BUMC Featured Funding Opportunities

Limited Submission: Searle Scholars Program

June 9th, 2014

Searle Scholars Program

The Kinship Foundation/Searle Scholars Program has announced its awards for 2015.   Boston University is invited to submit only one application.  Potential applicants will be reviewed internally to select the final candidate.  If you would like to apply, please send your application to Diana Lehman, Office of Clinical Research  by August 8, 2014.

The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding early-career faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment.

Applicants for awards, which will be activated on July 1, will be expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun their appointment as an independent investigator at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2013 The appointment must be their first tenure-track position (or its nearest equivalent) at an invited institution.

Grants are $300,000 for a three-year term with $100,000 payable each year of the grant, subject to the receipt of acceptable progress reports. Generally, the program makes 15 new grants each year.

Internal Deadline:  August 8, 2014
Foundation Deadline:  September 26, 2014

Douglas M. Fambrough
Scientific Director
Searle Scholars Program
14411 Falls Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Telephone: (410) 842-7477
Email: fambro@jhu.edu
Web: http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=5

Boston University may submit only one application to the Searle Scholars 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 August 8, 2014:

  • a one-page summary of your research
  • a letter from your research mentor or departmental chair
  • your email address and your mentor’s email address
  • the exact date of your first faculty appointment
  • and your biosketch or cv

The application process for selected candidates requires online submission.  A complete award program description and application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s web site at http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=1.

Susan Komen – LOI due July 17th

June 5th, 2014

For 2014-15, Susan G. Komen will be offering three types of grants

1) Career Catalyst Research Grants ($450,000 over 3 years).

CCR grants provide unique opportunities for scientists who have held faculty positions for no more than six years at the time of full application to achieve research independence. These grants provide support for hypothesis-driven research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer. Awards may be for basic, translational or clinical research. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014.
Application Instructions

2) Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants ($180,000 for 2-3 years).

PDF grants seek to attract and support promising scientists embarking on careers dedicated to breast cancer research. These grants provide support for research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer, lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality, and move us toward the goal of a world without breast cancer. Awards may be for basic, translational, or clinical research. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014
Application Instructions

3) Graduate Training in Disparities Research (Up to $135,000 per year for up to 3 years).

GTDR grants seek to establish or to sustain a training program for a minimum of three graduate students who are seeking careers dedicated to understanding and eliminating disparities in breast cancer outcomes across population groups. Pre-Application Submission deadline: July 17, 2014.
Application Instructions

LIMITED SUBMISSION! Brain Research Foundation Innovations Award

May 14th, 2014

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award


  • BU Internal Deadline:  June 9, 2014
  • Foundation Letter of Intent  Deadline:  July 1, 2014


The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.


Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2015-December 2016).


To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor at an invited US institution, working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.

Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position.  Only one PI may apply per application.
Please note: research associate professors/research professors are not eligible for this award.


The Brain Research Foundation will only accept one Letter of Intent per institution.  Applications must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website (www.research.thebrf.org) as a single, combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms (provided on the website upon registration).


  • BU Internal Deadline:  June 9, 2014
  • Foundation Letter of Intent  Deadline:  July 1, 2014


Brain Research Foundation
Web site:  http://thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award
Email: info@theBRF.org
Tel:  312-759-5150


Boston University is limited to nominating one candidate. If we have more than one interested applicant, an internal review committee will select the candidates for the Institution.  Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should send the following documents, preferably combined into a single pdf file, to Diana Lehman (dlehman@bu.edu) by June 9, 2013:

  • a one-page summary of your research
  • your biosketch; and
  • your email address

Requirement for NIH Commons Usernames

May 13th, 2014

Our NIH-supported research programs and services on campus mandate that we report back to NIH annually with detailed utilization and impact data in supporting individual researchers. NIH’s reporting instruments require that our data include the NIH Commons usernames of individuals who have benefited from these key resources. Currently, we are under-representing the data regarding the use of these services in our annual reporting because we do not have NIH Commons usernames for all individuals who engage these services.

When you use the University’s NIH-supported services, please be prepared to provide your NIH Commons username when it is requested. If you do not have one, we will request that you establish a commons account before using the services. In addition, if you have taken advantage of these services over the past year, expect that staff may be in contact with you to request your Commons username. Note that your Commons account does not need to have been created by Boston University; if you have an account that was created for you at another institution, that Commons username can be used for reporting purposes.

To register with NIH Commons, please follow the instructions below:

  • Boston University:  Please visit http://www.bu.edu/rosa/sponsor-system-access/ and complete the on-line registration form.
  • Boston Medical Center: Please contact the BMC Grants Administration office through grant.admin@bmc.org with the following information:
    • Full Name
    • e-mail address
    • eRA Commons Role (Postdoc, PI, Trainee, etc.)
    • Please put “Request for eRA Commons Username” in the subject header

    If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact Kaci Foster, Director, Research Operations, Systems and Analytics (ROSA) at kfoster@bu.edu or Ronald Corley, Associate Provost for Research, BUMC at APRbumc@bu.edu

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NIH commits up to $2.5 million to research on environmental risk factors for AUTISM – DUE July 26!

May 12th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced two new funding opportunities for research projects aimed at advancing understanding of environmental contributors to autism spectrum disorder. In scientific terms, “environmental” refers to a broad range of non-genetic influences. In the case of autism, research has implicated factors as varied as maternal nutrition and birth complications to exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and early infancy.

The first funding opportunity is an “exploratory” research project with funding of up to $275,000 a year for two years.  See details here: PAR-14-202

The second opportunity is for a full-fledged research project with funding up to $400,000 a year for up to 5 years. More information about this funding opportunity can be found here: PAR-14-203


Alpha-1 Foundation – Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award applications due July 25, 2014

May 9th, 2014

The Alpha-1 Foundation is accepting applications for a new research grant, the Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award.

