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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists for Stem Cell Research Projects

NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Awards

GrantWatch ID# 168455
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 5:00 PM Eastern Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists at nonprofit academic and research institutions in the early stage of their career for stem cell research projects. Funding is intended to support the pioneering work of scientists in the field to further the use of stem cells in finding treatment for human disease.

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards to support translational stem cell research. The aim of this initiative is to support highly innovative, emerging scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and that leverage stem cells to advance the understanding and treatment of human disease.

NYSCF is eager to support scientists who have just started their independent laboratories, and they strongly encourage applicants looking to secure their first major grant funding as an independent investigator. That being said, applicants will be evaluated first and foremost on scientific merit and the transformative potential and translational impact of their research for the stem cell field.

NYSCF is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in STEM. Overcoming the impact of systematic racism, sexism, and other discrimination that has systematically marginalized certain groups from STEM research is critical for a productive, innovative scientific community. NYSCF strongly encourages applications from scientists of all ethnicities, cultures, religions, nationalities, abilities and disabilities, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, geographic locations, and socioeconomic statuses. NYSCF invites and encourages applicants to (optionally) self-identify as part of any systematically marginalized groups in STEM (including, but not limited to, groups on the basis of gender (including identity / expression), race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and ability), and to describe how this identity may have impacted their scientific career. NYSCF requests this information to help it stay true to its commitment to increasing diversity in applicants and awardees and to account for any undue adversity they may have faced due to their identity. NYSCF also requires applicants to demonstrate their commitment to DEIB by describing any efforts or activities they are involved in that support DEIB in their own labs, institutes, or the broader STEM field.

Award Benefits

  • Successful applicants will join the NYSCF Innovators Community, a global group of over 200 outstanding early career scientists and postdoctoral fellows based at institutions around the world including NYSCF Research Institute scientists and engineers. Additionally, they will attend the annual NYSCF Conference as well as an annual scientific retreat, exclusive to the NYSCF – Robertson Investigators, NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellows, and NYSCF Research Institute Scientists. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
NYSCF will accept applications from researchers based at domestic and international accredited non-profit research and academic institutions.

To be eligible, candidates must:
- Have completed one or more of the following degrees: MD, PhD, DPhil
- Be within 6 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2023 (Note: An additional year of eligibility was added as a result of the COVID-19 crisis)
- Independently supervise a research team as head of group/laboratory
- Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact

In addition, since routes to independence vary significantly outside of the United States, candidates based at institutions outside the United States should consider the following when assessing their eligibility:
- Do you write grants in your own name?
- Are you or will you be the senior author on publications from your current lab?
- Do you have responsibility for independently recruiting and supervising a research team?
If the answer to all these questions is yes, and the applicant has also met the other eligibility criteria, they may be eligible to apply. NYSCF Staff is available to provide additional information on eligibility.

Applicants that have been awarded R01 grants and other NIH awards are still eligible for this grant.

As long as your faculty appointment will begin by the funding start date, January 1 of the year following your award, you are eligible to apply.

No institutional overhead is provided.

Pre-Application Information
All applications MUST be submitted through the online grant management system by February 15, 2023 at 5pm Eastern.

There is no limit to the number of times applicants can apply within their eligibility period, and there is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted each year per institution or department.

- February 15: Deadline to submit an application
- June: Finalist notified and interviews; non-finalist applicants notified of funding decisions
- June (approximate): Interviewees notified of funding decisions
- October: Awardees announced at NYSCF Conference
- January: Award funding begins

If selected for the award, you will need to be able to provide documentation from your department head detailing independent status and institutional commitment, both financially and in the form of dedicated laboratory space.

All applications must provide assurance of compliance with research regulatory bodies, state and local laws, and institutional policies. Notice of approval, determination of exemption, or determination of non-human subjects research designation by the overseeing Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required for all research activities in advance of the award start date. Documentation of review and approval by institutional ancillary review committees and/or Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) is not required at the time of application, but must be provided upon request.

Estimated Size of Grant
The award provides $1.5 million in flexible funding over 5 years.

Term of Contract
The funding is provided over 5 years. The funding start date is January 1 of the year following the award.

Contact Information
Online application portal:

Please contact NYSCF Staff if you require additional information on eligibility at

619 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

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