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.
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Seeks Proposals for New Alzheimer’s Drug Trials
POSTED: January 13, 2015
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.
SFARI Invites Applications for Explorer Awards
POSTED: December 15, 2015
DEADLINE: Rolling (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.
March of Dimes Invites Applications for 2017 Research Program
POSTED: January 29, 2017
DEADLINE: April 30, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
The March of Dimes invites applications from investigators for research grants relevant to its mission of helping moms have full-term pregnancies and research on the problems threatening the health of babies. This includes biological processes governing differentiation and development, the genetics and genomics of these processes, clinical studies, reproductive health and environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies concerning cognitive and behavioral risks that affect pregnancy outcomes, the perinatal period, and subsequent child development.
There is no set amount for a general MOD research grant, but a typical grant award is ~$100,000 per year. Although grants don’t cover the PI’s or other faculty salaries, they may used to provide technical salary support. Grants are awarded for a 3 year period, but may be for less. Applicants must be a scientist with a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a university, hospital, or nonprofit research institution.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than April 30, 2017; the submission deadline for the complete application is September 15, 2017.
Donaghue Foundation Issues RFP for 2017 Greater Value Portfolio Grants
POSTED: March 15, 2017
DEADLINE: May 1, 2017 (Letters of Intent)
The Donaghue Medical Research Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2017 Greater Value Portfolio grant program. It will award three-, four-, and five-year grants of up to $600,000 for projects with an innovative approach to achieving a higher-value healthcare system. The goal of the program is to test new approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the health care they provide to their patients and communities.
Eligible topics include strategies that significantly increase the value of traditionally high-cost procedures through mechanisms such as medical tourism or specialty treatment centers; methods or approaches that reduce routine treatments, tests, and screenings for patients for whom the potential harms (including financial) outweigh potential benefits; efforts to provide consumers with the tools to make decisions about their health care that are based on value in addition to other patient-centered factors; strategies that encourage providers and their patients with serious illnesses to engage in difficult conversations about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options; efforts to identify, highlight, and resolve structural disincentives to greater value or inefficiencies within systems or across healthcare settings; the creation of economic models that address current financial disincentives for systemic change (i.e., paying for current programs with future savings or paying for social determinants of health with the savings from lower clinical services); and worthy, inexpensive clinical interventions that are currently underused. Open to investigators at tax-exempt organizations in the U&.S., Letters of Intent must be received no later than May 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by July 31, 2017.
American Society for Hematology Seeks Applications for Research Projects
POSTED: March 13, 2017
DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
The American Society for Hematology is dedicated to the causes and treatment of blood disorders, and to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems through support for research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy.
ASH seeks proposals from hematologists whose research would not otherwise be accomplished due to cuts in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The Bridge Grants program will provide at least thirty one-year awards annually, in the amount of $150,000 each, to ASH members who applied for an NIH R01 grant or equivalent but were denied funding due to budget cuts. Grants support projects in basic, translational, patient-oriented, and outcomes-based research. To be eligible, applicants must hold a faculty position in an academic institution or the equivalent position in a nonprofit research organization and have submitted a hematology-related R01 or equivalent application to NIH in the past eighteen months that was scored but not funded. ASH membership is required at the time of application and throughout the award period.
PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Invites Applications for Research Grants
POSTED: October 3, 2016
DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
PSC Partners Seeking a Cure is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to provide education and support to patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, their families, and their caregivers and raise funds to research the causes, treatments, and cures for PSC, an autoimmune disease that causes the bile ducts inside and outside the liver to become scarred, narrowed, and eventually blocked.
The foundation offers grants of up to $60,000 over two years for research projects that address an important and novel, basic, or clinical research question related to PSC and closely allied diseases (such as inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease) as they relate to PSC.
Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to identify a cure for the disease and/or identify novel therapies that may significantly delay the time to liver transplantation, prevent disease recurrence following liver transplantation, and/or improve quality of life for those with PSC.
