Research Funding

NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

LOI Deadline:  August 22, 2017
Amount:  up to $250,000/year
Eligibility:  Only up to two applications per institution are allowed

he NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards initiative is funded through the NIH Common Fund, which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact. All Common Fund initiatives invite investigators to develop bold, innovative, and often risky approaches to address major problems that are especially daunting or to seize new opportunities that offer the potential for rapid progress.

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit by post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. For these select investigators, who have established a record of scientific innovation and research productivity and who have demonstrated unusual leadership, drive, and maturity, post-doctoral training would unnecessarily delay their entry into performing independent research. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research-oriented position. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards also provide an opportunity for institutions to invigorate their research programs by bringing in the fresh perspectives of the awardees that they host.

The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects all of its efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups; to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the Nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.  Applicant institutions are always encouraged to consider talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women for participation in all NIH-funded research opportunities.

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MS Career Transition Fellowships

MS Research Funding Opportunity:
Career Transition Fellowship
Preliminary Application Due MAY 10

The National MS Society is seeking proposals from promising investigators to train and transition into research careers focused on multiple sclerosis:

Career Transition Fellowships

Preliminary applications due May 10; full applications due August 16

The Career Transition Fellowship targets current postdoctoral trainees who demonstrate both commitment and exceptional potential to conduct MS-related research.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent) and must be in a research-oriented postdoctoral training program at an academic, government, or non-profit research institution.

Applicants must have between three to five years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

The award provides approximately $550,000 over five years to support a two-year period of advanced postdoctoral training in MS research and the first three years of research support in a new faculty appointment.

To submit a preliminary application for research support, investigators must use our Apply Online site and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-applications and selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Deadline: Preliminary application due May 10; Full application due August 16

Read more about this funding opportunity and access instructions for applying

The Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

Traumatic experiences have become an almost routine part of everyday existence for boys and young men of color. African American and Latino males are more likely to experience pervasive and chronic discrimination, neglect, racism, violence, and poverty. The cumulative impact of these traumatic experiences can be fundamentally life-altering for individuals as well as entire communities.

RWJF has worked through a broad set of investments, collectively called Forward Promise, to expand the potential for boys and young men of color, ages 12-24. Focusing on opportunity—instead of risk factors—Forward Promise aims to ensure that these young men heal, grow, and thrive in the face of the chronic stress and trauma.

The Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects funding opportunity seeks applications from organizations and/or institutions with existing programs that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported approaches that promote both individual healing and take a structural approach to change policies and practices that are causes of trauma for entire groups of young men of color. 

Learn more about eligibility, key dates, and upcoming applicant webinars >