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Wenner-Gren Foundation: Anthropological Research Grants

Grant Amount: $20,000
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Category: Anthropology,
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The Wenner-Gren Foundation is committed to playing a leadership role in anthropology and works to help anthropologists advance anthropological knowledge, build sustainable careers, and amplify the impact of anthropology in the wider world.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Post-PhD Research Grants program, which will award grants of up to $20,000 in support of research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree and may apply regardless of institutional affiliation, country of residence, or nationality. There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design.

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American Psychological Foundation: Child Psychology Research Grants

Grant Amount: $25,000
Deadline: November 15, 2021
Category: psychology; pediatric; Graduate student,
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The American Psychological Foundation is inviting applications for its Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship.

The foundation’s goal is to nurture excellent young scholars for careers in areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational and developmental psychopathology. To that end, the program will provide fellowships of $25,000 for one year in support of graduate research projects and scholarships in child psychology.

Applicants must have completed their doctoral candidacy by the time of application (documentation required), have demonstrated research competence and area commitment, and IRB approval must be received from the host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Psychological Foundation website.

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Alkermes: Pathways Research Awards for Early Career Neuroscience Investigators

Grant Amount: $100,000
Deadline: November 12, 2021
Category: alcohol use disorder (AUD) or opioid use disorder, bipolar disorder, Neuroscience, schizophrenia,
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With millions of people impacted by neurological disorders, more research is urgently needed to advance science in this area. The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards® program is designed to support the next generation of researchers who are working on the front lines to advance our understanding of diseases in the field of neuroscience.

The Alkermes Pathways Research Awards® program provides opportunities for individual grants of up to $100,000 per research project for early-career investigators focused on research relating to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder (AUD) or opioid use disorder (OUD).

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Parkinson’s Foundation: Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Award

Grant Amount: $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due November 16, 2021
Category: Parkinson's; Movement Disorders; Neurology,
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This award acts as a bridge to ensure promising early career scientists stay in the Parkinson’s research field, helping us solve, treat and end the disease. In today’s funding environment, as young scientists navigate the path from mentored to independent research, they face a “valley of death” between their scientific potential and the funding they need to make it happen. This award can stem Parkinson’s research talent loss.

In conjunction with their institution’s commitment, the award gives junior investigators the support they need to develop their own independent funding source (such as an NIH R01 award) and stay in the PD research field. Becoming an independent research leader with his or her own research space is the ultimate goal.

Junior faculty members possessing a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent are eligible to apply. Applicants must meet the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definition of a “new investigator.” The Parkinson’s Foundation anticipates the typical applicant will hold an assistant professor level position with up to several years of experience. We will consider earlier stage faculty and those with more experience provided they meet the above eligibility criteria.

The award is open to applicants, regardless of citizenship, who are residents and faculty members at institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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McKnight Foundation: Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards

Grant Amount: $200,000 over two years
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due December 6, 2021
Category: Neuroscience; Technology,
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This program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques.

The Endowment Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.

A goal of the Technological Innovations awards is to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines; therefore, collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited.

A candidate for a McKnight Technological Innovation in Neuroscience Award must work as an independent investigator at a not-for-profit research institution in the United States, and must hold a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher. Those holding other titles such as Research Professor, Adjunct Professor, Professor Research Track, Visiting Professor or Instructor are not eligible. If the host institution does not use professorial titles, a letter from a senior institutional official (e.g. Dean or Director of Research) must confirm that the applicant has his/her own dedicated institutional resources, laboratory space, and/or facilities.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Global Innovation Fund: Innovative Impact Grants

Grant Amount: $50,000 - $15 Million
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Global; Innovation; Development,
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The Global Innovation Fund invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling up of new products, services, business process, or policy reforms that are more cost-effective than current practice and targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.

GIF defines ‘innovation’ broadly to include new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries — any solution that has potential to address an important development problem more effectively than existing approaches.
We accept applications working in any sector in any developing country.

Any type of organisation may apply. It is recommended that individual innovators, entrepreneurs, or researchers apply through an affiliated organisation.

We seek out innovations we believe have the greatest potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty and only select those innovations which:
1. Are focussed on the poor.
2. Are novel approaches which are not commonplace.
3. Can improve upon alternatives solutions.
4. Are backed by evidence of potential impact.
5. Can be widely applied in many different settings.
6. Have the potential to scale to reach millions of people.
7. Are led by strong and dynamic teams.
8. Are ready for investment.
9. Will generate new knowledge on what works.
10. Have a clear role for GIF.

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Standard Research Innovation Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 over two years
Deadline: November 15, 2021
Category: Mental health, Suicide,
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All AFSP research grants are designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, health services administration, social work, and many others. Grants are not intended to support the development or implementation
of organization-specific prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions unless they have a significant research component. In that case a study would be welcome, but it must have generalizability beyond the specific institution or program.

