physical/mathematical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions. 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: $60,000 for one year
Details: PhRMA Foundation's Research Starter Grants fund faculty just beginning their careers who are combining cutting-edge information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences, including the areas of genetics, genomics, proteomics, and pathways.

Organization: Ellison Medical Foundation
Award: Up to $150,000 per year for up to four years
Details: Ellison Medical Foundation's Senior Scholar in Aging award 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 Scholars 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-and-a-half 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.
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