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.


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 7.

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 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 8.

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 January 11.

Edge for Scholars is awarding $1,000 for travel to Translational Science 2019 (March 5-8, 2019) hosted by Association for Clinical and Translational Science.  Be the author of the most viewed post, sharing useful tips and insights for thriving in academic research and you win!  Deadline is Jan 15.

The Parkinson’s Foundation-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award supports new investigators for a one-year project in patient-oriented research in Parkinson’s or other parkinsonian disorders under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. $50,000 funds only direct costs. Applications due Jan 18.

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 16.

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 22.

The AAI Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP) provides early-career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors, who are committed to a career in biomedical research, with the opportunity to learn about and participate in the public policy and legislative activities of AAI.  Deadline is Jan 22.  

Up to 10 Fellows are selected to participate annually. Fellows serve from May 1st of their selection year to April 30th of the following year.


The 2019 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. Application period begins on December 3, 2018 and runs until February 1, 2019:

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 2/1/19 – other eligibility details at link above.

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. Letters of Intent due Feb 1, 2019.

Full applications are by invitation only

The Marfan Foundation Early Investigator Grant Program provides financial support for early investigators studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Loeys Dietz syndrome and other related disorders. Three two-year grants for $37,500 per year for a total of $75,000 per grant are awarded for basic or clinical research. Application Deadline is Feb 1.

Applications must be submitted via Marfan Foundation’s website

The 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 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. 

Organization for Autism Research 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 11.

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 11.

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 Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training. 

Foundation for Anesthesia 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’s 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 20

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

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