Annual Junior Faculty Opportunities

For certain funding opportunities, the Institute as a whole can submit a finite number of applications. These submissions require institutional nomination or endorsement and/or limit the number of applicants from each institution.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) coordinates an internal competition and selection process for these solicitations where a limited number of applications are accepted. The process for applying for each opportunity will usually consist of a brief 1-3 page proposal, the PI’s CV and a preliminary budget.

A Selection Committee, comprised of the Vice President for Research, the Dean of the School of Engineering and the Dean of the School of Science, determine which project or applicant has the greatest likelihood of success for the given solicitation and should therefore be selected as the Institute’s nominee. The Selection Committee consults with Department Heads, Lab Directors and/or other faculty for input, as needed.

Click here for the list of Current Restricted Solicitations.

List of foundations and federal agencies who offer funds exclusively for Junior Faculty (usually within their first 3 years of a tenure track position).

Date Name of Awards UR* Description Terms Web site address
January final due date.

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program


For young faculty. Nominees should hold faculty level appointments but be untenured (support will be reconsidered if tenure is awarded) Candidates should show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. 1 nominee per institution.  

$110K/year for 5 years

February final due date.

Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award


Contribute to the advancement of medical education and medical science by promoting the development of interdisciplinary sciences related to human health by supporting interactions between productive scientists both in the United States and abroad. 1 application per institution. 

$250K, 10% used for indirect costs

March final due date.

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engingeering


Creative researcher, early in their careers, who are engaged in research in the natural sciences or engineering. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology,astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Two nominations per Institution. 

$875K over 5 years, $17.5K for admin costs

April final due date.

Dana Foundation: David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program


Foundation's neuroimaging program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health and prevent and treat disease. 1 application per institution. 

$200,000 over 3 years, 10% can be used to purchase equipment

LOI due in JULY; November final due date.

PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences


The purpose of the program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The awards are intended to provide assured support for junior members of the faculty early in their careers (not more than 3 years), as they establish their laboratories. Applicants cannot have overlapping funding from Searle Scholars, Rita Allen, Burroughs Welcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, Beckman Young Investigator Award, Ellison New Scholar Award and Kimmel Scholar Award. One nomination per Institute. 

$60K per year for 4 years

September final due date.

Searle Scholar


Assistant prof. independent research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences. (2 NOMINEES) 

$100K/yr for 3 years

September final due date.

Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research


Basic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neuroscience.  (2 NOMINEES) New rules 2010--2 Nominees in Science, 2 Nominees Engineering. 

$100K/yr for 3 years inclusive of 5% indirect costs

October final due date.

Paul G Allen Distinguished Investigator Award


The award seeks to create a cohort of investigators to pursue new pioneering research in academic settings answering broad scientific questions. 2 nominees per institution. Bi-annual award. 

$1.5M over 3 years

October final due date.

Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program


The program will provide research support to promising young faculty in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. LOI are required. Faculty will be invited to submit full proposal. 

Up to $750,000 over 4 years

October final due date.

Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems


The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help launch the theoretical research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment.  (2 candidates allowed.)

$100,000/year for 5 years; $10,000 to candidate department; $20,000 indirect costs