Available Grant Opportunities


Week of Sep 10th-14th, 2018

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Internal Funding Opportunities & Limited Submission Grants:


Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan – Regionally-Focused Projects ($20,000 - $50,000 award, Letter of Intent for internal deadline September 21st, 2018).  Projects in Southeast Michigan that engage the community and support the region’s growth. Amount: $20,000 - $50,000 (preference $30K).

Internal Deadline: September 21, 2018, 5 PM. Foundation Deadline: November 15, 2018, 5 PM. Initial Application: Brief concept paper, submitted to Donna Lartigue at lartigue@umich.edu. Geographic Focus: Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Monroe and St. Clair counties. Focus Area: Projects should promote community good, be regionally focused, encourage civic engagement, foster innovation, and build capacity of the community. Process: At the request of the sponsor, Foundation Relations will present brief concept papers to the foundation's vice president for programs. In mid-October, the foundation will invite up to one project to submit a full proposal. Full proposals (approximately 10-12 pages) are due November 15. For questions on this process, contact Donna Lartigue in Foundation Relations. Foundation Relations will follow up with all PIs who submit a concept paper. A brief concept paper narrative must address the following: What is the idea you propose? What are the outcomes of your project? What need does it address? What is the geographic focus of the project? How much are you requesting? How will the project be sustained after the grant period ends? Which community partners are you working with (if any) and what are their roles on your project?

A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute – Innovation Programs: Phenotyping in the Clinical Setting (Award amount variable, rolling deadline).  


The Taubman Institute is seeking to support new or existing teams of scientists to develop novel and impactful approaches to integrate their research programs into the clinic setting. The goal is to perform systematic, multiscale phenotyping to gain insights into individual variation in the susceptibility, progression, course, or outcomes of disease. The institute will partner with investigators to support the development and implementation of their research programs. This will include, but not be limited to, development of a research plan, identification of research partners within and external to U-M, infrastructure and database development, support for clinician and ancillary personnel in the clinic, clinical data collection, biological specimen collection, remote data collection, initiation of research plan, and data analysis. Our goal is to make every patient a research subject, and to define the genetic, environmental, behavioral and other components of individuals that contribute to their distinct emergent property related to health and disease. The goal is to also utilize the data to stratified an individual in order apply interventions that lead to the prevention, improved treatment, or cure of disease. The institute anticipates investing up to $2.5 million per year to support the funded projects. What are the criteria for funding? Impact on improving the lives of patients; Innovation in understanding the variability in onset or progression of disease, and reasons for differential response to treatment; Potential for future funding by the NIH or other external agencies; Potential for increased reimbursement for care by insurance companies, or cost savings to the medical system; and, Enhanced interactions with basic or other science disciplines (teams). Letter of intent:  Description of the proposed program. Who is going to work together and what will be their roles? Have you worked together in the past? Where do you want to perform this work? What infrastructure is needed to accomplish the goals? Who will you need to partner with to succeed? What are the present barriers to your success? What are your plans for downstream funding? Note: not all of these points must be addressed in the LOI. We seek to understand your vision for bringing science into the clinic. The main request here is for an outline of what you want to do and why it will be impactful. There is no deadline. Letters of intent are accepted on a rolling basis, and should be submitted to managing director Grace Wu (glwu@umich.edu). We encourage questions. You may contact us with written questions through Grace Wu (glwu@umich.edu). We’re happy to meet with individuals or teams to discuss ideas.




Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Program ($2,500,000 award, deadline February 15th, 2019). https://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/biomedical-sciences/physician-scientist-institutional-program  The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is offering a second round of the Physician-Scientist Institutional Awards (PSIA) program which was instituted in 2017 to increase the number of single degree M.D.’s who enter research. A one-step full application submission will be utilized with proposals due February 15, 2019. The PSIA advisory committee will review novel and innovative proposals that demonstrate how institutions will utilize a $2.5 million grant from BWF that outlines opportunities and support for the M.D. (only) to pursue training that will enable her/him to launch and continue a successful career as an independent investigator. Ten to 12 finalists will be selected and will be required to come to BWF headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC for an interview May 16/17, 2019. Up to five awards ($2,500,000 each) will be made in this program cycle. Full Proposal Deadline: Feb 15, 2019 by 4:00pm EST.


