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Health Funding Opportunities

This is a collection of select grant funding opportunities available in the health sciences. This information is collected from a variety of sources including the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research, Foundation Relations, and the Office for Proposal Development.

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  • DoD FY17 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Awards

    The goal of the U.S. Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on active duty Service members, their families, and the American public. The PRCRP is charged by Congress with the mission to investigate cancer risks and knowledge gaps that may be relevant to active duty Service members, their families, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. To be considered for funding, applications must address at least one of the FY17 PRCRP Topic Areas and at least one of the FY17 PRCRP Military Relevance Focus Areas, which can be found here.

    The PRCRP is seeking pre-applications for the following awards:

    - Career Development Award RFP

    - Idea Award with Special Focus RFP

    - Translational Team Science Award RFP

    A Letter of Intent is required. Application submissions accepted by invitation only.

    For more information regarding these awards, please click here.

  • SU2C Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant

    Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research, is inviting Letters of Intent for a new $10 million "Dream Team" grant. Unlike other "Dream Team" grant opportunities offered by SU2C in recent years, the SU2C Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant program is open to any type of translational cancer research. The program will support a single translational cancer research project that addresses a critical problem in patient care and has the potential to deliver near-term patient benefit through investigation by a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, expert team of investigators.

    The proposed project may focus on a particular organ site, patient population (e.g., pediatrics), or innovative method of treatment. The project must be designed to accelerate the application of a new preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic approach to the clinic that leads to patient involvement within two to three years from the beginning of the grant. In addition, through collaboration with leading healthcare research and innovation center OptumLabs, the team will have the opportunity to gain access to and conduct research using OptumLabs' proprietary database of de-identified medical claims and electronic health record clinical data, analytic tools, and research. To maximize creativity, innovation, and collaboration, the team of investigators must include laboratory and clinical researchers, senior and/or young investigators, and senior scientists who have not worked together in the past.

    Amount: $10,000,000

    Letter of Intent Deadline: September 5, 2017 - 11:00 am CST

    Proposals accepted by invitation only.


  • Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer

    The AGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Gastroenterological Association, is inviting applications for the Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer. The annual award is designed to support an established investigator whose research has the potential to enhance the fundamental understanding of gastric cancer pathobiology and ultimately lead to the prevention of or a cure for the disease. The recipient will be selected based on novelty, feasibility, and significance of his/her proposal.

    A single grant of up to $100,000 over two years will be awarded to an established investigator working on novel approaches in gastric cancer research, including the fields of gastric mucosal cell biology, regeneration and regulation of cell growth (not as it relates to peptic ulcer disease or repair), inflammation (including Helicobacter pylori) as precancerous lesions, genetics of gastric carcinoma, oncogenes in gastric epithelial malignancies, epidemiology of gastric cancer, etiology of gastric epithelial malignancies, or clinical research with respect to the diagnosis or treatment of gastric carcinoma. To be eligible, applicants must hold a full-time faculty position at an accredited institution in North America and be established as an independent investigator in the field of gastric biology. AGA membership is required at the time of application submission, and women and minority investigators are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Amount: Up to $100,000

    Deadline: August 4, 2017


  • National Blood Foundation - Scientific Research Grants Program

    The National Blood Foundation (NBF), has announced the 2018 grant program for scientific research projects related to transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

    NBF will award grants for investigator-initiated original research focused on any aspect of blood banking, transfusion medicine, cellular therapies, or patient blood management. Grants will support one- or two-year research projects with a maximum award of $75,000. Awards will not be made to increase the funding available for currently funded research projects. NBF grants are intended to provide seed funding that allows the principal investigator to enhance his/her preliminary data so that is useful in applying for bigger grants.

    An application fee of $160 must accompany the application unless the primary investigator is an AABB individual member. To be eligible, an applicant must be a doctor (MD or PhD), medical technologist, or transfusion medicine or cellular therapies professional. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin, or religion.

