AAAS Awards for the following categories: Public Engagement with ScienceEarly Career Award for Public Engagement with ScienceScience Diplomacy, Scientific Freedom and ResponsibilityNewcomb Cleveland Prize, and the Philip Hauge Abelson Prize. Nominations for all awards due by Aug 1:

Winners receive monetary prize, commemorative plaque, complimentary registration and reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual meeting to receive the prize. Science Diplomacy Prize includes chance to publish in Science & Diplomacy about his or her achievements. See individual award pages for detailed information about eligibility.


National Ataxia Foundation Young Investigator Award for clinical and scientific investigators to pursue careers in ataxia research. Four 1-year grants up to $50,000. LOI due by Aug 1:

Candidates must have attained an MD or PhD degree, and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc or clinical fellow. Individuals at the Associate Professor level are not eligible. Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying. PhDs must be no more than five years from end of the completion of their post-doc training.


$3.7 million funding for fellowships and grants went to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in 2017–18 from AAUW Fellowships, apps open Aug 1 for new 2018-19 funding:

American Fellowships due 11/15; International Fellowships due 12/1; Career Development Grants due 12/15; Community Action Grants due 1/15


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards support candidates who have begun academic careers as independent investigators in neurosciences related to multiple sclerosis. Maximum funding $30,000 first year, increasing to $40,000 by last year of five-year award. Pre-application due Aug 8:

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register on the online portal ( and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to their goals. For more information, please contact:


AAAS Mentor Awards offers awards in two categories: Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award, both honoring individuals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities. Nominations due by August 15:

Recognizes an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. This can be documented not only with quantitative data, but may also be demonstrated through the student and colleague letters of support.


The American Psychiatric Association is inviting applications for its Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological PsychiatryDue Aug 15:

Recognizes a senior researcher who has made a significant contribution to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor. An award is also made to support the career development of a young research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the award winner. Funded by the estate of Dorothy C. Kempf. The senior researcher and young research psychiatrist must be: Psychiatrists and Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. or Canada. Prize: $1,500 to the senior researcher awardee; $20,000 to the awardee’s protégé; Engraved Plaque.


Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Medical Research Awards funds innovative, translational proposals and independent early-career investigators. $75,000.00/3yrs. Due Aug 17:

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation funds cutting-edge research in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers of the blood and supports research that focuses on cancer prevention, detection, and treatments that are most likely to be translated into clinical trials within a 3 – 5 year period. Annual Medical Research Awards total $225,000 and are given over a three-year period.


Launching late August: The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering.

Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Entrants suggest new “Big Ideas” for future investment. Open to all. Public comments; blue-ribbon panel. Best ideas receive public recognition, cash prizes, and other awards.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program to advance breakthroughs for the treatment of pediatric blood cancers, $600k/3yrs. LOI due Aug 31:

Two special initiatives: Pediatric Blood Cancer Initiative and  Snowdome competitive grants. To submit an application, visit the LLS Research Portal. For inquiries or to create an account, contact


National Institutes of Health and Lasker Foundation offer the 2018 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program with 8 to 10 years of funding for clinical researchers. Due Aug 31:

The program is for investigators at the early stages of their independent careers, and at the time of application, candidates must be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training, will have completed or will be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a
tenure-track level appointment. Questions can be directed to Dr. Charles Dearolf, Director of Intramural Program Development and Support, at


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.


Pew Biomedical Scholars offering $75,000 per year for a four-year period. One nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Check with your office of sponsored research for details

For the awards to be made in 2019, one nomination will be invited from the presidents of the following 177 institutions, which have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research, and which have been recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the program. Institutions that would like to be considered for invitation may contact Kara Coleman at


Department of Defense Kidney Cancer Research Program (KCRP) supports kidney research of exceptional scientific merit. Apply for one of many awards: Concept, Idea Development, Physicians Research, Technology Development, Translational Research. Due dates TBA: 

Pre-application (Letter of Intent) and application deadlines will be available when the Program Announcements are released. Funding details vary by award and are available for both early career and established investigators.



Scleroderma Foundation New Investigator Grant for research related to systemic sclerosis. Applicants may request up to $50,000 for up to three years. Due Sept 17:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine or one of the sciences; and must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship by the grant award date. Investigators who have questions about eligibility should contact the Scleroderma Foundation at (800) 722-4673 for more information. 



Applications open for the 2019 Sartorius & Science $25k Prize in Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy for researchers focused on basic or translational research via @SartoriusGlobal and @sciencemagazine. Due Oct 1:

Submit a 1,000-word essay describing your research and its implications for regenerative medicine and cell immunotherapy as well as supporting documents. Entries can be made in the fields of regenerative medicine, cell therapy, gene therapy, immunotherapy as well as materials and tissue engineering. Scientists who have received his or her PhD|MD within the past 10 years may apply. The winner is awarded US$25,000 and a publication of his or her essay in Science. This Grand Prize essay and those of up to three runners-up are also published on Science Online.


Whitehall Foundation, Grants-in-Aid funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year. LOI due Oct 1 for Spring and April 15 for Fall session:

Must be an Assistant Professor or higher, hold Principal Investigator status, and be considered an independent investigator.


NCATS is offering two new Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN) program funding opportunities to support collaborative clinical research on Rare Diseases. Apply by Oct 9:

The Center is accepting applications for Rare Diseases Clinical Research Consortia  and a Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC):
The RDCRN is intended to advance the diagnosis, management and treatment of rare diseases with a focus on clinical trial readiness. Each consortium will promote highly collaborative, multi-site, patient-centric, translational and clinical research with the intent of addressing unmet clinical trial readiness needs. 
The DMCC manages the collection, storage and quality control of clinical research data for the network. The RDCRN will emphasize data standards, which will facilitate data sharing among its members and others outside the network also studying rare diseases.


American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiology Research supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum for up to four years and for up to $200,000 per year (direct costs), plus 20% allowable indirect costs. Due October 15 and April 1:

Send requests for evaluation of eligibility and any questions to Requests for review about eligibility must be received no later than 6 weeks before to the application submission deadline. That’s by September 1 for the October 15 deadline and by February 15 for the April 1 deadline.


Spend 30 days away from your practice for intensive training on a wide range of health policy issues with the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program AmerUrological due Oct 13:

Applicants must be AUA member urologists who have demonstrated a commitment to or have a keen interest in the field of health policy and who are dedicated to advancing urology’s health policy agenda. Applications open Summer 2018.



$25,000 fellowships for graduate students in child psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA) Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program, supporting research projects and scholarships in child psychology. Due Nov 15:     

To be eligible you must have completed doctoral candidacy at the time of application (documentation required),  demonstrated research competence and area commitment, and IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved. 


Coming up in 2019…

The ASTRO org Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Due Feb 2:

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. 


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