Although prior research on suicide is not required, applicants are expected to show evidence of prior research or research training in a related field. These grants are intended to fund new directions and initiatives in suicide research rather than to support the applicant’s existing research. Supplemental grants to larger grant are encouraged if they add a unique study area that can utilize the structure of any existing grant. For example, adding a group with suicidal ideation/behavior, or adding a longitudinal assessment to a funded study.

Grants are awarded to individual investigators at any level.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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BrightFocus Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Category: Alzheimer's Disease,
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BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

The goal of the program is to accelerate our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias as well as innovative approaches to better diagnose, prevent or delay the progress of the disease. Preference is made for exciting pilot projects that would not, at their present stage, be competitive for large government or industry awards. Typically, these awards are made to early stage investigators, or to more established investigators who are proposing particularly innovative research.

Fellowships are limited to researchers within 5 years of doctoral degree conferral (or end of residency). All other applicants are encouraged to apply for a standard award.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Therapeutics Development Award Program

Grant Amount: $600,000 or $3-5 Million
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Cystic Fibrosis; Therapeutics; Drug Discovery,
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Therapeutics Development Award Program.

By supporting early to mid-phase drug development activities with both financial and technical support, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Award (TDA) program is designed to stimulate and de-risk CF drug development of novel therapies for cystic fibrosis. The program provides companies with funding and other resources in support of studies that may include drug discovery, pre-clinical safety, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), and clinical studies in people with CF through Phase 2 development. Awards will be made for either discovery or preclinical and initial clinical development activities (all therapeutic areas relevant to CF).

Applications will be considered in any therapeutic area that could benefit people with CF but are particularly encouraged in areas related to treating CF infections, CFTR modulation, mucus clearance (mucolytics and airway surface hydration), inflammation, chronic lung allograft dysfunction, CF-related diabetes, CF liver disease, and nutrition.

The TDA program provides two mechanisms of support:

Component I Awards: Funds up to $600,000 over two years will be awarded for early exploratory, discovery, and/or preclinical development studies.

Component II Awards: Considered for more advanced programs that generally have identified a clinical candidate and are moving into investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies such as PK/PD, GLP toxicology, and Phase 1/2 clinical trials in CF patients. Component II awards are typically supported at a level of up to $3 million to $5 million for two or more years and require substantial matching funds. Only direct costs are covered.

Both U.S.-based and non-U.S. based (i.e., international) companies engaged in research and development are invited to apply.

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Simons Foundation: Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

Grant Amount: Up to $666,000 over three years
Deadline: November 5, 2021 (Letters of Intent)
Category: Ecology; Marine; Microbial ecology,
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The Simons Foundation is inviting applications for the Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards.

The foundation’s Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards program will award grants of up to $222,000 a year for up to three years (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs) to outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution with the potential to advance human understanding through experiments, modeling, and/or theory. Investigators must be currently active in research on microbial ecology and/or evolution, excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree and have researched in a tenure-track position at a U.S. or Canadian institution. In addition, they must be the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI currently or within the past year on a research grant on microbial ecology and/or microbial evolution from a national governmental agency or major national or international foundation that awards direct funding to their institution for their research in the field of marine microbial ecology and/or microbial evolution.

Letters of Intent are due November 5, 2021, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 18, 2022.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous awardees, see the Simons Foundation.

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Adira Foundation: Pervasive Needs in Neurodegenerative Disease

Grant Amount: $60,000
Deadline: October 18, 2021 (Letters of Intent)
Category: Health Sciences; Neurodegenerative disease,
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Adira Foundation was created to counter the unforeseen consequences of siloed, disease-specific approaches that can lead to gaps in seeing and addressing shared systemic barriers, health inequities and day-to-day needs of patients and caregivers across complex health issues.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Letters of Intent for its fall 2021 Pervasive Needs Grants program. Grants averaging $60,000 will be awarded in support of programs that aim to improve the lives of people impacted by neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease and/or their caregivers. The foundation anticipates funding three to five projects. Priorities for this round of funding include:

Simplifying Clinical Research: Programs that provide education, navigation, or direct support services to people living with neurodegenerative diseases and caregivers to facilitate the removal of participation barriers in clinical trials and research.

Preparing for Future Threats to Livelihood: Programs that support education, navigation, and skill-building activities that provide opportunity for people living with neurodegenerative diseases and caregivers to prepare and implement a planned, phased approach to their disease journey.

Thriving Again in Common Pursuits: Programs that support inclusive social and recreational activities, providing opportunity for people living with neurodegenerative diseases and caregivers to easily access and enjoy community-based spaces and resources.

