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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Gerber Foundation Seeks Proposals for Pediatric Research Projects
POSTED: December 14, 2017
DEADLINE: June 1, 2018 (Concept Papers)
The foundation awards grants for research focused on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve health, nutrition, and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. Projects can address the etiologic mechanisms of disease; new, improved, or less invasive diagnostic procedures; the reduction or elimination of side effects; the alleviation of symptoms; new, improved, or less invasive therapies or treatments; dosage or dosing requirements or mechanisms for drugs, nutrient supplementation, or other therapeutic measures (under or overdosing); and preventative measures.
The total requested grant size should be no more than $350,000 Concept papers must be received no later than June 1, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 15, 2018.

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Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Invites Proposals for Emerging Leaders Awards
POSTED: May 8, 2018
DEADLINE: June 4, 2018 (LOI)
The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research funds groundbreaking research that integrates discoveries in biology with innovative technology to deliver breakthroughs to patients and is inviting proposals for its Emerging Leaders Awards program, which provides support to early-career investigators engaged in high-impact, high-risk cancer research. Through the annual program, the foundation will award three-year grants of $750,000. The award is intended to support projects for which other sources of funding are not readily available from traditional funding mechanisms or for a separate innovative endeavor that will enhance the PI’s current research portfolio. Letters of Intent must be received no later than June 4. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 18, 2018.

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Vilcek Foundation Invites Applications for Creative Promise Prizes in Biomedical Science
POSTED: April 25, 2018
DEADLINE: June 11, 2018
The Vilcek Foundation aims to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States.
It awards Vilcek Prizes of $50,000 to three young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. The work of applicants may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science.  Applicants must be born outside the USA and not more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2018. Eligible applicants must be naturalized citizens, permanent residents (green card holder), or holders of an H1B or O-1 visa who have been living and working in the United States for at least five years or granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

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Foundation for Women’s Wellness Accepting Applications for 2018 Fellowship Awards
POSTED: April 26, 2018
DEADLINE: June 20, 2018

The Foundation for Women’s Wellness, a nonprofit charity dedicated to improving women’s health by raising support for innovative early-stage research and education, is accepting applications for its 2018 Gridley McKim Smith Fellowship Awards. Two $5,000 grants will be awarded to support basic, clinical, or epidemiological research. The foundation will not consider sociological or population-related investigations. To be eligible, applicants must currently hold or be pursuing an MD and/or PhD at a U.S.-based academic institution and still be in the process of completing his/her education or medical training (specialty training, fellowship, or the like).

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Children’s Leukemia Research Association Seeks Applications for Research Projects
POSTED: December 9, 2017
DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
The Children’s Leukemia Research Association is seeking applications from investigators for promising research projects in the area of childhood leukemia. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to promising projects focused on isolating the causes of and finding a cure for childhood leukemia.

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National Ataxia Foundation Invites LOIs for Research Projects
POSTED: April 24, 2018
DEADLINE: July 16, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
The National Ataxia Foundation is inviting Letters of Intent for its Research Grant program. One-year seed grants of up $15,000 will be awarded to promising research projects, with grants of up to $30,000 possible for early or pilot phases of studies and ongoing investigations. Funding for ataxia-telangiectasia research proposals will receive a lower priority unless they lend themselves to an overall better understanding of the ataxia disease process. Researchers from U.S. and International nonprofit and for-profit institutions are eligible to apply.Letters of Intent must be received no later than July 16. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by August 15, 2018.

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National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs
POSTED: May 17, 2018
DEADLINE: September 12, 2018
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research on a cure for and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The society is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which provides grants to quickly test novel ideas that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restore function, improve quality of life, and/or prevent MS. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation. One-year grants of up to $55,000 will be awarded in support of innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.

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