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 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.
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SFARI Invites Applications for Explorer Awards
POSTED: December 15, 2015
DEADLINE: Open (response time as early as thirty days) NOTE: This program ended in 2018. See link for details.
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.  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. One-year grants of up to $70,000, including indirect costs, will be awarded.
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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. 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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ARVO Foundation Invites Applications for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Fellowships
POSTED: July 6, 2018
DEADLINE: September 1, 2018
The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research was established to ensure stable support for innovative and novel vision research, particularly work that fosters collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists. To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for two Genentech Age-Related Macular Degeneration Research Fellowships. A grant of $40,000 will be awarded to a researcher conducting basic research on AMD, while a second grant of $40,000 will be awarded to a researcher for translational AMD research focused on therapeutics. To be eligible, applicants must be a newly established investigator age 45 or younger.

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Lymphoma Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Career Development Award
POSTED: June 28, 2018
DEADLINE: September 6, 2018
The Lymphoma Research Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for lymphoma and provides education for people with lymphoma, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, including comprehensive disease guides and fact sheets, in-person conferences, and online resources.
To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its LRF Clinical Investigator Career Development Award program, which is designed to support physician-investigators at the level of advanced fellow or junior faculty member who will contribute to the development of new lymphoma therapies and diagnostic tools. The goal of the program is to prepare physician-investigators to design and administer clinical research studies in lymphoma and assume primary responsibilities for clinical research, protocol writing, Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, and publication.
The grant provides a total of $225,000 to grantees over three years, including salary support in the amount of $70,000 per year.

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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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Thrasher Research Fund Invites Concept Papers for Early Career Grants
POSTED: July 2, 2018
DEADLINE: September 18, 2018 (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, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.
The fund is inviting concept papers for its Early Career Awards Grants program. Through the program, the fund awards small grants of up to $25,000 to new researchers to help them gain a foothold in the area of pediatric research. The program will consider a variety of research topics important to children’s health. However, priority will be given to applicants who show great potential to impact the field of children’s health through medical research. The program is open to physicians who are in a residency/fellowship training program, or who have completed such a program no more than one year before the date of submission of the concept paper, and postdoctoral researchers who received a doctoral-level degree no more than three years prior to the date of submission of the concept paper. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 2, 2018.

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National Foundation for Cancer Research Issues Call for Nominations for 2019 Szent-Györgyi Prize
POSTED: July 3, 2018
DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
The annual prize, named in honor of Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel Laureate and co-founder of NFCR, is awarded to an outstanding researcher whose scientific achievements have expanded our understanding of cancer and whose discoveries have made possible new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of cancer.
The prize is designed to stimulate continued investment in pioneering research needed to produce scientific breakthroughs and that will lead to a deeper understanding of the scientific concepts underlying the genetics and molecular makeup of cancer.
Nominations may be made by individuals from the research community, industry, government, or other organizations who are sufficiently familiar with the research accomplishments and contributions of the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Candidates must have made an original discovery or breakthrough in scientific understanding that has led to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, and/or new treatments for patients with cancer.

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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).

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