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American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – AACR – Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowship
  • Due: Priority due date February 28, 2021 for funding this cycle; Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To support early-career clinical scientists interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to clinical trial design and execution in relation to the pharmaceutical industry, to include areas such as clinical development, drug development, clinical research, clinical trial design, and data analysis.
  • Eligibility: Applicant must hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD). Non-U.S. applicants must ensure there is enough time to complete project and grant term before visa expires.
Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPath to a Cure: Industry Award with LOI
  • Due: LOI submission rolling
  • Funding: Negotiable
  • Project period:  Not specified
  • Purpose: To support development of treatments for the underlying cause of the disease and, ultimately, a cure for CF.
  • Eligibility Notes: Matching funding required. U.S.-based and non U.S.-based research and development focused companies welcome to apply. Milestone completion and subsequent funding requirement.
Immune Tolerance Network
  • Due: Open; Concept Proposals accepted year-round
    • Full applications accepted by invitation
  • Funding: Not specified
  • Project period: Not specified
  • Purpose: To fund research in 1) allergy & asthma, 2) autoimmune diseases, 3) kidney & liver transplantation, and 4) assays & biomarkers.
  • Note: ITN does not accept proposals for non-human or preclinical studies.
NIH/NHLBI – Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)
  • Due: Rolling; pre-applications priority through March 31, 2021
    • Full applications accepted by invitation
  • Funding: All-expense-paid Summer Institute Program via NHLBI
  • Project period: One summer
  • Purpose: To provide mentoring to junior investigators and transitioning postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds. Distinct programs offered across multiple campuses.
  • Eligibility: 1) U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2) holds doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DO, DVM); 3) from a group that is underrepresented in biomedical or health sciences; 4) research focus on heart, lung, blood or sleep (HLBS) disorders; and 5) hold formal faculty appointment before start of Summer Institute Program.
NIH/NIAID – Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplements (PCTAS)
  • Due: Rolling; submit 30 days before targetted review date
    • Anticipated review in Nov, Feb, Apr, May
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 for technician salary
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: To maintain productivity for a postdoc who is caring for children or ailing relative. Funds to be used for personnel to assist postdoc.
  • Eligibility: Lab PI must have NIAID-funded P/U/R grant with at least 1 year remaining.
NIH – Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients and Scholars
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 direct costs
  • Project period: Up to 1 year
  • Purpose: To sustain mentored investigator’s research during critical life events. Applications may be submitted in advance of a known event or after the fact.
  • Note: Funds can be used for staff, supplies, or equipment within the original scope of research for the currently-funded grant period.
NIH/NIGMS – Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Not specified
  • Project period: Within project period of active grant
  • Purpose: To enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdocs, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds.
  • Note: As of January 2021, NIGMS accepts applications to support faculty-level investigators developing independent research careers. Faculty who haven’t previously served as program director or principal investigator on NIH research grant, individual research career development award, or project leader of a NIH award subproject.
NIH – Administrative Supplement for Continuity of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Among First-Time Recipients of NIH Research Project Grant Awards
  • Due: Varies by awarding IC
  • Funding: Up to $50,000 direct costs
  • Project period: Up to 1 year
  • Purpose: To enhance the retention of investigators facing critical life events who are approaching the first renewal of their first independent grant or to a second new NIH grant.
NIH/NIDDK – Administrative Supplements to Support Emerging Physician-Scientists to Develop Research Expertise in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
  • Due: February 3, 2021; February 3, 2022; February 3, 2023
  • Funding: Up to $100,000 salary support, and $25,000 supplies
  • Project period: 2 years
  • Purpose: To support advanced research opportunities for physician-scientists holding the MD or equivalent or MD/PhD degrees, and who are early in their research careers.
  • Eligibility Notes: PD/PIs of an active R01, U01, U54, R18, RC2, DP1 or P01 award from NIDDK’s DDEMD are eligible to apply if they have at least 2 years of support remaining in the current project period.
NIH – Temporary Eligibility Extensions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
National Institutes of Health – Career Development (K) Awards
  • New Applications due: annually on February 12, June 12, October 12
  • Renewal/Revision/Resubmission: annually on March 12, July 12, November 12
National Institutes of Health – Individual Fellowship (F) Awards
  • All Types Due: annually on April 8, August 8, December 8


Alex’s Lemonade StandCrazy 8 Initiative
  • Due: LOI due April 26, 2021
  • Funding: $3 million to $5 million
  • Project period: Not specified
  • Purpose: To support large-scale, cross-disciplinary, innovative research that leads to novel immunotherapies, and pediatric cancer drug targets in addition to other pilot projects related to eight key areas of need targeted in the Crazy 8 Initiative. Projects involving innovative studies of high-grade gliomas, nonmedulloblastoma embryonal brain tumors, non-Ewing Sarcoma fusion-positive sarcomas, fusion-negative sarcomas, big data and/or catalyzing clinical trials will be given priority.
  • Eligibility: MD, PhD or MD/PhD or equivalent with faculty appointment at an academic institution required, with an established track record of publication and success with previously funded projects. Funds will be granted to nonprofit institutions or organizations.


