Texas Tech University

New Faculty Grants


Funding Opportunities for New and Young Faculty

These programs are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor. Consult each program's web page for more detailed information and current deadlines.

Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), National Institute of Food and Agriculture


The Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants component of this program includes funding for new investigators. A new investigator is defined as an individual who is beginning his/her career, does not have an extensive scientific publication record, and has less than five years postgraduate, career-track experience. The new investigator may not have received competitively awarded Federal research funds with the exception of pre- or postdoctoral research grants or USDA NRI or AFRI Seed Grants.


varies by program area

Department of Defense

Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research


ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals may request up to $170,000 per year for three years


early January

Young Investigator Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research


The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Each award will be funded at the $120,000 level for three years. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and longer duration.


July or August

Young Faculty Award, DARPA


The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA's program development process. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.



Broad Agency Announcement - Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office


The ARO Young Investigator Program is included in the ARO Section of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcement for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. This program is open to U.S. citizens, Nationals, and 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. YIP awards are up to $50,000 per year for three years.



Department of Energy

Early Career Research Program, Office of Science


Supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. Applicants must be no more than ten years beyond the Ph.D. at the deadline for the application.


September for required preapplication, November for application

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship


The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics. The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories.


JANUARY 11,2017


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science (ROSES program element), NASA


The New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science, directed towards scientists and/or engineers within five years of their receipt of a terminal degree, is solicited every two years. (It is included in ROSES-2015.) Proposers can address research, applied sciences, data management, computing, and/or technology issues. The average anticipated award is $80,000-$90,000 per year for a period of up to three years.


varies; applications are solicited every two years

Early Career Faculty (ECF)


NASA Headquarters released the ECF solicitation as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA NRA, Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015). The solicitation is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates and STMD.



National Institutes of Health

New and Early Stage Investigator Policies, NIH


In general, a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is considered a New Investigator if he/she has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award. In 2009, NIH instituted a new adjunct to the New Investigator policies involving the identification of Early Stage Investigators. ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants. The NIH New and Early Stage Investigator page includes.

National Science Foundation

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, NSF


The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding researchers and educators who effectively integrate teaching, learning and discovery. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period except for the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) or the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). For proposals submitted to BIO or OPP, the minimum award size is $500,000 over five years.



Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)


It is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants in the PI role from any institution or agency, including from the CAREER program or any other award post-PhD.



Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP): Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research


PGRP supports activities in four focus areas in FY 2015, including (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research.




ACS – Petroleum research fund – (various windows)

David and Lucile Packard Foundation(Limited Submission)

Pew Biomedical Scholars(Limited Submission)

Sloan Foundation

US – Israel Binational Science Foundation

Research Foundation Cottrell Scholars

Alex's Lemonade Stand (Childhood Cancer Research)

American Cancer Society – (April and October)

American Heart Association

Beckman Young Investigator program - September

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards program – (February, Limited Submission)

Leukemia Research Foundation

James S McDonnell Foundation

National Ataxia Foundation

American Federation for Aging Research

Puffin Foundation

Bruner Foundation

Mountaineer Foundation

Greenwall Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tourette Association of America

Plastic Surgery Foundation

McKnight Endowment

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiatives

Laura and John Arnold Foundation

American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Research and Education Foundation

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (2 rfps)

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

PSC Partners Seeking a Cure

American Physical Therapy Association

Lalor Foundation

Paralyzed Veterans of America

American College Health Foundation

National League of Nursing

Massage Therapy Foundation

Allergy Asthma and Immunology Education Research Organization

Bay Area Lyme Foundation

Simons Foundation

American Psychological Association