Eligible applicants include qualified, tax-exempt nonprofits across the United States and its territories who serve people with Adira’s five focus neurodegenerative diseases and/or their caregivers.

The foundation is hosting an informational conference call Q&A on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Letters of Intent are due October 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Adira Foundation website.

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Rheumatology Research Foundation: Communication Preceptorship

Grant Amount: $15,000
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Category: Rheumatology,
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The Rheumatology Research Foundation works to advance research and training to improve the health of patients living with rheumatic disease.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Lawren H. Daltroy Preceptorship in Health Communication, established with the aim of improving patient-clinician interactions and communications. The award provides resources in support of training, career development, and/or enhancement of research skills for researchers and clinicians.

The preceptorship program will award up to $15,000 in support of a one-year project directly addressing patient-clinician interactions and communications. Projects could include but are not limited to conducting a small-scale research or education project related to patient-clinician communication; creation of teaching curriculum, training materials, measurements, etc. that can be used to enhance the field’s understanding and mastery of effective patient-clinician communication; participation in education and training opportunities aimed at improving the awardee’s communication skills; creating patient-facing materials to enhance patients’ understanding of disease status based on clinical or patient assessments; studies of the impact of health literacy/numeracy on patient outcomes or creation of low-literacy/numeracy materials to improve communication with patients; and studies to enhance shared decision making in healthcare settings.

Preceptors must be an ACR or ARP member to apply. This mentored award is intended for trainees and junior researchers or health professionals without current or prior R01 or R01-equivalent funding.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Rheumatology Research Foundation website.

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Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation: Mental Health Research

Grant Amount: $25,000
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Category: faculty, Mental health, post-doctoral,
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Established in 1993, the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation supports research that contributes to a greater understanding of and solutions for problems affecting individuals, families, and communities.

To that end, the fund is inviting applications for its Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Program, which will award grants of up to $25,000 in support of faculty or postdoctoral research. Areas of interest identified by the fund include studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate interventions and preventive/intervention to address social, psychological, behavioral, or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, and communities with outcomes that have the potential to add to the knowledge base of services and program development. Community-engaged research is highly valued.

Applicants must be a faculty member at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada, and their research must focus on the U.S. or Canada, or on a comparison between the U.S. or Canada and at least one other country. The principal investigator also must have earned a doctorate in a relevant discipline as well as relevant experience.

The fall portal will be open from October 1 through November 1, 2021.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation website.

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Impact Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: October 29, 2021
Category: Nursing; Critical Care,
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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is inviting applications for its Impact Research Grants program, which is designed to address gaps in high-acuity and critical care areas of clinical research and nursing practice.

Three grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded in support of projects that support inquiry and systematic research that generates new knowledge. These grants also will facilitate research to support other AACN priorities, such as describing the impact of family presence, influencing nurse certification, and implementing standards for healthy work environments. Grants will ensure a pipeline for research that is vital to AACN’s research translation resources, such as protocols and practice alerts.

Investigators will be expected to present completed studies at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

Primary Investigators must be AACN members and must hold an earned master’s degree or have completed candidacy requirements in a BSN-to-PhD or DNP program.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses website.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: 2022 Clinical Scientist Development Award

Grant Amount: Up to $495,000 over 3 years 
Deadline: Pre-proposals Due November 12, 2021
Category: Early Career; Clinical science; Biomedical science,
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The purpose of the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) is to provide support to physician scientists at the Assistant Professor rank to: 1) conduct an outstanding clinical research project with high significance and potential to improve human health, 2) enable research time protection to ease the tension between research and clinical responsibilities, and 3) facilitate development of strong mentorship relations in a supportive institutional environment. Ultimately,  the CSDA program aims to enable physician scientists’ achievement of independent and successful research careers.

The priority of the CSDA program is to fund outstanding individuals with promise for sustained clinical research careers, whose projects will address highly significant research questions to advance human health and their careers. For this program, DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

The CSDA is for individuals who have completed all clinical training (residency, fellowship, and any research years post-fellowship but prior to faculty) and are at the Assistant Professor rank. In a change 2 of 25 from previous years, Instructors are no longer eligible for this award. Please see our FAQs for more information. The CSDA is a highly competitive award. Typically, 10% of all reviewed applications are funded. Competitive applicants are expected to have research experience and contributions consistent with the rank of Assistant Professor as well as committed mentorship and institutional support.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Spencer Foundation: Research-Practice Partnerships: Collaborative Research for Educational Change

Grant Amount: Up to $400,000
Deadline: Intent to Apply Due November 10, 2021
Category: Education; Education research; Education Outreach; Capacity Building,
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The Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) Grants Program is intended to support education research projects that engage in collaborative and participatory partnerships with project budgets up to $400,000 and durations of up to three years.

