Requests for Proposals in Medical Research from various private funding sources are posted below. Some of these funding opportunity deadlines are past. They are retained here for planning purposes as most are offered yearly.  Otherwise, grants with the shortest deadlines or that require letters of intent are posted first.

Contact Research and Sponsored Programs for submission assistance, eligibility, etc.

Contact Kim Evans, J.D., Sr. Dir. of Corporate/Foundation Relations, Institutional Advancement for info. on specific foundations or for limited submissions.
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American Heart Association Rapid Response Grant – COVID-19 and its Cardiovascular Impact
DEADLINE: April 6, 2020
The AHA is funding a national coordinating center along plus 10+ project grants of $100,000. Application of a 2-3 page proposal and NIH biosketch. Applicants interested in heading the coordinating center will provide a 300-word qualifications statement. Due to the critical need, application/review/award processes will be expedited with applications due by April 6, awardees being announced in early May and projects underway by June. High impact, short-term research projects completed – 9 months to 1 year preferred.

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Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials
DEADLINES: Yearly January, April, July, October (LOIs required 2 weeks prior)
This program increases the number of innovative pharmacologic interventions tested in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The PACT RFP 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 up to $5 million (based on stage/scope of research); duration (multi-year).
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Arkansas Blue & You Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: July 15, 2020 (Yearly mid-July)
The Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation promotes better health in Arkansas and awards approximately $3 million in grants/yr. to nonprofit or governmental organizations/programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. The online application process for its regular grants of $5,000 to $150,000 is open January 1 – July 15 annually.
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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 have provided a springboard for medical advances including vaccines for measles and polio, insulin for diabetes, antibiotics for infections, medications for high blood pressure, and new strategies to treat and prevent cancer.  Pew has a decades-long commitment to groundbreaking research by promising early-career biomedical scientists in the U.S. and Latin America.  Multiyear grants encourage informed risk-taking and collaboration among researchers. See guidelines.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites ‘Pioneering Ideas’ Proposals
DEADLINE: March 20, 2020 (Brief proposal period opens; applications accepted on a rolling basis)
The Foundation‘s Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal program is accepting applications for projects that explore cutting-edge ideas and 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 or 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
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American Heart Association’s Health Technologies & Innovation Strategically Focused Research Network
DEADLINE: Pre-announcement currently
“Cardio-Oncology” is the newly announced AHA Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN)  for 2021. It refers to the application and utilization of systems, structures, procedures, software, algorithms, digital health content, hardware and devices developed to solve a health problem and/or improve quality-of-life.  The AHA created the SFRN’s to explore all aspects of basic, clinical, and population sciences to address key strategic issues and accelerate progress toward AHA’s mission.  Each network is contains 3-5 institutions/centers with focused projects.
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NASA-EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
EPSCoR has funding to develop academic research in aerospace and aerospace-related 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) Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science/technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of a jurisdiction.
Research Infrastructure Development (RID) awards – Build/strengthen relationships with NASA researchers for 3 yrs (and 1yr. no cost extension). Awards are $125,000 per yr.  Announced every 3-5 yrs, pending 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 3yrs.  Announced yearly, pending 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 pending 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