Please see below some additional medical research funding opportunities with current deadlines. For the Coronavirus (COVID-19) specific research grant opportunities visit the COVID-19 Funding Opportunities page.
NSF Workshop on Predicting Pandemic Emergence │ Feb. 25 & 26
In recognition of the staggering impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the NSF will be hosting a workshop aimed at predicting, and hopefully preventing, future pandemics. The workshop website is now open for suggesting discussion topics and participant registration.
The workshop is targeted at experts from biology, mathematics, engineering, computer science, ecology and social science to discuss integrating scholarly approaches to promote a more effective, unified science of pandemic prediction. Discussions should help identify advances in disease ecology, computational biology and biophysics, information and network science, sensing, and statistics to analyze pertinent data, enabling inference of difficult-to-measure information and the integration of real-time observation, computation, and experimentation.
Virtual workshop on Zoom.
Dates: February 25 and 26, 2021.
Time: 11:00 a.m.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Racial Equity 2030 │ Deadline: Feb. 25
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity 2030 program’s purpose is “to close the racial equity gap so all children, families and communities can be more confident, healthier and secure in their trust of the systems and institutions that serve them.” The Foundation seeks “ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity.” The competition is being administered by Lever for Change, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate.Funding Amount: This is a multi-phase competition. Up to ten finalists will receive 9-month, $1M planning grants to develop their projects and strengthen their applications. At least three awardees will receive grants of $20M each, and at least two will receive grants of $10M each. These awards will be paid out over nine years.Eligibility and Restrictions: Teams of “visionaries, change agents and community leaders” from every sector. Proposals must be led by a team whose leadership “centers on lived experience and includes communities closest to the issues.” Applicants are welcome to propose early-to-mid-stage ideas.Internal Contacts: Interested BU faculty please contact David Gillerman, Director of Foundation Relations, BUMC at email@example.com or (617) 359-8089. If you are a BMC investigator, please contact Jennifer Fleming, Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants at Jennifer.Fleming@bmc.org by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.Deadlines:
- Oct. 13 until Jan. 28, 2021, at 5 p.m.: prospective applicants must respond to an on-line “organizational readiness” questionnaire and register.
- Feb. 25, 2021, at 5 p.m.: applications are due.
- Feb. 26, 2021 – Summer 2021: applications undergo a three-stage review.
- Summer 2021 – Spring 2022: finalists are chosen and use their $1M grants for project development.
- Summer 2022: award winners are announced.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center - Accelerating Coronavirus Testing Solutions │ Deadline: Ongoing Submission
By any measure, Massachusetts’ life sciences ecosystem is one of the most robust in the world. Whether you measure public or private investments, top research universities and academic medical centers, STEM education, R&D infrastructure, talent, or life science companies, Massachusetts leads the way in bringing healthcare innovations to patients. This life science community can positively and quickly continue to impact the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is in a unique position to accelerate this impact by identifying, supporting, and funding novel innovations and solutions for SARS-CoV-2 testing. The Center is soliciting proposals for the Accelerating Coronavirus Testing Solutions (A.C.T.S.) program to improve testing solutions and address supply chain logistics bottlenecks during this critical time to ensure the safety of its constituents and the world. This project call will leverage Massachusetts’ R & D capabilities and innovation infrastructure to accelerate the development of improved testing modalities and address supply chain logistical bottlenecks that hinder our ability to quickly and effectively combat and contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The MLSC is requesting proposals to address the gaps that currently exist in SARS-CoV-2 testing. Projects funded under this grant may fall into one of the two priority response areas: Development of Rapid, Innovative At-Home or Point-of-Care Testing Modalities: We aim to support testing innovations that are easier and quicker to perform and can be done by patients outside of a healthcare practitioner’s office.
- Solutions that provide a low-cost, surveillance testing technology that can be deployed independently of CLIA approval or medical personnel oversight are encouraged. Solutions that cost less than $10 per test are of particular interest.