This grant program is open to partnerships between researchers and a broad array of practitioners. We define practitioners as school districts, county offices of education, state educational organizations, policy-makers, universities, community-based organizations, out-of-school-time providers, informal educators, and other social sectors that significantly impact learners’ lives. As such, we are open to applications from design-based research teams, networked improvement communities, placed-based research alliances, and other partnership arrangements.

Activities that may be funded include, but not limited to:

  • Research Activities
  • Research Infrastructure
  • Outreach, Communications, and Relationship Building
  • Capacity Development

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested to apply to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice

Grant Amount: Up to $500,000 over two years
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due November 4, 2021
Category:
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The purpose of the People, Parks, and Power initiative is to increase participation of urban communities most impacted by park and green space inequities in policy advocacy and system change efforts to advance park equity. P3’s theory of change centers power building and community-driven policy initiatives led by communities of color as fulcrums for reversing longstanding park inequities. Community-based organizations that are led by people of color and build community power to influence public policy at the local level are strongly encouraged to apply. This includes groups that are already working on local, equity-focused park policy, as well as groups that may be new to this issue but have a history of advancing equity-focused policy on related issues.

The geographic focus of P3 is urban areas—with a particular interest in small and midsized cities (under 500,000 population). We are interested in funding a spectrum of eligible organizations across the United States, including those that are early in their park equity policy advocacy work, as well as more experienced groups that already have campaigns underway.

Applicants are encouraged to consider these seven broad categories and envision other relevant policy innovations:
1. Public finance measures
2. Agency policies that prioritize equity in internal processes and practices
3. Policy directives for a comprehensive assessment that quantifies park/green space  needs and inequities
4. Joint use policies for schoolyards to serve as park space
5. Land use policies that facilitate access to parks/green space
6. Establishment of community engagement units within agencies
7. Anti-displacement policies or provisions

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category:
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Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. Our focus on racial equity means we are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other races and ethnicities), as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+2 or a gender minority.

This funding is geared toward studies about “upstream” causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.

While RWJF will consider research on various aspects of health equity, we prioritize studies of interventions that are designed to reduce race-based disparities (e.g., by confronting a root cause of disparities or targeting benefits to those experiencing the greatest burdens). RWJF is particularly interested in strategies focused on developing healthy and equitable communities; supporting the needs of children, families, and caregivers; and fostering alignment among health care, public health, and social service systems.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation: The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders

Grant Amount: $180,000 over two years
Deadline: December 9, 2021
Category: Movement disorders; Parkinson's; Neurology,
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The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists — neurologists with additional training in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders — by training movement disorder clinician-researchers who can provide expert care and lead scientific advances.

As the demand for movement disorder specialists increases, not enough neurologists are receiving vital training in Parkinson’s and related conditions. To address this need, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), in collaboration with longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, launched The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders. The program annually funds academic centers to train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period and is growing an international, collaborative network of next-generation leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.

The program grants funding directly to academic centers, which then must identify and train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Gerber Foundation: Pediatric Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $350,000
Deadline: Concept Papers Due November 15, 2021
Category: Pediatrics; Nutrition; Care and development,
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The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age.

The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.

Major target areas for research include:

  • New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
  • New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, provide optimal dosing
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventative measures
  • Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
  • Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

Note that the Foundation is looking for projects that will result in ‘new’ information, treatments or tools that will result in a change in practice. The board rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers (parent or provider educational programs).

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR): Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 CAD
Deadline: October 27, 2021
Category: Early-career; solar energy; child and brain development; gravity; machine learning; brain learning; quantum information science; quantum materials,
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The program provides unrestricted research support of $100,000 CAD to exceptional early-career researchers in the first five years of a full-time research position to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines. Program components include participating in an interdisciplinary network of fellows, strengthening leadership and communication skills, and increasing impact within and outside of academia.

Scholars’ research interests must complement or contribute to the themes and goals of an eligible CIFAR research program. Programs accepting applications include:

Bio-inspired Solar Energy
Child & Brain Development
Gravity & the Extreme Universe
Learning in Machines & Brains
Quantum Information Science
Quantum Materials

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Binational Science Foundation: Israeli/U.S. Collaborative Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $250,000
Deadline: November 17, 2021
Category: Isreal; biomedical engineering; life sciences; medicine; psychobiology,
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Applications to the program are made jointly by U.S. and Israeli researchers. No prior collaboration is required, but the synergy between the researchers must be evident. The BSF insists not only on scientific excellence, but also on collaboration between the principal investigators from the two countries. BSF bases evaluation of the collaboration, first and foremost, on the joint publications that emanated from the grant. Lack of joint publications might affect chances to receive future BSF grants.

