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.


When Everyone Survives Foundation Issues RFP for Innovative Leukemia Research
POSTED: February 8, 2017
DEADLINE: March 1, 2017
The Foundation advances cures and treatment for leukemia by investing in new research. To that end, the foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for innovative leukemia research. One-year grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to new and established investigators for laboratory, translational, or clinical research related to acute leukemia. Renewal of initial research support may be considered for one or more additional years based on the progress of the research.


American Society for Reproductive Medicine Invites Applications From Junior Investigators
POSTED: August 8, 2016
DEADLINE: March 7, 2017
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine seeks applications for its Research Grants program, an annual program designed to facilitate the research of new investigators; provide bridge funds for projects; and foster the development of innovative research. ASRM research grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for project expenses, technical assistance, patient expenses, research supplies, and durable laboratory equipment. Innovative projects or projects that have previously been funded by other sources and are in need of bridge funding are appropriate. Proposals from junior faculty, particularly those in their first 3 years of faculty appointment, will receive priority. Applicants must have earned an M.D. and/or Ph.D. and/or D.O. and/or D.V.M. degree or their equivalent; be an independent investigator who has completed his/her training and has a full-time faculty/research staff appointment as of July 1, 2016; and have been an active or associate member of ASRM since at least July 1, 2015.


RWJF Invites Applications for Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
POSTED: February 9, 2017
DEADLINE: March 15, 2017
The Program was established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and dentistry and work to encourage the development of future physicians and dentists from similar backgrounds. The program awards up to 10 four-year postdoctoral research grants. Grant recipients will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000, with a $30,000 annual grant toward support of their research activities.

Applicants must be a physician or dentist from a historically disadvantaged background (ethnic, financial or educational); a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and have completed or in the process of completing their formal clinical training. (Preference will be given to those who have recently completed their formal clinical training.)


CHEST Foundation Seeks Grant Proposals for COPD Research
POSTED: January 28, 2017
DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

As the charitable foundation for the American College of Chest Physicians, the CHEST Foundation champions lung health by supporting clinical research, patient education, and community service. In 2017, the foundation will award one-year grants of up to $50,000 in support of research that addresses the clinical, population, or community engagement/health services aspects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and that has relevance to the prevention and/or reduction in morbidity or mortality associated with COPD.

Applicants must be a licensed physician and member of CHEST in good standing at the time of application. Physicians-in-training (residents or fellows), other healthcare professionals, or clinical researchers with relevant experience also are eligible to apply.


CHEST Foundation Seeks Applications for Asthma Research Grant
POSTED: February 10, 2017
DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
The CHEST Foundation champions lung health for all Americans through support for clinical research, patient education, and community service. The foundation seeks applications for its 2017 Research Grant in Asthma. A single grant of $30,000 will be awarded to a research project that addresses a clinical, population, or community engagement/health services aspect of asthma with relevance to the understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and/or treatment of the condition. Basic research projects will not be considered.

Applicants must be a licensed physician and CHEST member in good standing at the time of application. Physicians-in-training (residents or fellows), other healthcare professionals, and clinical researchers with relevant experience also will be considered. Special consideration will be given to early-career investigators and applicants. Teams are encouraged to apply.


Aneurysm and AVM Foundation Seeks Applications for Research Projects
POSTED: January 28, 2017
DEADLINE: April 3, 2017
The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives of and improving medical care for those affected by aneurysm and other vascular malformations of the brain. TAAF is an all-volunteer organization run by survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals.As part of its mission, the foundation is seeking applications for scientific research projects with the potential to significantly move the field forward toward effective understanding of the mechanisms of cerebrovascular disease. TAAF grants respond to the cerebrovascular community’s need for projects that highlight innovative research strategies that will support the development of novel cerebrovascular therapies, clinical management, and patient recovery.

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to investigators at all levels. Grant recipients will be expected to present their research at the Aneurysm and AVM Foundation’s annual meeting or at an Awareness Walk event.


Angelman Syndrome Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
POSTED: February 3, 2017
DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
The mission of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by deficiency of the ubiquitin protein ligase UBE3A in the brain. The foundation advances this mission through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, their families, and other concerned parties. The foundation is accepting proposals for projects in the pre-clinical, translational, and clinical research stage that investigate any or all aspects of Angelman syndrome. Priority will be given to pilot projects that test new ideas about pathogenesis and therapeutics of Angelman syndrome, translational research, and clinical research studies. Of particular interest 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.
One- or two-year grants will be awarded for various amounts of up to $100,000 per year. Researchers from all countries are encouraged to apply.


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.


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.