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EARLY CAREER INVESTIGATOR FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

DoD Early Career Funding Opportunities


FY 2019 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigators Program (YIP) - (N00014-18-S-F009)

  • Deadline 
    • Questions to the Sponsor Due
      • Eligibility and Technical: August 15, 2018
      • Business related: August 29, 2018
    • Full Proposal Due - August 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
  • Who is eligible?
    • Academic scientists and engineers in their first or second full-time tenure track or tenure track equivalent academic appointment, who show exceptional promise for doing creative research, and who have begun their first full-time appointment on or after January 1, 2011. 
    • The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due). The term "national" of the United States includes a native resident of a possession of the United States, such as American Samoa.
  • What is the budget and duration? 
    • Applicants may request up to $500,000 for 24-months with an option for up to $250,000 for an additional 12-months.
  • Additional Notes

DoD Parkinson's, Early Investigator Research Award (W81XWH-18-PRP-EIRA)

  • Deadline
    • October 3, 2018
  • Who is eligible?
    • The investigator must be a postdoctoral or clinical fellow, instructor, or assistant professor within 5 years of advanced degree or residency training completion (or equivalent) as of the application deadline.
    • An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • Total costs will not exceed $340,000 over a maximum period of 2 years. 
  • Additional Notes
    • The PRP EIRA supports Parkinson’s disease-focused research opportunities for individuals in the early stages of their careers, under the guidance of a designated Mentor. 
    • The PRP seeks applications from investigators working in a broad spectrum of disciplines including, but not limited to, basic science, engineering, bioinformatics, population science, translational research, and clinical research. 
    • Full Proposal

DoD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer's New Investigator Research Award (W81XWH-18-PRARP-NIRA)

  • Deadline
    • October 4, 2018
  • Who is eligible?
    • The PI must be an independent, early-career investigator within 3 years of his/her first independent faculty position (or equivalent) at the time of the application submission deadline.
    • An eligible PI, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, or citizenship status, must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • The direct costs will not exceed $225,000 over a maximum period of performance of 3 years.
  • Additional Notes
    • The PRARP’s mission is devoted to (1) understanding the association between TBI and AD/ADRD, and (2) reducing the burden on affected individuals and caregivers, especially in the military and Veteran communities.
    • This FY18 PRARP NIRA funding opportunity requires applications to address on or more of the following Overarching Challenges:
      • Paucity of Research Resources
      • Paucity of Clinical Studies
      • Diagnostic Technologies, Tests, Biomarkers, or Devices
      • Quality of Life
      • Caregiver Support
      • Epidemiology
    • In addition to addressing one or more of the specified FY18 PRARP NIRA Overarching Challenges, applications should address at least one of the following FY18 PRARP NIRA Focus Areas in support of the FY18 PRARP NIRA Overarching Challenges.
      • Mechanisms of Pathogenesis
      • Biomarkers
      • Quality of Life
      • Caregiver Support
      • Epidemiological Research
      • Novel Target Identification
      • Nonpharmacological Interventions
    • *Pharmacolical interventions are specifically discouraged.*
    • Full Proposal

DoD Gulf War Illness, New Investigator Award (W81XWH-18-GWIRP-NIA)

