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Scholar Awards

Scholar awards provide funding for early-career faculty to help jumpstart independent research careers. The Research Development Office (RDO) strives to identify early-career opportunities that will be of interest to NC State faculty.

Limited Submission Scholar Awards

These programs are often limited-submission in nature, and may require nominations by a candidate’s Department Head and/or the University. If necessary, an internal competition to select the most competitive candidate will be implemented inline with our standard limited submission process. A selection of those opportunities of interest to NC State faculty is presented in the table below.

Please visit this page, as well as the Limited Submission Opportunities page, for instructions on how to submit your name for consideration for scholar awards that are limited-submission in nature. If you are aware of any other awards of this type, please email research-development@ncsu.edu so that the award(s) can be advertised and listed here.

ProgramSubject AreaEligibility CriteriaLimitDeadline
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (National Award)Three categories: Life Sciences / Physical Sciences & Engineering / Chemistry.Faculty who serves as a primary PI in one of the subject areas1 in each categoryThe program cycle is now open.

Please submit an Internal Nomination Form by 9/23/2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Moore Inventor FellowsScientific research, environmental conservation, and patient care.Candidates must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs or other full-time staff at eligible institutions.2 per institutionThe program cycle is now open.

Please submit a Notification of Interest (NOI) by 10/7/2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Greenwall Faculty Scholars ProgramBioethics research that helps resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.Junior faculty members holding at least a 60% tenure track appointment (or its equivalent).1 per institutionInstitutional slot open, contact limited-submission@ncsu.edu if interested.

Sponsor deadline: 9/20/21 (LOIs), 1/10/22 (Full proposal)
Searle Scholars ProgramBiochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciencesBiochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences1 nominee per institutionInstitutional slot open, contact limited-submission@ncsu.edu if interested.

Sponsor deadline: 9/30/2021
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards ProgramsChemical Sciences, including biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering.Nominees must hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, and are normally expected to have been appointed no earlier than mid-year 2010.1 per institutionNext cycle anticipated in Fall 2021
Microsoft Research Faculty FellowshipHigh-impact research in computer science or a related field.Full-time faculty who received their terminal degree in May 2016 or later and are currently conducting research, advising graduate students, and teaching in the classroom. Proposed research must closely align with the general research areas of Microsoft.3 nominations per universityNext cycle anticipated early 2022.
Pew Biomedical ScholarsScience relevant to the advancement of human healthAs of Sept. 10, 2020, candidates must hold a full-time appointment at the rank of assistant professor. (Appointments such as research assistant professor, adjunct assistant professor, assistant professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible). See the program website for all eligibility criteria1 nominee per institutionNext cycle anticipated in Spring 2022.
Takeda Innovators in Science AwardGastrointestinal disorders.Early Career Scientists must have been engaged in active research for 10 years or less since gaining a doctorate or equivalent, and must hold a junior level post-doctoral or faculty position at an invited academic institution.

Senior Scientists must have been engaged in active research for 10 years or more since gaining a doctorate or equivalent, and must hold a senior level faculty position at an invited academic institution.
1 Early Career Scientist;
1 Senior Scientist per institution
Next cycle anticipated in Spring 2022.
Mallinckrodt Foundation GrantsBiomedical researchApplicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding. 1 nominee per institutionNext cycle anticipated in Summer 2022.
Sloan Research FellowshipsChemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.Candidates must hold a tenure-track position with a regular teaching obligation.3 per departmentNext cycle anticipated in Summer 2022.
Beckman Young Investigator AwardChemical and Life Sciences.Candidate must be within the first three years of a tenure track position. U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.No limit for the LOI stageNext cycle anticipated in Summer 2022.

Non-limited Submission Scholar Awards

Scholar award opportunities that are not limited-submission in nature are listed below. These types of opportunities will be added to this page as RDO identifies them.

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.” Up to two $100,000 prizes will be presented to individuals less than 15 years out of their bachelor program who demonstrate leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Half of the monetary prize will be given to the recipient (or shared between two recipients, in case of a shared prize) and half will be contributed to an organization designated by the winner. Nominees may be nationals of any country; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required. The program encourages a global and diverse pool of candidates.

Nomination deadline: 10/31/2021

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. Emerging Faculty Leaders may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences. The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will recognize junior faculty candidates who not only balance research, teaching, and service but in fact give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. The selectors will focus on and privilege service and leadership activities that address and ameliorate underrepresentation on campus, and give preference to candidates who embody a high standard of excellence.

Application deadline: 12/1/2021