The following areas are eligible for submission:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Psychobiology

Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health Policy Fellows Program

Grant Amount: Up to $165,000
Deadline: November 12, 2021
Category: Health Policy; Public Health; Social science; health sciences,
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The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science, and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health equity, health care, and health policy.

The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health and health care in the nation.

The fellowship begins in September with an intensive three-and-a-half-month orientation arranged by the NAM, during which time the fellows meet with national leaders well-versed in health, health care policy, health equity, social determinants of health, and structural racism; think tanks and interest groups; key executive branch officials; and members of Congress and their staffs. Fellows also participate in seminars on health economics; the congressional budget process; current priority issues in federal health policy; and the process for federal decision-making. The concentrated orientation is designed to prepare the fellows for immediate success in federal legislative and executive branch positions.

The NAM will assist all fellows in setting up placement interviews. Each fellow is, however, solely responsible for selecting and securing his or her placement in a Federal government office in Washington, D.C., no later than January 15, 2023.

Fellowship placements generally begin no later than January 31. During these assignments, fellows are full-time, contributing participants in the policy process with members of Congress, a congressional committee, or in the executive branch. Solely under the supervision of the office in which they are placed, fellows typically will:

  • Help develop legislative or regulatory proposals;
  • Organize hearings, briefings, and stakeholder meetings;
  • Meet with constituents;
  • Brief legislators or senior administration officials on a range of health issues; and
  • Provide staff support for House-Senate conferences.

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Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: August 31, 2022
Category: Mathematics; physical sciences,
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The New York-based Simons Foundation was co-founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences program, which is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics, and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. It provides flexible funding for up to five years. The foundation strongly encourages applications from scientists from underrepresented groups.

Candidates must be established U.S. or international public and private educational institutions or stand-alone research centers. Principal Investigators and co-Investigators must have a PhD and a tenure-track or tenured position at said institutions or centers. There are no citizenship or department requirements for PIs.

Applicants will be notified of a decision within two months of the LOI submission and those selected will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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Charles Koch Foundation: Foreign Policy Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Social Science; Foreign policy,
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The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and supports research that explores the key issues of society and funding innovations in postsecondary education.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Foreign Policy Research Grants program, which provides support to scholars and research institutions interested in challenging the current foreign policy approach of the United States, providing alternative visions for U.S. foreign policy, and engaging in research that can bridge the gap between ideas and policy. While the foundation is especially interested in foreign policy research projects from the fields of political science, international relations, history, or economics, proposals from all fields will be considered on their merits.

The foundation is especially interested in work that explores topics and issues related to a grand strategy of restraint; examines the role of values and ethics in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy; addresses the unintended consequences of U.S. military actions abroad and explores the costs and impact of engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and other places where significant counterterrorism efforts have been conducted; considers the impact of U.S. military engagement abroad on American society — for instance, the effect of our foreign policy decisions on civil liberties or the health and welfare of veterans; explores the concept of threat inflation and identifies the problematic nature of theories of credibility and reputation in relation to U.S. foreign policy; analyzes executive–legislative relations in foreign policy, including the constitutional division of war powers; examines the impact of domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the permanent national security bureaucracy on U.S. foreign policy; explores the growth of the intelligence and national security establishments since 9/11; surveys the costs, risks, and impacts of foreign aid and alliance commitments; studies the costs and benefits of burden-sharing and burden-shifting with current allies; scrutinizes Pentagon spending, force structure, and the strategic demands of U.S. defense policy — including structural incentives for military expenditures; considers the consequences of an increasingly multipolar world, especially as concerns principal geostrategic regions (e.g., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Western Pacific); and explores how changes in technology (such as anti-access and area deferral, commonly referred to as A2/AD) that impact the offense-defense balance can be leveraged to support a sound approach to grand strategy.

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Russell Sage Foundation: Research Grants (multiple opportunities)

Grant Amount: Up to $175,000, including 15% indirect costs, over 2 years
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry Due November 10, 2021
Category: Political and Economic Inequality; Future of Work; Behavioral Economics; and Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context, Social,
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RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives:Social, Political and Economic Inequality; Future of Work; Behavioral Economics; and Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context. In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S.Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors.

Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment..
LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative

Grant Amount: $500,000 over four years
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Category: Maternal Fetal Medicine; Climate; Environment; Preterm Birth,
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Building upon the original goals of the BWF Preterm Birth Initiative, a recently convened Pregnancy Think Tank has helped shape the next generation of BWF preterm birth awards. Growing evidence suggests the interrelatedness of the duration of pregnancy, fetal growth, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, and maternal medical complications including maternal mortality.

Other areas of interest are climate change and environmental impact on pregnancy, complications associated with ART, and epigenome-wide association studies.

We seek to expand the scope of this award mechanism to capture these and other pregnancy outcomes as we believe they will be mutually informative and accelerate discovery. Each award will continue to provide up to $500,000 over a four-year period ($125,000 per year).