  • Deadline
    • October 4, 2018
  • Who is eligible?
    • Early Career Investigator: Independent investigators who are within 5 years of their last training position.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • Direct costs for the entire period of performance (3 years) will not exceed $500,000. If applying under the Biorepository Contribution Option, direct costs will not exceed $516,000.
  • Additional Notes
    • Gulf War Illness (GWI) is characterized by multiple diverse symptoms that typically include widespread pain, cognitive difficulties, debilitating fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory symptoms, chronic headache, sleep problems, and other abnormalities that are not explained by established medical diagnoses or standard laboratory tests.
    • The GWIRP challenges the scientific community to design high-impact research that will identify effective treatments and accelerate their clinical application, identify objective markers for improved definition and diagnosis, and/or provide a better understanding of the pathobiology underlying the complex of GWI symptoms.
    • Activities not supported under this Program Announcement include:
      • Investigations involving derivation of GWI diagnostic biomarkers from animal models.
      • Studies focusing on psychiatric disease or psychological stress as the primary cause of GWI.
      • Studies focusing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research.
      • Clinical Trials.
    • The FY18 GWIRP New Investigator Award (NIA) Topics of Special Interest are as follows:
      • Epidemiology of comorbidities and mortality, including gender and ethnic differences
      • Sinus, respiratory, gastrointestinal, sleep, or dermatological abnormalities as a component of GWI
      • Entanglement of symptom effects including non-refreshing sleep with other GWI symptoms
      • Genetic factors predisposing individuals to GWI
      • Molecular signatures (e.g., biomarkers) underlying symptom clusters via genomic, proteomic, metabolic, or epigenetic technologies
      • Dysregulation of, or abnormal crosstalk between, human body organ systems (e.g., neuroinflammation, autonomic dysfunction).
    • Full Proposal

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) Program - DARPA-RA-18-02

  • Deadline - November 13, 2018
  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • Proposers must be one of the following (excluding any personal leaves of absence):
      • current Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professors
      • current Tenured faculty within 3 years of their Tenure date
      • an equivalent at a non-profit research institution within 12 years of the receipt of their Ph.D.
    • All proposers must be employed at a U.S. Institution.
    • Previous YFA Award recipients are not eligible for this or any future YFA program.
    • Former DARPA Program Managers are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.
    • Researchers working at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and DoD and other Government Laboratories are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • Each award will include a 24-month base period (a maximum of $500,000) and a 12-month option period (a maximum of $500,000).
    • Teaming and/or subcontract awards will be limited to no more than 30% of the total grant value.
  • Additional Notes
    • The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs.
    • YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.
    • The long-term goal of the program is to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers in the research community who will focus a significant portion of their future careers on DoD and National Security issues.
    • DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of interest to DARPA’s six technical offices: Biological Technologies Office (BTO), Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Information Innovation Office (I2O), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), and Tactical Technology Office (TTO).
    • Full Proposal

Army Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) - W911NF-17-S-0002

  • Deadline
    • Open; whitepapers and proposals will be considered until and including March 31, 2022
  • Who is eligible?
    • This program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, and Permanent Resident Aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. 
  • What is the budget and duration?
    •  $120,000 in total costs per year for three years
  • Additional Notes
    • Outstanding YIP projects may be considered for a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). 
    • The objective of the YIP is to attract outstanding young university faculty to pursue fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army (below), to support their research in these areas, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. 
      • Mechanical Sciences
      • Earth Sciences
      • Mathematical Sciences
      • Electronics
      • Computing Sciences
      • Physics
      • Chemical Sciences
      • Life Sciences
      • Materials Sciences
      • Network Sciences
    • Upon completion of the YIP, young investigators may apply and be considered for continued support in the areas identified earlier in the ARO Research Areas of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

FY 2019 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) - FA9550-18-S-0002

  • Deadline 
    • Questions to the Sponsor Due - April 27, 2018
    • Full Proposal Due - June 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
  • Who is eligible?
    • Principal investigators must be U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident by 01 October 2018 and employed on a full-time basis and holds a permanent position.
    • The Fiscal Year 2018 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program ( YIP) intends support for scientists and engineers demonstrating exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research who have:
      • Received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree on 1 April 2012 or later
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • Up to $150,000 in total costs per year for three (3) years
    • Proposals deemed exceptional by our Program Officers may be considered for higher funding levels.
      • Higher funding levels could take the form of more funding in one or more years of the basic award, and/or an option for continued performance for one (1) or two (2) additional years at a funding level recommended by our Program Officer.
      • You should only submit a supplemental proposal for an option for continued performance beyond the three (3) year basic period if our Program Officer asks you to.
  • Additional Notes
    • There may be co-PIs.
    • Researchers working at a Federally Funded Research and Development Center or DoD Laboratory are not eligible for this competition.
    • Full Solicitation Here