In addition to research funding from donors, corporations, foundations and federal sources, UAMS offers internal funding opportunities. Open to research faculty, they have various deadlines.

Campus-wide Funding

Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program – was created by the state  legislature in 1992 – there are $800,000 available for research funding every year. It is a state program administered by UAMS. The RFP is announced yearly (late spring) through UAMS announcements, Cancer Institute communication avenues and via academic research institutions statewide.

College of Medicine Research Grants – Get more information at Intramural funding opportunities for College of Medicine faculty.

Development Enhancement Awards for Proposals (DEAP) Grant Program – provides funds to address comments or needed revisions for new/established faculty members from all UAMS colleges who have received a score and comments on an unsuccessful proposal submitted to a federal agency/foundation with full indirect costs. DEAP grants aid investigators in gathering additional data to directly respond to reviewers’ comments and increase a revised application’s competitiveness. DEAP, funded by the Division of Research and Innovation, is strictly limited to strengthening reapplications following receipt of a scored proposal and must be submitted within 12 months of receiving reviewers’ comments.

Easy Win-Early Victory (EWEV) Pilot and Core Facility Use Awards
The Division of Research and Innovation’s Easy Win-Early Victory pilot ($15,000) and core facility ($2,500) grants augment the capabilities of UAMS researchers. The 2020 EWEV funds have been awarded. See awardee list here. New information will be disseminated as 2021 funding becomes available.

Faculty Research Enhancement (FRE) Awards – for UAMS faculty to engage in a short-term activity to strengthen/enhance their research capabilities. For example, FRE Award support might include, but is not limited to:

– Participation in a structured workshop (e.g., hands-on-training workshops offered by Bio-TRAC)
– A visit to another university, research institute, or pharmaceutical company to learn a new technique, methodology or to analyze data.

Eligible UAMS faculty (i.e., assistant professor or higher) may request up to $7,000 in support. Allowable expenses include transportation costs, accommodations/lodging, meals, registration, supplies and facility fees. Applications to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will be reviewed by the UAMS Research Committee. Once approved, the applicant will make all arrangements for the activity through their departmental administration. Questions about FRE Awards should be directed to Andrea McBryde, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Fund to Cure Stroke – $30,000 max (with extension potential). These grants focus on stroke and provide seed money to faculty members to advance/develop their individual research programs. Support focuses on:  1) new stroke therapies and translation into clinical care; 2) improved diagnosis, diagnostic imaging and stroke care; 3) improved methods of stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation; or 4) clinical and pre-clinical stroke-related research. Grants for personnel are also considered. Get more information and guidelines.

Medical Research Endowment Fund – $10,000 to $15,000 max. MRE grants provide pilot research funding with the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects. Support is focused on new areas of research for junior faculty and new research avenues of established investigators. Get more information and guidelines.

Time Sensitive Research Grants – enable UAMS faculty and their collaborators around the nation to launch research projects to advance our understanding of the COVID-19 epidemic, contribute to better clinical practices, and improve public health preparedness and responses, Vice Chancellor Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD (VCRI) and the Division of Research & Innovation will fund 4-5 highly relevant research projects that can provide immediate solutions. Applicants must respond by April 6, 2020.

Translational Research Institute (TRI) – Innovative Clinical and Translational Research Award (ICTRA) program offers pilot awards which provide approximately $50,000 in direct funding for novel research projects within the translational spectrum. Get more information.

UAMS Equipment Grant
This funding opportunity is for the acquisition of new or replacement research instrumentation/ equipment for shared use. It is open to UAMS faculty at the main and NW Arkansas campuses. Although faculty may submit applications for equipment/instrumentation grants throughout the year, funding decisions are made once a year (i.e., April or May). The award date varies, but occurs in May or June.

Equipment funding applications are reviewed and prioritized. There is no maximum budget limit, but grant funding is dependent on the availability of year end funds. To apply, use this submission form.