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Muscular Dystrophy Association: Discovery Research Grants
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due December 1, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Muscular Dystrophy,
Discovery research includes the search for understanding the causes of disease, unraveling pathways involved in disease, identifying novel drug targets, and testing new strategies to treat disease. The goal for discovery research is to form a solid foundation that informs and accelerates all subsequent drug development. Since each rare disease poses unique challenges to therapy development, discovery research may include various types of studies related to the unmet needs of each disorder including the creation of improved disease models, biomarker discovery, and the identification of the genetic causes of disease, among others.
Discovery Research Grants are awarded to independent, established investigators to accelerate progress toward understanding and treating neuromuscular disease and total $100,000 per year for one to three years. In a very limited number of cases, awards will exceed $100,000 per year, but pre-approval is required before letter of intent submission.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit hypothesis-driven applications on innovative research with the following elements in mind:
– Applications should directly relate to a disease in MDA’s program
– Applications should focus on accelerating therapy development for the disease(s) in question.
McKnight Foundation: Technology Awards in Neuroscience
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due December 7, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Neurology; Technology,
Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards support scientists who work on novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function.
The 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.
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation/Foundation for Anesthesia Education Research: Mentored Research Training Grant
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry Due January 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Anesthesia,
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) are now offering the joint APSF-FAER Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG) to develop the next generation of perioperative patient safety scientists.
This two-year, $300,000 award aims to help anesthesiologists develop the skills and preliminary data they need to become independent investigators in the field of anesthesia patient safety.
Those interested in pursuing the APSF-FAER MRTG will need to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submitting a full application.
American Society of Nephrology: Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship
Deadline: December 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Nephrology,
The goal of the Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is to fund nephrology fellows to conduct original, meritorious research projects. This program will foster the training of fellows, under the direction of a sponsor, who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease. This Fellowship serves to establish the beginnings of an independent career.
Fellows may submit a proposal that examines any aspect of the entire spectrum of kidney biology and disease. KidneyCure especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities in medicine (as defined by AAMC).
The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program provides each nephrology fellow with $50,000 per year for up to two years, to begin on July 1 of the award year. Funds must be used only for salary support and fringe benefits. Funds cannot be used for project costs, travel expenses, or overhead costs. Recipients cannot hold another training grant or be included on an institutional training grant. Institutional support of the applicant sufficient to complete the project is permitted and expected.
American Psychological Foundation: F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Grant on Understanding the Human Mind
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
The F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Grant is given biennially to recognize and support the efforts of an early career psychological scientist who is pursuing research that aims to address any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective.
Advances a unified understanding of the human mind/brain through empirical and/or theoretical research. Encourages promising young researchers to pursue careers in related fields.
Applicants will be evaluated on:
Conformance with stated program goals. Quality of proposed research. Innovation and contribution to the field with the proposed project. Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.
American College of Gastroenterology: Junior Faculty Development Grant
Deadline: December 4, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
The ACG Institute for Clinical Research and Education and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) are proud to support junior investigators working toward independent careers in clinical research in gastroenterology or hepatology, and invite eligible applicants to apply for a $450,000, three-year career development award ($100,000 in salary support and $50,000 research costs per year), to be funded from July 1, 2021–June 30, 2024. This award supports 50% research time and is only available to ACG members.
The goal of the Junior Faculty Development Award is to assist promising clinical researchers in developing research careers that have a direct bearing on clinical gastrointestinal practice. This award provides the protected research time, and time dedicated to developing research and leadership skills in order to advance a junior faculty member’s career with novel research.
This grant is designed to support research that is principally focused on digestive or liver diseases. The patient population or disease target should be principally related to the gastrointestinal tract, liver, biliary system, pancreas, or neuroenteric science, including any translational, clinical, social science, or health services research studies that pertain to managing such patients or conditions. For example, a study about microbiota would be appropriate if it pertains to a digestive disease. In contrast, a study that is principally about HIV would likely not be appropriate unless it directly relates to how HIV affects digestive health.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Strategic Research Awards
Deadline: December 7, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Sleep; Insomnia; Apnea,
The Strategic Research Award is investigator-initiated and supports high-impact research projects aimed at addressing gaps in knowledge that impact the ability to provide optimal, patient-centered, cost-effective diagnosis and care for patients with sleep disorders. Interest areas include artificial intelligence, hypersomnia, hypopnea scoring criteria, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, pediatric sleep medicine and health, population sleep health, polysomnography and home sleep testing, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder and other parasomnias, and high impact research.
