Check in often for a current list of national research funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines.


Submit highly scored unfunded applications to OnPAR, which provides innovative and exceptional research applications a second opportunity for funding:

After registration, sign in using username and password. Enter the Title and the Funding Agency log number or identification number of the proposal abstract you are submitting. Copy and paste your abstract into the Abstract Box. Add remarks to be included for Funder review. Please include the Peer Review score. Submit. Funders will request application materials and a summary statement from invited applicants.

American Diabetes Association Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MUI) designed to provide a mentored diabetes research experience to undergraduate minority* students who are underrepresented in biomedical research. Funding:$3,000 stipend. Due: Rolling Submissions Reviewed Upon Receipt.

Current Association-funded investigators may apply for a stipend to support the training of a minority* undergraduate student working in their laboratory.


Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Biologics Research Grant offers seed money for new investigators conducting research on biologic skeletal reconstruction, including implants and stem cells. Award: $98,000. Due: December 4

PI or Co-PI must be an orthopaedic surgeon. PhDs and DVMs are eligible if affiliated with an orthopaedic department.

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Goldberg Arthritis Research Grant encourages new investigators by providing seed and start-up funding for promising research projects that address issues related to the treatment of arthritis with an emphasis on arthroplasty. Award: $50,000. Due: December 13.

Eligible applicant: PI or Co-PI must be an orthopaedic surgeon. PhDs and DVMs are eligible if affiliated with an orthopaedic department and working with an orthopaedic surgeon.​

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Epidemiology Grants support investigators pursuing research studies in human populations using epidemiological approaches aimed at improving understanding of childhood cancer.  Applications due Dec 16.  Funding for two years at maximum of $100,000 per year:


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Young Investigator Grants support scientists in the early stages of their research careers who have outstanding mentorship and demonstrate a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation.  Applications due Dec 16.  Funding for three years at maximum of $50,000 per year:

Career Development Institute for Psychiatry is now accepting applications for the 2020 CDI Workshop.  CDI provides training and mentorship to promising early-career mental health researchers just beginning their academic careers.  Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel to the four-day workshop, hotel room, and most meals.  Next 4-Day Workshop is April 19 – 22, 2020 at Pittsburgh, PA.  Applications due Dec 20:

Login or Regiistration required.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including those from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged. If accepted into the program, participants will be required to complete a series of exercises online prior to attendance at the workshop as well as participate in bi-monthly online mentoring and webinars for 18 months after the workshop, for a total of a 24-month commitment from January 2019 through December 2020.


Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) offering 2-yr $300,000 APSF/FAER joint Mentored Research Training Grant to develop the next generation of perioperative patient safety scientists. Aims to help anesthesiologists to develop the skills and preliminary data they need to become independent investigators in the field of anesthesia patient safety. LOI Due Jan 1:

LOI submission window will open on December 1, 2019

National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds high-risk pilot grants to quickly test novel ideas. Funding is provided for one year to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.  Pre-Application due Jan 6.

Researchers who have completed their post-doctoral training, and who are considered eligible by their institutions to apply for a research grant, are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students or residents, are not eligible for support under this program

The Brain Research Foundation’s Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program provides startup funding for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding. $80,000 in direct costs for a two-year period to full-time Assistant and Associate Professors. Must be nominated by your institution; see your local office of research or grants and contracts for details. Letter of Intent due Jan 7:

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative offers four-year awards of up to $1.3 million, including 20% indirect costs, to investigators with independent lab space to investigate key unresolved research questions in autism, particularly those that connect genetic etiologies to brain function and behavior. Applications due Jan 10:

The Parkinson’s Foundation-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award supports new investigators for a two-year project in patient-oriented research in Parkinson’s or other parkinsonian disorders under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. $100,000 funds only direct costs. Applications due Jan 10:

Award of $100,000 per year for 2 years with the second year contingent on meeting milestones for year 1.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) Early Career Research Grants support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers training to conduct psoriatic disease research independently. Up to eight grants to be awarded. Applicants may request up to $50,000 (direct costs only) for one year. Applications due Jan 13:

