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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Telehealth to Optimize Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions among Vulnerable Populations in Primary Care

Grant Amount: Up to $10 Million up to five years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 4, 2022
Category: Telehealth; Health Equity,
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This Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement is soliciting applications that respond to the following question: What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of different approaches to incorporating access to and use of telehealth to optimize management of multiple chronic conditions in primary care, particularly among vulnerable populations?

Applications should focus on community-dwelling individuals with multiple chronic conditions and should be powered to allow for conclusions regarding one or more vulnerable populations of interest. Potential comparisons may include studying the comparative clinical effectiveness of telehealth modalities to optimize care delivery (e.g., utilizing telehealth to augment evidence-based models of care delivery for chronic disease management), engaging support personnel to facilitate telehealth use (e.g., strategies involving the use of interpreters), or comparing different state-level public policy regarding telehealth (e.g., regulatory changes involving payment parity across states that directly influence access to care and health outcomes). The focal setting should be primary care, but studies can incorporate home-based care and include specialty care as appropriate.

Applicants are encouraged to propose multisite individual, or cluster randomized clinical trials or natural experiments and are strongly encouraged to assess issues of intervention implementation with an aim of facilitating widespread uptake of findings after completion of the study. Toward that end, hybrid type I and hybrid type II designs may also be considered appropriate. Applicants are also encouraged to conduct analyses to evaluate the relative clinical effectiveness by telehealth modality as appropriate (e.g., audio-only versus video).

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

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Healthy Aging: Optimizing Physical and Mental Functioning Across the Aging Continuum

Grant Amount: Up to $5 Million up to five years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 4, 2022
Category: Aging; Mental Health,
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking to fund high-quality, comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) projects that focus on optimizing physical and mental functioning for community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers.

The Healthy Aging Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement will solicit applications for CER studies that focus on different phases of the aging continuum and aim to achieve one or more of the following four goals:

  • maintaining function and independence
  • facilitating chronic disease management
  • supporting individuals with significant functional impairment
  • reducing caregiving burden and improving quality of life

The different phases of the aging continuum include on one end the healthiest older adults who have no chronic conditions, followed by those who may have one or two well-managed conditions. Their main goal is to maintain function and independence. Next on the continuum are older adults with chronic or multiple chronic conditions whose primary health focus is to manage their conditions and slow or reverse progression, followed by those with significant functional impairment (physical and/or cognitive) who are at higher risk for adverse events, require more support, and are likely to have higher healthcare utilization and expenditures. Finally, at the other end of the continuum there are seriously ill older adults who may need end-of-life care.

Applications may focus on populations in different phases of the aging continuum except for those at the two extremes, i.e., the healthiest of older adults with no chronic health condition and those who require end-of-life care.

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

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National Geographic Society: Freshwater Storytelling Grants

Grant Amount: $20,000
Deadline: October 12, 2022
Category: Water; Justic; Public Health; Climate Change,
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National Geographic Society seeks innovative photography, short film, writing, data visualization and other storytelling proposals to help water users understand the issues around global water sustainability. This work will be supported by data, science and cartography provided by the National Geographic-supported World Water Map developed by Utrecht University.

NGS seeks projects that center around the following themes related to water:

Interconnectedness: Water is the great connector. Rivers span political boundaries, flowing from one community to the next. Moreover, nothing breaks down silos like water. It is bound up in cultural and religious practices, gender, geology, geography, public health, nature, geopolitics and the production and movement of food and other products. We seek stories that build nuance around standard and didactic narratives, helping audiences to understand how these topics are all connected, just as we are.

Justice: The story of water is also fundamentally the story of power. Who controls access, where it flows, what this precious resource is used for–all boils down to privilege. How are issues of race and inequality refracted through the lens of access to water?

Change and Adaptation: Changes on earth due to global warming, human population growth and technology all result in changes to water supply and demand; water is an indicator of these changes to life on earth. Moreover, water and climate change are more closely linked than most people realize. We seek stories of solutions and resilience, in particular how people are adapting to these changes.
Projects that benefit local audiences or incorporate local voices are strongly encouraged. Water issues span nearly every aspect of the human and natural world; we’re seeking projects with a scientific underpinning and will be looking for these to be well-researched and grounded by science.

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation: Research Grants on Microbial Links to Alzheimer’s

Grant Amount: Up to $250,000
Deadline: October 30, 2022
Category: Infectious Disease,
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The Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation (IDSA Foundation) invites applications for its Microbial Pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s Disease grant.