Category I supports projects up to $250,000 of up to three years.
Category II supports projects up to $100,000 of up to two years.
Funds can be used for research expenses such as salary support (commensurate with current stipends or salaries), supplies, participant costs and institutional overhead. Indirect costs are capped at 8%. The award is a contract between the AASM Foundation and the awardee’s institution.
American College of Surgeons: Faculty Research Fellowships
Deadline: November 30, 2020
The American College of Surgeons is offering two-year faculty research fellowships, through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty.
The fellowship is to assist a surgeon in the establishment of their research program under mentorship with the goal of transitioning to becoming an independent investigator. Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $40,000 per year for each of two years, to support the research.
The fellowship is open to Fellows or Associate Fellows of the College who have:
(1) completed the chief residency year or accredited fellowship training within the preceding five years, not including time off for maternity leave, military deployment, or medical leave; and (2) received a full-time faculty appointment in a department of surgery or a surgical specialty at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States or by the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. Preference will be given to applicants who directly enter academic surgery following residency or fellowship.
This award may be used by the recipient for support of his/her research or academic enrichment in any fashion that the recipient deems maximally supportive of his/her investigations. The fellowship grant is to support the research of the recipient. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Impact Research Grants
Deadline: $50,000 over two years
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is inviting applications for its Impact Research Grants program.
Through the program, three grants of up to $50,000 over two years will be awarded in support of projects that support inquiry and systematic research aimed at generating new knowledge with respect to ensuring the safety of and excellent care for critically ill patients and their families. The grants also are intended to facilitate research in support of other AACN priorities, such as describing the impact of family presence, influencing nurse certification, and implementing standards for healthy work environments.
To be eligible, PIs must be an AACN member and hold an earned master’s degree or have completed candidacy requirements in a BSN-to-PhD or DNP program.
See the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due November 24, 2020
The goal of this Policies for Action (P4A) call for proposals (CFP) is to build the evidence base about how national, state, and local policies can decrease racial inequities in health and well-being in the United States.
The research funded under this CFP must: (1) focus on studying the potential impact of a specific federal, state, or local policy; (2) be intentional about maintaining a focus on racial equity and racial justice in its processes and outcomes; (3) use principles of equitable evaluation; (4) incorporate meaningful and authentic community engagement into the work; and (5) advance community driven solutions that come from the groups of people most directly impacted by structural racism. For this CFP, we also encourage, but do not require, that the proposed research examines the impact of policy changes on health and well-being outcomes.
Methods and designs that have been successful in the past vary and include natural experiments; implementation research; microsimulation studies; randomized controlled trials; linkages and analyses of existing data sources; mixed-methods analyses; and qualitative research. Various data sources can be proposed to be analyzed, such as social service and other public records; restricted-access survey or administrative data; social media data; and marketing data. Given that it can take a long time to gain access to restricted data, preference will be given to investigators who already have access to any restricted-use data proposed, as well as data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity and relevant subgroups.
Investigators may also propose research that would serve as a continuation or supplement to other existing programs or research studies.
National Palliative Care Research Center: Kornfeld Scholars Research Program for Junior Faculty
Deadline: November 6, 2020
The National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) is providing career development awards to allow junior faculty to have the protected time required to develop and conduct the pilot research necessary to be competitive for larger, extramurally funded awards. In recognition of the Emily Davis and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation’s leadership commitment, NPCRC’s career development activities have been rebranded as The Kornfeld Scholars Program. This tribute recognizes the vital role the Kornfeld Foundation has played in NPCRC’s growth and success- both as our founding philanthropic partner, and as a continued leadership supporter.