    Amount: $75,000

    Deadline: December 1, 2017 – 10:59 pm CST


  • AAFPF Joint Grant Awards Program

    The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFPF), through its Joint Grant Awards Program (JGAP), supports research of one- to two-year duration that poses questions of high relevance to family medicine. The maximum JGAP grant award is $50,000. Applications for smaller-scale studies with lower costs are also welcome. To be eligible, the principal investigator must be a family medicine researcher, either a clinician or PhD. In addition, the PI or a co-investigator must be a member of AAFP. Priority will be given to new researchers or those who mentor new investigators on the research team. Education and healthcare institutions or organizations that intend to use JGAP support exclusively for research projects directly involving and impacting family medicine are also eligible.

    Amount: $50,000

    Deadline: January 9, 2018


  • NINDS Exploratory Clinical Trials for Small Business (R42)

    The purpose of this FOA is to provide a vehicle for Small Business Concerns (SBCs) submitting Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications for investigator-initiated exploratory clinical trials to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The projects must focus on products related to the mission and goals of the NINDS and may evaluate drugs, biologics, devices, or diagnostics, as well as surgical, behavioral or rehabilitation therapies. Only STTR Phase II and Fast-Track applications are supported under this program. STTR Phase I applications are only accepted as part of a Fast-track application. Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.

    Amount: According to statutory guidelines, total funding support (direct costs, indirect costs, fee) normally may not exceed $150,000 for Phase I awards and $1,000,000 for Phase II awards. With appropriate justification from the applicant, Congress will allow awards to exceed these amounts by up to 50% ($225,000 for Phase I and $1,500,000 for Phase II). However, NIH can apply for a waiver from SBA to issue an award exceeding these amounts under appropriate circumstances. Applications should rarely exceed $1,000,000 in total cost per year for a Phase I and $1,500,000 in total cost per year for a Phase II.

    Deadline(s): September 5, 2017; January 5, 2018; April 5, 2018


  • Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01, R21)

    This FOA encourages grant applications for the conduct of innovative, collaborative research projects between U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) scientists, on brain and other nervous system function and disorders throughout life, relevant to LMICs (including neurological, mental, behavioral, alcohol and substance use disorders and spanning the full range of science from basic to implementation research). Scientists in upper middle-income LMICs (UMICs) are also eligible to partner directly with scientists at other LMIC institutions with or without out a US partner. Income categories are defined by the World Bank. The collaborative research programs are expected to contribute to the long-term goals of building and strengthening sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address nervous system development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work will also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project. 

    Research Project Grant (R01)

    Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project


    Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21)

    Amount: Application budgets are limited to $125,000 per year in direct costs, but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project


    Letter of Intent Deadline (for both awards): 30 days prior to the application deadline

    Application Deadline(s) (for both awards): November 7, 2017; November 7, 2018; November 7, 2019

    For more information regarding eligibility, please click here.

  • DoD Parkinson’s Research Program Awards

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking applications for the following FY17 Parkinson's Research Program (PRP) Awards:

    - Investigator-Initiated Research Award RFP

    - Early Investigator Research Award RFP

    Letter of Intent Deadline (for both awards): August 17, 2017

    Application Deadline (for both awards): August 31, 2017

    For more information regarding these awards, please click here.

  • NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)

    The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by (1) increasing the pool of current and future Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical neuroscience research; and (2) facilitating the career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on NINDS-relevant research experiences, mentoring activities that enhance compentencies or leadership education and courses on skills development. Programs that target transitions and/or more than one career stage for neuroscience career advancement and progression are strongly encouraged. NINDS support for this R25 program relies equally on scientific merit and programmatic considerations. Consequently, it is recommended that potential applicants contact Scientific/Research staff at NINDS before preparing an application. NINDS will not support projects if they do not fulfill current programmatic priorities at NINDS.

    For additional information regarding eligibility, please click here.

    Amount: Application budgets are limited to a maximum of $250,000 direct cost per year, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project

    Letter of Intent Deadline: At least 30 days prior to application deadline

    Application Deadline(s): September 25, 2017, September 25, 2018, September 25, 2019


  • DoD Autism Research Program Awards

    The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking pre-applications for the following FY17 Autism Research Program (ARP) Awards:

    - Idea Development Award RFP

    - Clinical Translational Research Award RFP

    - Clinical Trial Award RFP

    Letter of Intent Deadline (for all 3 awards): July 26, 2017

    Application submissions accepted by invitation only. All organizations, including international organizations, are eligible to apply.

    For more information regarding these awards, please click here.