- Solutions that will provide a low-cost test with greater than 75% sensitivity and ideally 95% specificity are encouraged.
Addressing Supply Chain Bottlenecks: Innovations or increased novel manufacturing capacity that can address the supply chain bottlenecks for existing platforms are encouraged to apply. The MLSC is aiming to support the development of novel technologies to address the lack of specialized plastic ware and development of generic reagents and supplies to allow labs across the Commonwealth to fully utilize and leverage their existing high throughput testing platforms. To the extent that applicants are proposing supply chain solutions to a closed system, which involves proprietary technology, applicants will need to demonstrate that they have taken into consideration the requirement for any necessary approvals from the manufacturer of the proprietary system.
Funding: No specified award amount.
Eligibility & Restrictions: Applicants can be Massachusetts-based for-profit companies or non-profit institutions, which includes research institutions, academic medical centers, and colleges and universities. Municipalities or other governmental entities are NOT eligible to apply.
- Each application must be authorized by a senior leader of the applying organization (e.g., President, CEO, Executive Director, Dean, Chancellor, etc.).
- Applications should focus on developing innovative low cost “at home” or point of care testing modalities or addressing supply chain bottlenecks or logistical issues for testing SARS-CoV-2. Generally, the MLSC funds support life sciences as defined as: Advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications including, but not limited to, agricultural biotechnology, bio-generics, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemical synthesis, chemistry technology, diagnostics, genomics, image analysis, marine biology, marine technology, medical devices, nanotechnology, natural product pharmaceuticals proteomics, regenerative medicine, RNA interference, stem cell research, and veterinary science.
- Project requests must be fully justified. The requested funds can only be used to support direct labor and capital costs (e.g., equipment, supplies) related to the project. Updated 10/6/20 Applicants must explore all options for funding and equipment requests (e.g., loaning equipment from a neighboring institution or partner, internal funding, etc.).
Internal Selection process: As the opportunity does not have a limit on institutional submissions, the Office of Research is not conducting any internal selection process. Interested applicants may contact Marc Scatamacchia in Industry Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support. If you are a BMC investigator and wish to apply for this opportunity, please contact Jennifer Fleming, Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants at email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Deadlines: Sponsor Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020. Rolling deadline, initial deadline is 10/16/2020. Subsequent deadlines every 2 weeks after that.
NSF - Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) │ Deadline: February Rolling Submission
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a solicitation for the new Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program. NSF recognizes that while the mid-career timeframe is essential for advancing research, many faculty have to balance research with other demands, such as teaching and service activities. Through this solicitation, NSF intends to support “protected time” to mid-career researchers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively advance their research through partnerships at institutions outside of their own. The MCA is NSF’s only cross-directorate program focused on advancing the research needs of mid-career faculty. Directorates participating in the MCA include Biological Sciences (BIO); Education and Human Resources (EHR); Engineering (ENG); Geosciences (GEO); and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).MCA proposals must include details on the mid-career faculty’s past research, proposed research advancement plan, and long-term career goals. Successful proposals will demonstrate that the faculty member’s research “could substantively benefit from the protected time, mentored partnership(s), and resources provided through this special program, such that there is a substantial enhancement to the PI’s research and career trajectory, enabling scientific and academic advancement not likely without this support.” Proposals are encouraged, but not required, to include partnerships outside of the principal investigator’s (PI) discipline, provide new insights to existing problems, or identify new, previously inaccessible problems in need of expertise from another field. Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant program officer to discuss their proposal prior to submission to the MCA program. NSF intends to utilize the MCA’s re-investment in mid-career faculty to broaden participation in academic leadership of the scientific workforce by facilitating time for research productivity. Women, under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to submit proposals. This solicitation is reflective of NSF’s commitment to broadening participation in the scientific workforce and aligns with NSF Director Panchanathan’s desire to create a “robust and diverse STEM workforce…in order to maintain America’s historical preeminence in the STEM fields.”Funding: NSF anticipates making between $14 and $18 million available for 35-45 awards.Eligibility & Restrictions: PIs must have been at the Associate Professor (or equivalent) rank for three years at the time of proposal submission.Sources and Additional Information:
- Full Solicitation Guideline
- MCA program officer contact information
- Additional information on NSF’s commitment to broadening participation in science
Deadlines: Proposals are due February 1, 2021 and the first Monday in February each year after.
