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NCI Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NCI Omnibus R21)
Objective: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) funding opportunity supports the development of new research activities in all areas of cancer research. The R21 mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of cancer research (biomedical, behavioral, or clinical)
Application Deadline: Opens May 16, 2012

NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03)
Objective: To support small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
Application Deadline: Opens May 16, 2012

IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence
Objective: The purpose of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program is to augment and strengthen the IDeA-eligible state's biomedical research capacity. The grant awards are made to independent biomedical research institutes and/or biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences or sciences related to health within IDeA-eligible states.
Who May Apply: Higher education institutions and non-profit organizations in IDeA states are eligible to apply. For a complete listing of eligible states, visit the award's website
Application Deadline:  June 20, 2013; June 20, 2014

NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards
Objective: The NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards complements NIH’s traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies.
Who May Apply: These awards are intended for higher education institutions, non-profits and for-profit organizations and governments. For a complete list of eligible applicants, visit the award website.  
Application Deadline: Letters of intent are due August 21, 2012. Applications are due September 21, 2012. 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Objective: To bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. 
Who May Apply: The awards are intended to foster early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work on the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological science, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. 
Application Deadline:

Preproposal Deadline - September 4, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Full Invited Deadline - January 10, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Objective: The primary goals of EAPSI are to provide science and engineering students exposure to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. 
Who May Apply: US graduate students in science and engineering.
Application Deadline: November 14, 2012 

Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award 
The purpose of the Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) is to strengthen the entire spectrum of NIH supported translational research. Through integrated homes that build upon and support institutional scientific strengths, they provide research resources and workforce training that improve the quality, validity, generalizability, and efficiency of clinical and translational research. These awards are the centerpiece of the NCATS CTSA program.
Who May Apply: These awards are intended for higher education institutions, non-profits and for-profit organizations and governments. For a complete list of eligible applicants, visit the award website
Application Deadline: Letters of intent are due December 10, 2012. Applications are due January 8, 2013. 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment
 Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to funding the next generation of scientists and researchers, thus we have an interest in advancing the careers of underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows. This program award provides a total of $50,000 over three years to support the development of a URM postdoctoral fellow in a degree-granting or research institute in the United States or Canada.
Who May Apply: Citizens of the US or Canada from underrepresented minority groups, sucn as American Indian, Alaska Native, African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, with less than 36 months of postdoc experience and less than 5 years from PhD. 
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

NIH Director's Early Independence Awards
Objective: The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period.
Who May Apply: These awards are intended for higher education institutions, non-profits and for-profit organizations and governments. For a complete list of eligible applicants, visit the award website.  
Application Deadline: Letters of intent are due December 30, 2012. Applications are due January 30, 2013. 

Keystone Symposia Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority (URM) Scholarships
Objective: To fund up to $1200 in conference costs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences. Awards are made based on the quality of a submitted research abstract. Season-long and other opportunities include: Keystone Symposia Scholarship; Underrepresented Minority (URM) Scholarship; Keystone Symposia/ABRCMS Scholarship; and Student Registration Discount.
Application Deadline: Deadlines fall approximately four months before individual meeting start dates.