Invitational Awards

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award
National Institutes of Health
Internal Deadline: 25 Jun 2018

Description: The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Applications are welcome from individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and in any topic of relevance to the broad mission of NIH. The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award is a component of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program of the NIH Common Fund.



Limited Submission
Scientific Innovations Award
Brain Research Foundation
Amount: $150,000
Deadline: 04 Jun 2018 LOI; 25 Sep 2018 Application
Indirect Overhead Rate: 0%

Summary: The Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.



Pew Scholars Award
The PEW Charitable Trusts
Amount: Up to $300,000
Deadline: 08 Jun 2018 (Internal Deadline)
Indirect Overhead Rate: NA

Summary: The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period.

Please read the award eligibility details:


Interested applicants should submit the following pre-proposal materials to

  1. One page cover letter that includes the name, title, and department of the lead investigator
  2. Letter of support from the Division Chief or Department Chair
  3. Summary of the proposed project (2-page limit not including references)
  4. Curriculum Vitae, including current and pending support in NIH format



Limited Submission
NETRF Grant Funding Opportunities
Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation
Amount: $50,000-$1,200,000
Deadline: 15 Jun 2018 LOI; 10 Sep 2018 Full Proposal
Indirect Overhead Rate: 10%


Summary: NETRF is seeking investigators and teams of investigators from around the world, with the tools to study neuroendocrine cancers in new ways. The foundation invites innovative and transformative research proposals in NETs to help bring the field closer to more effective therapies. NETRF is equally interested in basic, translational and clinical research applications, and encourage collaborations between investigators with expertise in different fields.


The foundation is very interested in grant proposals from multidisciplinary groups comprised of basic scientists, clinicians, and experts in bioinformatics, bio-nanotechnology, or other relevant disciplines. Proposals that cover promising and potentially transferable mechanisms and/or technologies, which have been applied successfully to other areas of cancer research, are highly desirable, and will be evaluated based on their level of applicability to NETs.


NETRF continues to have an interest in understanding the molecular underpinnings of NETs, and the mechanisms that drive initiation and tumor progression. The foundation seeks proposals that suggest innovative ways to study NETs in the absence of conventional models, while it will continue to fund grants that aim to create new or optimize existing experimental models. NETRF invites grants on clinical and adaptive studies, therapeutic sequencing, as well as correlative studies that may build upon existing clinical trials. Other topics of interest include nuclear medicine, theranostics, understanding chemotherapy resistance, new approaches to the early diagnosis of NETs, etc. A variety of state-of-the-art technologies may be utilized.


While NETRF will continue to fund research in pancreatic and gastrointestinal NETs, this year it also invites grants that propose to study typical or atypical lung carcinoids. The foundation has created a fund dedicated exclusively to lung carcinoids and it expects to fund at least one such grant under any of the three programs shown below.

  • Accelerator award
  • Petersen Investigator award
  • Pilot Project awards


Areas of interest:

1. Application of existing or new technologies to target NETs
2. Deciphering the molecular underpinnings of NETs
3. Cell invasion and metastasis
4. The immune microenvironment
5. Diagnostics
6. Cancer metabolism
7. New/optimized experimental models
8. Clinical Research
9. Nuclear medicine, theranostics, imaging


Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment (assistant professor and above). Applicants must have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research. An MD, PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree is required. Eligible organizations include public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories, both domestic and international.