The initiative is designed to stimulate both creative individual scientists and multi-investigator teams to approach healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes using creative basic and translation science methods. The formation of new connections between reproductive scientists and investigators who are involved in other areas is particularly encouraged.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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American Nurses Foundation: Reimagining Nursing Initiative Pilot Program Awards

Grant Amount: Up to $500,000 to $1.5 Million over three years
Deadline: October 25, 2021
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The American Nurses Foundation’s Reimagining Nursing (RN) Initiative aims to elevate the nursing profession’s capability to match future health demands by investing in opportunities for transformative change that lie at the intersection of education, regulation, and practice. To that end, the foundation is seeking grantees to pilot and evaluate bold new ideas and undertake this work in ways that enable others to replicate the pilot’s success and accelerate widespread transformation in nursing.

The RN Initiative will award innovative pilot programs that equip nurses with leading-edge knowledge, tools, environments, and systems to deliver exemplary care. Each pilot may request $500,000 to $1.5 million over three years. The foundation is seeking pilot programs that address one or more of the following priorities that capture the key dimensions of the nursing profession: capability, quality, and reach:

Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates: Efforts to support innovations in competency validation and clinical preceptorship that ensure newly graduated nurses can immediately contribute to and succeed in a continuously transforming health delivery system.

Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice: Efforts to support the design and implementation of technology-based tactics and tools designed by nurses and for nurses that meaningfully enhance the practice of nursing.

Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Models: Efforts to expand nursing practice opportunities and elevate the value of nursing through direct reimbursement for nursing care delivery, management, and coordination outcomes.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Grant Amount: Up to $250,000 salary + $20,000 expense allowance
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Category: Biomedical; life science; biology; biomedical engineering; computational biology,
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HHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Awards for Medical Scientists

Grant Amount: $700,000 over five years
Deadline: October 1, 2021
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The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) was introduced in 2007 to specifically address the declining participation of physicians engaged in academic biomedical research. The CAMS award provides support to facilitate the transition from mentored position to independence for the early career physician scientist. The program is ideal for the physician scientist considering an academic career.

CAMS is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 in support over five years for physician scientists (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S.), who are committed to an academic career, to bridge postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.

Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, diseaseoriented, or translational research. BWF is also interested in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. BWF anticipates making up to 10 awards including up to two awards to clinically trained psychiatrists who focus their research at the interface between psychiatry and neuroscience.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working alongside others to help build a better, more equitable future where everyone living in the United States has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. We call that future a Culture of Health.

Pioneer investments explore emerging cultural, scientific, technological, environmental, economical and healthrelated trends, and support cutting-edge ideas in and beyond the fields of health and health care that have the potential to help and/or hinder our progress toward advancing health equity. We do this with the explicit goal of understanding and influencing the trajectory of these trends, by accelerating positive outcomes and averting or mitigating negative consequences.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health welcomes proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We seek ideas that address any of RWJF’s Pioneer team’s four current areas of focus described below: 1) Future of Evidence; 2) Future of Social Interaction; 3) Future of Food; and 4) Future of Work. Additionally, under Open Exploration, also described below, this call for proposals seeks ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
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Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

E4A’s mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings about the population health, well being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and practices. We primarily target research that directly tests the impacts of interventions on health outcomes. Evidence generated through E4A should be useful to practitioners and policymakers in making decisions, setting priorities, and allocating resources. Accordingly, projects we fund should yield findings that are generalizable to other sites and/or populations. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of program or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category:
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working alongside others to help build a better, more equitable future where everyone living in the United States has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. We call that future a Culture of Health.

Pioneer investments explore emerging cultural, scientific, technological, environmental, economical and healthrelated trends, and support cutting-edge ideas in and beyond the fields of health and health care that have the potential to help and/or hinder our progress toward advancing health equity. We do this with the explicit goal of understanding and influencing the trajectory of these trends, by accelerating positive outcomes and averting or mitigating negative consequences.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health welcomes proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We seek ideas that address any of RWJF’s Pioneer team’s four current areas of focus described below: 1) Future of Evidence; 2) Future of Social Interaction; 3) Future of Food; and 4) Future of Work. Additionally, under Open Exploration, also described below, this call for proposals seeks ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category:
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Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

E4A’s mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings about the population health, well being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and practices. We primarily target research that directly tests the impacts of interventions on health outcomes. Evidence generated through E4A should be useful to practitioners and policymakers in making decisions, setting priorities, and allocating resources. Accordingly, projects we fund should yield findings that are generalizable to other sites and/or populations. We are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of program or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.