Proposed research must focus on improving care for patients with serious illness and their families in one of the three NPCRC key areas of interest: pain and symptom management, communication, and models of care for palliative care delivery.
*Research focused on dementia; children, adolescents, and young adults; and on addressing disparities in access and receipt of palliative care are high priority areas for NPCRC.
*Research focused on advance care planning or advance directives will not be considered.
The Kornfeld Scholars Program Award provides two years of support for salary and/or research activities to junior faculty in the amount of $90,000 per year (direct costs), plus 10% allowable indirect costs. Awards are not renewable. Start date for all awards will be July 1.
Fundación MAPFRE: Ignacio H. de Larramendi Research Grants in Habit Change for Health Promotion
Deadline: October 30, 2020
Fundación MAPFRE, in Madrid, Spain, has issued a call for research projects in the area of health promotion. Through the program, grants totaling €240,000 will be awarded in support of research focused on strategies for habit change (e.g., prevention of obesity and promotion of physical activity); patient education; physical injury assessment; and/or health management (clinical quality and safety).
Special attention will be given to the projects that, while taking into account previous topic lines, incorporate aspects related to COVID-19 such as reducing infections, self-care and the culture of self-protection, the relationship between previous health status (lifestyle) and morbimortality, COVID-19 and mental health, etc.
The program is open to any academic or professional researcher or research team wishing to run a research program, independently or as part of the university, hospital, company, or research center to which they are affiliated.
Grants will be awarded for one calendar year from the date of its acceptance and formalization and will be awarded to the main investigator of the project, although upon request made at the time of application submission it may be paid to the institution to which he/she is affiliated or where the research is being carried out. It is essential in both cases that the grant be used exclusively for the research requested.
See the Fundación MAPFRE website for the complete RFP, sample report documents, application instructions, and the application form.
Foundation for a Smoke-free World: Research Grants at Nexus of COVID-19 and Smoking
Deadline: December 15, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; COVID-19; Smoking,
The Foundation for a Smoke-free World seeks to conduct research at the nexus of COVID-19, smoking, and nicotine that requires significant collaboration and research involving outside experts and organizations.
Selected organization(s) will be expected to implement a range of projects relevant to the global pandemic, including well-designed and comprehensive pre-clinical, clinical, and epidemiological studies, to better understand the associations between smoking and/or nicotine use, and COVID-19 infection and outcomes.
The spread of COVID-19 has demanded that governments around the world take unprecedented steps to protect their citizens. This has meant restricting the movement of hundreds of millions of people around the world in an effort to limit the transmission of the disease. The situation has created unique challenges for people who are dependent on nicotine, including smokers, nicotine replacement therapy users, and users of alternative nicotine delivery products. There is emerging evidence that both nicotine use and smoking status may have an impact on COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations, as well as disease severity and mortality.
The underrepresentation of smokers in the available COVID-19 patient data and potential selection and measurement biases within existing research outputs requires well-designed epidemiological studies in order to obtain clarity about the true nature and impact of the relationship(s) between COVID-19 and smoking and/or nicotine use. To address current knowledge gaps, this RFP seeks to accelerate research in the following areas: the impacts of tobacco and nicotine products on COVID-19 outcomes; opportunities for interventions aimed at preventing or reducing COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and disease progression; and/or interventions aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles (including but not restricted to nicotine use) in the wake of the pandemic.
To maximize the chances of getting results fast, the foundation seeks to undertake work in settings with sufficient COVID-19 cases and where smoking/nicotine use rates are in excess of 25 percent of the population for men or women. (The foundation will consider regions in which there are existing cohorts of smokers under observation for other reasons and where adding the above research plans are possible.)
Grants of up to $150,000 for scoping/pre-clinical studies, up to $250,000 for epidemiological studies, and up to $500,000 for clinical studies will be awarded. Recommended duration of the grant funding is up to three months for scoping/pre-clinical studies, three to six months for epidemiological studies, and up to twelve months for clinical studies.
