Junior Faculty Opportunities

Some funding opportunities are designed to provide research support junior faculty who are in the early stages of their research careers.

Below is a curated list of programs, many of which recur annually, intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty—typically those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. Please consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines.

Often junior faculty funding opportunities limit the number of proposals that MIT is able to submit. In these cases, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) coordinates an internal competition to identify these proposals. For many of these, nominations are required to be submitted only by department heads or lab directors.

Please also visit our listings for other Limited Junior Funding opportunities, along with all other Limited Opportunities.

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 Description Terms
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. One 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. One 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. One 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 Institution.  $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