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Faculty Starter Grants

Providing support to promising young scientists beginning independent research careers at the faculty level

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Financial Support

The Faculty Starter Grants provide $100,000 for one year.

These grants support individuals in academia who do not have other substantial sources of research funding. Applicants will be judged on the scientific merit of the proposed research and on the degree of financial need.

Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research. Funds may not be used for salary support of the grantee, except in the Value Assessment-Health Outcomes Research category. Funds may not be used for fringe benefits or indirect costs.

The PhRMA Foundation Faculty Starter Grant provides tremendous support for me to hit the ground running during my early independence. This award will help my lab develop noninvasive diagnostics for disease detection and treatment monitoring at the point of care, and ultimately make precision health care accessible for cancer patients.

Liangliang Hao, PhD Boston University

Are You Eligible?

  • Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must be full-time, promotion-eligible, research-intensive faculty employed at a PhD and/or MS degree-granting accredited U.S. university by the time of award activation. (Awards may be activated between January 1, 2025, and August 1, 2025.).
  • You are not eligible if your faculty status began before January 1, 2022.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for independent external research funding by their university.
  • Applicants should not have other substantial sources of research funding. (For example, applicants are ineligible if they are the principal investigator of an R01 from the National Institutes of Health, a career award from the National Science Foundation, or other significant financial award from any grant-making institution.) Individuals receiving only intramural funding or start-up funding from their university are eligible to apply.
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The PhRMA Foundation provides faculty starter grants in these research areas. Click the icon to learn how to apply.