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RFPRequests for Proposals in Medical Research from various private funding sources are posted below. These are updated regularly with grants with the shortest deadlines or that require letters of intent posted first.

Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for submission assistance, eligibility questions, or other grant  funding questions.

Contact Stephen Schafer, Ph.D., Executive Director of Development, UAMS Office of Corporations and Foundations, SJSchafer@uams.edu for questions about  a specific corporation or foundation.
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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Seeks Proposals for New Alzheimer’s Drug Trials
POSTED: January 13, 2015
DEADLINE: Open
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is accepting proposals for clinical trials of innovative drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Award grants of up to $1.5 million for biomarker-based pilot clinical trials of Alzheimer drugs at the proof-of-concept phase. Particularly interested in projects aimed at testing drugs approved for other indications in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as therapies that address energy utilization/mitochondria function, insulin sensitivity, protein degradation/autophagy, ApoE function and cholesterol metabolism, vesicular trafficking, inflammatory pathways, synaptic function/morphology, calcium regulation, myelin changes, ischemia and oxidative stress, vascular injury, and the blood-brain barrier interface. Nonprofit academic institutions and for-profit biotechnology companies are eligible to apply. Deadlines in 2015 for full proposals are March 10, June 16, September 22, and December 10. Letters of Intent are required at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.
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SFARI Invites Applications for Explorer Awards
POSTED: December 15, 2015
DEADLINE: Open (response time as early as thirty days)
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative seeks to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding novel research of the highest quality and relevance. SFARI is inviting applications for its SFARI Explorer Awards program, which is designed to enhance the foundation’s existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to focused experiments highly relevant to its mission. The foundation seeks to increase the scientific community’s engagement and understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support the exploratory stage of projects with the potential to develop into competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Novel, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. Applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder are encouraged.
One-year grants of up to $70,000, including indirect costs, will be awarded. All applicants and key collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. No citizenship or country requirements.

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Hope for Warriors Accepting Applications for Critical Care Support for Wounded Veterans
POSTED: November 14, 2017
DEADLINE: Open
Hope For The Warriors believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, the organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources. The Hope for the Warriors’ Critical Care Coordination program has expanded to assist the post-9/11 combat-wounded and their families as they navigate through long-term recovery.
Program case coordinators work daily with post-9/11 combat-wounded service members and veterans, their families, and families of the fallen to meet immediate financial needs. The program assists the service members, veterans, and their families by providing casework assistance and resource referrals that will assist the client both today and in the future. To be eligible, applicants must be seeking support for needs that are a direct result of a service member’s post-9/11 combat-related injury.

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American Tinnitus Association Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
POSTED: April 4, 2017
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017
For over 40 years, the American Tinnitus Association has helped patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and raised resources for advanced tinnitus research. Since 1971, ATA has contributed nearly $6 million to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus.
in 2017, ATA will award a grant of up to $50,000 for innovative and high-quality research that substantively contributes to the scientific understanding of tinnitus and advances the search for a cure. The program focuses on providing seed grants for the most innovative areas of tinnitus scientific exploration. Proposals are measured against ATA’s “Roadmap for a Cure,” a framework for how tinnitus research can best — and most rapidly — be used to achieve a definitive cure for tinnitus.

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American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Accepting LOIs for Pilot Grants
POSTED: October 19, 2017
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017 (Letters of Intent)
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is accepting Letters of Intent for its Pilot Grants program. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of basic, translational, or clinical research projects in head and neck oncology. Clinical or translational research studies are strongly encouraged and should be specifically related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, or pathophysiology of head and neck neoplastic disease.
Applicants must reside in the United States or Canada and be a medical student, resident, PhD, or faculty member at the rank of associate professor or below. LOIs must be received no later than December 15, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by January 16, 2018.

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McKnight Endowment for Neuroscience Accepting Applications From Emerging Investigators
POSTED: November 17, 2017
DEADLINE: January 8, 2018
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience seeks applications for the 2018 McKnight Scholar Awards and encourages emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Preference is given to applicants working on problems with immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues. Each McKnight Scholar will receive $75,000 annually for three years. Funds may be used in any way that facilitates development of the scholar’s research program (but not for indirect costs). Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or other suitable advanced degree; have a record of meritorious research; have a commitment to neuroscience; have a tenure-track appointment at a U.S.-based sponsoring institution (to which the award will be paid); no more than 4 years of experience in an independent/tenure-track faculty position (exceptions may be made for parental leave); and provide documentation that the sponsoring institution has government approval for the applicant to work in the U.S.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation Invites Proposals for Innovative Educational Projects
POSTED: November 14, 2017
DEADLINE: January 10, 2018
Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better health care and benefits, aids in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides the path to adventure through adaptive sports for paralyzed American veterans. The foundation has 6 topic categories for funding consideration, including consumer, caregiver, and community education; professional development and education; research utilization and dissemination; assistive technology; conferences and symposia; and consumer guides. Projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, and aim to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.
The foundation supports one-year projects with a maximum of $50,000; conferences and symposia are supported at a maximum of $15,000.

