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William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Grant Amount: Major research grants range between $100,000 and $1,000,000. Officers’ research grants for smaller projects range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due January 13, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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The William T. Grant Foundation seeks studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

We welcome ideas from social scientists across a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies that can advance their own disciplines and fields and reveal insights about ways to improve the production and use of research evidence. Measures also are needed to capture changes in the nature and degree of research use. We welcome investigations about research use in various systems, including justice, child welfare, mental health, and education.

Critical perspectives that inform studies’ research questions, methods, and interpretation of findings are also welcome. Broadening the theoretical perspectives used to study ways to improving the usefulness, use, and impact of research evidence may create a new frontier of important research.

Proposals for studies on improving the use of research evidence must pursue one of the following lines of inquiry:
– Identify or test strategies to improve the use of existing research.
– Identify or test strategies for producing more useful research evidence.
– Test the assumption that using high-quality research evidence improves decision making and youth outcomes.

Grants are made to organizations, not individuals. Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status determination letter is required from each applying organization. We do not support or make contributions to building funds, fundraising drives, endowment funds, general operating budgets, or scholarships.

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Wellcome Leap: Human Organs, Physiology, and Engineering (HOPE) Grants

Grant Amount: Open; $50 Million in available funding
Deadline: 7-page Abstract Due December 1, 2020
Category: Health Sciences,
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We need better models of human physiology – the mouse is not a human and dialysis is not a kidney. It’s time to bioengineer a change. Indeed, if we are to build new solutions that catalyze a Health Age, we need 10x, scalable, transformations in the underlying time, cost, and efficiency of finding new solutions. Historically, fundamental advances in these parameters have exploded the number of innovators and the pace of innovation in fields as diverse as semiconductors, software, and genome sequencing.

HOPE aims to leverage the power of bioengineering to advance stem cells, organoids, and whole organ systems and connections that recapitulate human physiology in vitro and restore vital functions in vivo.
HOPE has two goals:
1. Bioengineer a multiorgan platform that recreates human immunological responses with sufficient fidelity to double the predictive value of a preclinical trial with respect to efficacy, toxicity and immunogenicity for therapeutic interventions targeting cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases.
2. Demonstrate the advances necessary to restore organ functions using cultivated organs or biological/synthetic hybrid systems that would result in a doubling of the 5-year survival rate of patients on replacement therapy or awaiting organ transplantation and point to a fully transplantable, non-rejected, human organ within 10 years.

Wellcome Leap is soliciting abstracts and proposals for work over 3 years (with a potential additional one-year option) in one or more of 5 thrust areas, which are described in detail in the full program announcement. Proposers should clearly relate work in these thrust areas to one or more of the program goals:
1) Human Cell Survival, Expansion and Identity
2) Immune System: Structure & Function
3) Tissue/Organ Maturation, Scalability & Standardization
4) Tissue/Organ Vascularization and Resident Immunity
5) System Demonstrations

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American Rhinologic Society: Consortium Award

Grant Amount: $150,000
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due December 15, 2020
Category: Health Sciences,
Additional Information

The American Rhinologic Society is inviting applications for its ARS Consortium Award. The award is desiged to support inter-institutional basic, translational, or clinical research projects in rhinology. Projects must relate to an established “knowledge gap and research opportunity” such as those identified in the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology documents.

A single grant of up to $50,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded through the program. Any group of three or more members of the American Rhinologic Society at different institutions who have completed residency are eligible to apply for a grant. However, a lead institution must serve as the primary award recipient.

Letters of Intent are due December 15. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full application by January 15, 2021.

See the American Rhinologic Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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American Psychological Foundation: F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Grant on Understanding the Human Mind

Grant Amount: $15,000
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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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.

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Foundation Fighting Blindness: Translational Research Acceleration Program for Sight-Saving Therapies

Grant Amount: $1.5M over three years
Deadline: December 30, 2020
Category: blindness, Health Sciences, Retinal degeneration,
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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.

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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

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