Find medical research funding from various private funding sources below. These funding opportunities are for planning purposes and most are offered yearly with different deadlines.

Some foundations only allow 1 submission/institution. UAMS faculty that apply for such funding must submit through the Limited submissions portal. When more than one submission is entered for a particular foundation, the UAMS Research Committee and Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation must approve the single UAMS foundation application to move forward.

Contact Institutional Advancement for info. on specific foundations.

Contact Research and Sponsored Programs for submission assistance, eligibility, etc.
COVID-19 Foundation Grants
This extensive Grant Forward listing of available coronavirus-related funding and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations is updated on a daily basis.
Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT)
DEADLINES: Yearly January, April, July, October (LOIs required 2 weeks prior)
PACT addresses innovative pharmacologic interventions tested in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease/related dementias. It 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 to $5 million (based on stage/scope); duration (multi-year).
Arkansas Blue & You Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: Yearly mid-July
The Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation promotes better AR health and awards ~$3 million in grants/yr. to nonprofit or governmental organizations/programs that improve the health of Arkansans. The online application for grants of $5,000 to $150,000 is open January 1 – July 15 annually.
Pew Charitable Trusts Research Funding
Pew Research Scholars help expand access to substance abuse treatment, develop new antibiotics, improve electronic health records, make dental care more accessible, and provide better oversight of drugs and other health care products.  These explorations include vaccines for measles and polio, insulin for diabetes, antibiotics for infections, medications for high blood pressure, and new strategies to treat/prevent cancer. See guidelines. One submission/institution is allowed. Submit via the Research and Innovation limited submission portal.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites ‘Pioneering Ideas’ Proposals
DEADLINE: Brief proposal period opens; applications accepted on a rolling basis
This program awards applications for cutting-edge ideas/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/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

NASA-EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
NASA EPSCoR objectives are: 1) Develop research infrastructure in EPSCoR jurisdictions of strategic importance to NASA’s mission; 2) Improve capabilities outside the NASA EPSCoR program; 3) Develop partnerships between NASA research, industry, and EPSCoR jurisdictions’ academic institutions; 4) Add to the overall research infrastructure, science/technology capabilities, higher education, and/or jurisdiction’s economic development.
Research Infrastructure Development (RID) awards – Build/strengthen relationships with NASA researchers for 3 yrs (and 1 yr. no cost extension). Awards are $125,000 per yr.  Announced every 3-5 yrs, per fund availability.  Research Awards – Develop high-priority NASA research/technology.  Awards up to $750,000 for 3 yrs.  Announced yearly, pending fund availability.  International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity Awards – Awards up to $100,000 for 3 yrs.  Announced yearly, per fund availability.  Rapid Response Research (R3) – Addresses research important to NASA quickly. EPSCoR and NASA researchers work directly to solve program/mission problems. Awards up to $100,000 for 1 yr. NASA announces R3 awards as required and per fund availability.


Foundation 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