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2024 Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

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Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Award


Grants will be for $270,000 USD per year, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for a period of three years, subject to annual reviews and continuation of research in areas relevant to the purpose of this program. Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and laboratory research staff, travel, equipment, supplies and other research expenses. Allowable indirect costs to the primary institution for subcontracts are not included in the $270,000 budget threshold (see grant policies). Awards may begin June 1, July 1, August 1 or September 1, 2024. Please see our grant policies for further guidelines.


  • Faculty of Social Sciences



Internal Deadline:

October 16, 2023

Sponsor Deadline:

November 1, 2023

Additional Dates:

  • NOI - ROADS - September 26, 2023
  • LOI - ROADS - October 16, 2023
  • LOI - Sponsor - November 1, 2023
  • Applications by invitation only - Sponsor - February 29, 2024


The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the fields of microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry and/or microbial evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems, who will advance our understanding through field work, experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must currently be active in basic research addressing fundamental questions in these fields and must focus a large fraction of their lab’s effort in this area. Applicants whose research focuses on the microbiomes of animals or plants, symbioses of microbes with animals, paleoceanography, geobiology or aquatic pollution will not be considered.


Among other eligibility requirements, applicants must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured or, for institutions with no tenure track, an equivalent independent position in an institution in the U.S. or Canada (in a campus within these countries) and have carried out research in the U.S. or Canada (in a campus within these countries) and have carried out research in such a position starting no earlier than November 2018 and no later than January 2023. Federal government employees are not eligible.


Additional Details.


For information on how to apply, contact Beatrice Fletcher, Senior Advisor.