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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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  • 2017 Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award.

    This annual award recognizes an individual with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who has also significantly promoted the professional advancement of women in the field. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation, and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The prize will be presented by SfN's president during a lecture at the meeting, and the recipient will be honored later at the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience luncheon.

    To be eligible, nominees must have exhibited dedication to facilitating the mentoring and entry of young women into neuroscience or the advancement of women in neuroscience; sustained exceptional achievements in neuroscience as evidenced by publications, inventions, and/or awards; and demonstrate service to the profession through SfN and/or related organizations. Nominees also must be recognized at the national or international level as a scientist, educator, businessperson, or administrator in neuroscience, and demonstrate a high degree of imagination, innovation, and initiative in the pursuit of neuroscience.

    Nomination Criteria:

    Self-nomination is not permitted.Nominees do not need to be SfN members.Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.No person may nominate more than one candidate.Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.Members of the selection committee may not be the nominees, cannot serve as nominators, and may not write letters of recommendation for this prize.

    See the SfN website for complete program guidelines, information about previous honorees, an FAQ, and nomination instructions.

    Deadline: Noon EST on June 9,  2017

  • Ataxia Research Grants

    The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is committed to funding the best science relevant to hereditary and sporadic types of ataxia in both basic and translational research.

    NAF is accepting Letters of Intent for the following research grants. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is REQUIRED prior to submitting any research grant applications. Grant Applications that are not preceded by a LOI will not be reviewed.

    Research Grants One-year seed money grants of up to $15,000 but promising proposals up to a maximum of $30,000 will be considered for early or pilot phases of studies and ongoing investigations Deadline: July 17, 2017

    Young Investigator Awards Young Investigator (YI) Award: One-year grants of $35,000 for any form of ataxia research Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research: One-year grants of $50,000 for spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) research Deadline: August 1, 2017

    Research Post-Doc Fellowship Awards One-year grants up to $35,000 Deadline: August 15, 2017

    Pioneer SCA Translational Awards A single grant of up to $100,000 over twelve months will be awarded to facilitate the development of treatments for the Spinocerebellar Ataxias Deadline: August 15, 2017

    Email all correspondence and questions to Sue Hagen at Please include the last name of the principal investigator as the first word in the subject line of any email you send.

    For program guidelines, information about past award recipients, and application instructions, see the National Ataxia Foundation website.

  • $50,000 for New Connections Program


    New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming is a career development program for early career researchers. Over its 11-year history, the New Connections program has supported research grants and career development opportunities for more than 920 researchers from diverse, underrepresented, and historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    New Connections invites investigators to submit proposals for research that will contribute to building a Culture of Health ( New Connections is particularly interested in funding research that moves the nation toward achieving health equity.

    One-year grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to up to 20 investigators.

    Proposed research topics must align with the drivers of the Culture of Health Action Framework, which sets a national agenda to improve health, well-being, and equity. The Action Framework consists of four action areas for achieving improvements in health and well-being for all Americans. These action areas include: (1) making health a shared value; (2) fostering cross-sector collaboration; (3) creating healthier, more equitable communities; and (4) strengthening integration of health services and systems.


    ·         Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years (obtained by September 1, 2007 or later).

    ·         Applicants must be early-career scholars, such as a post-doc or assistant professor.

    ·         Applicants must be from a group that has historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. The term “historically disadvantaged” refers to the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Eligible individuals include—but are not limited to—individuals from ethnic and racial groups historically underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college graduates, people from low-income communities, and individuals with a learning or physical disability. 


    ·         April 6, 2017 (12 p.m. Central) Optional applicant web conference. Registration is required. Visit here for complete details and to register.

    ·         May 16, 2017 (2 p.m. Central) Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

    See the Robert Wood Johnson website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. A print-friendly (.pdf) version is available here.

  • Hearing Health Care for Adults: Improving Access and Affordability (R21)

    This FOA encourages exploratory and developmental research applications for research on hearing health care in adults in support of improving access and affordability.  Further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base with a goal of delivering better hearing health care outcomes in adults.

    Deadline: 6/16/2017, 10/16/2017, 2/16/2018, 6/16/2018, 10/16/2018, 2/16/2019, 6/16/2019, 10/16/2019, 2/16/2020

    Full RFP Available Here

  • Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers Program

    The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for the funding of a National Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Centers Program. The TBI Model System Centers must provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary services to individuals with traumatic brain injury and conduct research that contributes to evidence-based rehabilitation interventions and clinical and practice guidelines. The TBI Model System Centers must generate new knowledge that can be used to improve outcomes of individuals with traumatic brain injury in one or more of the domains identified. Under this particular DRRP priority, applicants must propose research that contributes to the development of evidence-based traumatic brain injury rehabilitation practices through the advancement of science at any stage of research; and can be used to improve outcomes of individuals with TBI in one or more domains identified in NIDILRR's Long Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299) . These domains are: (1) health and function, (2) community living and participation, and (3) employment.

    Deadline: April 14, 2017

    Full RFP Available Here

  • Sleep Health and Circadian Biology in HIV-Related Comorbidities (R01)

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites clinical research applications to investigate HIV-associated sleep disorders in adults or children using a variety of resources (e.g., existing cohorts, sample repositories) and methodologies (cellular/molecular/genomic approaches and/or vertebrate animal models). The purpose of this FOA is to elucidate mechanisms and mediators of sleep and circadian disturbances in people living with HIV, and the consequences and influences of these disturbances on other HIV-related heart, lung and blood comorbidities. Studies should address hypotheses mechanistically connecting sleep-associated disorders in the context of HIV with molecular/cellular pathways that may be related to prevalent HIV-related cardiopulmonary and/or hematological comorbidities. This FOA requires interdisciplinary collaborations among scientists across a range of relevant disciplines including circadian biology, sleep, and HIV.

