In addition to research funding from donors, corporations, foundations and federal sources, UAMS offers internal funding opportunities. These are open to research faculty and 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, but administered through UAMS. The RFP is announced annually through UAMS announcements, Cancer Institute communication avenues and with contacts at academic research institutions across the state in late spring. (link coming)

The Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC, funded by NIA/NIH), Jeanne Wei, P.I., seeks submissions for pilot/exploratory grant proposals with the Center theme, “Translational Research on Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction in Aging and Disease”. Studies may be designed to prevent and/or treat morbidity and mortality associated with cardiac and/or skeletal muscle weakness and their sequelae, or to investigate the basic biology underlying such conditions and potentially promoting their prevention and/or treatment. The PHS budget form should be used ($20,000 maximum, for up to one year); TRACKS is not required. There will be 1 submission cycle/year; the current deadline is July 7, 2014. Funding begins in September of 2014. Awards are open to all full-time UAMS faculty members (including VA appts.) or Univ. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OHSC), at the level of Instructor or above. Faculty at other academic/research institutions engaged in active collaborations with investigators at OAIC or the UAMS Institute on Aging are also eligible. Contact Kelly Pollnow ( Get more information on submission guidelines.

College of Medicine Research Grants – Get more information on 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 that provides full indirect costs. DEAP grants are intended to assist investigators with gathering additional data that directly responds to reviewers’ comments in order to increase the competitiveness of a revised application. DEAP is funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and is strictly limited to supporting and strengthening reapplication following receipt of a scored proposal, and must be submitted within 12 months of receiving scored comments.

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

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

UAMS faculty (i.e., assistant professor or higher) are eligible. Applicants may request up to $7,000 in support. Allowable expenses include transportation costs, accommodations/lodging, meals, registration, supplies and facility fees. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and 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 Jimie Jarry, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Fund to Cure Stroke – $30,000 maximum with possibility of extension. These grants focus on stroke and provide seed money to faculty members to advance/develop their individual research programs. Support is focused on developing:  1) new stroke therapies and their 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 maximum. These grants provide pilot research funding that has the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects. Support is focused on new areas of research for young faculty investigators and new avenues of research for mature investigators. Get more information and guidelines.

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.