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Research Development

Early Career Investigators

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Private Foundation Funding Opportunities

Support for research early in a faculty member's career is of great importance. UCR's Office of Foundation Relations is pleased to provide early career faculty with a menu of private support  specifically focused on funders who understand the importance and impact that early career funding can have. 

The Office of Foundation Relations provides collaborative support and guidance for faculty seeking and stewarding private foundation support.   Please contact the Office of Foundation Relations at 951-827-7143 with questions or for additional support.

Additional Resources for proposal development can be found here.

Search for Opportunities

The opportunities listed are in alphabetical order within each discipline. As areas of focus and deadlines can shift, be sure to verify all deadlines and funding information with the foundation at their website, including any U.S. citizenship requirements.

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Discipline: All disciplines Approximate Deadline: November

AAUW is one of the nation's largest sources of private funding exclusively for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. Grants of $6,000 are available for an eight-week grant period. While many recipients, especially full-time faculty members, will use the awards during the summer, recipients may use the funds at any time during the fellowship year. An AAUW Americnaa Fellow is expected to pursue her project full time during the funding period. 

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: September

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty of outstanding promise in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or in a related interdisciplinary field. Awards are $50,000 for two years.

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: November

Award of $100,000 over two years for scientists and engineers who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment. The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are: 1.To support fundamental research in the petroleum field; and 2.To develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education.

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: November

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) $35,000 USD each will be made to a university in the name of the selected individual and for the researcher's exclusive use. In accepting this award, the institution will agree not to charge overhead on the funds. The objective of the awards is to promote academic research by young scientists in mass spectrometry.

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: September

This program supports young faculty in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. Grants may be in the range of $750,000 over four years.

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: February

The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

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Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: March/September

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international.

Human Science Frontier Program Organization/ Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants
Discipline: Chemistry Approximate Deadline: September

The program invites applications from selected universities and research institutions. Awards of $100,000 per year for three years support outstanding young scientists pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun their first appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1 of the year prior to the application year.

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Discipline: Communications Approximate Deadline: April

The award recognizes an outstanding young or mid-career faculty member in journalism or mass communication. Its recipient is awarded a stipend to be used toward work on a development or enrichment activity in any appropriate aspect of teaching, research or public service. The proposed activity should be true enrichment-oriented, not just to assist the recipient in his or her normal work or for attendance at a convention.

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Discipline: Computer Science Approximate Deadline: September

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Fellowships support fundamental research by early-career faculty of outstanding promise in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience or computational and evolutionary molecular biology, or in a related interdisciplinary field. Awards are $50,000 for two years.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/ Sloan Research Fellowships
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