Grants will provide funding to identify a potential microbial link to Alzheimer’s disease. All awards must focus narrowly on elucidating the possible roles of infectious agents in the causation of Alzheimer’s disease. This includes proposals that span the breadth of the microbial world, including bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, and microbial synergy, among other possibilities. The grant awards will support innovative research, including basic, clinical, and/or non-traditional approaches. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, including collaborations between Alzheimer’s research and infectious diseases experts.

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to established investigators (assistant professor to professor) who have already launched/developed initial research; grants of $100,000 will be awarded to senior/mid-career investigators (assistant professor to professor) to obtain preliminary data to facilitate the development of a research proposal for submission to the NIH and/or other institutions to continue their research; grants of $50,000 will be awarded to current investigators (past grant awardees) who have demonstrated significant progress in initial research findings and are looking to further their research. Grants of $30,000 will be awarded to fellows/early-career investigators (including instructors, assistant professors, and senior trainees/fellows) to obtain preliminary data to develop a research proposal to submit at the $100,000 level.

Both members and non-members of IDSA are encouraged to apply; this includes established investigators and academic and health professionals in all disciplines and health-related professions. PhDs and MDs are invited to apply, and clinical and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. International applications and non-U.S. citizens are also invited.

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

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Herb Block Foundation: Project Grants for Defending Basic Freedoms

Grant Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 6, 2022
Category: Human Rights,
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The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged.

The foundation invites applications for its Defending Basic Freedoms program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for projects to help safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in our Bill of Rights, help eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies in being more accountable to the public. The foundation will also consider contemporary societal issues that may arise.

Letters of intent are due October 6, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by November 17, 2022, with full proposals due December 15, 2022.

Applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to be eligible.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness: Macular Degeneration Research Grants

Grant Amount: $600,000 up to three years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 4, 2022
Category: blindness, Macular degeneration,
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The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in collaboration with the Free Family Foundation, invites applications for the Free Family Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Award.

To that end, for up to three years, $200,000 per year will support research proposals to understand pathophysiologic mechanisms that cause the transition from aging to early, dry AMD. If successful, the research will inform the design of targeted treatment for the greatest number of people afflicted with early AMD and prevent blindness from late AMD. Proposals must: focus on early, dry AMD; determine the most relevant pathophysiologic pathways and their interactions with other pathways that cause early AMD lesions; include two PIs with distinct areas of scientific expertise who will implement a multidisciplinary project with a team science approach on a topic that is not optimally served by a single laboratory; use animal or cellular models that best address AMD pathobiology; and demonstrate that the outcome will have a direct impact on AMD.

Applicants must hold a PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, DO, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent at a domestic or foreign: nonprofit organization or public or private institution, such as a university, college, medical school, hospital, research institute, or laboratory. Individuals from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender groups, and individuals with disabilities, are always encouraged to apply.

Letters of intent are due October 4, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application, due January 4, 2023.

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

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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Spinal Cord Injury Quality-of-Life Grants

Grant Amount: Varies, See Below
Deadline: October 13, 2022
Category: Spinal Cord Injury,
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

The foundation invites applications for its Quality-of-Life grants program, which aims to impact and empower people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement, and community engagement, while promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Grant applications will be accepted in the following categories:

Direct Effect: Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for many projects that impact individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.

High Impact Priority: Grants will be awarded for high-priority issues for the community of individuals living with paralysis and their families and caregivers as follows: grants of $30,000 will be awarded for respite/caregiving, assistive technology, and COVID-19: addressing social isolation; grants of $40,000 will be awarded for nursing home transition, racial equity, and rural and underserved populations; and grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support employment.

The program is spotlighting two new grant programs, Racial Equity and Rural Unserved and Underserved Populations, which aim to fund projects that benefit people and communities that are racially diverse and/or historically underserved living with paralysis and/or promote racial equity for people living with paralysis.

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

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants

Grant Amount: Between $2,500 and $50,000
Deadline: October 13, 2022
Category: Climate Change,
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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund serves and strengthens society by nurturing a diverse group of leaders in biomedical sciences to improve human health through education and powering discovery in frontiers of greatest need.

The fund invites applications for its Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants program, which aims to stimulate the growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who could together change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. Over the next two years, BWF will dedicate $1 million to supporting small, early-stage grants of between $2,500 and $50,000 toward achieving this goal.

BWF is mainly but not exclusively interested in activities that build connections between basic/early biomedical scientific approaches and ecological, environmental, geological, geographic, and planetary-scale thinking, as well as population-focused fields, including epidemiology, public health, demography, economics, and urban planning. Also of interest is work piloting new approaches or interactions toward reducing the impact of health-centered activities, such as developing more sustainable systems for health care, care delivery, and biomedical research systems. Another area of interest is preparation for the impacts of extreme weather and other crises that can drive large-scale disruptions that immediately impact human health and healthcare delivery. Public outreach, climate communication, and education efforts focused on the intersection of climate and health are also appropriate for this call.