MLSC - Women's Health Innovation Grants │ Deadline: March 12
Women’s health has been historically underfunded. Consequently, the space has suffered from a lack of innovative technologies and advancements. There is a significant need to better understand gender biology to be able to effectively treat diseases that exclusively, predominately, or differentially affect women. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center aims to support translational research in women’s health and gender biology that will ultimately lead to commercial opportunities that address the lack of innovative technologies. The Women’s Health Innovation Grants are aimed at innovations that have translational potential, preliminary supporting data, but still require a key set of proof of concept experiments prior to attracting a commercial partner or spinning out into a new company. Projects could include hiring a post doc to perform research, working with a CRO, etc. in order to file patents, enter into a sponsored research agreement, etc.Funding Information: Individual grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded to Massachusetts-based women’s health researchers.Eligibility Restrictions: Eligible applicants must be a full or part-time faculty at a Massachusetts-based research institution proposing a project that is focused on increasing our understanding of sex and gender differences in biology (that has translational potential) or developing solutions for diseases or conditions that affect women exclusively, predominately, or differentially. Funding must be used to support an experiment or experiments that increase(s) the translational opportunity for the technology with a defined deliverable such as filing of patents, securing sponsored research agreement, attracting other industry support, etc.Please see full list of eligibility requirements and evaluation process.Internal Selection Process: As this opportunity is not limited, the Office of Research will not be conducting an internal review process. For assistance with industry partnerships, please contact Marc Scatamacchia in Industry Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with proposal development, please contact Katharine Canfield in Foundation Relations at email@example.com. BMC investigators can contact Jennifer Fleming, BMC Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants, firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.Deadlines: Sponsor Deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021
Wellcome Trust Open Research Fund │ March 12
The Wellcome Trust Open Research Fund supports projects that will incentivize researchers to make their health research more open, accessible and reusable. Applicants must propose to trial new tools, resources or ways of working to do this. Examples could include the following:
- Develop and test new metrics to track the impact of making a full range of research outputs open and accessible.
- Pilot new approaches to recognize and reward open research contributions in research assessment processes – including recruitment, promotion, tenure and funding.
- Test novel approaches to stimulate or nudge behavior change within or across research fields – for example, developing rewards to recognize good practice.
- Develop and evaluate approaches to embed open research behaviors within organizations or research fields – for example, trialing novel approaches for training researchers or supporting networks of open research ‘champions’.
FUNDING INFORMATION: Up to up to £100,000 for up to two years (inclusive of 15 percent in indirect costs)
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: These awards are open to individuals or teams of up to six members, based anywhere in the world. They are not available to individuals or groups whose data is already freely available.
Questions can be directed to Joe Loftus (email@example.com) in the Office of Foundation Relations.
DEADLINES: Sponsor Deadlines:
- March 12, 2021: deadline for submission of concept notes
- April 12, 2021: invitations to submit proposals extended
- May 21, 2021: deadline for proposals
NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award │ May 15
The newly launched NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award recognizes bold, early-career researchers with an MD, PhD, or MD/PhD who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of the social and life sciences. It is awarded to scientists who conduct research with an enthusiasm that catalyzes cross-disciplinary collaboration and who take risks to creatively address relevant and exciting questions.
Award winners will receive a cash prize of up to $15,000, and their essay submissions will be published in Science. They will also be invited to share their ideas with leading scientists in the respective fields at an award ceremony and to present their research to the NOMIS Board of Directors for potential future funding.
FUNDING INFORMATION: $15,000 Grand Prize, $5,000 prize for runners up.
