Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

The Gruber Foundation/The Genetics Society of America

Grant amount: US $75,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 5, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 5, 2021

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Gender restriction: Female

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In recognition of the groundbreaking contributions of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award for research in genetics is intended to inspire and support new generations of women in our field. The awards are made to women in the first one to three years of an independent faculty-level position whose work displays originality and scientific creativity leading to new discoveries.

The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is funded by The Gruber Foundation, and is administered by the Genetics Society of America and the American Society of Human Genetics. Award winners are chosen by a jury of senior geneticists and previous awardees.

Every three years, two women are chosen to receive the Rosalind Franklin Award, and each awardee receives $75,000 over three years ($25,000 per year). One award funds genetics research in human and non-human mammals, and another award funds genetics research in model organisms.

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  • This award is for young female independent investigators from anywhere in the world
    • US citizenship is not required.
    • As an independent investigato, the nominee should be directing her own laboratory and be listed as the Principal Investigator for research being published from her laboratory.
  • As long as the applicant is within the first three years of her faculty appointment and she is doing independent research, she is eligible for the award, even if she is not on a tenure track.
    • If a nominee has passed the three-year deadline because she has taken time off for maternity leave within the first three years of an independent position, we will take that into account and consider her eligible for the award.
  • Although there is no age limit for applicants, the award is targeted at women who are in the beginning stage of an independent research career.
    • Most likely these will be women who have recently finished postdoctoral research and are moving on in their careers.
  • The award is designed for a researcher who is already in or about to be in an independent research position.
  • If a nominee already has an offer that she has accepted to begin an independent research lab at any point in time from June 2018 to January 2019—when the award is officially distributed—then she is eligible for the award.
  • Board certification in genetics is not a requirement for nomination.


  • Funds may be used only for expenses related to the recipient's research program and may not be used to support the recipient's salary or to support institutional overhead or indirect costs.
  • If she will be entering her fourth year between June 2018 and January 2019, she is not eligible for the award.
  • If a woman does not yet know where she will be located, she is not eligible for the award.