Investigator FAQs

Application and proposal specific questions

Q: Does the 5-page limit include references and figures?

A: No, references and figures are in addition to the 5-page limit.
Q: What size margins and font should I use?
A: No less than ½ inch and no less than 11pt font.
Q: Do I need to include a budget?
A: No, you do not need to include a budget in your application.
Q: Is there a minimum percent effort?

A: No percent effort needs to be declared, since this is a career development award given to a person, and underwrites all the activities in a lab, rather than a project.
Q: How much information do you need for "details of other support"?

A: Please upload details of your current and pending support. Please include sources, project titles, dates of project period, amounts, statuses and major goals of project.
Q: Do proposals for the neuroscience investigator awards program really not need to involve stem cells?
A: That is correct. Neuroscience investigator proposals do NOT need to involve stem cells, and preference will not be given whether the project involves stem cells or not.
Q: How should letters of reference be submitted?
A: You should use the online grants management system to input names and contact information for your references. You will be asked to enter each reference’s email address into the “Request letter of reference - enter reference email” box in the system. Once you have done this, you will be prompted to send him or her an email through the system requesting the letter of reference by clicking the “compose email” button.  In addition to the email sent by you, a second auto-generated email will also be sent through the system to your reference with instructions and a link to upload his/her letters of reference. 
Please note: The auto-generated emails to your references will be sent from We strongly suggest that you email your references in advance to describe the process, and to ask them to add to their email “safe lists”. As soon as you send your email request through the system, the auto-generated email will be sent immediately. There should be no delay in your references receiving the email, so if they do not receive the email, please have them check their junk email filters. If there are additional problems or one of your references misplace the email, use the same “Compose Email” button to resend the two emails to your reference. 
Q: Do the letters need to be received by the closing date?
A: Yes, to guarantee reference letters are included in your application, you will need to make sure your referees submit their letters through the online system by the RFA closing date and time.
Eligibility questions
Q: If unsuccessful, can I reapply in subsequent years?

A: Yes.
Q: I have been awarded R01 grants and other NIH awards. Am I still eligible?

A: Yes, this award is meant to be a career development award to supplement funding in your laboratory and accelerate the pace of the research.
Q: What makes a position equivalent to a tenure track faculty position?

A: 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.
Q: My faculty appointment will not begin until _____. Am I eligible to apply?

A: 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.
Q: My faculty appointment began _________. Am I eligibly to apply?
A: You must be within 5 years of starting your independent faculty position on June 1, 2017.
Q: Does NYSCF recognize and exclude eligible career breaks from the 5 years from independence rule?
A: Yes, NYSCF permits eligible career breaks such as: maternity/paternity leave, military service, etc. You should simply indicate the career break on the cover sheet where you list your faculty appointment dates.
Q: Can more than one investigator at a given institution hold an Early Career Investigator Award?
A: Yes. There have been, and are currently several examples of more than one awardee being hosted by a given institution. We do note that it would be unusual to grant more than one Stem Cell Investigator Award or more than one Neuroscience Investigator Award to a single institution in a given year. However, the outcome of the Neuroscience Investigator Award and the Stem Cell Investigator Award are independent, and each will be evaluated as a separate program.
Program questions
Q: Will the RFAs be released again next year?

A: Yes, we plan to release the RFAs again next year.
Q: Can I apply to both the stem cell investigator awards and the neuroscience investigator awards programs?

A: Yes, but only one of the applications can be funded.
Q: What is the funding start date?
A: January 1
Q: What is the funding rate?

A: At this time, it is NYSCF's policy to not disclose funding rates for this award.
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