Below are listed several of the major early career sponsored programs that are available for faculty.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Eligibility: Proposers must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold a doctoral degree in a field supported by NSF by the cognizant Directorate's deadline for submission of CAREER proposals
  • Be engaged in research in an area of science, engineering, or education supported by NSF
  • Be employed in a tenure-track (or tenure-track-equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) as of October 1 after the proposal submission
  • Be untenured as of October 1 following the proposal submission, and
  • Have not previously received a CAREER award. (Prior or concurrent Federal support for other types of awards for non-duplicative research does not preclude eligibility.)

See Virginia Tech's NSF CAREER page for more information.


Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative

    With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists (or equivalent) in their first three years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. One may not yet have received any other grants or contracts in the Principal Investigator (PI) role from any department, agency, or institution of the federal government, including from the CAREER program or any other program, post-PhD, regardless of the size of the grant or contract, with certain exceptions noted below. Serving as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Postdoctoral Fellow, or other Fellow does not count against this eligibility rule. Grants, contracts, or gifts from private companies or foundations; state, local, or tribal governments; or universities do not count against this eligibility rule.

    It is expected that these funds will allow the new CISE Research Initiation Initiative PI to support one or more graduate students for up to two years.

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Programs for Independent Researchers

NIH's Early Research Career Development webpage has information on F, K, DP and R-series grants, explaining the difference among various types of programs. See NIH pages for eligibility information.

Virginia Tech's NIH K and New Investigator R01 Proposal Preparation Program is designed to assist Virginia Tech junior faculty, fellows, and post-docs in the preparation of Career Development (NIH K) award applications and early career investigators in preparation for their first R01 grant.

Fellowships for Early Career Researchers Program

This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: the first is the one-page application to be an "Early Career Fellow" (ECF) and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for start-up funds by a previously selected ECF.

Early Career Research Program - U.S. Department of Energy

The Early Career Research Program, now in its eighth 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. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE)

FASE Grants provide support for Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowships which are being solicited in a separate NIFA Fellowships Grant Program, New Investigators, and Strengthening Grants.

Presentation on USDA AFRI FASE program

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP)

Proposals addressing research areas described in the ONR science and technology (S&T) department section of ONR's website, which are of interest to ONR program officers and division directors will be considered.

Air Force Office of Scientific Researc h (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP)

The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objectives of this program are to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Young Investigator Program (YIP)

The YIP is included as part of the ARL Core Broad Agency Announcment for Basic and Applied Scientific Research. The objective of the YIP is to attract to Army research outstanding young university faculty members, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. The program is open to U.S. citizens, Nationals, and resident aliens holding tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges, who have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than five years at the time of application. YIP awards are generally for $50,000 per year for 3 years.

New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research - Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)

Only faculty who have been nominated by their institution and have received an invitation to submit an application are eligible. These nominees are members at eligible institutions with the creative ideas, skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research program as Principal Investigator. For the 2017 competition, the faculty member must have been hired on or after August 1, 2013, for his or her tenure-track or equivalent position and may work in any discipline or any department within the organization. Preference will be given to individuals near the onset of their independent research career and who are within eight years of receiving a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Individuals with significant research experience prior to obtaining their faculty position will not be considered.

Please note that this is a limited submission program, for which only two faculty can be nominated per year.  For more information, please see the Virginia Tech limited submissions website or contact Beth Tranter, Limited Submmissions Coordinator, at

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program - Camille & Hentry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

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. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained in the early years of their appointment (see below), and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Please note that this is a limited submission program, for which only one faculty member can be nominated per year.  For more information, please see the Virginia Tech limited submissions website or contact Beth Tranter, Limited Submmissions Coordinator, at

Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists -  Blavatnik Family Foundation

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists recognize the country’s most promising faculty-rank researchers in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. One Blavatnik Laureate in each disciplinary category will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds.

Please note that this is a limited submission program, for which only two faculty can be nominated per year in each of the three disciplinary categories listed above .  For more information, please see the Virginia Tech limited submissions website or contact Beth Tranter, Limited Submmissions Coordinator, at

Beckman Young Investigators Program - The Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

The BYI program is open to those within the first three years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent independent research appointment, in an academic or non-profit U.S. institution that conducts research in the chemical and life sciences.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Persons who have applied for permanent residency but have not received their government documentation by the time of application are not eligible.

No individual may apply for a Beckman Young Investigator award more than two times.

Investigators can have no more than $225,000 in direct, annualized external funding grants during any BYI Program Year (Aug-July) at time of application. Start-up funds, department-wide instrumentation grants, and "Transition" grants (such as NIH K99/R00) are not counted toward this total.

Institutions are not limited in the number of applicants who apply at the Letter Of Intent stage.

Institutions with a currently funded BYI are eligible for award consideration.