The foundation encourages participation by groups whose work aligns with the foundation’s mission to eliminate smoking within a generation. These groups include institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial enterprises, governmental agencies, or other research-based organizations. Applicants should have a proven track record suitable for the area of research proposed. Previous research of tobacco and/or nicotine is appreciated but is not a requirement for funding. Successful applicants will likely have an interdisciplinary group of key personnel who can approach this project from their individual fields of expertise (e.g. epidemiologists, clinicians, behavioral economists, basic scientists, and public health specialists). The foundation expects successful applicants to conduct research and publish findings according to Open Science principles, including: declaring hypotheses and proposed analyses up front; making raw data available for analysis; publishing all results, whether positive or negative; and publishing in journals that offer open access.
Applicants should be aware that the foundation’s Initial funding came from Phillip Morris International (PMI). The foundation has nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and by law and policy must operate independently from PMI.
All interested parties should submit a detailed proposal for work to the foundation using its online application system. There is no page requirement for submissions, however the application form has links to three templates that must be fully completed for an application to be considered. Applicants will also have the option to upload additional relevant documentation.
The application portal will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 15, 2020. In order to capture studies that address various timeframes during the COVID-19 pandemic cycle, the foundation will review and evaluate submitted proposals monthly until closing.
For additional, and FAQ, and a link to the online portal, see the Foundation for a Smoke-free World website.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award Competition
Deadline: Pre-proposals Due November 13, 2020
Category: Health Sciences,
The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers.
The transition to an independent research career is often more difficult for physician scientists than it is for other researchers, as these individuals must balance the demands of both seeing patients and conducting research. DDCF’s Medical Research Program created the Clinical Scientist Development Award to provide mentored research funding to early-career physician-scientist faculty to enable their transition to independent and successful research careers. In 2020, the Medical Research Program awarded 17 grants to investigators working in a broad range of disease areas.
Since the beginning of the program in 1998, the foundation has awarded 337 Clinical Scientist Development Awards totaling over $152 million.
The Clinical Scientist Development Award consists of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10%) annual indirect costs for three years. The priority of the CSDA program is to fund outstanding individuals with potential for clinical research careers, whose projects will address highly significant research questions and lead to career advancement. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Therapeutics Development Award Program
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry Due October 31, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Cystic Fibrosis,
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Therapeutics Development Award (TDA) Program.
By supporting early to mid-phase drug development activities with both financial and technical support, the program is designed to stimulate and de-risk drug development of novel therapies for CF. The program provides companies with funding and other resources in support of activities focused on 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 of up to $600,000 over two years will be awarded for early exploratory, discovery, and/or pre-clinical 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 welcome to apply.
See the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER): Research Grant Program
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry Due October 30, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics; HIV,
The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) welcomes LOIs for its grant program, which is designed to fund research with the potential to address critical research questions that remain unanswered in order to inform policy change and ensure better outcomes in infants, children, and adolescents living with and affected by HIV in resource-limited settings.
As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts health systems and affects human health globally, gains made in accelerating the HIV response for children and adolescents living with or affected by HIV could be reversed. Against that backdrop, CIPHER recognizes the need to strengthen service delivery models, improve quality of care, and sustain efforts to achieve the AIDS Free targets. To that end, the initiative will support research projects that could inform HIV policies and programs, thus accelerating the HIV response in grantee countries. Eligible projects include original research that can contribute to broader scientific efforts by answering parts of larger questions within the identified research priorities (e.g., sub-studies or the generation of important preliminary data that can help secure more substantial research funding for pediatric and adolescent HIV research).
The 2020-21 funding cycle will focus on service delivery for HIV and related co-infections for pediatric and adolescent populations in resource-limited settings, including research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV and related co-infections service delivery; and community interventions aimed at improving outcomes along the HIV cascade.
Grants of up to $75,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded.
To be eligible, the PI must be an early stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her/his terminal research degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS or equivalent) fewer than ten years before the application deadline and must serve for the first time as primary PI. PIs who have previously received a non-training research grant exceeding $30,000 are not eligible. Applications are encouraged from any country, however, approximately 80 percent of available funds in any given year will be awarded to applicants from (meaning holding a passport from) low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the World Bank classification.
