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Early Career Funding Opportunities

The following faculty career development opportunities are currently accepting applications. For more information or to potentially explore one of these opportunities, contact the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at or 919-962-9600.

Please note: many of these opportunities are limited submission grants or awards, meaning the University may forward a limited number of candidates for competitive selection. All limited submissions go through the Office of Research Development. Learn more about limited submission grants and awards.


Federal Funding Opportunities

Air Force Young Investigator Research Program

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 objective of this program is 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.

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

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.

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) Young Faculty Award

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. The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of national security needs.

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Private Funding Opportunities

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program provides support for high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our times. The fellowship carries a stipend of $200,000, making it possible for the recipients to devote their time to significant research and writing

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Beckman Young Investigators Program

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.

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Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

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.

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