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations or degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada.

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

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Innovation Grants (multiple opportunities)

Grant Amount: Varies, See Below
Deadline: November 15, 2022
Category: Suicide; Mental Health,
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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention research grants support studies that will increase understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives.

The AFSP is currently accepting application for their Innovation Grants program:
Distinguished Investigator Innovation Grants
Up to $150,000 over 2 years
Grants awarded to investigators at the level of associate professor or higher with an established record of research and publications.

Standard Research Innovation Grants
Up to $125,000 over 2 years
Grants awarded to individual investigators at any level.

Early Career Researcher Innovation Grants
Up to $110,000 over 2 years
Grants awarded to investigators at or below the level of assistant professor. These grants must allocate $10,000 ($5,000 per year) of their award for an established researcher to mentor the Early Career Researcher. AFSP is available to assist you in identifying a suitable mentor.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Innovation Grants
Up to $140,000 over 2 years
(Salary of $56,000 per year. Allowance of $14,000 per year.)
Grants awarded to investigators who have received a Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral degree within the preceding six years and have had no more than three years of fellowship support. Fellows receive a stipend of $56,000 per year and an institutional allowance of $14,000 per year.

Pilot Innovation Grants
Up to $50,000 over 2 years
Awarded to investigators at any level, these grants provide seed funding for new projects that have the potential to lead to larger investigations. These grants typically entail feasibility studies rather than hypothesis-driven research. Examples include manual development and new biomarker development.

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

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American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund: Doctoral New Investigator Grants

Grant Amount: $110,000 over two years
Deadline: October 14, 2022
Category: Engineering; Petroleum,
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The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund supports fundamental research in the petroleum field and to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through advanced scientific education.

The organization invites applications for its Doctoral New Investigator grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $110,000 over two years will be awarded in support of original research conducted per the PRF Transfer Agreement, which states that the recipient (ACS) shall use all funds exclusively for advanced scientific education and fundamental research in the “petroleum field,” which may include any field of pure science which in the judgment of (ACS) may afford a basis for subsequent research directly connected with the petroleum field.

The DNI grants program seeks investigator-initiated, original research across the spectrum of the program’s mission. Original research is defined as being different from that performed previously by the PI as part of their graduate or postdoctoral studies.

Applicants must be regularly appointed faculty members at U.S. nonprofit academic institutions within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.

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

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Alfred S. Sloan Foundation: Small-scale Experiments that Advance Fundamental Physics

Grant Amount: Typical five-year grants range between $300,000 and $1 Million
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 31, 2022
Category: Physics,
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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Simons Foundation invite applications to a one-time call aimed at advancing fundamental physics by funding small-scale experiments that explore physics which has typically been explored at large-scale facilities (e.g., CERN, LIGO).

The program is intended to support high-risk and potentially high-return small-scale experimental projects aimed at new ambitious discoveries beyond the current frontier of fundamental physics. “Small-scale” refers to table-top size experiments or to ones that could fit in a typical university physics research lab. Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to, tests of basic principles of quantum physics, tests of interaction laws and established symmetry principles, and searches for new particles.

This program will provide funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration of each proposal should be appropriate to the proposed research goals. There is no recommended funding level for this program, but we expect typical annual project budgets to fall between $300,000 and $1,000,000. Further budget guidance will be provided to those invited to submit full proposals.

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

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Whitehall Foundation: Bioscience Research Grants and Grants-in-aid Awards

Grant Amount: $225,000 and $30,000
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Category: Neurobiology; Basic Research,
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The Whitehall Foundation aims to support scholarly research in the life sciences that is not heavily supported by federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. The foundation emphasizes the support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.

To that end, the foundation invites LOIs for two grant programs:

Research: Grants of up to $225,000 over three years will be awarded to established scientists working at accredited institutions in the United States. Grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose.

Grants-in-Aid: One-year grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to researchers at the assistant professor level who have trouble competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists.

The foundation is interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.

Applicants must hold the position of assistant professor or higher, hold principal investigator status, and be considered an “independent investigator” with their dedicated lab or lab space independent of another investigator.

Letters of intent must be received no later than October 1, 2022, and selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by February 15, 2023.