Taub Foundation – Grants Program for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research ($600,000 award, deadline November 8th, 2018).  https://hria.org/tmf/taub/?utm_source=Taub%202018%20Cycle&utm_campaign=Taub%20RFA&utm_medium=email  High-Impact, Innovative Translational Research to Advance the Treatment and Prevention of MDS. The Taub Foundation Grants Program for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research was created to support high-impact, innovative translational research to understand the underlying causes of MDS and to advance its treatment and prevention. The Program specifically focuses on MDS research, exclusive of AML and MPN. Studies focusing on molecular genetics, epigenetics, splicing factors, stem cells, the microenvironment and novel therapeutic targets relevant to MDS are encouraged. Innovative studies with transformative potential to elucidate MDS etiology and to develop new treatments are particularly encouraged. The Taub Program supports independent investigators at all stages of their careers.  To promote the expansion of the MDS research field collaborative efforts and proposals from young investigators and those from non-MDS fields are encouraged to apply. Three-year awards of $600,000 ($200,000 per year, inclusive of 10% indirect costs) will be made to independent investigators working in non-profit, non-governmental academic, medical, or research institutions within the United States. Collaborative efforts are encouraged. Due Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 12:00 Noon ET.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program 2019 ($590,000 award, deadline January 9th, 2019).https://www.hhmi.org/programs/hanna-h-gray-fellows-program#Overview  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) believes that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI seeks to increase diversity in biomedical science by recruiting and retaining individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community. Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows will have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity during the duration of the award. Postdoctoral Training Phase: Fellows will receive annual support of a $60,000 salary for the initial year and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through a non-renewable grant to the training institution. This phase of the award is for a minimum of two and maximum of four years. Faculty Phase: Fellows will receive $250,000 in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance per year, paid through a non-renewable grant to the institution where they have attained a faculty position. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years. The deadline for applications is January 9, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. (ET).


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

  • Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal – Technology, Infrastructure and Health ($400,000 award, deadline October 17th, 2018).  https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/submit-a-proposal.html?rid=0034400001rm28IAAQ&et_cid=1371822  Where we live, how we get around, and how we work and play are increasingly influenced by technology. As we look to the future, we anticipate changes to our infrastructure, spurred by technological innovation, that could significantly impact our health. Whether considering how driverless transportation will reshape cities or how large data centers might impact rural communities, we are interested in understanding how emerging technologies will transform infrastructure in ways that might help or hinder opportunities for everyone in America to live a healthier life, now and in the future. With regard to technology, we are primarily interested in digital technologies—the electronic tools, systems and structures that generate, store, and interpret data. These range from sensors and server farms, to virtual reality and more. When we talk about infrastructure, we mean physical infrastructure, like roads and electrical grids, as well as data infrastructure, which generates, collects and supports the flow of information, and human infrastructure—the network of people—that supports the functioning of society. Through this exploration we’re looking for projects that explore the relationship between technology, infrastructure, and health and examine how technology’s impact on infrastructure in the near future (5-10 years) could influence our efforts to improve health equity in the United States. Projects should be future-oriented, cultivating lessons that will hold relevance in the years to come, and can include, but are not limited to: Explorations of how data-driven infrastructure will enable or constrain access to healthy choices in everyday life. Frameworks for how we support design, decision-making and governance of infrastructures that will ensure more equitable health outcomes for all in America. Meta-analyses of how patterns of technology use influence decisions about the use and value of physical spaces. Projects that document the ways in which Internet of Things-based sensor networks and surveillance infrastructure are increasingly embedded in public spaces with varying impacts on health and well-being. Applied research projects that identify new ways to govern and regulate the development and application of data-driven technologies that have an impact on infrastructure and health. Historical analyses of the technology industry’s impact on health via infrastructure—translating these lessons into best practices for various stakeholders. We are not interested in projects that primarily focus on building new structures, applications or online platforms, or in sustaining or scaling existing programs or interventions. Priority will be given to proposals that: Have a clearly-articulated focus on improving health equity; Focus at the population, rather than individual level; Include cross-sector collaboration or a multi-disciplinary effort or initiative; Prioritize community engagement; Explore the potential for emerging trends to impact our ability to build a Culture of Health; and Are both timely and future-oriented, cultivating lessons that are relevant now and will be in the years to come. Dollar amount/duration: For this funding opportunity, we will award up to $2.4 million to fund projects within the $200,000-$400,000 budget range and with a project term of between 12-36 months. Time period: Please submit your ideas for Technology, Infrastructure and Health by October 17, 2018.


  • Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation on Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood ($300,000 award, deadline October 3rd, 2018).  https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2018/her-special-solicitation-on-beverage-consumption-in-early-childh.html?rid=0034400001rm28IAAQ&et_cid=1371503  Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program, which supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies with strong potential to promote the health and well-being of children at a population-level. Specifically, HER aims to help all children achieve optimal nutrition and a healthy weight. HER issues calls for proposals (CFP) to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Healthy Eating Research program goals are to: Establish a research base for PSE strategies that promote the health and well-being of children at the population level, primarily through achieving healthy dietary patterns without excess weight gain. Build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers. Ensure that findings are communicated effectively to inform the development of nutrition and obesity-related solutions in the form of PSE changes, with a particular focus on promoting health equity. This CFP focuses exclusively on research that informs the development of policy and environmental strategies that: 1) decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and/or 2) increase access to and consumption of safe water among 0- to 5-year-olds in the United States, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at-risk for poor nutrition and obesity. Each grant will award up to $300,000 for up to 24 months. October 3, 2018 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of concept papers. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.


Parkinson’s Foundation:

  • Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Award ($300,000 award, Letter of Intent deadline November 19th, 2018). http://www.parkinson.org/research/Grant-Opportunities/Fahn-Awards  The award acts as a bridge to ensure promising early career scientists stay in the Parkinson’s research field, helping us solve, treat and end the disease. In today’s funding environment, as young scientists navigate the path from mentored to independent research, they face a “valley of death” between their scientific potential and the funding they need to make it happen. This award can stem Parkinson’s research talent loss. In conjunction with their institution’s commitment, the award gives junior investigators the support they need to develop their own independent funding source (such as an NIH R01 award) and stay in the PD research field. Becoming an independent research leader with his or her own research space is the ultimate goal. The Parkinson’s Foundation seeks clinical, pre-clinical or basic research proposals that will directly impact the understanding of Parkinson’s or its treatment from promising early career scientists. Successful projects should include novel PD research hypotheses and be inventive in methodology or approach. Level of Support: Each award provides $300,000 in total costs.


  • Movement Disorders Fellowships ($207,500 award, deadline January 7th, 2019).  http://parkinson.org/research/Grant-Opportunities/Parkinsons-Foundation-Institutional-Movement-Disorders-Training-Award?_ga=2.200355369.644422466.1536965274-1537955967.1526554928 The award provides an institution with the funds to support the two-year long training of an incoming movement disorders fellow, covering their salary and associated costs. The institution is responsible for recruiting and selecting the fellow to receive training – this is not an award to an individual. Programs will be evaluated on their track record for training fellows in movement disorders; this includes their clinical care and research environments and training opportunities. Programs that provide Fellows with in-depth exposure to clinical research in addition to clinical training are encouraged to apply. Programs will nominate an incoming Fellow for consideration as part of the application process. Level of Support: The award provides annual support of up to $75,000 for salary, matching the institution’s PGY-5/6 pay scale. An additional 25% of salary will be included for other costs such as fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, research allowance, and travel. A stipend of $10,000 is provided for dedicated mentoring support. The potential total award is $103,750 per year for up to two years. The Foundation is accepting proposals to fund the training of both 2019 and 2020 Fellows. Deadlines are the same for each cohort.


  • Clinical Research Award ($200,000 award, Letter of Intent deadline January 22nd, 2019).http://www.parkinson.org/research/Grant-Opportunities/clinical-research-awards This two-year award supports the research expenses of a clinician scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s disease. Clinician scientists of all stages (from fellows to established faculty) may apply but preference will be given to the support of junior investigators. Level of Support: The Parkinson’s Foundation Clinical Research Award is for $200,000 total over two years.




Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation:




Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation:

  • Career Development Grant ($225,000 award, Letter of Intent deadline October 1st, 2018).  http://www.oref.org/grants-and-awards/grant-programs/general-grants Encourages investigators to commit to scientific research. Research may be basic, translational, clinical and/or health services. Funding: $225,000 grant ($75,000 per year). 