Please let Lynn Wong know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Amazon Web Services: Diagnostic Development Initiative

Grant Amount: Up to $20 Million over 2 years
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Category: Diagnostics; Disease Detection; Genomics; Infectious diseases,
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Through the initiative, AWS will award $20 million over two years in support of research and innovation that accelerates the understanding and detection of COVID-19 and helps mitigate current and future infectious disease outbreaks.

To that end, AWS is offering AWS Promotional Credits and technical expertise to support the use of AWS services for projects by selected institutions and companies in four program areas: early disease detection, diagnostics, prognosis, and public health genomics. Given the need, the emphasis initially will be on COVID-19, but AWS will also consider applications for other infectious diseases. AWS will not support administrative workloads associated with routine IT operations through this program.

Eligible applicants include accredited research institutions, research consortia, nonprofits, and private entities that are AWS customers. Individuals who apply must apply on behalf of their organization and not in a personal capacity.

Please let Lynn Wong or Gwen Allouch know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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William T. Grant Foundation: 2021 Scholars Program

Grant Amount: $350,000 over five years
Deadline: July 7, 2021
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The William T. Grant Scholars Program, an initiative of the William T. Grant Foundation, supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Award recipients are designated as William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected to receive up to $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1 and are made to the applicant’s institution. The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research.

The foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. It pursues this mission by supporting research in two focus areas:

Reducing Inequality — Studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices signed to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Improving the Use of Research Evidence — Research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. The foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area:

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand their expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise.

Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant a year. Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. We calculate this by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.

Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. Applicants in other types of organizations should be in positions in which there is a pathway to advancement in a research career at the organization and the organization is fiscally responsible for the applicant’s position. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Applicants outside the United States are eligible to apply. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.

For a detailed program description, eligibility and selection criteria, and application instructions, see the William T. Grant Foundation.

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The Commonwealth Fund: Grants to Improve Health Care Practice and Policy

Grant Amount: ~$180,000 for one year
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Health Equity; Health Policy; Medicare; Medicaid,
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The mission of the Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.

Funding program areas include:
Health Care Delivery System Reform
Health Care Coverage and Access
Advancing Health Equity
Controlling Health Care Costs
Federal and State Health Policy
International Health Policy and Practice Innovations
Advancing Medicare
Tracking Health System Performance
Medicaid

Within these programs, preference is given to proposals that seek to: clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems; develop, test, and evaluate the impact of practical, innovative models for addressing such problems; disseminate tools and models of care that have been proven to be effective; or analyze the impact of particular policies or trends. To review descriptions of funding priorities and lists of recently approved grants, please click on the programs above.

Please let Gwen Allouch know if you are planning to apply for this opportunity.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Optimizing Infrastructure for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Grant Amount: $6.5 million for CRNs with up to 7 data contributing sites; $7.5 million for CRNs with greater than 7 data contributing sites
Deadline: Full Applications Due April 6, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network is intended to serve as a national resource for conducting rapid, efficient, patient-centered observational and interventional randomized research that improves healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

This announcement describes the scope of work for PCORnet Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) for Phase 3 and available funding to allow for Phase 3’s execution. CRNs are system-based networks that include hospitals and community based-practices, and that may include health plans, all of which routinely and securely collect individual patient-level data. A list of currently funded PCORnet Network Partners can be found at www.pcornet.org.

In Phase 3 of PCORnet, CRNs will ensure the continuity and optimization of critical CRN resources and operations developed in prior phases to facilitate implementation of definitive research studies that are national in scope. Phase 3 will focus on optimizing infrastructure to increase diversity of populations and care settings, efficiently implement research studies addressing PCORI’s Strategic Research Priorities, strengthen patient and stakeholder engagement, and deliver high-fidelity, high integrity data.

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Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Grant Amount: $100,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics; Spinal Muscular Atrophy,
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Cure SMA works for a world without spinal muscular atrophy, the number-one genetic cause of death for infants, and funds and directs research that drives breakthroughs in treatment and care and provides individuals with SMA and their families the support they need.

To that end, the organization invites applications for funding to Implement Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of activities that enable states to pre-symptomatically identify and treat pediatric SMA patients through the implementation of newborn-screening programs. Through this funding, Cure SMA intends to facilitate the ability of state laboratories to implement and conduct newborn screening for SMA.

Possible funded activities include but are not limited to:

Screening Implementation Support — Such as pilot screening, assay validation, additional personnel and staff training, equipment needed to perform the assay, and IT resources to perform the assay.

Data Gathering/Patient Follow-up and Support — Such as collection of data on infants identified as SMA positive via NBS, including but not limited to collaborations with Cure SMA and appropriate personnel/resources needed to ensure adequate patient referral/counseling.