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

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Wellcome Trust: Advancing Climate Mitigation Policy Solutions with Health Co-benefits in G7 Countries

Grant Amount: Up to $2.4 Million up to three years
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Category: Climate Change,
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This award will fund collaborations between researchers and policy actors who have a clear opportunity to influence climate mitigation policies with substantial health effects. Successful applicants will generate evidence that will support policymakers in G7 countries to advance transformative health-centred changes in the food systems, transport, energy or housing sectors.

This call is focused on G7 countries as a group of states with high levels of historical emissions and large economies.

You can apply to this scheme if you are a transdisciplinary research team that:

  • Is from climate, health and relevant disciplines (for example: social sciences, economics, food, transport, energy or housing sectors) with the necessary skills to evaluate the effects that mitigation policy interventions to reduce emissions have on health and associated wider socioeconomic outcomes
  • Is led or co-led by an applicant that is hosted at an institution based in the G7 country where there is an identified policy opportunity. Note that if the proposal has a co-lead, this should be stated in the narrative part of the proposal but only one institution will receive the funds for onward distribution
  • Involve relevant co-applicants or collaborating partners that are central to the policy’s adoption or implementation in a process of co-production across all stages of the research project. By policy or implementation partner, we mean those who can influence policy. This includes but is not limited to policymakers from national or local government, NGOs, advocates, affected communities or the wider public, and industry
  • Promote a diverse, inclusive and supportive research environment.

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

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Wellcome Trust: Mental Health Award – Sleep and Circadian Science

Grant Amount: Approximately $3.4 Million up to 5 years
Deadline: October 19, 2022
Category: Sleep; Mental Health; Circadian Science,
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As part of our new strategic focus, Wellcome aims to develop new and improved early interventions for anxiety, depression and psychosis, in ways that reflect the priorities and needs of people experiencing these conditions. This work involves advancing scientific understanding of how brain, body and environment interact in the trajectory of these problems; and finding new and useable ways to predict, identify and intervene as early as possible.

Disturbances in sleep and circadian rhythms can predict the onset and relapse of mental disorder, are common in cases of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and have a major bearing on quality of life. Greater severity of insomnia and/or circadian disruption is associated with higher levels of psychopathology and suicidality, increased risk of relapse, and poorer treatment outcomes.

However, as highlighted in our recent report on the current research landscape relating sleep and circadian rhythms to mental health, significant knowledge gaps remain. This award aims to advance understanding of the roles played by sleep and circadian rhythm disturbance in the development and resolution of anxiety, depression and psychosis – with a view to enabling effective early detection and intervention. Harnessing recent neuroscientific, technological and analytic advances will allow deeper characterisation of the changes occurring in sleep and circadian function, the underlying mechanisms driving these changes and their contributions to the development and maintenance of anxiety, depression and psychosis in diverse populations.

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

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Spencer Foundation: Conference Grants for Advancing Education Research

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: October 11, 2022
Category: Education; Conference Grants,
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The Conference Grant Program provides support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convenings around important issues in education research. This program is intended to bring together researchers, community members, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance education research.

For this funding cycle, Spencer will support conferences related to the topic of critical and innovative methodological needs and advancements in the service of education research that advances racial equity. PIs holding an active Spencer research grants are also eligible to apply for a conference grant.

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

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Simons Foundation: Small-Scale Experiments for Fundamental Physics

Grant Amount: Annual project budget to fall between $300,000 and $1 Million
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due October 31, 2022
Category: Physics,
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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation and the Simons Foundation invite applications to a one-time call aimed at advancing fundamental physics by funding small-scale experiments that explore physics which has typically been explored at large-scale facilities (e.g., CERN, LIGO). Applications from scientists from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

The program is intended to support high-risk and potentially high-return small-scale experimental projects aimed at new, ambitious discoveries beyond the current frontier of fundamental physics. “Small-scale” refers to table-top-size experiments or to ones that could fit in a typical university physics research lab. Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to, tests of basic principles of quantum physics, tests of interaction laws and established symmetry principles, and searches for new particles.

Applicants must submit, via email to tabletop@simonsfoundation.org, a brief letter of intent (LOI) describing the proposed research. The deadline for submitting the LOI is October 31, 2022. The LOI should consist of a two-page summary of the proposed research program, a one-page estimate of the total requested budget that includes estimated line items for salaries, equipment, travel and lodging and other major expenses (each of which must be specified), and one-page CVs of all of the proposed PIs and co-Investigators (co-Is). For the LOI stage, an indirect cost rate of 20% can be used. Note that each proposal must select one person to serve as the contact PI, although several PIs or co-Is are permitted. All documents should be combined into a single PDF and have typeface and margins consistent with standard NSF-style proposals.

