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Mar 26, 2013

20 Grants for Young Researchers

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20 Grants for Young Researchers

Fear not, young scientists—the funds are out there. [© Laurence Gough - Fotolia.com]

  • As we’ve discussed in the past, it’s not always easy for young researchers to get grants. While the NIH does have a policy of separating new investigator applications at review in an effort to lower the age of first award, the average age of first-time R01 grant winners is around 42 years old for Ph.D.s, 44 years old for combined M.D./Ph.D.s, and about 45 for M.D.s. But all is not lost—several organizations are offering grants to young up-and-coming scientists.

    You've seen our list of the 25 schools that received the most NIH funds last fiscal year through July 31; now, check out this list of 20 grant programs that direct funds to younger researchers, unranked and listed in the alphabetical order of the sponsoring organizations, based on information furnished by these organizations on their websites and other publicly available material. Each program is listed by its name, amount of funding available and types of costs covered, eligibility requirements of applicants, purpose of the grant program, status of recent activity, and a link or links with more detailed program information.

  • American Diabetes Association

    Career Development Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $150,000 per year for up to five years, plus 15% allowable indirect costs; applicants may request a $25,000 stipend for additional equipment for each of the first two years.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be four to seven years out of their post-doctoral or clinical fellowship in order to apply. Applicants must hold an assistant professorship within his/her institution, or will be promoted to this position upon receipt of the award. Applicant must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research independently of their former mentor by appearing as the senior or corresponding author on at least one previous publication relevant to the grant topic, preferably without mentor as co-author.

    Purpose: Assist outstanding assistant professor-level faculty investigators in conducting diabetes-related research. The award supports an individual's salary and research project to enable the investigator to advance his/her career as an independent investigator.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2013 funding.

    More Information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696#CD_Award

    Junior Faculty Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $120,000 per year for up to three years for direct costs, plus 15% allowable indirect costs; applicants can additionally request up to $10,000 per year towards the repayment of the principal on loans for a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.P.M. or D.O.). There is no fixed limit for PI salary.

    Eligibility: Either 1) senior post-doctoral or clinical fellows (more than three years of research experience since doctoral degree) who will receive their first full-time faculty/staff position by the start date of the award, or 2) junior faculty holding any level of faculty appointment up to and including assistant professor. Applicants with more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of their doctoral degree are not eligible for this award.

    Purpose: Support new investigators who are establishing their independence in diabetes research. Applicants can have any level of faculty appointment up through assistant professor.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2013 funding.

    More Information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89696#JF_Award

    American Diabetes Association/Canadian Diabetes Association Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $40,000 per year for 2–3 years, to be used exclusively for the applicant’s salary. There are no indirect costs associated with this award. Each recipient will receive a $3,000 travel allowance per year to attend the ADA and CDA annual scientific meetings. The award recipients will be obligated to attend at least one of these meetings each year, and encouraged to submit and present their results at both meetings.

    Eligibility: Postdoctoral candidates in the U.S. intending to train in Canada, and Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada intending to go the U.S. for training will be considered. No more than five applicants will be recommended as finalists. Two fellowship award recipients are selected, one each from Canada and the U.S.

    Purpose: Support research training at the postdoctoral level, in the field of diabetes. Candidates are expected to pursue a career in diabetes-related research as an independent investigator upon completion of post-doctoral training.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due February 1 for July 2013 funding.

    More Information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89697#CDA_Award

    Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Minority Fellowship Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $45,000 per year for two to three years; award is for the stipend support of a single Fellow in a given year, as well as laboratory supplies and travel costs. All award expenses, including supplies and publication expenses, should revolve around the Fellow. No indirect costs may be requested.

    Eligibility: Awards are granted to established diabetes investigators to support a minority postdoctoral fellow. Applications must be initiated and submitted by the mentor; eligible minorities include: African American; Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino; American Indian or Alaskan Native; and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

    Purpose: Supports the training of minority scientists in the field of diabetes research. In order to apply, the fellow must identify as an eligible minority (See Eligibility).