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Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Invites Applications for Mentored Research
POSTED: October 19, 2017
DEADLINE: January 12, 2018
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is inviting applications from new investigators for its PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award. A single grant of $50,000 will be awarded for a one-year patient-oriented research project focused on Parkinson’s disease or other Parkinsonian disorders under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. The goal of the award is to provide funding for an investigator who has the potential to become an independent researcher in the field. To be eligible, applicants should be a clinician and scientist who is within five years of having completed formal training. Fellows may apply.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
POSTED: November 10, 2017
DEADLINE: January 16, 2018
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting applications for its 2018 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program with grants of up to $60,000 over three years to support career-development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (including affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping the fellow advance into a career in biomedical or medical research.
Up to 12 grants will be awarded for enrichment activities annually. Grants are meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported by other sources.

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Parkinson’s Foundation Accepting Applications for Clinical Research Award
POSTED: November 4, 2017
DEADLINE: January 22, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
The Parkinson’s Foundation is accepting applications for its Clinical Research Award. Grants of up to $200,000 over two years will be awarded to support the research expenses of a clinician-scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s disease. Clinician-scientists at all stages of their career (from fellows to established faculty) may apply, but preference will be given to junior investigators. Letters of Intent are due on January 22, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by April 16, 2018.

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ASTRO Accepting Applications for 2018 Minority Summer Oncology Fellowship Award
POSTED: November 4, 2017
DEADLINE: February 2, 2018
The American Society for Radiation Oncology is accepting applications for its 2018 Minority Summer Fellowship Award designed to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Although medical students in all years are encouraged to apply, preference is given to first- and second-year students. The fellowship will expose medical students to clinical, basic, and translational research questions in radiation oncology. It provides each student with a $4,500 package including a $3,500 stipend for the 8-week training program (exceptions made for a longer program are approved by ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and $1,000 toward the cost of travel to the 2019 annual meeting.  Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. medical school and  identify a mentor (who is an ASTRO member) with a successful research record. Research must be undertaken at a North American institution during the summer of 2018.

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Klingenstein Fund Invites Applications for Neuroscience Fellowships
POSTED: November 29, 2017
DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

The awards are presented to highly promising early-career scientists to promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.Payable over three years, the $225,000 award may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or any other purpose that promotes the scientific activities of the fellow.

Investigators must hold a PhD and/or MD degree and have completed all their research training, including postdoctoral training. In addition, the applicant must be an independent investigator within four years (between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2018) of receiving his/her first tenure-track appointment at a university or medical institution.

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American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Accepting Applications for Career Development Grants
POSTED: November 29, 2017
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, in partnership with the Simons Foundation, has announced its 2018 competition for research fellowships in the neurosciences. The awards are presented to highly promising early-career scientists. At a critical juncture in young investigators’ careers when funding can be a challenge, the awards are intended to promote higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects. Payable over 3 years, the $225,000 award may be used for salary support, research assistants, equipment, or any other purpose that promotes the scientific activities of the fellow. Investigators must hold a PhD and/or MD degree and have completed all their research training, including postdoctoral training. In addition, the applicant must be an independent investigator within four years (between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2018) of receiving his/her first tenure-track appointment at a university or medical institution.

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Angelman Syndrome Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
POSTED: November 13, 2017
DEADLINE: April 15, 2018
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation advances awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a deficiency of the ubiquitin protein ligase UBE3A in the brain. The foundation advances this mission through education, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families, and other concerned parties. The foundation seeks proposals for projects in the preclinical, translational, and clinical research areas that investigate any or all aspects of Angelman syndrome. Priority will be given to projects focused on testing new ideas about the pathogenesis and therapeutics of Angelman syndrome, translational research, and clinical research studies. Of particular interest to ASF are studies related to communication, behavioral issues, and identification of issues and treatments that impact the daily life of people with Angelman syndrome and their families. 1-2 year grants of up to $100,000 a year will be awarded, and researchers from any country are encouraged to apply.