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

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Simons Foundation: Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Grant Amount: Initial $2 Million per year for four years ($8 Million)
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due November 1, 2022
Category: Mathematics; physical sciences,
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The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program.

The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science.

A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

The project should involve outstanding researchers in a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.

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

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Healthy Eating Research: Evaluating COVID-19 Pandemic-Driven Policies and Programs to Improve Children’s Health and Well-Being

Grant Amount: $250,000 over 18 months
Deadline: Concept papers Due October 12, 2022
Category: Nutrition; COVID-19; Children's Health,
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This CFP aims to fund research on how COVID-19-related relief and recovery policies, and now the post-pandemic recession, impact child health and well-being. This is our second round of funding on this topic. Click here for more information on projects funded under the first round of this special solicitation.

HER is interested in understanding how pandemic-driven social and economic programs and policies related to poverty reduction—such as financial payments to families, income assistance programs, housing assistance or housing security programs, and increased access to social services—impact child obesity, diet quality, food and nutrition security, and other relevant child and family health outcomes among lower-income families and populations of color.

Studies must focus on children (0 to 18) and families in the United States, with high priority on those who are at highest risk for poor nutrition and obesity, specifically lower-income families and racially and ethnically diverse populations (e.g., Black, Latino/a, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander). Evidence generated through this special solicitation should be timely and policy-relevant, and aimed towards identifying policies and programs that advance nutrition and health equity.

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $250,000 and 18 months in duration.

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

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Life Sciences Research Foundation: Life Sciences Research Grants (early career)

Grant Amount: $231,000
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Category: Basic Life Science; Early Career,
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The Life Sciences Research Foundation aims to identify and fund exceptional young scientists at a critical juncture of their training in all areas of basic life sciences.

The LSRF accepts proposals from those conducting basic biological research in all areas of life science. The broad categories covering life sciences include: Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Organismal Population & Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology, and Virology. LSRF does not have a focus beyond these broad categories.

Applicants must apply within 5 years of receiving their PhD (or MD/DVM whichever was awarded later) as of October 1, 2022. If you received your PhD (or MD/DVM) before October 1, 2017, you are not eligible to apply. You may apply before defending your thesis, but must have your PhD (or MD/DVM) degree by the time the award is activated on August 1st. You must have begun (or will begin) working in your proposed postdoc lab between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2023.

Please contact Gwen Allouch 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 4, 2022
Category: Early Career; Medical Scientists,
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The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides awards for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Candidates must hold an MD, DDS, DVM, or DO degree and must be no more than 13 years past their clinical doctoral degree. Candidates with tenure-track appointments are not eligible.

Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. BWF is also interested in AI 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 two awards to clinically trained psychiatrists whose research focuses on the interface between psychiatry and neuroscience. In addition to seeking women and underrepresented minorities, BWF is interested in increasing geographic diversity and encourages applications from candidates in the Central, Mountain and Southern States.

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

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Azreili Foundation: CIFAR Global Scholars Program in Natural, Biomedical and Social Sciences and Humanities

Grant Amount: $100,000 CAD
Deadline: October 25, 2022
Category: Natural Science; Biomedical Science; Social Science; Humanities,
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CIFAR invites exceptional early-career researchers from across the natural, biomedical and social sciences and the humanities to join one of our interdisciplinary research programs that address some of the most important questions facing science and humanity. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program accelerates the development of the next generation of research leaders and positions them to heighten their impact in academia and beyond.

The program provides unrestricted research support of $100,000 CAD 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:

Boundaries, Membership & Belonging
Brain, Mind & Consciousness
Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration
Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities
Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity

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

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American Council of Learned Societies: Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art (early career)

Grant Amount: $65,000
Deadline: October 27, 2022
Category: Art; Art History; Fellowship,
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ACLS invites applications for Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art, made possible by the generous support of the Getty Foundation. These fellowships provide early career scholars from around the world time to undertake sustained research and/or writing for projects that will make substantial and original contributions to the understanding of art and its history. The program funds projects at all stages of development, and the ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. This program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Getty and ACLS share a commitment to fostering greater diversity within the academy and we ask reviewers to take diversity, equity, and inclusion as serious considerations. We are especially interested in supporting promising scholars who bring perspectives and backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of art history, and who were trained at and/or affiliated with institutions from all regions of the world.

ACLS will award 10 fellowships, each with a stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period. The fellowships are portable: a fellow may elect to take up the award at any appropriate site for the work proposed, anywhere in the world.