  • Prospective Clinical Research Grant ($150,000 award, Letter of Intent deadline October 11th, 2018). http://www.oref.org/grants-and-awards/grant-programs/general-grants  Promotes clinical research and provides funding for promising prospective studies (studies that occur over the course of time and typically track the outcomes of a group over that time) in the areas of high clinical importance in orthopaedic surgery. Funding: $150,000 grant ($50,000 per year) LOIs are due October 11, 2018 by 10:59 p.m. CDT.


  • Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Biologics Research Grant ($98,000 award, deadline December 6th, 2018). http://www.oref.org/grants-and-awards/grant-programs/research-specific-grants  OREF in partnership with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF Biologics) offers seed money for new investigators conducting research on biologic skeletal reconstruction, including implants and stem cells. Research may be basic or clinical. Clinical relevance must be clearly noted in the abstract and specific aims and be obvious from the title and study design. Funding: $98,000 grant ($49,000 per year) (Directed program).


King Faisal 2020 Prize in Medicine on the Topic of Haemoglobinopathies – Request for Nominations ($200,000 award, deadline March 31st, 2019).  https://kingfaisalprize.org/invitations-to-nominate/ Nominations are accepted from universities, scientific institutions and research centers. More than one candidate may be nominated, irrespective of their affiliation with the nominating institution. More than one laureate may share the Prize. Prize components: A certificate written in Arabic calligraphy featuring the laureate’s name with a brief description of the work for which s/he is awarded the Prize. A commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medallion. A sum of SR 750,000 (US$200,000). All required documents must be received no later than March 31st, 2019.


Arrigo Recordati International Prize for Scientific Research – Call for Nominations ($116,203 award, deadline December 15th, 2018).  https://prize.recordati.it/

The International Prize for Scientific Research Arrigo Recordati was established in the year 2000 in memory of the Italian pharmaceutical entrepreneur Arrigo Recordati to carry on his legacy and to inspire scientists and researchers to make important discoveries benefiting people worldwide in the field of cardiovascular disease. 2019 Edition: The ninth edition will promote scientific research in the area of Rare Diseases. International projects within the area of rare/orphan diseases treatment are eligible to apply as long the disease concerned has a prevalence of not more than 1 in 2000. The International Prize for Scientific Research Arrigo Recordati is open to researchers of all nationalities who are not in any way directly affiliated with pharmaceutical or medical device companies. The 2019 Award will be given in recognition of ongoing research projects, for which preliminary results, such as proof-of-concept and proof-of-principle, have already been obtained. The winner project will be announced during an Award Ceremony at the 2019 Society for the Study if Inborn Errors of Metabolism Congress (2019 SSIEM, Rotterdam, 2nd--6th September) and will receive a research grant of € 100,000. Submission of initial proposals (Summary Page and Letter of Intent): 15th December 2018. 


American Association for Cancer Research – Genentech Cancer Health Disparities Research Fellowships ($110,000 award, deadline November 15th, 2018).  https://www.aacr.org/Funding/Pages/Funding-Detail.aspx?ItemID=80  The AACR-Genentech Cancer Health Disparities Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct cancer health disparities research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to cancer health disparities. These fellowships provide two-year grants of $110,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on mentored cancer health disparities research. A partial amount of funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses. AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 15, 2018, using the proposalCENTRAL website at https://proposalcentral.altum.com.


Entelligence – Young Investigator Program in Cardiopulmonary Medicine ($100,000 award, Letter of Intent deadline November 2nd, 2018).  http://entelligencemd.org/ ENTELLIGENCE is a program for basic science, translational, and clinical research in the field of cardiopulmonary medicine. The program provides opportunities for individual young investigators to promote quality medical care and enhance patients' lives by supporting research in pulmonary hypertension (PH) related to expanding our knowledge of the pathways involved in pulmonary vascular pathobiology. Every project awarded will receive up to $100,000.


Kidney Cancer Research Alliance – KCCure 2018 Innovation Award ($100,000 award, deadline November 2nd, 2018). https://kccure.org/research-grant-request-for-proposals/ The Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure) is offering a $100,000 research grant for a pilot project focused on cutting-edge, innovative scientific research in kidney cancer.  Proposed projects should develop a new research direction, explore an innovative idea, test an unconventional, but potentially important, new hypothesis, or ascertain the feasibility of a new research approach. The application deadline is November 2, 2018.