Funding Opportunities for Women and Minorities

These programs provide support for women and minority researchers. Funding may be for principal investigators with their own research projects, or for inclusion of female or minority researchers in pre-existing projects. Consult each program’s web page for more detailed information and current deadlines. Find more opportunities by using Pivot and selecting “Women” or “Minority” under “Applicant Type.”

Federal Agencies

National Institutes of Health

NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs: Diversity Related Funding Opportunity Announcements

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research varies Provides administrative supplements to existing grants to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.
NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) NIH standard dates The purpose is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences.
NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22) NIH standard dates Invites applications from recipients of the NCI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity, or from advanced postdoctoral and/or newly independent research scientists who are from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and/or social sciences.
NHLBI Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01) varies Invites applications from institutions with eligible faculty members to undertake special study and supervised research under a mentor who is an accomplished investigator in the research area proposed and has experience in developing independent investigators.
NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) NIH standard dates The purpose is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.
NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K22) NIH standard dates This opportunity provides individuals from diverse backgrounds with strong training in neuroscience with the resources and tools that will help facilitate a transition to a stable and productive independent research position.

National Science Foundation

NSF Broadening Participation Portfolio

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) December PRFB includes funding for Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology.
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) November The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences SPRF program includes two tracks: Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences, and Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences.

Nonfederal Agencies

Program Deadline Program Synopsis
American Association for Cancer Research, Minorities in Cancer Research varies MICR presents awards to outstanding scientists for recognition of their scientific contributions and to support their participation in AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences.
American Association for Cancer Research, Women in Cancer Research varies WICR presents awards to outstanding scientists for recognition of their scientific contributions and to support their participation in AACR Annual Meetings.
American Association of University Women, Fellowships and Grants varies AAUW grant categories are American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, International Project Grants, and Selected Professions Fellowships.
American Astronomical Society, Annie Jump Cannon Award June 30 The award is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award.
American Chemical Society, Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal November 1 The award recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.
American Physical Society, Edward A. Bouchet Award June The award promotes the participation of under-represented minorities in physics by identifying and recognizing a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research.
American Physical Society, Maria Goeppert Mayer Award June The award recognizes and enhance outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and provides opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through public lectures.
American Psychiatric Association, Diversity Awards and Fellowships varies APA awards include the Spurlock (Jeanne) Minority Fellowship Achievement Award and the Symonds (Alexandra) Award for a woman psychiatrist.
Association of Women in Mathematics, Travel Grants varies The AWM offers several travel grants.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Postdoctoral Enrichment Program January The program supports the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in biomedical or medical research. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, FASEB Excellence in Science Award Spring The award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in biological science.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs December The Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Phi Beta Kappa, Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship January Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. The annual fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French.


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