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

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Kenneth Rainin Foundation: Innovator Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Grant Amount: $150,000 (individual awards), $300,000 (collaborative awards)
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry Due September 30, 2022
Category: Inflammatory Bowel Disease,
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The Kenneth Rainin Foundation believes that early support for innovative ideas can lead to improvements in preventing, diagnosing and treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Their investments enable researchers worldwide to test ideas, gather and share data, and collaborate to advance the understanding of IBD.

The Innovator Award grants are up to $150,000 for projects by individual researchers and up to $300,000 for collaborative projects involving multiple investigators. Grantees who demonstrate significant progress will be eligible for up to two years of additional support.

Researchers from any scientific discipline worldwide are eligible for funding.
Typically, the researchers funded hold advanced degrees (MD, PhD or the equivalent) and academic positions at universities, medical centers or research institutions. Innovator Awards may only have one Principal Investigator, and funding is awarded to their home institution. However additional investigators may be included as Co-Investigators, and the lead institution can create subaward(s). Postdocs are not eligible to apply as a Principal Investigator. Current and former Rainin Foundation grantees are eligible. Researchers may submit multiple proposals, as long as there are distinct aims and objectives for each proposal.

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

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John Templeton Foundation: Theory-Experiment Cross Training Fellowships

Grant Amount: Up to $250,000
Deadline: September 30, 2022
Category: astronomy, cosmology, Physics,
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The John Templeton Foundation (JTF) seeks applicants for a theory/experiment cross-training graduate fellowship in fundamental physics, astronomy, or cosmology. The Foundation welcomes applications from outstanding PhD-track graduate students whose research focus is primarily either experimental or theoretical, and who wish to enrich their graduate experience by pursuing one year of research in the complementary “cross discipline” (theory for experimentalists or experiment for theorists).

The purpose of this program is to increase the Fellows’ capacity and skills for bridging methodological divides across theory and experiment in fundamental physics, astronomy, and cosmology, and thereby to push the conceptual frontiers at the foundations of these fields, and to seed integrated, multidisciplinary research programs in basic science.

Each Fellowship will be awarded as a grant to the accredited university or college at which the Fellow is enrolled and employed. The Fellow must be mentored and supported by a primary doctoral advisor at the same institution, as well as by a cross-discipline advisor who may be affiliated with a different organization. Every Fellow is expected to remain a graduate student working toward a PhD, to be employed full-time in research, and not to be enrolled in courses or to have teaching or other non-research responsibilities during the entire term of the Fellowship.

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

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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Early Childhood Grants

Grant Amount: Seed grants - amounts typically range from $25,000 - $50,000
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due September 30, 2022
Category: Children; Development; Education; Nutrition,
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The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale.

Grants are made in the areas of:

  • Early childhood welfare
  • Early childhood education and play
  • Parenting education

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

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American Council of Learned Societies: Fellowships in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences

Grant Amount: $60,000
Deadline: September 28, 2022
Category: Humanities; Social Sciences,
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ACLS invites research proposals from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Given the disproportionate effect the pandemic’s social and economic disruptions have had on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, ACLS will continue in the 2022-23 competition year to offer these fellowships solely to untenured scholars who have earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track.

In 2022-23, the program will award up to 60 fellowships. ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS aims to select fellows who are broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that diversity enhances scholarship and seek to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond. In ACLS’s peer review, funding packages, and engagement with fellows, we aspire to enact our values of equity and inclusion.

The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital research project, critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships support projects at any stage of development. This program does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

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

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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Program: Core Requests for Proposals (multiple opportunities)

Grant Amount: Varies by program, see below
Deadline: Letters of Intent Due September 30, 2022
Category: Alzheimer's; drug discovery,
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The ADDF offers funding to researchers for Alzheimer’s drug discovery, clinical trials, and biomarker development research. Core request for proposals include:

Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials (PACT)
Amount: Up to $3 Million
The PACT RFP supports IND-enabling studies and early-phase clinical trials that test promising pharmacological interventions and devices for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. Both disease-modifying and symptomatic agents will be considered.

Neuroimaging and CSF Biomarker Development
Amount: Up to $600,000
The aim of this RFP is to further develop and validate established biomarkers for which there is a clear clinical need in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This RFP prioritizes biomarkers with a defined context of use, a clear advantage over other relevant biomarkers, and a path to commercialization and/or clinical use.

Prevention Pipeline
Amount: Up to $3 Million
The ADDF seeks to support studies of cognitive symptoms due to health conditions, comparative effectiveness research, and epidemiological studies that probe whether the use or choice of drugs alters the risk for dementia or cognitive decline.

