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Department of Defense Early Career Funding Opportunities


Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigators Program (YIP) - N00014-16-S-FO15

  • Deadline 
    • Questions to the Sponsor Due - October 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time
    • Full Proposal Due - November 04, 2016 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 04 November 2011. 
    • 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 - April​ 5, 2017 (anticipated)
  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • Untenured Assistant or Associate Professors within five (5) years of appointment to a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education or equivalent at a non-profit science and technology research institution in the United States. 
    • Being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is not required
    • Previous YFA recipients are not eligible to apply to this or any future YFA program.
    • Applicants are limited to a maximum of three (3) applications to the DARPA YFA program during their term of eligibility.
  • 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. 
  • Additional Notes
    • Proposals should include a 24-month base period with the option of including a short summary of the proposed follow-on work for the estimated 12-month “Director’s Fellowship” option period. 
    • During the 24-month base period, a number of visits/exercises at a variety of DoD sites and facilities will be scheduled. These briefings and visits will provide YFA recipients a unique, firsthand exposure to DoD personnel and technologies in the field, issues faced by the Military Services in execution of their missions, and current National Security challenges.
      • Participation in all such opportunities is not a requirement; however, lack of participation may impact the award of the Director’s Fellowship.
      • Proposers are expected to include the necessary travel funds within the total budget of their proposal.

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) - June 8, 2016
      • Final Proposal (invited) - September 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • 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
  • Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) Career Development Award

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal (required) - June 9, 2016 
      • Full Proposal (invited) -  September 14, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • 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.
  • Gulf War Illness Research Program New Investigator Award

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal - October 6, 2016 
      • Full Proposal - October 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET 
    • Who is eligible to apply?
      • PIs may apply under one of the following three eligibility categories:
        • Transitioning Postdoctoral Fellow: Current senior postdoctoral fellows who have completed at least 3 years of postdoctoral training.
        • Early Career Investigator: Independent investigators who are within 5 years of their last training position.
        • New GWI Researcher: Independent investigators at all academic levels (or equivalent) who have received less than $300,000 in Federally funded, nonmentored funding for GWI research. 
      • PIs must be independent researchers without formal mentorship
      • PIs must not have received a New Investigator Award or similar career development award from any program within the CDMRP. 
    • What is the budget and duration?
      • Direct costs for the entire period of performance will not exceed $500,000 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. 
      • The GWIRP has a special interest in the exploration of the areas listed below; however, these areas are optional and the applicant may propose studies in any other area of GWI research:
        • Disruption in mitochondrial function including parameters/measures at both baseline and after challenge (stress, exercise, immune, etc.)
        • Disruption in neurological function (peripheral and central) including parameters/ measures at both baseline and after challenge (stress, exercise, immune, etc.)
        • Genetic factors predisposing some Gulf War Veterans to GWI including long-term (>20 years) reportable parameters
        • Abnormal immune system function in GWI including long-term (>20 years) reportable parameters
        • Symptom clusters and identification of mechanistic or diagnostic features specific to those clusters by multimodal “omic” investigations (e.g., molecular signatures from genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, or epigenetic technologies) 
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Program (DMDRP) Career Development Award

    • Deadline
      • Preproposal (required) - July 19, 2016 
      • Full Proposal (invited) - October 19, 2016, 11:59 p.m. ET
    • Who is eligible to apply?
      • PIs must be within 5 years after completion of his/her terminal degree.
      • 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 must address at least one of the following Focus Areas:
        • Cardiac studies including identifying mechanisms of pathology and therapeutic interventions
        • Clinical studies and novel interventions that could improve clinical care and quality of life, in areas such as:
          • Comorbidities, Endocrinology, Orthopedics, Gastrointestinal issues, Psychosocial issues, Cognitive function, Respiratory issues (including sleep-focused studies)
        • Assessment of clinical trial tools and outcome measures, such as:
          • Discovery and qualification of pharmacodynamic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers
          • Evaluating surrogate markers
          • Evaluating potential composite scores for outcomes assessment
          • Patient-centered outcomes, e.g., quality of life, activities of daily living
        • Extension or expansion of existing preclinical translational data in support of a specific therapeutic development path (including independent replication and comparative studies)