See the Cure SMA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr. Public Policy, Medical Education, or Scientific Advancement Prize

Grant Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Reproductive Medicine, Public Policy; Medical Education,
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The Jones Foundation supports vital research in reproductive medicine through annual and multi-year funding grants. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the Jones Foundation currently supports translational research projects, educational programs and ethical seminars.

This prize is designed to recognize those whose contributions to public policy and/or medical education have significantly advanced the specialty of reproductive medicine.

The Foundation strives to provide resources to the scientific community so that there may be intellectual, creative and well prepared scientific leaders in the global environment of the 21st century by:

  • Fostering the development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Educating the general public, including physicians, administrators and legislators, about the issues of public policy topics that will assist the general public and others in making informed decisions regarding fertility treatment and reproductive medical issues.
  • Serving as catalyst to scientific investigators by reviewing and selecting for an annual Award, one or more significant research projects that advanced the field of reproductive medicine.

The Medical Executive Committee of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation will review the credentials of the nominees and the awardee will be notified.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program in Biomedical Sciences

Grant Amount: $60,000 over three years
Deadline: January 14, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Biomedical Sciences,
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The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

– Year one: $20,000 to support enrichment activities of postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in research lab where postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)
– Year two: $20,000 (same as year one)
– Year three:  $20,000 to help postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  Funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Diversity, Health Sciences; Autism; Equity,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Objectives
With the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI announces a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. For the purposes of this supplement, eligible groups include the following: African American/Black; Latin American/Hispanic; Native American/Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (including Filipino).

The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity. SFARI Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to recruit candi­­­­­­­­dates for this supplement not only at their home institution, but also at historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority enrollment. SFARI will not award supplements to fund current lab members, even if they are not funded by the original SFARI award.

To facilitate the academic success and independence of selected postdoctoral research associates, SFARI will organize networking opportunities with peer awardees, other SFARI grantees (including both early career and senior investigators) and SFARI staff.

As a condition for accepting the grant, the mentor and candidate must agree to work together to submit one or more applications for federal and/or non-federal postdoctoral fellowship awards before the end of the second year. Continuation of the award for a third year of funding is not contingent on success in these applications, but writing such proposals is an important part of training for future in science.

Level and Duration of Funding
Current PIs may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. This is intended to cover the full salary and fringe benefits of the selected postdoctoral research associate, travel and other professional development opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate, and the associated indirect costs. Funds may also be used to purchase additional lab supplies needed to accommodate the research plan but are limited to $10,000 per year.

PIs will be required to provide annual updates to SFARI on the new lab member’s productivity as part of their required project progress reports.

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American Gastroenterological Association: Research Scholar Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: November 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
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This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in digestive disease research.

The objective of the AGA Research Foundation Research Scholar Award (RSA) is to support early-career investigators working toward independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research (i.e., a minimum of 75 percent effort dedicated to the proposed project). The award will support junior faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.

Resources allocated through this award are intended to support the career development of the applicant. The applicant must allocate a minimum of 75 percent effort to the proposed project.

Applicants are required to have a sponsor and mentor for the award; one individual may serve in the capacity of both positions. A sponsor (typically a division chief or department chair) is an individual who takes responsibility for the quality assessment of the proposed research project, the quality of the research environment within which the project will be undertaken, and the experience and expertise of the principal investigator and other key researchers involved. A mentor will supervise the principal investigator’s research activities ensuring timelines and deliverables and will work with the applicant to create a research career development plan.

The intent of this award is to foster the scientific independence of junior investigators. Applicants whose research activities become incorporated into a grant application from a senior mentor will need to clearly delineate the scientific and experimental distinctions between their respective programs. This requirement applies both to pending applications submitted prior to review of this award and to applications submitted during the term of the RSA. It must also be clearly stated how the work submitted by the applicant is that of the applicant and not of the senior mentor(s).

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education

Grant Amount: Upper $1,250,000
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Education,
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American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.

1. Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning. Improving systems of preparing, recruiting, and developing teachers and education leaders to serve the needs of diverse learners;

2. New Designs to Advance Learning. Developing whole-school models that provide more effective learning environments for diverse learners;

3. Public Understanding. Supporting research on strategies that can drive parent and family engagement in education;

4. Pathways to Postsecondary Success. Improving alignment in student learning expectations between K-12 and postsecondary education; improving postsecondary education

5. Integration, Learning, and Innovation. Advancing integrated approaches across the Corporation’s portfolios and the field that enable greater collaboration, coherence, and dynamism;

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action

Grant Amount: up to ~$500,000
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides program strategy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Applicants are notified within 6-9 weeks of their submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. You should request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project – including both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of your study. Typical grant durations may be up to 36 months, with some exceptions when durations of up to 48 months are justified. Visit the Grantee section of this website for a sense of the number and size of grants funded by E4A at http://www.evidenceforaction.org/grantees.

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