Funding Opportunities

These resources are meant for postdoctoral students, young investigators, and faculty. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines.

Funding Opportunities – The Office of Research & Commercialization offers the tools needed to identify federal and private funding opportunities. Their website also includes UCF internal programs, tool kits and workshop dates.

Grant Spotlights

Federal Agencies
Program Deadline Summary
Young Investigator Program Varies 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 for FY16, have begun their first appointment on or after Nov. 1, 2010, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.

Young Faculty Award January 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 introduce them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.
Early Career Research Program November The Early Career Research Program, now in its seventh year, 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.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture  Varies Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) provides funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences. AFRI supersedes the National Research Initiative.
NIH Director’s New Innovator Award October The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award program is different from traditional NIH grants in several ways. It is designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included.
NSF- CAREER Program July The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards January The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. Eligible applicants are full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (1/11/2014 through 1/11/2016) at the time of application at an ORAU member institution. The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines: Engineering and Applied Science; Life Sciences; Mathematics/Computer Sciences; Physical Sciences and Policy; Management, or Education.
 
Private Organizations
Program Deadline Summary
ACS- Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) March Awards of $110,000 over two years provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.
ACS- Petroleum Research Fund March ACS Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grants are intended as seed money, to enable an investigator to initiate a new research direction. The investigator should not have published or received financial support from another funding agency for the proposed research.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation December These grants are designed to fill the critical need for startup funds for less experienced researchers to pursue promising research ideas. These grants encourage and cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future and lead to long term commitments to research projects.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Varies The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants year-round. 
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar  May The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.
Cottrell Scholars  Varies The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy by providing significant discretionary awards for research.
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar May The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers.
Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry August The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program.
Sloan Research Fellows September The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Whitehall Foundation Varies Funds researchers at the assistant professor level in the life sciences. The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology. Awards are up to $30,000 for one year.