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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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  • Building Trust and Mutual Respect to Improve Health Care

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2017 Building Trust and Mutual Respect to Improve Health Care award will fund empirical research studies to help better understand how to build trust and mutual respect to meet vulnerable patients’ health care needs. Vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, diverse racial and ethnic populations, the uninsured, older adults, homeless individuals, and people with complex health and social needs (including people with acute behavioral health needs or multiple chronic conditions). Proposals most closely aligned with the scope of this RFP will go beyond documenting the problem to generate findings that will be generalizable and have broad application across health systems and the field.

    Amount: Recommended project funding is up to $250,000 to accommodate studies of 18–24 months. Projects that exceed the recommended budget range must provide strong justification for the proposed budget. Up to $1,100,000 will be available to fund three to five studies.

    Brief Proposal Deadline: October 13, 2017

    Full proposals accepted by invitation only.


  • Grants for Alzheimer's and Glaucoma Research

    The BrightFocus Foundation provides research funds for high-risk studies that illuminate areas for which there currently is little understanding, helping to bring to light crucial knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for its Alzheimer's Disease Research and National Glaucoma Research programs.

    Grants will be awarded to researchers for innovate investigator-initiated research projects. These programs are designed to give scientists the opportunity to develop the preliminary data necessary to be considered competitive for larger government or corporate types of sponsorship. Note: Typically these awards are made to junior investigators, or to more established investigators who are proposing particularly innovative research.

    - Alzheimer's Disease Research Program

    Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years

    Deadline: October 18, 2017

    - National Glaucoma Research Program

    Amount: Up to $150,000 over two years

    Deadline: November 7, 2017


  • Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

    The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award that supports innovative bioethics research by junior faculty members. Each year, up to three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected. The program supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. 


    This is a limited submission opportunity. Up to two applicatns from a university will be considered in each application cycle. The OVCR will manage the campus limited selection process. The preproposal form can be found here.


    Amount: 50 percent of a scholar's salary plus benefits for three years, with 10 percent institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, the program provides $5,000 per year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs).


    Preproposal materials deadline: October 12, 2017




    For more information about this opportunity, please click here.

  • Understanding and Modifying Temporal Dynamics of Coordinated Neural Activity (R01, R21)

    A rich body of evidence suggests that optimal cognitive, affective, and social processes are associated with highly coordinated neural activity. These findings suggest that oscillatory rhythms, their co-modulation across frequency bands, spike-phase correlations, spike population dynamics, and other patterns might be useful drivers of therapeutic development for treatment of cognitive, social, or affective symptoms in neuropsychiatric disorders. These funding opportunities support projects that test whether modifying electrophysiological patterns during behavior can improve cognitive, affective, or social processing.

    - Understanding and Modifying Temporal Dynamics of Coordinated Neural Activity (R01) RFP

    - Understanding and Modifying Temporal Dynamics of Coordinated Neural Activity (R21) RFP

    For more information about these awards, please click here.

  • BRAIN Initiative: Tools to Facilitate High-Throughput Microconnectivity Analysis (R01)

    The purpose of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is to encourage applications that will develop and validate tools and resources to facilitate the detailed analysis of brain microconnectivity. Novel and augmented techniques are sought that will ultimately be broadly accessible to the neuroscience community for the interrogation of microconnectivity in healthy and diseased brains of model organisms and humans. Development of technologies that will significantly drive down the cost of connectomics would enable routine mapping of the microconnectivity on the same individuals that have been analyzed physiologically, or to compare normal and pathological tissues in substantial numbers of multiple individuals to assess variability.

    Advancements in both electron microscopy (EM) and super resolution light microscopic approaches are sought. Applications that propose to develop approaches that break through existing technical barriers to substantially improve current capabilities are highly encouraged. Proof-of-principle demonstrations and/or reference datasets enabling future development are welcome, as are improved approaches for automated segmentation and analysis strategies of neuronal structures in EM images. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for NIH support.

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

    Letter of Intent Deadline: 30 days prior to the application deadline

    Application Deadline: December 7, 2017 and November 13, 2018


  • Weil Foundation Grants for Integrative Medicine

    The Weil Foundation supports the advancement of Integrative Medicine by making grants for training, research, education of the public, and policy reform. The current strategic focus of the Foundation is the training and education of physicians and other health care professionals in Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine emphasizes the innate healing capacities of the organism; views patients as mental-emotional beings, spiritual entities, and community members as well as physical bodies; addresses all aspects of lifestyle in evaluating health and illness; places great importance on the role of the practitioner-patient relationship in the healing process; and makes use of all appropriate therapies.

    Grant proposals must explain how the activity for which Weil Foundation support is sought advances the mission and the current strategic focus of the Foundation.

    Amount: Varies; Grants awarded from $10,000 to $300,000

    Deadline: January 31, 2018


  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. To advance these goals, the society's Translational Research Program was developed to encourage and provide early support for clinical research in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma focused on innovative approaches to treatment, diagnosis, and prevention.

    The program is designed to support new and innovative research that demonstrates high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to clinical application. Projects should be based on molecular, cellular, or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative. To be eligible, applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree and work in a domestic or foreign nonprofit organizations such as a university, college, hospital, or laboratory.

    Amount: Up to $600,000 over three years

    Letter of Intent Deadline: September 29, 2017


  • Cystic Fibrosis - Pilot and Feasibility Research Grants

    The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Pilot and Feasibility Awards program. Grants of up to $100,000 over two years will be awarded for the development and testing of new hypotheses and/or new methods in CF prevention or treatment, and to support promising new investigators as they establish themselves in research areas relevant to cystic fibrosis.


    Priority will be given to projects that propose to better understand the mechanisms behind disease pathophysiology and to develop strategies to prevent or treat CF. Applicants may submit only one Pilot and Feasibility Award application per calendar year (either the spring or fall cycle). Spring applications are due in April; Fall applications are due in September.


    Amount: Up to $100,000 over two years (plus 8% for indirects)


    Deadline: September 13, 2017



  • Common Mechanisms and Interactions Among Neurodegenerative Diseases (R01)

    This FOA encourages preclinical and clinical research to study whether, and how, different neurodegenerative disease processes interact with one another to initiate and/or hasten progression of neuropathology and dementia. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for NIH support.

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

    Deadline(s): October 5, 2017 and February 5, 2018


  • Brain Tumor Discovery Grants

    The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Discovery Grants are intended to encourage the development of new approaches tothe diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. By providing funding through its Discovery Grants, the ABTA seeks to support high-risk/high-impact projects with the potential to change currentdiagnostic or treatment paradigms for adult and pediatric brain tumor care. These grants specifically encourage novel research by allowing researchers to conduct theearly scientific studies needed to secure additional/future funding for their projects. Additionally, investigators from sciences outside traditional biological fields are encouraged to apply. The development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches advances the understanding and treatment of brain tumors, and increases the potential for improving, extending and ultimately saving the lives of those living with a brain tumor diagnosis.

    Amount: $50,000

    Letter of Intent Deadline: September 27, 2017

    Applications accepted by invitation only.