Requests for Proposals in Medical Research from various private funding sources are posted below. Some of these funding opportunity deadlines are past. They are retained here for planning purposes as most are offered yearly.  Otherwise, grants with the shortest deadlines or that require letters of intent are posted first.

Contact Research and Sponsored Programs for submission assistance, eligibility, etc.

Contact Kim Evans, J.D., Office of Development with questions on a specific foundation or for limited submissions.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2020 Physician Scientist Fellowship
DEADLINE: Applications due January 7, 2020
Physician Scientist Fellowship (PSF) award supports research during final years of subspecialty fellowship/faculty appointment transition. PSF goals are: 1) support physician scientists in clinical research projects; 2) ensure research protection time to develop research skills; and 3) facilitate strong mentorship bonds. PSF has $100,000 direct costs plus $10,000 (10%) indirect costs/yr for 2 yrs. DDCF will fund 4 proposals in 2020. The priority is to fund candidates with promise of strong research careers.  Women and underrepresented groups in medicine, (e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians) encouraged to apply.

Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials
DEADLINES: January, April, July, October (LOIs required 2 weeks prior)
This program increases the number of innovative pharmacologic interventions tested in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The PACT RFP supports clinical trials, experimental medicine, and regulatory studies for novel drugs (small molecules/biologics including antibodies, peptides, gene therapies), repurposed drugs (approved for other diseases), repositioned drugs (drugs in clinical trials for other indications and not yet been approved), and natural products. Funding up to $5 million (based on stage/scope of research); duration (multi-year).
Arkansas Blue & You Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: July 15, 2019 (Yearly mid-July)
The Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation promotes better health in Arkansas and awards approximately $3 million in grants/yr. to nonprofit or governmental organizations/programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. The online application process for its regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000 is open January 1 – July 15 annually.
Blood Cancer Discoveries Grant Program
DEADLINE: September 3, 2019 (Letter of Intent)
DEADLINE: November 4, 2019 (Full Application)
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (MFCR) and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group (PAFG) announce the Blood Cancer Discoveries Grant Program to encourage basic research, technological innovation, and informatics pipeline development that can lead to an understanding of blood cancer disease mechanisms, the development of improved methods for detecting and monitoring cancer progression, and the identification of novel therapeutic targets. Max funding $750,000 total for 3 yrs.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites ‘Pioneering Ideas’ Proposals
DEADLINE: October 15, 2019 (Brief proposal due; applications accepted on a rolling basis)
The Foundation‘s Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal program is accepting applications for projects that explore cutting-edge ideas and emerging trends for a Culture of Health — defined as “placing well-being at the center of every aspect of individuals’ lives.” The program seeks research, pilot, or demonstration projects; idea sourcing; and network or coalition building. Funding of $150,000 – $350,000 for 1-3 yrs. After review of a brief proposal, RWJF may invite applicants to submit a full proposal for consideration. Sample application

American Heart Association’s Health Technologies & Innovation Strategically Focused Research Network
DEADLINE: November 12, 2019 (Letter of Intent Due); January 7, 2020 (Invited full application due)
“Health Technologies” refer to the application and utilization of organized knowledge and skills, including but not limited to, systems, structures, procedures, software, algorithms, digital health content, hardware and devices developed to solve a health problem and/or improve quality-of-life.  A network is comprised of 3-5 institutions/centers with focused projects that can assist the AHA in its overall mission.


NASA-EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)

EPSCoR provides seed funding to develop an academic research in aerospace and aerospace-related research.  NASA EPSCoR objectives are: 1) Development of research infrastructure in EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission; 2) Improve the capabilities of sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program; 3) Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, industry, and EPSCoR jurisdictions’ academic institutions; 4) Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.
Research Infrastructure Development (RID) awards – Build/strengthen relationships with NASA researchers for 3 yrs with a 1yr. no cost extension. Awards are $125,000 per yr. NASA announces the RID opportunity every 3-5 yrs, pending funding availability.
Research Awards – Address high-priority NASA research/technology development. Awards up to $750,000 for 3 yrs. NASA announces Research Awards yearly, pending funding availability.
International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity Awards – Awards up to $100,000 for a 3yrs. . NASA announces ISS Flight Opportunity Awards yearly, pending funding availability.
Rapid Response Research (R3) – Address research issues important to NASA quickly. EPSCoR researchers work for 1 year directly with NASA researchers to solve program/mission problems. Awards up to $100,000 for a 1yr. NASA announces the R3 awards as required and pending funding availability.

Foundation Funding Resources

American Cancer Institute
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Pharmaceuticals Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (PEW Charitable Trusts)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
V (Victory over Cancer) Foundation