Non-Federal Early Career Grant Programs
- New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG): Deadlines for Letters of Intent are traditionally in the fall. The purpose of this program is to provide newly independent investigators, those who earned their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years, with funding to collect preliminary or pilot data, develop hypotheses, and test procedures. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other funding agencies and groups, including future proposals to the Alzheimer’s Association. All NIRG applications must target defined areas of focus identified annually.
- New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (NIRGD): Deadlines for Letters of Intent are traditionally in the fall. The NIRGD is a two-year award to investigators who are currently underrepresented at academic institutions in Alzheimer’s or related dementias research. The objective of this award is to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds whose basic, clinical and social/behavioral research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias in general and in health disparities populations. All NIRGD applications must target defined areas of focus identified annually.
- Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRG): Deadlines for Letters of Intent are traditionally in the fall. The MNIRG is a three-year award intended to be a research-based and mentoring investment to help close disparities between diverse and non-diverse investigator populations. It is intended to enhance the capacity of diverse and non-diverse scientists to conduct basic, clinical and social/behavioral research. All MNIRG applications must target defined areas of focus identified annually. The MNIRG competition has the following general requirements:
- Foster mentoring relationships between experienced researchers and those not previously funded or considered newly independent investigators (under 10 years post degree);
- Increase the presence of scientists from diverse backgrounds who are conducting research on Alzheimer’s and related dementias;
- Enhance the research skills and scientific visibility of junior faculty members from diverse backgrounds;
- Support mentoring relationships that will establish enduring research careers of diverse scientists.
- Junior Faculty Development Award: Deadline is traditionally in the spring. These awards support early investigators as they establish independence. Eligible applicants must be full-time independent faculty with less than 10 years of research experience since their terminal degrees that do not have previous or current NIH support (R00, R01, U01 or equivalent). Applicants may not hold concurrent awards of similar intent (NIH K awards, foundation or non-profit career development awards). However, they may have completed previous NIH K or other career development funding. Applicants must be able to dedicate at least 75% total effort to research activities.