Letters of Intent are due October 30. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by January 27, 2021.
See the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program in Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: January 14, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Biomedical Sciences,
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.
The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Mid-Career Investigator Research Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Physical Medicine; Rehabilitation,
The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is requesting applications for its Mid-Career Investigator Research Grants program. One grant of $25,000 will be made; it is to be used as seed money for new research projects that extend an established investigator’s work in new directions. Application deadline is November 1.
This award is a short-term grant for research in topics related to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Eligible applicants for grant include any physiatrist or faculty member in a division or department of physical medicine and rehabilitation who is at least 5 and not more than 20 years post-completion of a terminal degree and subsequent training program. Applicant must be able to demonstrate a history of successful research experience.
Special consideration will be given to proposals that meet the Foundation’s goal of driving the evidence base for cost-effective, results-oriented rehabilitative care.
Morton Cure Paralysis Fund: Spinal Cord Injury Research Grants
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Spinal Cord Injury; Paralysis,
The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) is committed to developing effective therapies (cures) for paralysis associated with spinal cord injury and other disorders of the central nervous system.
Qualified scientists at capable institutions will be considered for grant applications. The MCPF has a biannual application cycle with grant deadlines on April 30 and October 31. Decisions will be made within 180 days of the grant submission deadline. (Many are done quicker.)
MCPF supports cutting-edge ideas, enabling researchers to gather the proof-of-concept data needed to pursue multimillion-dollar grants from large financiers such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. We also place emphasis on collaborative efforts. Further, all scientific learning as a result of our funding must be broadly communicated to the rest of the scientific community.
The Lalor Foundation: Anna Lalor Burdick Program Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Reproductive Health; Contraception,
The Anna Lalor Burdick Program seeks to empower young women through education about healthy reproduction in order to broaden and enhance their options in life.
The program focuses particularly on young women who have inadequate access to information regarding sexual and reproductive health, including comprehensive and unbiased information on contraception and pregnancy termination.
While projects may take place outside the U.S., only organizations based in the United States are eligible.
The Anna Lalor Burdick (ALB) Program supports programs that offer sexual and reproductive health education to young women. It is interested in programs serving young women who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, geographic isolation, lack of comprehensive sex education, hostile public policy, or other factors leading to inadequate sexual and reproductive health.
The ALB Program is particularly interested in supporting new programs or initiatives, or innovations in successful programs. Programs at new or small organizations, including those with a grassroots base, that are capable of delivering excellent services will also be considered.
The ALB Program typically does not support general operations, ongoing programs, or existing staff positions.
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: Career Development Awards
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due November 8, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Crohn's; Colitis; IBD,
Objective: Career Development Awards are mentored awards intended to facilitate the development of individuals with research potential to prepare for a career of independent basic and/or clinical investigation in the area of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Applicant Eligibility: Individuals who are already well established in the field of IBD research are not considered eligible for this award. Applicants should identify a senior investigator to act as a mentor to facilitate the transition to independence. At the time of application, applicants must be employed by an institution (public non-profit, private non-profit, or government) engaged in health care and/or health related research within the United States. Research is not restricted by citizenship; however, proof of legal work status is required. Applicants must hold an MD and/or PhD (or equivalent degree). Candidates holding MD degrees must have five years of experience after receiving their terminal degree—two years of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD. Applicants holding PhDs must have at least two years of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD. Generally, candidates should not be in excess of ten years beyond the attainment of their doctoral degree.
Proposal Eligibility: Proposal MUST be relevant to IBD (Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis) and must contain a career development plan detailing a training plan, mentorship plan, and describe how receiving this award will facilitate the transition to independence. Only one application is allowed per applicant per submission date. Simultaneous submission of a Senior Research Award and Training Award is not permitted.
Time Commitment: Awardees must devote a minimum of 65% of his/her professional time directly to the project.