Eligible applicants include graduate students dedicating at least 50% of their time to research, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, graduate students, and other trainee level positions. The applicant need not be a United States citizen and the research need not take place in the United States.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada.  Applications due Jan 15:

Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid program is funds researchers conducting basic research in neurobiology at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established.  Grants-in-Aid are one-year grants of not more than $30,000. Letter of Intent Due Jan 15:


Whitehall Foundation Research Grants fund scientists of all ages conducting basic research in neurobiology and working at accredited institutions in the United States. Grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year for up to three years. Letter of Intent Due Jan 15:

The Whitehall Foundation does not award funds to investigators who have substantial existing or potential support, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. Investigators must hold Principal Investigator status and must be considered an “independent investigator” with his/her own dedicated lab space or with lab space independent of another investigator. The Foundation is currently specifically interested in investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

The Parkinson’s Foundation Clinical Research Award supports the research expenses of a clinician scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s disease.  Award is for $200,000 total over two years.  Clinician scientists of all stages (from fellows to established faculty) may apply but preference will be given to the support of junior investigators.  Letter of intent due Jan 21.

Up to 10% of the award total, i.e., $20,000, may be used to defray indirect costs.  Salary support is permitted but for no more than 40% of the recipient’s salary and capped at $50,000 per year.


The 2020 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship identifies five exceptional U.S.-based female postdoctoral scientists who are granted $60,000 each to advance their research as well as mentorship, career coaching, media training, and access to a robust network of fellow female scientists. A $100,000 grant is also awarded to one laureate from Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Arab States each year. Application period begins on December 2019 and runs until Feb 1:

Two Phase Process.  Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident, have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by 2/1/20 – other eligibility details at link above. (2020 applications available in November 2019)

Leukemia Research Foundation’s Hollis Brownstein Research Grants exclusively funds New Investigators – individuals beginning to establish their own laboratories that are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. Amounts up to $100,000 for one year. Letters of Intent due Feb 7:

Full applications are by invitation only. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens. Research projects from outside the U.S. are eligible.

The’s Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Applications due Feb 7:

Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology. 

Organization for Autism Research’s Graduate Research Grant Competition offers grant awards of $1,000 for students conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates or post-doctoral students. Applications due Feb 10.

North American Spine Society (NASS) Research Grants and Young Investigator Grants provide between $20,000-$40,000 per year for research focused on basic science, clinical or translational research in furthering understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing novel models for prevention and/or treatment of spine related diseases. Letter of Proposal due Feb 10.

In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year.

The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience supports Early-Career Investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. $225,000 is payable over a three-year period. Application due Feb 15:

To qualify investigators must hold the PhD and/or MD degrees, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training.  Must have a tenure track appointment or equivalent.

Foundation for Anesthesia’s Education and Research Mentored Research Training Grants provide $250,000 over two years to help anesthesiologists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications and research publications needed to become independent investigators. Applications due Feb 15:

Open to anesthesiology faculty members who have completed their core anesthesiology residencies within the past 10 years. Requires 75% protected research time.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Stem Cell Investigator Awards provide $1.5M over 5 years to Early-Career Investigators for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. Applications due Feb 19:

Candidates must be MD, PhD, DPhil and be within 5 years of starting a faculty or comparable position on June 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted through the online grant management system.

Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO: Endowed Young Investigator Award in Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) provides a one-year grant totaling $50,000 to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality clinical research in MCL. The purpose of this award is to fund physicians during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. Applications due Jan 7:

Applicants must be a physician (MD, DO, or international equivalent) working in any country and currently in the last two years of his/her final subspecialty training at an academic medical institution and within 10 years of obtaining his/her medical degree at the time of grant submission be an ASCO member or have submitted a membership application with the grant application

Emergency Medicine Foundation various awards. Applications Due Feb 7:

Awards in several areas: Mid-Career Development, Early Career Development, Pilot Research, and others.

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