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Insight & Intelligence™ : Mar 26, 2013

20 Grants for Young Researchers

Looking for funding? Here are some places to start.

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

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (with five royal academies and sixteen universities)

Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 5 million to 7.5 million ($769,648 to about $1.2 million)1 per researcher through a five-year grant; Fellows can apply for an additional five years of funding. Support goal and past year’s activity: up to 125 young researchers between 2012 and 2016 with a potential total of SEK 1.2 billion ($184.7 million)1.

Eligibility: Swedish and foreign researchers from all academic disciplines; engineering sciences, humanities, medicine, natural sciences, and social science, as well as interdisciplinary approaches. Researchers eligible for nomination this year must have received their doctoral degree after January 1, 2005. Researchers who have defended their thesis before that date and who since have been absent for an extended period of time due to illness or parental leave may have the date adjusted by the duration of said absence.

Activity status: Evaluation of candidates has begun following deadline of March 1. Evaluation groups present what they deem the most promising candidates to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which will select 25 researchers in November. Twelve grant winners in natural sciences and eight in medicine were among 30 winners named on November 30, 2012.

Purpose: Give the most promising young researchers a work situation that enables them to focus on their projects and address difficult, long-term research questions.

More Information: http://www.wallenbergacademyfellows.org/

National MS Society

Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards

Amount of Funding/Costs covered: Salary: Capped at $199,700. Candidate must spend at least 20% of his or her time working on the research award in order to request salary support. Up to 75% of annual salary support may be requested (but in no case exceed $75,000 in the first year), with a 3% annual increase in each of the remaining four years. Research Support: The maximal direct costs that may be requested in the grant budget of the award is $30,000 in the first year, increasing incrementally each year up to $40,000 in the last year. Salary for Postdoctoral Research Associates: Scale starting at $39,264 for less than one year’s experience, climbing each year to $54,180 for seven or more years’ experience.

Eligibility: Candidates are eligible who hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have received sufficient research training at the postdoctoral level to be capable of independent research. Individuals who have already conducted independent research for more than five years after postdoctoral training are ineligible. Candidates must hold or have been offered an academic appointment at the assistant professor (or equivalent) level at an approved university, professional school, or research institute in the United States at the initiation of the award.

Purpose: The awards are designed to provide salary and grant support for a five-year period, thus permitting the awardee to establish competence in his/her chosen research area.

Activity status: Deadline “mid-August;” no exact date at deadline.

More Information: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ms-clinical-care-network/researchers/get-funding/harry-weaver-awards/index.aspx (then click link for application information)

NIH2,3

Pathway to Independence Awards (PI; K99/R00 or “Kangaroo”)

Amount of funding/Costs covered: Five-year, two-phase program. Costs “generally should not exceed” $90,000 per year at either an NIH intramural or an extramural sponsoring institution site in Phase I, which provides one to two years of mentored support for promising postdoctoral researchers; cost may be higher in the case of individuals with exceptional salary needs. In Phase II, which provides up to three years of additional independent support if the PI has secured an independent research position, costs may not exceed $249,000 per year. This amount includes salary, fringe benefits, research support allowance, and applicable indirect costs.

Eligibility: Principal investigators, including “outstanding” postdoctoral candidates with terminal clinical or research doctorates, and no more than five years of postdoctoral research training; PI not required to be a U.S. citizen. Foreign institutions are ineligible.

Purpose: Assist postdoctoral investigators in transitioning to a stable independent research position with NIH or other independent research funding.

Activity status: Support goal: Deadlines are March 12, July 12, and November 12 annually. Between 150 and 200 awards per year. Actual number and distribution of awards made by the NIH Institutes and Centers will depend upon the quality of the applications received, the results of the scientific peer review process, the availability of funds, and the program priorities of awarding components. Program set to expire September 8, 2014.

More Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-197.html

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

Amount of funding/Costs covered: Up to $300,000 in direct costs each year, with a maximum project period of five years, plus applicable facilities and administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award. Funds may be requested for personnel (including co-investigators and collaborators), supplies, equipment, sub-contracts, and other allowable costs. Awardees are required to commit at least 25% of their research effort each year to activities supported by the New Innovator Award.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the definition of an early stage investigator (ESI), a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or is within 10 years of completing medical residency (or the equivalent). An extension to the 10-year period may be granted under special circumstances (e.g., family care responsibilities, extended periods of clinical training, disability or illness, etc.). Applicants also must hold an independent research position at a domestic (U.S.) institution as of September 1, 2013. For the purpose of this FOA, “independent research position” means a position that automatically confers eligibility, by the applicant’s institutional policy, for an investigator to apply for R01 grants, with an appropriate commitment of facilities to be used for the conduct of the proposed research. Investigators still in training or mentored status (postdoctoral fellows) are not eligible to apply unless they have a written commitment of an independent faculty position as of September 1, 2013, that is certified by submission of the application from that institution. Applicants may submit or have an R01 (or other equivalent) grant application pending concurrently with their New Innovator Award application. However, if that pending grant is awarded in Fiscal Year 2013 with a start date of September 30, 2013, or earlier, then the applicant is no longer eligible to receive the New Innovator Award.