  • Amount available: up to $225,000 ($75,000/year) over three years.
  • Deadline to apply is July 25, 2014

The award is named after Gordon L. Snider, MD, one of the most influential researchers in Alpha-1. Snider not only made seminal scientific contributions clarifiying Alpha-1-related lung disease, but also laid the groundwork for the Foundation’s research program. In particular, he stressed the importance of encouraging young investigators to pursue a career in Alpha-1 research.

The award’s objective is to provide additional career development support for outstanding young investigators who have continued to conduct research in Alpha-1-related lung or liver disease after completion of their postdoctoral fellowship. It is expected that the award will provide an incentive for a career in Alpha-1 research.

Snider, who died on June 8, 2013 at age 91, founded the pulmonary section of the Boston University School of Medicine and was chief of medical service at the Boston VA Medical Center for 14 years. He served for a decade on the Alpha-1 Foundation’s board of directors. He also served as president of the American Thoracic Society.


5/5/2014 Research Town Meeting

May 8th, 2014

R. B. Corley slides – BUMC Research Town Meeting 05May2014 final

Office of Financial and Grant Administration – slides 05May2014


NHLBI & Lasker Foundation announce 2014-2015 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars in Vascular Medicine

May 2nd, 2014

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2014 – 2015 Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. The Lasker program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development as independent investigators. This is an opportunity for up to 12 years of continuous funding for clinical researchers.

LOI due: June 2, 2014
Full application: July 29, 2014

We are seeking Physician-Scientists,with a strong record of achievement in Vascular Medicine, Vascular Genetics and Rare Vascular Diseases. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated ability to develop an independent translational program that combines basic experimental approaches with clinical research and proven ability to receive early-career award funding. We are looking for candidates that will develop new strategies to translate genetic technologies and advanced disease modeling systems towards Proof of Concept Clinical Studies in patients with vascular diseases at the NIH Clinical Center.

To insure a programmatic fit, applicants must first obtain a Letter of Support by submitting a Biosketch and a summary of research interests. The deadline is June 2, 2014. The full application will include a research proposal and submission of four letters of reference. The deadline for the competed application is July 29, 2014. The positions will start in 2015.

More information and links to the application RFA are available at http://www.nih.gov/science/laskerscholar/index.html
For general questions related to the Lasker scholar program contact Dr. Charles Dearolf, Assistant Director for Intramural Research at NIH, at LaskerScholar@nih.gov.
For questions related to the NHLBI Vascular medicine Lasker scholar recruitment, contact, Dr. Manfred Boehm, Senior Investigator at NHLBI, at boehmm@nhlbi.nih.gov.

The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community. The Lasker Foundation will provide Scholars with the opportunity to participate in selected activities. The NIH and the Lasker Foundation recognize a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical research workforce to improve the nation’s capacity to address and eliminate health disparities. The NIH encourages applications from talented researchers from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities and women.

The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards – Information Sessions for BU Faculty

May 1st, 2014

The Office of Foundation Relations is offering two informational workshops for faculty on The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards.

BUMC: Tuesday, May 13, 2:30-4 pm, BUSM Dean’s Conference Room (L-112) – coffee/cookies

CRC: Thursday, May 15, 12-1:30 pm, Development Office Alumni Board Room, 1 Silber Way, 7th Floor – lunch provided

These awards provide $300,000 over three years to pursue otherwise unfunded, innovative, early-stage, cutting-edge biomedical research that has the potential to advance the health of children in the US. The foundation has invited Boston University to nominate two investigators to the 2014 competition; nominees will be selected through an internal competition process, previously announced here, by the office of the Associate Provost, BUMC.

Interested BU investigators are encouraged to attend either workshop to learn about this family foundation and what makes a competitive proposal, including advice from BU’s current Hartwell Investigators.

NIH Research Evaluation And Ccommercialization Hub Awards – LOI due May 26

April 30th, 2014

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – April 29, 2014

Funding Opportunity: NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) Awards

Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization

On April 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for proof-of-concept centers, entitled Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH), supported by nearly every NIH institute and coordinated by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). Utilizing the cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism, the REACH program will accelerate the transition of biomedical innovations into commercial products to improve health and patient care. The RFA notes that the “REACH Hubs will provide qualified institutions with the initial investment and resources to nurture innovators to develop high priority early-stage technologies within the NIH’s mission.” The creation of the REACH program builds upon the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Centers for Accelerated Innovations (CAI) program, which awarded funding to three centers last year. Similar to CAI, the REACH program will support:

  • “The infrastructure for identifying the most promising technologies;
  • Funding for product definition studies to included feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies;
  • Coordinated access to expertise in areas required for early stage technology development including scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, business, legal, and project management; and
  • Skills development and hands-on experience in entrepreneurism.”

See complete Lewis-Burke LLC  press release 4-28-14

In preparation for applying to the REACH program, NIH will host a pre-submission webinar on May 14, 2014 at 3p.m. EST.To register please view: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6578187111589108993

Letters of Intent Due Date: May 26, 2014
Application Due Date: June 26, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant organization

Total Funding and Award Size: Participating NIH institutes and centers intend to commit a total of $9 million to fund up to three awards with the maximum budget for a Hub to be $1 million per year and a project period of three years. However, the number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of sufficient meritorious applications.

Sources and Additional Background:
• The complete RFA is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-14-005.html
• NHLBI CAI program information is available at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/dera/otac/caip/caip_index.html and information on the CAI awardees is here http://nih.gov/news/health/sep2013/nhlbi-26.htm

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