Stipend & Institutional Allowance: Award salary will match applicants’ institutional salary (salaries may be supplemented by the applicant’s institution), depending on postgraduate year (PGY) level, up to $52,000 per year. Fringe benefits are allowed according to institutional policies, but must not exceed 25% of the salary award (up to $13,000 per year). The Foundation will also provide up to $25,000 to be used for non-salary/fringe expenses such as an MPH degree or equivalent tuition (all degrees must be completed within the three years of this award), statistical support, travel to professional meetings, professional memberships and textbooks. These funds may not be used to supplement awardee’s salary/fringe benefits.
Salary: up to $52,000 per year
Fringe: 25% of salary, or up to $13,000 per year
Non-salary / fringe expenses: up to $25,000 per year
Duration of Award: One to three years
Total maximum award per year: $90,000 (subject to annual progress report approval).
Bright Focus Foundation: Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant
Deadline: November 10, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Alzheimer's,
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.
Bayer Hemophilia Research Award Program: Basic Research Project Awards
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due November 30, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Hemophilia,
The Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program demonstrates Bayer’s commitment to the bleeding disorders community and to advancing the state of the art of hemophilia care.
The Basic Science Research Award will provide funds to undertake a basic research project in the bleeding disorders field. Focus areas for such projects include, but are not limited to:
– Role of FVIII outside of coagulation
– Lab monitoring research and applications.
Basic Research Project awards will provide funding of up to US$75,000 for one year. Up to 15% may be requested as salary support. Up to 20% may be requested as over
American Otological Society Research Foundation: Clinician-Scientist Award
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Otology; Neurotology,
The purpose of the American Otological Society (AOS) Research Fund is to encourage and support academic research in sciences related to the ear. All of the AOS grant awards may involve research on any topic related to ear disorders. The research need not be directly on an otological disease but may explore normal functions of the cochlea, labyrinth, or central auditory or vestibular systems. However, the applicant must describe how the proposed research will benefit our understanding, diagnosis or treatment of otological disorders.
Faculty (MD), typically at a junior level who are aiming to develop a career as a clinician-scientist are encouraged to apply.
Candidates for this award must: 1) hold or be approved for full-time university faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in a department or division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; 2) be citizens of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent United States residency at the time of application; 2) hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or equivalent degree from an accredited institution awarded within the last 10 years; 3) have completed an ACGME-approved otolaryngology residency program; and 4) have demonstrated the capacity or potential for a highly productive, independent research career with an emphasis in otology/neurotology.
The AOS Clinician-Scientist and his or her mentor(s) are encouraged to use preliminary research results from this award as pilot material for the development of a research grant application to a suitable funding agency. Specifically, this grant mechanism is designed to permit the budding clinician-scientist adequate time and mentoring to accrue preliminary data to successfully apply for a K08/K23 grant from the NIH. Therefore, individuals who have already competed successfully for a career development award from a private or Federal funding agency are ineligible for this award program. The grantee may not receive concurrent research salary support from other agencies or sources during the period of this grant. Accordingly, funding from the AOS will be terminated once the Clinician-Scientist secures Federal funding for a Career Development Award.
American Kidney Fund: Clinical Scientists in Nephrology Program
Deadline: November 23, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Nephrology,
The Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program strives to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients and promotes clinical research in nephrology. The program enhances the training of nephrologists who want to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care.
The Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program has trained some of nephrology’s brightest scholars who have gone on to become leaders in the field and mentors to new generations of scientists studying kidney disease. Many former CSN fellows have conducted groundbreaking research that advances knowledge and treatment of kidney disease.
A Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship may be granted yearly, with a maximum duration of two years for each fellowship. The maximum level of funding of $80,000 per year shall be used principally to support the candidate and his or her career development. This sum is expected to cover the individual fellow’s salary (not to exceed $55,000) as well as training-related expenses.
American Gastroenterological Association: Research Scholar Award in Digestive Disease Health Disparities
Deadline: November 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
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 health disparities research. Projects must focus on the pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment or patient outcomes of a digestive disease or disorder that disproportionately affects racial or ethnic minority populations in North America.
Applicants for this award must hold an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBChB, MBBS, DO), and a full-time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (U.S., Canada or Mexico) by the start date (i.e., July 2021) of this award.
Applicants performing any type of research (basic, translational, clinical) relevant to digestive disorders are eligible to apply.