    LOI Deadline: July 9, 2017

    Deadline: August 9, 2017

    Full RFP Available Here

  • $15,000 for Syngenta Fellowship in Health Applications of New Technologies

    The Society of Toxicology (SOT), a professional and scholarly organization of scientists who practice toxicology in the United States and abroad, is committed to creating a safer and healthier world by advancing the science of toxicology. The society promotes the acquisition and utilization of knowledge in toxicology, aids in the protection of public health, and facilitates disciplines.

    The SOT is accepting applications for the Syngenta Fellowship Award in Health Applications of New Technologies to support mode-of-action research aimed at characterizing dose-dependent effects of xenobiotics on mammalian systems in such a way that the causal sequence of key events underlying toxicity is elucidated. The work should permit a quantitative basis for extrapolation of the results from animal bioassays or animal models (in silico, in vitro) to humans at relevant human doses.

    This annual, one year, non-renewable award consists of a plaque, $15,000 in fellowship funds, and travel support to the SOT annual meeting to accept the award and for travel to a Syngenta facility to present the results.

    To be eligible, applicants must be third year (or later) graduate student or postdoctoral trainee, and must be a member of the Society of Toxicology.

    Deadline: October 8, 2017

    For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of past fellows, visit the Society of Toxicology website.

  • $150,000 for New and Established Investigator Grants

    The Scleroderma Foundation wants to foster development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in fields related to scleroderma. To accomplish this goal, they offer two research grants for investigators both inside and outside the field of scleroderma research.

    Appropriate research areas may include but are not limited to the following as they relate to scleroderma:

    Vascular manifestationsStudies of animal modelsTherapeutic modalitiesMechanisms of end organ damageImmunologic studiesEndothelial cell biologyFibroblast biologyModels and markers of gender and genetic factorsCell signalingEpidemiology studiesMatrix biologyStem cell biologyHealth services research (e.g. quality of life, health care delivery)Study of clinical manifestation

    New Investigator Grant

    Purpose:To facilitate the entry of promising new investigators to pursue a career in research related to scleroderma. This grant supports promising research that is likely to lead to individual research project grants.   Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year for up to three years (total for three years not to exceed $150,000).

    Established Investigator Grant

    Purpose:The Scleroderma Foundation seeks applications from promising established investigators both inside and outside the field of scleroderma research who wish to propose pilot studies to obtain preliminary data dealing with a highly innovative and/or highly relevant theme related to the disease. This grant will support pilot research that is likely to lead to more substantial unlimited research project grants from federal or non-federal sources. Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years (total for two years not to exceed $150,000).

    Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern 

    For complete program guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions, see the Scleroderma Foundation website.

  • CMC Regulatory Requirements Database

    While the pharmaceutical industry and the global health community have made great strides in advancing drug delivery to people around the world, the varying chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) regulatory requirements from country to country and procurer to procurer pose a great challenge to the efficient development and delivery of medicines.

    To address the situation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for a partner to develop and sustain a routinely updated CMC regulatory requirements database platform for small molecule medical products. The platform will house a database of CMC regulatory information from specified low- and middle-income countries, affording much easier access to this information for product developers, regulators, procurers, and others interested in global health. The aim of this RFP is to establish a long-term, sustainable database of CMC regulatory requirements so that the foundation’s product development partners and others can optimize their product development plans and regulatory strategies, thus accelerating product introduction. 

    The partner chosen through this call for proposals will be expected to translate a preliminary database into an interactive, dynamic, searchable, and user-friendly Web-based platform; maintain the database and ensure that the information is kept up-to-date; and have or design a financially self-sustaining business model.

    To be eligible, applicants organization must be open to collaboration; committed to underserved markets; open to a no- or low-cost model for nonprofits and no-cost model for national/regional regulatory authorities, the World Health Organization, and the Gates Foundation; and be able to demonstrate good financial health.

    For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and proposal instructions, see the Gates Foundation website: Complete RFP.

    Deadline: April 12, 2017 @ 11:59 PM (PDT)

  • Multi-year grants up to $600,000 for Healthcare System Research

    The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2017 Greater Value Portfolio grant program. Through the program, the foundation will award three-, four-, and five-year grants of up to $600,000 for projects with an innovative approach to achieving a higher-value healthcare system. The goal of the program is to test new approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the health care they provide to their patients and communities.

    Eligible topics include strategies that significantly increase the value of traditionally high-cost procedures through mechanisms such as medical tourism or specialty treatment centers; methods or approaches that reduce routine treatments, tests, and screenings for patients for whom the potential harms (including financial) outweigh potential benefits; efforts to provide consumers with the tools to make decisions about their health care that are based on value in addition to other patient-centered factors; strategies that encourage providers and their patients with serious illnesses to engage in difficult conversations about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options; efforts to identify, highlight, and resolve structural disincentives to greater value or inefficiencies within systems or across healthcare settings; the creation of economic models that address current financial disincentives for systemic change (i.e., paying for current programs with future savings or paying for social determinants of health with the savings from lower clinical services); and worthy, inexpensive clinical interventions that are currently underused.

    Link to the complete RFP.

    Letter of Intent deadline:  May 1, 2017 4:00 pm CST

    RFP Deadline:  July 31, 2017

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