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, 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 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. Seeking 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. Letters of Intent are required at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.
Hope for Warriors Accepting Applications for Critical Care Support for Wounded Veterans
POSTED: November 14, 2017
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. 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.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
POSTED: November 9, 2018
DEADLINE: January 16, 2019
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund seeks applications for its 2018 Postdoc Enrichment Program. Grants of up to $60,000 over three years will be awarded to support career-development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (including its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the U.S. or Canada whose training/professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. Up to 12 grants annually will be awarded in support of enrichment activities. Grants are meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. Eligible, applicants must have no more than 36 months of postdoc research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her PhD; be nominated by a qualified mentor at the institution where the applicant will receive his/her postdoctoral training; gotten a postdoctoral position with funding, and be an underrepresented minorities (i.e., American Indian or Alaska Native, black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Invites Applications for Mentored Research
POSTED: November 22, 2018
DEADLINE: January 18, 2019
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is inviting applications from new investigators for its PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award. A grant of $50,000 will be awarded to a one-year project in patient-oriented research in Parkinson’s disease/disorders under the mentorship of an experienced investigator. The goal is to provide funding for an investigator who has the potential to become an independent researcher.  Eligible applicants should be a clinician/scientist within 5 years of having completed his or her formal training. Fellows may apply.

Parkinson’s Foundation Accepting Applications for Clinical Research Award
POSTED: November 7, 2018
DEADLINE: January 22, 2019 (Letters of Intent)
The Foundation seeks applications for its Clinical Research Award. Through the annual program, grants of up to $200,000 over two years will be awarded to support the research expenses of a clinician-scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s. Clinician-scientists of all stages (from fellows to established faculty) may apply but preference will be given to junior investigators. Physicians must have completed a residency in neurology or be able to demonstrate that their training pathway is of benefit to people with PD. Allied health professionals must hold an advanced research degree, typically a PhD. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate a significant research focus on PD.  Fellows, in a mentored status, or within 2 years of starting an independent position must identify a research mentor to provide oversight of the proposed project.  Selected applicants are invited to submit a full application by April 16, 2019.

CurePSP Seeks Applications From Students for Research on Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
POSTED: June 26, 2018
DEADLINE: January 31, 2019
CurePSP works to increase awareness of progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and other atypical Parkinsonian disorders; funds research toward the treatment, cure, and prevention of such disorders; educates healthcare professionals; and provides support, information, and hope for affected persons and their families. To that end, the organization is accepting applications from students for summer research fellowships.

The Urso Summer Student Program in PSP Research supports students conducting summer research projects focused on PSP. The program seeks to encourage students at all postsecondary levels to pursue research in the field in the hope of making PSP a long-term area of research interest. Projects may focus on any basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological aspect of PSP but must be performed under the supervision of a faculty mentor with expertise in the field.
The maximum award is $3,000. Funds may be budgeted to cover the applicant’s stipend and research-related expenses. Awardees will present the results of their research at the Annual CurePSP Research Symposium in the fall (typically mid-November) following their summer project. CurePSP will provide awardees travel and lodging expenses for the symposium. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students are eligible to apply (residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral fellows are not).

Nominations Invited for 2019 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
POSTED: January 5, 2019
DEADLINE: February 28, 2019
The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is inviting nominations for its Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.
The prize is awarded to an individual in a selected area of chemistry who has done exceptional and original research that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize is awarded biennially and consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate.
The research topic for 2019 is Chemistry in Support of Human Health. The Dreyfus Prize is open to international nominations, and there is no restriction on the number of nominees from a given institution, nor is institutional approval required. Any person may nominate a candidate for the prize, but self-nominations are not accepted.


Davis Phinney Foundation Invites LOIs for Parkinson’s Research
POSTED: January 10, 2019
DEADLINE: March 1, 2019 (Letters of Intent)
The Foundation is committed to funding the most promising research on therapeutics and lifestyle choices that promote living well with Parkinson’s disease.To that end, the foundation will award up to $50,000 in support of innovative research, with a focus on exercise and/or nutrition and Parkinson’s disease. The topic of the research can be interpreted to include a range of investigations, including effects on speech, falls, and non-motor symptoms. Priority will be given to smaller, innovative studies designed to demonstrate proof of concept, paving the way for larger studies or clinical trials. Upon review of LOI, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 31, 2019.

Thrasher Research Fund Invites Concept Papers for Early Career Grants
POSTED: November 28, 2018
DEADLINE: March 12, 2019 (Concept Paper)

The Thrasher Research Fund provides grants for clinical, hypothesis-driven research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of children’s diseases. It invites concept papers for its Early Career Awards Grants program to award small grants of up to $25,000 to help early-career researchers gain a foothold in the area of pediatric research. While the program will consider a variety of research topics important to children’s health, priority will be given to applicants who show great potential to impact their field of children’s health through medical research. The program is open to physicians in a residency/fellowship training program, or who have completed such a program no more than a year before the date of submission of their concept paper and postdocs who received their PhD no more than 3 years prior to submission of a concept paper. Concept papers must be received by March 12, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 26, 2019.
Kenneth Rainin Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Innovative IBD Research
POSTED: January 5, 2019
DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation seeks to predict and prevent inflammatory bowel disease by supporting high-risk research. Through its Innovator Awards program, the foundation provides $200,000 grants for basic, translational, and clinical research projects that test novel, untested ideas in the area of IBD.
Researchers from any scientific discipline worldwide are eligible for funding. Researchers should hold an advanced degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent) and an academic position at a university, medical center, or research institution. Innovator Awards may have only one principal investigator, and funding will be awarded to his/her home institution; additional investigators may be listed as co-investigators. Letters of Inquiry will be accepted beginning February 4 and must be received no later than March 15, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Angelman Syndrome Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research Projects
POSTED: November 9, 2018
DEADLINE: April 15, 2019
The Foundation advances awareness/treatment of Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental brain disorder caused by deficiency of the ubiquitin protein ligase UBE3A. The foundation advances this mission through education, research, and support for individuals with Angelman syndrome, families, and other concerned parties. The foundation seeks proposals for pre-clinical, translational, and clinical research projects that investigate any or all aspects of Angelman syndrome. Priority given to pilot projects that test new ideas about pathogenesis and therapeutics of Angelman syndrome, translational research, and clinical research studies. Of particular interest to ASF 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. 1-2 year grants awarded for various amounts of up to $100,000 per year. Researchers from all countries are encouraged to apply.

National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs
POSTED: January 11, 2019
DEADLINE: May 6, 2019 (Pre-applications)
The MS Society is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which funds high-risk pilot projects aimed at testing novel ideas with the potential to advance the society’s mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function, improving quality of life, and preventing MS onset. The program supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.
One-year grants of up to $55,000 will be awarded to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding.
Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Pre-applications must be received no later than May 6. Complete applications are due by May 8, 2019.