Purpose: Created in 2007 to support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Awards are designed to complement ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early-stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early-stage investigators.

Activity status: Earliest start date for research is September following scientific merit review planned for April, and Advisory Council review in May. Deadline was October 17, 2012.

More Information: Funding opportunity announcement—http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-12-016.html
Program’s webpage—http://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/index.aspx

NSF

Alan T. Waterman Award

Amount of funding/Costs covered: $1 million grant over five years, in addition to a medal, for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.

Eligibility: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than seven years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers.

Purpose: Recognize outstanding researchers under age 35 in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

Activity status: Mung Chiang, Ph.D., an electrical engineering professor at Princeton University announced as 2013 winner on March 18. Deadline was November 8, 2012. The last winner in the biological sciences was Casey Dunn, Ph.D., a biologist at Brown University and winner of the 2011 Waterman award; his work involves genome analyses to better understand relationships between groups of animals.

More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

Amount of funding/Costs covered: Minimum $500,000 for five years for grants from candidates submitting grant proposals to the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP); 600 grants are awarded annually. Program support: $220 million per year toward new and continuing CAREER awards.

Eligibility: Candidates must hold a doctoral degree, by the deadline date, in a field supported by NSF; be untenured until October 1 following the deadline; and have not previously received a CAREER award. They must be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) at an accredited institution or nonprofit, non-degree-granting organization such as a museum, observatory, or research lab located in the U.S., its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards degrees in a field supported by NSF. They must remain in a tenure-track assistant professor or equivalent position until the October 1st following the proposal submission deadline.

Purpose: NSF’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.

Activity status: Deadline July 22 for BIO grant proposals.

More Information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11038/nsf11038.jsp

Swedish Research Council

Project Research Grant for Junior Researchers

Eligibility: Individual researchers who also serve as project leaders and have the scientific responsibility for their project. They must dedicate time equivalent to at least 20% of a full-time position to the project. Eligible researchers must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. The doctoral degree must have been awarded January 1, 2006, or later, but no later than the closing date for applications in this call. Applicants awarded their doctoral degrees earlier than 2006 could be considered if special circumstances interrupted their period of active research.

Purpose: Give researchers early in their careers an opportunity to build up and develop a research activity.

Activity status: Deadline is April 4. Later this spring the evaluation process will begin, according to the council. Decisions will be published on the council website “in October and November.”

More Information: http://bit.ly/ZmnqPk

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Ingvar Carlsson Award

Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 1 million to 3 million ($153,834 to $461,474)4 per researcher over three to six years; Grants include a personal scholarship of SEK 50,000 ($7,691)4 awarded to each recipient. Up to one-third of the grant may be used to cover the recipient's own salary. Support goal: SEK 36 million ($5.5 million)4 to fund 12 three-year grants.

Eligibility: Applicant must have received his or her Ph.D. at a Swedish or foreign university not earlier than January 1, 2008; must have conducted continuous postdoctoral studies outside Sweden, at a university different from the one where he or she graduated, for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline; and must become permanently active at a university in Sweden. His or her work in Sweden should have started not earlier than September 1, 2011, and not later than August 31, 2013. Applicants with a Ph.D. from a university outside Sweden must have completed a basic academic degree within the Swedish higher education system, achieving a qualification equivalent to both of a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. Must not apply for Future Research Leaders grant.

Purpose: Give homecoming postdocs an opportunity to launch their own independent and creative research careers in Sweden; program includes leadership training.

Activity status: Final decision by the Governing Board “March/April 2013;” deadline for submission of full proposal was September 5, 2012. Research project is to be implemented from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2017.

More Information: http://www.juniorfaculty.uu.se/digitalAssets/111/111194_announcement-ingvar-carlsson-award-2012.pdf

Future Research Leaders

Amount of funding/Costs covered: SEK 1 million to 3 million ($153,834 to $461,474)5 per researcher over three to six years; grant is primarily intended for building a research group and maximum 20% of the grant may be used to cover the recipient's own salary. Out of each grant, SEK 300,000 ($46,180)5 will be withheld for use by the grantee toward commercialization of results from the project. Support goal is SEK 200 million (about $30.8 million)5 to fund up to 20 grants of a total of SEK 10 million ($1.5 million) each, covering a period of five years.

Eligibility: Applicants must be born in 1973 or later; must have obtained their Ph.D. degree between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2008; and must not apply for Ingvar Carlsson Award. Applicants currently working outside Sweden must be prepared to work full-time at a Swedish research organization.

Purpose: Support and promote young scientists who have the potential and the ambition to become future leaders of academic and/or industrial research in Sweden. Grantees will participate in a mandatory leadership training program.

Activity status: Decision by the SSF Board: “September 2013”; deadline for submission of full proposal was November 20, 2012. Earliest project start is October 2013. The next announcement is planned to take place in 2015.

More Information: http://www.stratresearch.se/global/utlysning_pdf/FFL12_en.pdf