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MLSC Cooperative Research Matching Grant – due Feb 13

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program is providing funding of up to $250,000 per year for two years, for projects that advance “industry-academic research collaborations, support translational research, and accelerate the commercialization of promising products and services.” The industry partner is required to provide 1:1 matching funds.

Applications are due February 13th. http://www.masslifesciences.com/programs/crmg/

Any researchers interested in this opportunity should contact:

Katharine Canfield
Director of Foundation Relations
Boston University School of Medicine
72 E. Concord Street, Suite L219
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 638-4573

Pfizer, Inc. CTI prep-roposal due February 13, 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) has announced a call for proposals for biotherapeutic targets.  Areas of Interest include:

  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmunity
  • Tissue remodeling
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Immunology
  • Rare or genetic diseases
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases
  • Neuroscience

Deadline: A 2-3 page pre-proposal is due 2/13/15.

The budget varies per project ranging $150,000-250,000 per year sponsored research.

For more details, please see the attached flyer and guidelines below.

2015 CTI CFP Flyer-Large Molecule

CTI PreProposal Guidelines


2015 Lupus Insight Prize

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Collaboration among Leading Lupus Organizations Continues with
Third Lupus Insight Prize – due March 19, 2015

The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is proud to join once again with the Alliance for Lupus Research and Lupus Foundation of America to encourage scientific advances in lupus research. Now in its third year, the Lupus Insight Prize recognizes a major novel insight and/or discovery with the promise of changing thinking about lupus as well as a high likelihood of generating significant advances in diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The Lupus Insight Prize recipient will be awarded $200,000 to be used for research dedicated to advancing understanding of the genetic, environmental, molecular, immunologic or cellular aspects of lupus and/or its treatment. The Prize must be utilized within three years from the date awarded.

LRI Scientific Advisory Board Member and Editor-in-Chief of Arthritis Research and Therapy Peter Lipsky, M.D. noted, “Lupus is a complex disease that requires out-of-the-box thinking to increase understanding and further our ability to treat persons with this disease effectively. Quantum leaps in understanding lupus will come from innovative discoveries by outstanding scientists. The Lupus Insight Prize will recognize those novel discoveries.”

The full application must be submitted by the Nominator and the Candidate electronically by March 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET.  All applications will be reviewed by members of an independent Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the three funding lupus organizations. Instructions on how to submit a nomination for the Lupus Insight Prize and the complete guidelines are available at www.LupusInsightPrize.org. The 2015 Prize will be awarded by the three organizations at the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) annual meeting in San Diego this June.


McKNIGHT 2015 Memory & Cognitive Disorders Awards

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects to receive the 2015 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $1.2 million over three years for research on the biology of brain diseases, with each project receiving $300,000 between 2015 and 2017.

Letters of intent for the 2016 awards are due by April 1, 2015.

The Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards support innovative research by U.S. scientists who are studying neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. The awards encourage collaboration between basic and clinical neuroscience to translate laboratory discoveries about the brain and nervous system into diagnoses and therapies to improve human health.

The awards will support studies of genes and areas of the brain involved in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“Neurological diseases affect a vast segment of our aging population, including not only patients, but also their families and friends,” said Wendy Suzuki, PhD, chair of the awards committee and professor at New York University Center for Neural Science. “The long-term goal of these awards is to alleviate human suffering by thoroughly understanding the root causes of these diseases so that new clinical therapies can follow.”

The awards are inspired by the interests of William L. McKnight, who founded The McKnight Foundation in 1953 and wanted to support research on diseases affecting memory. His daughter, Virginia McKnight Binger, and The McKnight Foundation board established the McKnight neuroscience program in his honor in 1977.


The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is an independent organization funded solely by The McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and led by a board of prominent neuroscientists from around the country. The McKnight Foundation has supported neuroscience research since 1977. The foundation established the Endowment Fund in 1986 to carry out one of the intentions of founder William L. McKnight (1887-1978). One of the early leaders of the 3M Company, he had a personal interest in memory and its diseases.

The Endowment Fund makes three types of awards each year. In addition to the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards, they are the McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards, providing seed money to develop technical inventions to advance brain research; and the McKnight Scholar Awards, supporting neuroscientists in the early stages of their research careers.

For more information, see www.mcknight.org/neuroscience

St Baldrick’s Foundation – Spring 2015 Grant Cycle due Jan 30

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

Grants are offered in seven funding categories for childhood cancer research:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Childhood Cancer Research (Fellow)
  • St. Baldrick’s Scholar (Career Development Award)
  • St. Baldrick’s International Scholar (Career Development Award)
  • Childhood Cancer Research Grant
  • Consortium Research Grant
  • Supportive Care Research Grant
  • St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows(Institutions with a pediatric oncology research summer fellowship program should review the updated 2015 Grant Guidelines for requirements and contact Grants@StBaldricks.org for more information on how to apply by the January 30 deadline.)

Download the 2015 Grant Guidelines PDF (1.4MB)

Download the Letter of Intent instructions PDF (148KB)

Download the International Scholar Letter of Intent instructions PDF – this is for INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR applicants ONLY (149KB)

For more information contact:

(626) 792-8247, ext. 236

1333 South Mayflower Ave
Suite 400
Monrovia, CA 91016


Due Jan 7 – 2015 McKnight Scholar Awards

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

McKnight Endowment Fund for Neurosciences
2015 McKnight Scholar Awards
These awards were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants for the McKnight Scholar Awards must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience.
Amount: $225,000
Deadline: January 7, 2015
URL: http://www.neuroscience.mcknight.org/

Department of Defense Health Research Programs – Event Slides and Video

Friday, October 31st, 2014

In September 2014, BU’s Government Relations office hosted  Michael Ledford, Vice President, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, who delivered  a presentation on the Department of Defense Health Research Programs.

The presentation covered current cross-cutting trends and priorities, specific DOD programs which engage most directly with university researchers, and techniques for navigating the DOD health landscape. The presentation reviewed more than 15 targets for research, including the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

If you missed the live presentation, the slides and video from the event are now available  for your viewing. Please note, you will need your Kerberos credentials to view both files.

Department of Defense Health Research: Navigating the Funding Landscape


Dan David Prize – Due Nov 30th

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Dan David Prize, a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University, aims to foster universal values of excellence, creativity, justice, democracy, and progress and to promote the scientific, technological, and humanistic achievements that advance and improve our world. The Prize covers three time dimensions – Past, Present, and Future – that represent realms of human achievement. The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times. The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today. The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world.

The themes for the 2015 competition cycle are:

  • Past – Retrieving the Past: Historians and their Sources
  • Present – The Information Revolution
  • Future – Bioinformatics

One million dollars per each field.


  • Nominees may be individuals or organizations. Specific and unique projects may be included if the head of the project is a nominee.
  • The individual or institution being nominated must have made a unique, profound contribution to humanity, on a global scale, in one of the selected fields.
  • The work for which a nominee’s recognition is sought may represent a singular achievement, a series of achievements, or a life’s work.
  • An individual or organization can only receive the Prize once for the same achievement and/or contribution.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nomination guidelines are available at: http://www.dandavidprize.org/prize-nominations
The nomination form may be accessed at: http://www.dandavidprize.org/nomination-form

Sponsor Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Free-to-Breathe Research Grant: LOI due Nov 7th

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Free to Breathe has a new funding opportunity solely focused on research to prevent or stop lung cancer metastasis. The foundation will only consider Letters of Intent proposing research to prevent or stop lung cancer metastasis including a clear vision and plan for clinical translation within three years.

Key dates

  • Letter of intent deadline: November 7th, 2014
  • Invitation for submission of full application: January 7th, 2015
  • Full application deadline: March 9th, 2015
  • Applicant notification: May 15th, 2015
  • Anticipated funding start date: June 1st, 2015

Visit the Free to Breathe website more information.

Partnerships for International Research and Education Program (PIRE)

Friday, August 8th, 2014


  • Internal Deadline:  September 8, 2014
  • NSF Preliminary Proposal Deadline:  October 21, 2014
  • Final Proposals (by invitation) Deadline:  May 15, 2015


Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.  PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.

This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.


There are no restrictions or limits on who can serve as a PI as long as they have or request PI status through Boston University. Proposals may be submitted by U.S. academic institutions with Ph.D.-granting programs that have awarded doctoral degrees in the 2012 or 2013 academic years in any area of research supported by NSF. Note that universities are limited to one proposal as the lead institution. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution can participate as a partner. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. For the purposes of this opportunity, Boston University and Boston University Medical Campus will be considered separate institutions allowing one preliminary proposal from each.


NSF intends to award a total of $10 million-$15 million for this round of PIRE. Pending the availability of funds, NSF will make average awards of approximately $4 million over five years. Additional funding for international partners on PIRE projects may be available from selected NSF counterpart agencies abroad.



BUMC may submit only one application to the PIRE program.  Potential applicants will be reviewed internally to select the final candidate.  If you would like to apply, please email the following documents (preferably combined into a single pdf file) to Diana Lehman (dlehman@bu.edu), Office of Clinical Research by September 8, 2014:

  • a one-page project summary describing the concept of the proposed PIRE project, including why the international partnership is critical to the project success and the broader impacts of the project
  • Junior faculty (instructors and assistant professors should include a support letter from their research mentors
  • your email address and your mentor’s email address
  • your biosketch or cv

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