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 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: 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.


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. 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.


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.


Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Issues RFP for Biomarker Studies
POSTED: June 17, 2018
DEADLINE: July 13, 2018 (Letters of Intent)
Clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias have been hindered, in part, by the limited number of biomarkers available to (1) accurately diagnose these diseases; (2) enrich and stratify patient cohorts; (3) demonstrate target engagement for novel therapeutics; and (4) reliably monitor disease progression and response to treatment. While currently available biomarkers have helped to accelerate clinical trials, most are either expensive, invasive, or both, and only provide information on a small number of disease targets. More biomarkers are needed to provide a complete picture of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation seeks to support the development and validation of biomarkers that will enhance the design and performance of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.

Grants of up to $300,000 over two years will be awarded in support of projects focused on the development of biomarkers previously identified in samples from well-characterized human subjects. Priority biomarker areas include companion biomarkers, neuroimaging, CSF and blood-based biomarkers, and functional activity measures.


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.