Requests 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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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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Thrasher Research Fund Invites Concept Papers for Early Career Grants
POSTED: December 3, 2017
DEADLINE: March 13, 2018 (Concept Paper)
The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of children’s diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications. The fund is inviting concept papers for its Early Career Awards Grants program. Through the program, the fund awards small grants of up to $25,000 to new researchers to help them gain a foothold in the area of pediatric research. The program is open to physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program or who completed that program no more than one year before the date of submission of the concept paper and postdocs who received the doctoral level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the concept paper. Concept papers must be received no later than March 13, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 27, 2018.

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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.