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 15, for July 2013 funding.

    More Information: http://professional.diabetes.org/Diabetes_Research.aspx?typ=18&cid=89697#MI_Award

  • American Heart Association

    Beginning Grant-In-Aid

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Great Rivers affiliate: $66,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $132,000, including up to $30,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments. Mid-Atlantic affiliate: $77,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $154,000, including up to $30,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments. SouthWest affiliate: $70,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments. Western States affiliate: $70,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments.

    Eligibility: At the time of application, the applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M. or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree initiating an independent research career; at the time of award activation, applicants must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent), but may not have more than seven years of experience at the assistant professor level (or equivalent) for Great Rivers, Mid-Atlantic, SouthWest, and Western States affiliates.

    Purpose: Promote the independent status of promising beginning scientists.

    Activity status: Application deadline July 17 at 5 pm, CDT; Award activation date January 1, 2014.

    More Information: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/SupportingInformation/Winter-2013---Beginning-Grant-in-Aid_UCM_443303_Article.jsp

    Clinical Research Program

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Founders and Midwest affiliates: $75,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $150,000, including up to $34,091 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments, including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the mentor. Great Rivers affiliate: $60,500 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $121,000, including up to $27,500 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments, including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the mentor. Greater Southeast affiliate: $71,500 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $143,000, including up to $32,500 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the mentor. Mid-Atlantic affiliate and National office: $77,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $154,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments including an allowance of up to $5,000 for the mentor. Southwest and Western States affiliates: $70,000 a year over two years, for a total award amount of $140,000, including up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s) and others with faculty appointments, excluding the mentor.

    Eligibility: Healthcare professional with a masters or post-baccalaureate doctoral degree, including M.P.H., R.N., Pharm.D., M.D., D.O., or Ph.D.; interdisciplinary research teams are eligible.

    Purpose: Encourage early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high-quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.

    Activity status: Information on summer deadlines available in mid-March.

    More Information: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/SupportingInformation/Winter-2013---Clinical-Research-Program_UCM_443302_Article.jsp

    National Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $65,000 maximum award amount in training stage, including up to $50,000 for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator. Institution may supplement. $132,000 maximum award amount over five years in faculty stage, including up to $90,000 for salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator; institution may supplement salary. Offered by AHA’s National office.

    Eligibility: Applicants holding a M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.O., or equivalent doctoral degree and seeking additional research training under the supervision of a sponsor/mentor prior to embarking on a career of independent research. They should be enrolled in or have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved residency or a clinical fellowship program associated with an ACGME-approved residency. Applicants have completed the clinical portion of their training program by the time of award activation. Applicants are responsible for identifying and working with a sponsor/mentor to develop the application. Applicants must not have more than five years of postdoctoral research training (beyond clinical training), and not have faculty/staff rank.

    Purpose: Provide funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.

    Activity status: Closed for round of applications due January 30, for July 2013 funding.

    More Information: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/ForScientists/Winter-2013---National-Fellow-to-Faculty-Transition-Award_UCM_431606_Article.jsp

    Scientist Development Grant

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: Founders affiliate: $77,000 a year over three years, for a maximum award of $231,000; includes up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments. Midwest affiliate: $71,500 a year over three years, for a maximum award of $214,500; includes up to $19,500 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments. National office: $77,000 a year over four years, for a maximum award of $308,000; includes up to $35,000 per year for salary and fringe of the principal investigator, collaborating investigator(s), and others with faculty appointments.

    Eligibility: At the time of application, the applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent post-baccalaureate doctoral degree. At the time of award activation, applicants must hold a faculty/staff position up to and including the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent). Applications may be submitted for review in the final year of a postdoctoral research fellowship or in the initial years of the first faculty/staff appointment. Applicants also must have no more than four years since his/her first faculty/staff appointment after receipt of doctoral degree) at the assistant professor level or its equivalent (including, but not limited to, research assistant professor, research scientist, staff scientist, etc.).