The foundation recognizes that much fundamental research is necessary to discover the environmental factors that may trigger the disease in genetically susceptible individuals and would like to encourage research proposals aimed at identifying the gene-environment interactions contributing to disease initiation and progression. The foundation also is interested in funding research that explores PSC-related diseases (UC, and Crohn’s disease) and the ways that they impact, enable, or perhaps cause PSC.
Research that will be complementary to the goals and objectives of the International PSC Study Group, including investigation of the functional roles of genes associated with susceptibility to and severity of PSC, also is encouraged.
Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Funding
POSTED: March 20, 2017
DEADLINE: May 3, 2017
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. They fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.
Currently seeking applications on the following four topics until May 3, 2017:
• Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains;
• New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings;
• Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change;
• Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems;
Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Spanish will be available very soon. We also invite you to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings will save lives.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Accepting Applications for 2017 Reach Awards
POSTED: March 13, 2017
DEADLINE: May 22, 2017
The purpose of the foundation’s Reach Awards program is to advance its mission to find cures and better treatments for childhood cancers by providing support to move hypothesis-driven research into the clinic. To that end, the program supports late translational studies needed to ultimately initiate a clinical trial. Priority will be given to those research projects which, if funded, will result in the initiation of a clinical trial within two to three years. A successful application will identify an unmet clinical need relevant to the care of patients with pediatric cancer and describe how the work performed will allow for the translation of hypothesis-driven research to the clinic keeping broader clinical testing and implementation in view.
Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded over two years.
Primary applicants may be an assistant-, associate-, or professor-level investigator with a track record of discovery, investigation, and external funding. Applicants may be an M.D., D.O., Ph.D, or M.D./Ph.D. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated track record of pediatric cancer research and have experience in translational research. Multiple investigator applications that bring together pairs or teams of researchers with complementary expertise are encouraged.
Children’s Heart Foundation Seeks Applications for Research Projects
POSTED: March 17, 2017
DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
The Children’s Heart Foundation has issued a call for research proposals focused on clinical pediatric cardiology, basic science, and the advancement of surgical techniques.
Grants of up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of two years will be awarded for new research in the areas of molecular genetics/biochemistry, devices/procedural research (catheterization and surgical), and long-term care of children with congenital heart defects as they become adults.
The foundation’s medical advisory board will review proposals by late fall 2017, with those recommended for a grant receiving their awards in December.
Blue & You Foundation Invites Applications for Arkansas Health Programs
POSTED: February 20, 2017
DEADLINE: July 14, 2017
The Blue & You Foundation seeks applications from programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. Priority will be given to projects affecting healthcare delivery, policy, and economics. Projects must demonstrate strong community, regional, or statewide support, such as co-funding by other community, regional, or statewide organizations or groups. Projects must also demonstrate the operational and financial sustainability to continue after funding from the foundation ends. Grant amounts will range between $5,000 and $150,000. The foundation also offers a simpler application for $1,000 mini-grants to support health-improvement projects in Arkansas. Applications for mini-grants will be accepted in the months of January, February, and March.
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Accepting Applications for Career Development Grants
POSTED: March 11, 2017
DEADLINE: October 1, 2017
The primary mission of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons is to raise and award funds to support research and educational programs related to colon and rectal diseases. The goal of the foundation’s Career Development Award is to provide young surgeons with the support necessary for the initiation and development of an academic career in colorectal surgery. The CDA focuses on career development and mentorship of the individual rather than solely on the research proposal. The award is intended for the academic investigator demonstrating significant creativity in research relevant to the pathophysiology or management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus. Grants of up to $75,000 per year for two years will be awarded through the program.
Applicants must be within five years of their first full-time faculty appointment in the United States or a Canadian government agency or public or private nonprofit medical institution; be a U.S. or Canadian citizen who has completed an approved colorectal surgery training program; and be a member of ASCRS. In addition, applicants must not currently have or have previously received a career development award from another external funding source.