New investigators are the innovators of the future - they bring fresh ideas and technologies to existing research problems and topics, and they pioneer new areas of investigation. Entry of new investigators into the ranks of independent, funded researchers is essential to the health of this country’s research and education enterprise.

Because your success as a new faculty member and a funded researcher is important to the University Research Community, this resource has been developed to answer many of your questions and meet your needs as new investigators.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office for additional information, with specific questions, to request a personalized fund search or to strategize about how best to situate yourself to increase your likelihood of funding.


Common New Investigator Programs:

NIH Early Stage Investigator - ESIs are New Investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency at the time they apply for R01 grants.

NIH Early Career Reviewer Program - The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program was developed to: train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers, help emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to peer review, and enrich the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from less research-intensive institutions as well as those from traditionally research- intensive institutions.

NSF Career Program - 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.  Faculty must be untenured until October 1 following the deadline to be eligible and may only apply 3 times. 










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