American Society of Hematology Bridge Grant
  • Due: May 3, 2021
  • Funding: $150,000
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To provide support to scientists in the hematology who have received an NIH score for an R01 grant which has not been funded.
  • Eligibility: The applicant must have submitted to the NIH in the past 18 months a hematology-related R01 or R01-equivalent application that was scored but not funded. The applicant must be an ASH member in good standing and plan to maintain membership for the duration of the award term. The applicant must hold a faculty position at an academic institution or the equivalent position at a non-profit research organization. The applicant must have the commitment of their institution to match $50,000 in funds.
American Society of Hematology Scholar Awards
  • Due: May 3, 2021 (LOI)
  • Funding: $100,000 to $150,000
  • Project period: 2 to 3 years
  • Purpose: Three types of funding opportunities available (Fellow Scholar Award, Fellow to Faculty Scholar Award and Junior Faculty Scholar Award) to help early-career scientists gain research experience required to launch independent investigators.
  • Eligibility: Awards vary by research experience gained after terminal degree for MD/DO applicants from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 13 years. Assistant Professor or equivalent must apply for Junior Faculty Award regardless of research experience. Note: U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency required, but work can be conducted outside of either country.
Simons Foundation – Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science
  • Due: May 3, 2021
  • Funding: $750,000
  • Project period: Up to 3 years
  • Purpose: To support research that will produce foundational knowledge of neurobehavioral differences linked to ASD, which will lay the groundwork for the development and refinement of tools needed for translational efforts like biomarkers and outcome measures.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent faculty or equivalent position at a college, university, medical school for research facility, public or private institutions. No citizenship or country restrictions.
Russell Sage Foundation Research Grants
  • Due: May 4, 2021
  • Funding: $35,000 up to $175,000
  • Project period: 2 years
  • Purpose: To support novel research that uses insights and methods across social sciences disciplines to improve social and living conditions in the United States.
  • Eligibility: Applicants (PIs and Co-PIs must have doctorate. Early career scholars strongly encouraged to apply for Presidential grants or Pipeline Competition. All nationalities eligible and do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of proposed research must be on the U.S.
Simons Foundation 2021 Pilot Award
  • Due: May 6, 2021 LOI submission
  • Funding: $300,000
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: To support innovative research leading to better understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Projects of great interest include research linking genetic or other ASD risk factors to molecular, cellular, circuit or behavioral mechanisms that will lead to the development of novel interventions. Laboratory-based or real-world measures of behavior (i.e., wearables/”digital phenotyping”) project proposals accepted.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent faculty or equivalent position at a college, university, medical school for research facility, public or private institutions. No citizenship or country restrictions.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Award Special Cycle: Building Capacity for PCOR/CER in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Due: May 24, 2021
  • Funding: $250,000
  • Project period: Up to 2 years
  • Purpose: Special funding opportunity o support organizations and communities in building capacity and skills to participate in patient-centered outcomes research related to intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)..
  • Eligibility: Private and/or public-sector, non-profit or for-profit organizations, foreign or domestic, conducting research projects that benefit US patient-centered research.
American Association for Cancer Research – AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships
  • Due: May 31, 2021
  • Funding: $100,000
  • Project period: 1 year
  • Purpose: To provide clinical research experience for early-career clinical scientists in drug development (including clinical research and trial design and data analysis) with opportunities for publication and research presentation. Two types of clinical research fellowships offered: 1) AACR-AstraZeneca Clinical Immuno-oncology 2) AACR-Bayer Clinical Oncology.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must hold an MD, DO, or MD/PhD (not currently a candidate for further doctoral degree), have an interest in clinical trial design and implementation in the pharmaceutical industry, and be enrolled in a hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution in the U.S.


A-T Children’s Project Post Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • Due: LOI due July 1, 2021
  • Funding: $30,00 to $40,000 per year
  • Project period: 2 years
  • Purpose: To support young investigators who have innovative strategies for research that will accelerate breakthroughs for Ataxia-Telangiectasia.
  • Eligibility: Post docs with 1 year or less experience nominated by their PI. Proposals accepted from young investigators, established PIs and clinicians, scientists from other disciplines and individuals with innovative new ideas for S-T research from academia or industry; U. S. and international applicants accepted.
AAAS Science & SciLifeLabPrize for Young Scientist 2021
  • Due: July 21,2021
  • Funding: $30,000 for grand prize winner; $10,000 for category winners (3)
  • Project period: One-time essay submission with entry form and additional materials
  • Purpose: Global effort to encourage young scientists to continue research in their chosen field of study. One Grand prize awarded annually to one young scientist who has been awarded a doctoral degree within the previous two years in the life sciences field for best essay on research findings. Three additional category winners selected. Essays from category winners are published online. Grand prize-winning essay published in Science.
  • Eligibility: Research work must be performed by the applicant. Only accepting submissions from applicants receiving a PhD between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.


American Cancer Society – Research Scholar Grants (RSG)
  • Due: October 15, 2021
  • Funding: Up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs
  • Project period: Up to 4 years
  • Purpose: Supports investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum.
  • Eligibility: Independent investigators in the first 8 years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Eligibility is extended for 10 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care. Applicants typically must be within 14 years of receiving a terminal (doctorate) degree and cannot have more than one R01/R01-like grant (>$100,000/year direct costs for more than 3 years) as principal investigator at the time of application.

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