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Society for Neuroscience — Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award

  • $25,000 (two awards will be made)
  • Deadline: May 24, 2019 for nominations
  • For outstanding research and educational pursuit by non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Eligibility: Postdoctoral fellows, research associates and/or advanced graduate students are eligible

Mozilla — Research Grants

  • $25,000, plus up to $2,500 for child care
  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • For proposals to address any of these topics:
    • WASM: Define, verify and ideally build an exemplar of the user experience for this system for Mozilla’s Wasmtime WASI runtime.
    • Rust: Can we characterize the extent to which monomorphization code bloat is responsible for Rust’s compilation times? What kinds of improvements to compilation time are possible?
    • Digital trust for cost-conscious users. How can a browser or a website responsibly increase digital trust on the internet, and what are the particular opportunities for these emerging markets?
    • Beyond online behavioral advertising (OBA). Investigate viable alternative funding models for the web that will increase user privacy and autonomy.
    • Iodide: R in the Browser. Port R to WebAssembly and attempt to provide a level 3 language plugin for Iodide: automatic conversion of data basic types between R and Javascript, and the ability to share class instances between R and Javascript.
    • Fathom (a supervised-learning system for recognizing parts of web pages). How can Mozilla receive corrections from users of Fathom applications without violating their privacy?
    • Futures. How might Mozilla better understand, acknowledge, address, and mediate conflicts in values in the context of building and evolving software products? How might it better understand how software products impact social values and vice versa?
    • Mixed Reality. How does the web create new or unique AR/VR opportunities for consumers. How can social VR and AR best be integrated with live events and remote participation? What are new ways for consumers to create and share AR and VR content and experiences on the web? How can speech be integrated with web-based mobile AR applications to make it easier to interact with 3D content through a 2D interface?
    • Voice. What would a respectful, privacy-conscious, and, above all, useful model of interacting with a continuously listening, non-keyword-triggered voice interface look like? What would need to be true for people to trust the system enough to use it, and what would it be used for?
    • Common Voice. What defines a “quality” voice dataset in any given language for training machine learning voice technology? How do we get better at collecting crowd-sourced voice data? What techniques have we yet to try? What are the metrics of success, and how might we enhance processes to create improved voice datasets?
    • Data. Study browsing data to understand how people interact with the Web (and how the Web responds to their behaviors, such as targeted advertising or descriptive investigations of algorithmic bias), and to understand how people understand and interact with consent architectures as they relate to participation in online experiments, data collection requests, and other methods of large-scale, passive data collection.
    • Privacy & Security for Firefox. What alternative protocol architectures and route selection protocols would offer acceptable gains in Tor performance? And would they preserve Tor properties? Is it truly possible to deploy Tor at scale? And what would the full integration of Tor and Firefox look like?
  • Eligibility: students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. New faculty in their first or second years particularly encouraged.

American Physical Society — M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship

  • $45,000
  • Deadline: June 2, 2019
  • To enable women to return to physics research careers after interruptions. Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees.

The James S. McDonnell Foundation — Postdoctoral Fellowship in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems

  • $200,000 over 2–3 years (up to 10 awards will be made)
  • Deadline: June 13, 2019
  • For scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the science of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. Emphasis is on the development and application of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se.  Also interest in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions where such approaches are not yet standard but could open up new paths to progress.
  • Eligibility: not for individuals that already have completed a Ph.D. or students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral mentor

Simons Foundation — Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology

  • Up to $261,000 over three years (five awards will be made)
  • Deadline: June 14, 2019
  • For research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. Particular interest in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes, and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply.
  • Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent awarded within three years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience.

James S. McDonnell Foundation — Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems

  • $200,000 over 2–3 years (up to ten awards will be made)
  • Deadline: June 13, 2019
  • For Ph.D. students with an interest in and an aptitude for complexity science who are in the final stages of completing their degree, and looking to make a significant change in direction for their first postdoctoral fellowship (field of study, model organism, theory vs. experimental, etc.) that will either be difficult or impossible without an external source of funding. 
  • Eligibility: not for individuals who already have completed a Ph.D., nor for students that have already identified a postdoctoral position and a postdoctoral mentor

Qiagen — Young Investigator Awards

  • instrument and reagents valued at $40,000
  • Deadline: June 20, 2019
  • To recognize and promote outstanding scientific work in the field of human identification and forensics by young scientists.
  • Eligibility: current graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and those who received their M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the last 5 years.

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation — Biomedical Research Fellowship

  • $175,500 over three years
  • Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • For biological or medical researchers. One application per laboratory.
  • Eligibility: no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience as of the deadline; no more than two years since Ph.D. (or D.Phil. or equivalent) or no more than three years since M.D.

National Geographic Society — Early Career Grants

  • Up to $10,000; usually $5,000
  • Deadlines:
    • July 10, 2019
    • October 9, 2019
    • January 9, 2019
    • April 10, 2019
  • For early-career investigators. Projects must align with one of these areas of interest:
    • The Human Journey
    • Wildlife and Wild Places
    • Our Changing Planet
  • Eligibility: no more than five years professional experience; no advanced degree or previous project lead experience required

The Leakey Foundation — Research Grants

  • Up to $25,000 for postdocs; $15,000 for doctoral students
  • Annual deadlines:
    • July 15
    • January 10
  • For research related specifically to human origins:
    • Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene
    • Primates (Old and New World): Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology, endocrinology, genetics, isotope studies, and modern hunter-gatherer groups

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation — Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists

  • $100,000
  • Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • For Damon Runyon Fellows in the fourth year of their fellowship, to complete their training under the mentorship of a leading senior scientist and follow their own bold ideas in cancer research
  • Eligibility: Damon Runyon Fellows selected in November 2015 and May 2016, including those who terminated their awards early to accept an independent academic faculty position or other funding

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — National Research Council Research Associateship Programs

  • $42,000–$80,000 for recent Ph.Ds. (proportionally higher for Senior Associates); $30,000 for graduate entry level (higher with additional experience)
  • Annual deadlines:
    • August 1
    • November 1
    • February 1
    • May 1
  • Scientific and technological research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
  • Eligibility: Graduate, postdoctoral (<5 years), and senior-level (>5 years)

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation — Damon Runyon Fellowship Award

  • $231,000 over four years plus medical school debt repayment
  • Deadline: August 15, 2019
  • For postdoctoral theoretical or experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention.
  • Eligibility: doctoral degree must have been conferred no more than 18 months prior to the application deadline

American Chemical Society — WCC/Eli Lilly Travel Award

  • Annual deadlines:
    • September 15
    • March 1
  • For female undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research 

Cancer Research Institute — Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Up to $175,500 over three years
  • Annual deadlines:
    • October 1
    • April 1

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation — Professorships

  • Up to $6 million over five years for experimental disciplines; $4 million for theoretical disciplines
  • Annual deadlines:
    • October 15
    • April 15
  • For research in Germany by academics of all disciplines from abroad who are internationally recognized as leaders in their field, and who are expected to contribute to enhancing Germany's sustained international competitiveness as a research location. Must be nominated by a German university.

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation — Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program

  • Up to $5,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • November 1
    • April 1
  • For dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems. The research for which funding is requested must focus on the United States or Canada or on a comparison between the United States or Canada and one or more other countries.

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation — Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Program

  • Up to $20,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • November 1
    • April 1
  • Major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities in the United States and/or Canada

American Heart Association/Myocarditis Foundation — Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • For innovative basic, clinical or translational projects relevant to the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology and/or prevention of myocarditis.