    Purpose: Support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

    Activity status: Information on summer deadlines available in mid-March.

    More Information: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/Research/FundingOpportunities/SupportingInformation/Winter-2013---Scientist-Development-Grant_UCM_443318_Article.jsp

  • Arthritis Foundation

    Clinical to Research Transition Award (CRTA)

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $60,000 per year, over two years, for salary/fringe benefits or research-related expenses as needed. CRTA funds may be used to supplement salary derived from an NIH T32 Training Grant. Indirect costs are not allowed.

    Eligibility: M.D.s/D.O.s who are clinically trained in adult or pediatric rheumatology and intend to pursue a research career in academic rheumatology. Applicants must be within the final year of training leading to board eligibility for either pediatric or adult rheumatology or be within a two-year time limit after completion of clinical training and have less than two years of research experience (defined as a minimum of 75% time devoted to conducting research) when funding beings on July 1, 2013. Candidates holding Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees are not eligible, but those holding Masters degrees who meet the other requirements are eligible. Applicants may not simultaneously accept the CRTA and another mentored training award. However, if the applicant subsequently applies for and receives a mentored training award (see above), the CRTA may be re-budgeted and funded for a second year.

    Purpose: Designed to allow candidates to gain initial research experience in preparation for application for mentored awards requiring research experience and productivity such as the ACR REF Rheumatology Scientist Development Award, the ACR REF Rheumatology Investigator Award, NIH Mentored Career Development Award (K23, K08) or other similar awards.

    Activity status: Awards begin July 1. Award notices issued in February 2013; deadline was August 1, 2012.

    More Information: http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/research/2013%20CRTA%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf

    New Investigator Award

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $50,000 per year; up to two years. Award amount includes indirect costs not to exceed 8% per year. Grants typically cover the cost of salaries, consumable supplies, equipment, travel, and other items to conduct the proposed research. The New Investigator Award is not for wet-bench laboratory research. Suitable studies include, but are not limited to, functional, behavioral, nutritional, occupational, or epidemiological aspects of patient care and management.

    Eligible: Applicants must be establishing their first independent, self-directed laboratory for which the institution provides space and other resources. New Investigator Grants are designed for individuals with a doctoral degree and demonstrated research experience related to arthritis and/or the care of patients with arthritis or education relevant to arthritis. These awards are limited to applicants who have received a doctoral degree within the last five years prior to the submission date. M.D.s and individuals at the NIH and CDC are not eligible. Candidates must have membership or eligibility for membership in his/her professional organization.

    Purpose: Provide the support for young arthritis health professionals, such as physical therapists, as they initiate independent research related to arthritis.

    Activity status: Awards begin July 1. Award notices issued in February 2013; deadline was August 1, 2012.

    More Information: http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/research/2013%20NI%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf

    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Amount of funding/Costs covered: $50,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits or research-related costs; funding is for a maximum period of two years. Indirect costs are not allowed. A minimum of 75% time must be devoted to arthritis-focused research.

    Eligible: Individuals with Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M. degrees who are not eligible for CRTA awards. As of the beginning date of the award, individuals must have received a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are not eligible after four years of post-degree laboratory experience. This experience is counted from the completion of the terminal degree until the beginning date of the award (as early as July 1). Applicants will not count time spent in clinical training defined as more than 50% time in clinical activities. Individuals at or above the assistant professor level or those who have tenured positions are ineligible to apply. Fellowships may be awarded to U.S. citizens for study abroad if it seems in the best interest of the candidate's future career. However, no provisions are made for travel expenses. Foreign citizens may be funded only if their training is conducted at a U.S. institution. Awards may not be transferred outside the U.S.

    Purpose: Intended to provide support for young investigators at the beginning of their research careers as they investigate questions related to arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases.

    Activity status: Awards begin July 1. Award notices issued in February 2013; deadline was August 1, 2012.

    More Information: http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/research/2013%20PF%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf


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