Funding Opportunities and Support

Resources to help postdoctoral scholars find and apply for funding

Funding Databases and Select Fellowships

Funding Announcements in recent Postdoc Posts

A.P. Giannini Foundation

A.P. Giannini Foundation invites physician-scientists and junior researchers with 3-36 months of postdoctoral experience to apply to the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship & Career Development Award Program. This program supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields and trains fellows to become established investigators. The research should advance the translation of biomedical science into treatments, preventions and cures for human diseases. Details and application
Due: November 6, 2017

NASA Postdoctoral Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA's mission. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management. Details and application
Due: November 1, 2017

EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to carry out an integrated program of independent research and professional development.  Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad).  FAQs.   Details and application
Due: October 25, 2017

Parker B. Francis Fellowship

This fellowship provides research support to clinical and basic scientists embarking on careers in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution. The ideal candidate is one with evidence of strong aptitude in research and who is in transition from post-doctoral trainee to independent investigator. Details and application
Due: October 16, 2017

Delta Science Fellows Program

This program was established to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors to collaborate on data analysis and research projects applicable to the California Bay-Delta system. Details and application
Due: September 25, 2017

Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)

This year (2018), LRF is offering three Young Investigator Grant program (including a Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant), as well as grants supporting correlative studies in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and adolescent/young adult (AYA) lymphomas. Details and application
Due: September 6, 2017

California Sea Grant State Fellowship

The State Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested both in marine resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in California. Graduate students who recently completed their degree at a California university with graduation date [i.e. date diploma awarded by the university] after May 1, 2016 are also eligible to apply.  Details and application
Due: September 1, 2017

UCI School of Social Science- Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute

ESSPRI funds policy-oriented research on public policies designed to encourage economic self-sufficiency. Questions can be addressed to Dan Paley
Due: August 18, 2017.

Fulbright U.S. Postdoctoral Scholarship at Deakin University, Australia

The U.S Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, sponsored by Deakin University enables postdoctoral candidates from the U.S to undertake research at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia and focus on building critical bilateral relationships with Australia. Details and application
Due: August 1 , 2017

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation

To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young investigators engaged in biological or medical research. Details
Due: June 30, 2017 

UCSF IRACDA Scholars Postdoctoral Program

UCSF IRACDA Scholars Program is currently accepting applications to fund up to three postdoctoral scholars through the UCSF IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) Program, sponsored by a K12 NIH (NIGMS) award. The mission of this program is building a diverse group of highly trained biomedical research scientists. Postdoctoral scholars will be supported to carry out impactful and innovative biomedical research with an appropriate research mentor. Details and application
Due: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator offers an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international scholars are welcome. Details.

Grant Writing Support Documents

UCI Office of Research- Proposal Planning and Submission Process at UCI

UCI Office of Research- Grant Writing Tips and Guides

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity-offers a variety of resources on grant writing.  Since UCI sponsors this service, you can join free (no need to be faculty) via an institutional sub-account membership. You must use your UCI e-mail address to enroll.

"On the Art of Writing Proposals"- Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions

"How do I Review Thee? Let Me Count the Ways": A Comparison of Research Grant Proposal Review Criteria Across US Federal Funding Agencies by Holly J. Falk-Krzensinski and Stacey C. Tobin.  This article includes charts to help correlate required sections/review criteria among grant applications and thus enable researchers to more easily adapt current grant applications to other application formats.

Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers by Robert Porter, University of Tennessee

AAAS Career Center- Includes courses on proposal/grant writing (most courses are fee-based).

UCI PoWER Groups- Postdoc Writing Editing & Review

Weekly PoWER Group Meeting- Postdoc Writing Editing and Review Group-All postdocs writing papers and grant applications are welcome to write and review in a quiet and productive atmosphere.

Friday PoWER Group-Meets every Friday from 8:30am-10:30am, BioSci III, Rm 1120

Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong PhD ( for more information joining a PoWER group or creating a new PoWER group at another time.

NIH Career Development Awards (K)

NIH Website-Research Career Development Awards 

What are NIH K awards? 

K awards provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. K awards are designed to promote the career development of specific groups of individuals based on their past training and career stage.  The objective of K programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support.  

What is a K99/R00 award?

Often called the “Pathway to Independence” award. It supports an initial mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for highly qualified, postdoctoral researchers, to secure an independent research position. Award recipients are expected to compete successfully for independent R01 support during the R00 phase.

NIH Reporter  Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool; provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH supported research.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) provides several examples and templates for grant applications.  Unfortunately, there is no K99/R00 example. 

Guide to effective grant writing : how to write a successful NIH grant application 2nd ed. by Otto O. Yang, Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
You may access this guide by logging into the UCI libraries.  Use VPN if off campus.

UCSF provides examples of K awards components and additional resources.

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA)- Description and application for F32

A practical guide to writing a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA grant
by Andrew D. Hollenbach, Associate Professor of Genetics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
You may access this guide by logging into the UCI libraries.  Use VPN if off campus.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) provides several examples and templates for grant applications.  Unfortunately, there is no F32 example. However, the F31 example and other documents could be useful.

National Science Foundation

Special NSF Programs for Postdoctoral Fellows

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), January 2017

NSF Prospective New Awardee Guide, January 2016

Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide, 2013
by Ping Li, Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Information Sciences and Technology Pennsylvania State University and Karen Marrongelle, Professor in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Portland State University, Oregon.
You may access this guide by logging into the UCI libraries.  Use VPN if off campus.

Nature Masterclasses- Online Certificate Course

The Nature Masterclasses online certificate course in Scientific Writing and Publishing is an incredible resource for those involved with the publishing process.  The course, taught by expert editors from the Nature journals, includes 15 modules and covers the entire scientific publishing process from writing a paper to publication.

Learn or update your knowledge about how to get published in top journals:

* How to get the most out of the writing process

* How the manuscript selection process works

* What happens to your paper after submission

UCI Nature Masterclasses portal.

Complimentary access is available to UC Irvine students of all levels, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and administrators.  The course focuses on the natural sciences, though it is relevant to most disciplines. This course is provided by the UCI School of Medicine and School of Biological Sciences. 

Early Career Granting Writing Series- 2017

This series included six presentations and the option to join a Postdoc Writing, Editing & Review (PoWER) Group. While the series included presentations specific to the K99/R00 application, postdocs writing other grant applications were encouraged to attend pertinent presentations and take part in the PoWER group. Dr. Beth Riley, Editorial Director, Office of Research was be present to assist group members.  The 2017 series is outlined below; this series will be repeated in 2018.  Questions? Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong PhD

Time: 4:00-5:00pm (except on 3/22)
Location: Medical Education Bldg., Telemedicine Room-B001 (UCI campus map)

January 30- NIH K Award Review Process
Vice Provost Frances Leslie
This session covered NIH topics for postdoctoral scholars from the perspective of an NIH grant reviewer. Slides can be requested by contacting

March 1- Writing Specific Aims and Research Strategy
Robert Hunt PhD, Asst. Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
March 22- Institutional Environment, Commitment to Candidate’s Research Plan, Training in the Responsible Conduct-3:00-4:00pm 
Tara Massimino, Director, Research Development, SOM

March 22-Describing Career Goals, Objectives and Development-4:00-5:00pm 
Christie Fowler PhD, Asst. Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior

March 29-NIH Guidelines to Improve Experimental Rigor and Reproducibility  
Oswald Steward PhD, Senior Assoc. Dean for Research, SOM

May 5-A Facet of Academic Careers-Writing & Reviewing Grants  
Bert L. Semler PhD, Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Marian Waterman, PhD- Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics