Corporation/Foundation Funding

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, 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.


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.