Drug Development
Amount: Up to $600,000
The Drug Development RFP seeks to support in vivo preclinical studies that advance lead molecules developed for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to IND-enabling studies. The proposed studies should be structured to deliver a compound with strong potential for clinical and commercial application.

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

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Systems for Action: Systems and Services to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: $100,000, $500,000
Deadline: October 5, 2022
Category: Health Equity, Public Health,
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Systems for Action (S4A) studies a variety of novel approaches for aligning systems, using rigorous scientific methods to determine their impact on health and health equity. This 2022 call for proposals (CFP) will provide funding for a new cohort of research studies to produce new, actionable evidence about how to help medical, social, and public health systems collaborate to address structural barriers to health and health equity, including racism and the social conditions that impact health. Two are awards are available:

Developmental Studies: This award will support pilot testing of the proposed systems alignment approach in order to examine its feasibility and acceptability for actors in the relevant medical, social, and public health systems, and its potential to dismantle forms of structural racism and inequity embedded within these systems. This award category is for applicants who have not previously completed a pilot study of their proposed systems alignment approach and do not yet have preliminary evidence about the feasibility of implementing the approach and the feasibility of related research strategies. The pilot studies supported by this award should also test the feasibility of key research strategies to be used, including issues related to participant recruitment and retention, data exchange and linkage, measurement strategies, and random assignment or other statistical control methods if applicable. This award will provide up to $100,000 in total funding to be used over a 12-month period to pilot test the proposed system alignment approach.

Impact Studies: This award will support studies that examine the impact of the proposed system alignment strategy on relevant measures of health and health equity, with a focus on understanding the strategy’s success or failure in dismantling forms of structural racism and inequity embedded within systems. This award will provide up to $500,000 in total funding to be used over a 36-month period to study the impact of the proposed system alignment approach on relevant measures of health and health equity. This award category is open only to applicants who have completed a pilot study of their proposed system alignment approach and can provide results that confirm the feasibility of the approach and its acceptability to key actors within the relevant medical, social, and public health systems.

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

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program

Grant Amount: Potential support valued at up to $8.6 million per scholar
Deadline: September 28, 2022
Category: Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, biophysics, computational biology, Diversity, EDI; Equity, Inclusion,
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HHMI invites applications for the new Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program. The program will support basic researchers, including physician-scientists, who have strong potential to become leaders in their fields and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through their mentorship and understanding of the experiences of trainees from races and ethnicities underrepresented in U.S. science.

Scholars will prioritize scientific excellence in their research while creating an equitable and inclusive lab climate that values diversity and serves as a model within their institutions and beyond. Eligible research areas include all basic biomedical science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.

Scholars will receive potential support valued at up to $8.6 million per scholar through the program. Up to 30 Freeman Hrabowski Scholars will be selected in 2023, with future competitions anticipated every other year.

To be eligible applicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent) and be in a tenure-track faculty position (or equivalent; see A8 below) at one of the eligible U.S. institutions. Federal government employees are not eligible.

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

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Vilcek Foundation: 2023 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Music

Grant Amount: $50,000
Deadline: June 10, 2022
Category: Early career; immigrant researchers; music; biomedical medicine,
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The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the arts, culture, and society in the United States. The prizes are awarded to foreign-born scientists and artists whose early-career work represents a significant contribution to their field.

Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Medicine
The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Immigrant scientists who hold full-time independent positions with universities or academic research institutions are invited to apply. Apply if:

  • You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
  • You are not more than 38 years old
  • You are a biomedical scientist who has conducted creative, independent research in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science

Prize for Creative Promise in Music
The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young, immigrant musicians who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in music. Immigrant composers, songwriters, conductors, DJs, instrumentalists, producers, singers and vocalists with at least five years of professional experience in music are invited to apply. Apply if:

  • You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
  • You are not more than 38 years old
  • You have five years of professional experience in music and possess a strong track record of creative and innovative work

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

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Engagement Awards (multiple opportunities)

Grant Amount: $100,000 or $250,000 (See Below)
Deadline: Letters of Intent for All Awards Due April 4, 2022
Category: Health Sciences,
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The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards support projects that encourage active, meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. These awards are for research support projects. This program does not fund research studies.

PCORI strongly encourages applicants to acquaint themselves with PCORI’s definition of PCOR/CER prior to submitting an application to the Engagement Awards. All proposed projects under this opportunity must demonstrate a connection to building capacity for PCOR and CER.

Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support
This opportunity aims to support projects that include multi-stakeholder convenings, meetings, and conferences that align with PCORI’s mission and facilitate expansion of PCOR/CER through collaboration around such efforts. Applicants may propose projects for up to one year in duration and up to $100,000 in total costs. 

Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative
This opportunity aims to support projects that help organizations and communities  plan for or actively bring pertinent PCORI-funded research findings to their specific audiences, including relevant patients, clinicians, communities, and others, in ways that will command their attention and interest and encourage use of this information in their healthcare decision making. Applicants may propose projects up to two years in duration and up to $250,000 in total costs.

Engagement Award: Capacity Building
This opportunity aims to support projects that help communities increase their facility with and ability to participate across all phases of the PCOR/CER process. Applicants may propose projects for up to two years in duration and up to $250,000 in total costs. 

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to any of these opportunities.

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Transformational Partnerships Fund: Institutions of Higher Education Exploration Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Rolling
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Institutions of higher education (IHEs) face a complex set of financial, technological, political, social and demographic challenges that have intensified significantly over the last decade.

Traditional focus on revenue generation has failed to address the fundamental need many institutions of higher education have to transform their educational and business models in ways that can help drive student success and social mobility, especially for students of color, students from low-income families, and other underserved populations.

The Transformational Partnerships Fund helps institutions explore partnerships in a thoughtful, timely way by offering:

  • A safe, confidential space for IHEs to discuss and explore strategic partnerships;
  • Information about the continuum of partnership options and support in identifying the strategies best suited to each institution’s unique circumstances;
  • Referrals to appropriate experts who are well-versed in academic partnerships;
  • Catalytic grants (up to $100,000 per exploration) to engage third-party technical assistance providers knowledgeable in law, finance, governance, fundraising, human resources, and other related fields;
  • A visible advocate to share knowledge about the value of transformational partnerships and work in conjunction with other stakeholders interested in the success of IHEs.

TPF provides institutions with relevant resources collected from its advisors, its network, and other third parties. University and college leaders can approach TPF with the assurance that all discussions will remain confidential until an appropriate and mutually agreed time.

Each institution must determine how best to proceed; partnerships are not always the answer. Nevertheless, TPF seeks to build awareness of and advocate for the role partnerships can play as a proactive strategy to be considered by mission-driven, student-centered institutions.

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

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Rising Tide Foundation: Freedom in Practice Grants To Improve Quality of Life

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted on a rolling basis
Category: Societal Change; Quality of Life,
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The Rising Tide Foundation, which aims to promote freedom to improve the quality of life everywhere, was created with the belief that those who are most vulnerable to critical issues and who are willing and ready to take on responsibility are the most effective agents of change and should contribute as members of society with a spirit of freedom to solve their own problems.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its Freedom in Practice program, which will award grants in support of projects that articulate and promote the core beliefs of the foundation, have the potential to eliminate obstacles that impede creative individuals, and give a “hand-up” rather than just a “hand-out.” Specifically, the foundation seeks projects aimed at developing private-sector solutions to societal problems; offering solutions to the problems created by government and “crony capitalist” interventions; offering strategies for making such interventions unnecessary and unattractive going forward; enhancing individuals’ capacities for self-determination, individual choice, and peaceful, voluntary cooperation in society; and discovering methods to teach freedom in more effective ways or to new audiences.

Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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

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Charles Koch Foundation: Trade Policy Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Trade; Policy; Economy,
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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 invites proposals for research and related projects aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practice and contributing to contemporary debates around important trade-policy issues. The foundation is especially interested in research related to the following topics:

Getting Our Approach to Trade with China Right: This includes examining the potential impact of China’s mega-initiatives on the United States, such as the Belt and Road Initiative or China’s large-scale investments in Africa. Efforts could be along economic, social, diplomatic, and/or security lines; exploring issues and topics related to U.S-China trade and foreign direct investment and implications for national security; examining how to better protect U.S. intellectual property in China and other markets; exploring the impact of Chinese tech theft and commercial espionage on American businesses; examining the real threat of China as compared to the threat claimed by domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the media; exploring opportunities for U.S.-China economic cooperation; and exploring the role of the WTO in dispute settlement.

National Industrial Policy: This includes assessing the historical track record of national industrial policy in the United States; conducting a comparative analysis of countries’ industrial policies, with a focus on possible lessons for the United States; and exploring alternative means of achieving the stated goals of national industrial policy, e.g., increasing innovation, productivity growth, unemployment gains, etc.

Free Trade and Flourishing: This includes examining the impact and value of free trade agreements, especially in comparison to managed trade agreements, and presenting solutions to any concentrated costs that free trade agreements may cause.

Please contact Daniel Hadley 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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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Rolling
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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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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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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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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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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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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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