Alpha Phi Foundation: Women’s Heart to Heart Grants
Deadline: November 3, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Women's Health; Cardiology,
As a women’s organization, Alpha Phi Foundation places special emphasis on women’s heart health. In 1993, Alpha Phi Foundation designed an annual grant—the Heart to Heart Grant—to encourage research and education to lessen the impact of heart disease in women.
All applications are reviewed by a team of medical professionals who are also Alpha Phi alumnae. Based on top average scores, the finalists participate in a phone interview conducted by Foundation Board and staff. A recommendation is presented to the Foundation Board of Directors, who selects the recipient by a majority vote.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award
Category: Diversity, Health Sciences; Autism; Equity,
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.
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.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: 2021 Allergic Respiratory Disease Research Award
Deadline: December 10, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Allergy; Asthma; Immunology,
Research is crucial to a future where lung disease no longer threatens the health of our families and friends. The American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support applicants holding a primary faculty appointment in a Clinical Allergy and Immunology Division conducting research into advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease. One of the goals of this collaboration is to fund researchers at important crossroads of their careers.
The Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award aims to increase research in academic allergy and immunology divisions in the effort to benefit patients. As such, the applicant must hold a doctoral degree, be in clinical Allergy and Immunology Division (or Clinical Immunology Division), be undertaking a project related to allergic respiratory disease, and have completed training. No more than 75% of the requested budget may be used for an awardee’s salary and/or fringe benefits and no more than 30% of the total award may be used to fund the purchase of permanent equipment. Grant funds may be subjected to annual review, the second year of support is based on demonstrating satisfactory progress, as well as, the availability of funding for both organizations.
Foundation Fighting Blindness: Translational Research Acceleration Program for Sight-Saving Therapies
Deadline: December 30, 2020
Category: blindness, Health Sciences, Retinal degeneration,
The Foundation Fighting Blindness has launched a new Translational Research Acceleration Program (TRAP) to help advance vision-saving research into clinical trials.
To that end, the foundation welcomes proposals for retinal degeneration treatment approaches, including but not limited to gene therapies, regenerative treatments, and novel medical therapies, and has created a variety of TRAP grant mechanisms through which it can provide up to $1.5 million in funding over the next three years.
TRAP brings a proactive program management structure and hands-on advisory committee with expertise in drug development, clinical trials, business and commercialization, regulatory guidance, intellectual property, and partnerships catalyzing the movement of technology into clinical use to the evaluation of proposals.
A Proposer’s Day event will be held on August 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET via ZOOM to review program details and answer questions. (Registration required.)
For additional information and/or to apply for a grant, visit the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
American Gastroenterological Association/Takeda Pharmaceuticals: Research Scholar Award in Celiac Disease
Deadline: November 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
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 celiac 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). This award will support junior faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research pertaining to celiac disease. Projects must focus on the pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment or patient outcomes of celiac disease.
Applicants for this award must hold an MD, PhD and/or equivalent degree (e.g., MBChB, MBBS, DO), and a full-time faculty or equivalent position at an institution in North America (U.S., Canada or Mexico) by the start date (i.e., July 2021) of this award.
Applicants must classify as “early career” according to the following criteria:
MD (or equivalent) applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award (July 2021).
PhD (or equivalent) applicants are considered “early career” if no more than seven years have elapsed following conferment of the PhD degree and the start date of this award (July 2021).
An appropriately documented leave of absence, such as parental or medical leave, will not be counted toward the above seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered. Exemption requests must be submitted to AGA via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least three weeks prior to the application deadline and be clearly indicated in the submitted application documents.
Applicants performing any type of research (basic, translational, clinical) relevant to celiac disease are eligible to apply. Studies of non-celiac gluten sensitivity will be considered if their contribution to the overall understanding of celiac disease is clearly justified in the application.
AGA membership is required at the time of application submission.
American Gastroenterological Association: Research Scholar Award
Deadline: November 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
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).
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Pregnancy; Preterm Birth,
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.
Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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.
Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Category: Science, Social Science,
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.
– New Media
Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education
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;
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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.