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DoD Early Career Funding Opportunities


Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigators Program (YIP) - N00014-17-S-FO14

  • Deadline 
    • Questions to the Sponsor Due
      • Eligibility and Technical: August 15, 2017
      • Business related: September 12, 2017
    • Full Proposal Due - September 15, 2017 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 December 31, 2012. 
    • The Principal Investigator of a proposal must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (on the date proposals are due)
  • What is the budget and duration? 
    • Up to $170,000 in total costs per year for three (3) years
    • Additional funds (beyond the basic $170,000 yearly amount) for capital equipment which enhances the Young Investigator's proposed research may be requested for the first budget period based on the needs of the research.
    • As an incentive for becoming involved with other Department of the Navy research activities, the Office of the Director of Research of ONR may match on a 1-for-1 basis, the first $25,000 of additional Department of the Navy funding which a successful applicant obtains each year to support additional, collaborative research with a Navy laboratory during the YIP award.
  • Additional Notes

FY 2018 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) - BAA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0002

  • Deadline 
    • Questions to the Sponsor Due - May 1, 2017 
    • Full Proposal Due - June 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time 
  • Who is eligible?
    • Principal investigators must be U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident by 01 October 2017 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:
    1. Received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree on 1 April 2012 or later; or,
    2. Received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree between 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2012 and:
      • have served as a Tenure-track faculty member for no more than two years prior to 1 April 2017; or,
      • held two consecutive post-doc positions; or,
      • held one post-doc and research associate position.
  • 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

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) Program - DARPA-RA-16-05

  • Deadline - January 18, 2018 (anticipated)
  • 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?
    • $500,000 in total costs for 24 months
    • A limited number of YFA performers will be awarded a “Director’s Fellowship” with a maximum of an additional $500,000 in follow-on funding for an additional estimated 12-month period. 
    • 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 anticipates soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, materials, mathematics, biology, computing, informatics, social science, robotics, neuroscience and manufacturing of interest to DARPA’s Technology Offices.

Army Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) - W911NF-12-R-0012-03

  • Deadline
    • Open; whitepapers and proposals will be considered until and including March 31, 2017
  • 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).

New Investigator Awards, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

  • Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Career Development Award  

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal (required) - September 12, 2017
      • Final Proposal (invitation not required) - September 28, 2017 
    • Who is eligible?
      • The PI must be an independent, early-career researcher or physician-scientist within 10 years after completion of his/her terminal degree
      • A minimum of 30% (3.6 person-months) protected time for the proposed research is required
    • What is the budget and duration?
      • Direct costs for the entire period of performance will not exceed $360,000 over 3 years.
      • Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. (Check UNM current F&A rate HERE.)
    • Additional Notes
      • Clinical trials are not allowed. 
      • Research Applications in the areas of breast, prostate, lung (excluding mesothelioma), or ovarian cancer will not be accepted. 
      • Applications must address at least one of the Topic Areas as directed by Congress:
        • Bladder cancer; Melanoma and other skin cancers; Colorectal cancer; Mesothelioma; Immunotherapy; Neuroblastoma; Kidney cancer; Pancreatic cancer; Listeria vaccine for cancer; Pediatric brain tumors; Liver cancer; Stomach cancer; Lymphoma; Brain cancer; Cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults
  • Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) Career Development Award

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal (required) - September 13, 2017
      • Full Proposal (invitation not required) -  September 27, 2017
    • Who is eligible?
      • The PI must be an independent investigator at the level of Assistant Professor, Instructor, or equivalent; and be within 5 years of his/her first faculty appointment (or equivalent) by the time of the application submission deadline. 
      • A minimum of 40% (4.8 person-months) of protected time for lung cancer research is required.
      • The PI must not have received more than $300,000 in total direct costs for previous or concurrent lung cancer research as a PI.
    • What is the budget and duration?
      • ​​Direct costs for the entire period of performance will not exceed $250,000 over 2 years.
      • Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. (Check UNM current F&A rate HERE.)
    • Additional Notes
      • Clinical trials are not allowed.
      • Applications must address at least one of the seven Areas of Emphasis listed below:
        • Identify or develop noninvasive or minimally invasive tools to improve the detection of the initial stages of lung cancer.
        • Identify, develop, and/or build upon already existing tools for screening or early detection of lung cancer. Screening may include, but is not limited to, imaging modalities, biomarkers, genetics/genomics/proteomics/metabolomics/transcriptomics, and assessment of risk factors.
        • Understand the molecular mechanisms of initiation and progression to clinically significant lung cancer.
        • Identify innovative strategies for prevention and treatment of early and/or localized lung cancer.
        • Understand predictive and prognostic markers to identify responders and nonresponders.
        • Understand susceptibility or resistance to treatment.
        • Understand contributors to lung cancer development other than tobacco.
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP) Career Development Award

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal (required) - October 4, 2017
      • Full Proposal (invitation not required) - October 18, 2017
    • Who is eligible to apply?
      • The PI must be an independent, early-career research- or physician-scientist with a PhD, MD, or equivalent, at least 2 years post terminal degree at the time of application submission (excluding time spent in residency or on family medical leave), and exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in Duchenne research. Physician-scientists must have clinical duties and/or responsibilities.
      • A minimum of 30% (3.6 person-months) of protected time for Duchenne research is required.
      • PI must not have received more than $300,000 in total direct costs (cumulative) for previous or concurrent muscular dystrophy research as a PI.
    • What is the budget and duration?
      • Direct costs for the entire period of performance will not exceed $275,000 over 2 years
      • Indirect costs are to be budgeted in accordance with the organization’s negotiated rate. (Check UNM current F&A rate HERE.)
    • Additional Notes
      • Clinical trials are not allowed.
      • All applications for the FY17 DMDRP funding opportunities must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:
        • Cardiac studies, including identifying mechanisms of pathology and therapeutic interventions
        • Clinical studies, novel interventions, and drug and biologic delivery technologies designed to improve clinical care and quality of life in areas such as:
          • Cognitive function
          • Endocrinology
          • Gastrointestinal issues
          • Immunology
          • Orthopaedics
          • Psychosocial issues
          • Pulmonology (including sleep-focused studies)
          • Skeletal muscle
        • Assessment of clinical trial tools and outcome measures, such as:
          • Discovery and qualification of pharmacodynamic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers
          • Novel clinical outcome assessments
          • Patient-centered outcomes, e.g., quality of life, activities of daily living
          • Potential surrogate markers
        • Extension or expansion of existing preclinical translational data in support of a specific therapeutic development path (including drug exposure, independent replication, and comparative studies)