Non-Federal Early Career Grant Programs
- New Investigators Research Grant: Deadline to be announced in January 2016. The New Investigators Research Grant competition is designed to help further new investigators’ research activities by funding preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale research investigations. Research, while not limited in topic, should be focused to match the one-year scope and should have clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The investigator must have completed a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within the past five years.
- Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program: Deadline for Letter of Intent is September 2, 2015. The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award. Projects proposed for this program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open up new avenues of research in chemistry and the life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.
- Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program: Deadline is February 10, 2016; however, this is a limited submission opportunity – FIU may nominate only one assistant professor in the chemical sciences (biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering) for this award. Potential applicants must secure approval from their departments chair and submit an internal application form to ORED to obtain approval to submit. This award supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.
- Grants-in-Aid: Deadlines for Letters of Intent are October 1, January 15, and April 15. The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications are judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity.
- William T. Grant Scholars Program: Deadline is traditionally in July, however this is a limited submission opportunity—only one application may be submitted from FIU. Potential applicants must secure approval from ORED to submit on behalf of FIU. The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Applicants are encouraged to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. The foundation recognizes that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Potential scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.
- Strategy & Policy Fellows Program Applications traditionally due in June. The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. An applicant must have a Ph.D. by the time of the deadline, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, or History. There is no formal age requirement, but recipients are likely to be under the age of 40.