- Entrant must be under age 35
- Entrant must hold a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD at time of submission
- The submission/content must focus on work done in the past 3 years
SUBMISSION PROCESS: The entrant must submit the following items:
- A completed Entry Form.
- An essay, written by the entrant that describes their research at the intersection of the life and social sciences, showing interdisciplinary work. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The applicant must have done or directed all of the work and it must have been performed in the last three years.
- A one-page letter of recommendation from his or her postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant’s work.
- A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
- Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay
- Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
- Relevant professional experience
- Copies of two of the entrant’s papers that are most relevant to the essay.
All material must be submitted via the prize management system linked on the award page.
DEADLINES: Submission Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021.
NSF/BIO - Integrative Research in Biology │ Deadline: March 16
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a solicitation for a new program called Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO). This program, which replaces the Rules of Life track within BIO’s core programs, seeks to fund research that tackles important questions in the life sciences through an integrative approach to biological research. IntBIO will synergize with other initiatives across BIO focused on integration, including the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology and the Biology Integration Institutes. IntBIO aims to support similar research and training opportunities as the Biology Integration Institutes, but on a smaller scale (i.e., with a smaller cohort of researchers focused on exploring one system).In this solicitation, NSF outlines two major goals of IntBIO: first, to “support collaborative researchers who engage in innovative, integrative biological research to address fundamental questions that cross different scales of organization;” and second, to “prepare a new generation of scientists who reflect the diversity of the nation and are ready to contribute to the future research enterprise through integrative approaches.” The solicitation states that projects funded by IntBIO should focus on answering biological questions or solving technological challenges that can only be addressed by integrating different sub-disciplines, specifically projects that would not traditionally be supported by a single divisional core program in BIO. NSF notes that these integrative approaches are key to developing new products and technologies that drive the nation’s bio-economy.The IntBIO solicitation articulates five components that each submitted proposal should include:
- “Bold questions using an integrative approach” – a description of the overarching research question, including emphasis on how the approach to the question cuts across biological sub-disciplines and hierarchical organizational scales;
- “Nature of the integration and synergistic outcomes” – an explicit description of the interdependent, integrative components of the research project and how the research will lead to synergistic outcomes;
- “Graphical illustration” – should convey how integration will be achieved through the project, and can be referenced to explain integration strategies in the proposal;
- “Collaborative team” – each project team should include two or more investigators (from the same organization or multiple organizations) with diverse perspectives and expertise and clearly defined roles within the project; and
- “Training, inclusion, and diversity plans” – should explain how the project contributes to the development of a new generation of scientists trained in integrative biological research, as well as plans for advancing diversity and inclusion through the project.
Eligibility: There are no restrictions on who may serve as a Principal Investigator, the number of proposals per organization, or the number of proposals per Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator.
Funding Information: Award Information: NSF anticipates committing between $15M and $20M for this program to fund 10 to 20 awards through the Standard Grant or Continuing Grant mechanisms.
Deadlines: Full proposals are due March 16, 2021. Additional deadlines are planned for January 25, 2022 and the fourth Tuesday in January in subsequent years. Letters of intent or preliminary proposals are not required.
NIH/CDC - Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed) │ Deadline: Varies
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announce available funds for administrative supplements to recruit and support postdoctoral fellows and/or junior faculty-level candidates from diverse backgrounds including those from underrepresented groups in health-related research.These supplements are to support individuals who wish to participate as researchers in ongoing research projects and career development experiences in preparation for an independent career in health-related research. This experience must serve as a means of assisting the researcher’s development into a productive researcher in health-related science.Eligibility: Parent award must be active and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the scope of the award. NIH defines underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical Clinical Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, as well as individuals with disabilities or disadvantaged backgrounds.Project Period: Must be within the currently approved project period for an existing parent award.Award: Direct costs awards range from $5,000-$100,000 depending on career level of the candidate. Administrative supplements can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving the new research objectives that are within the original scope of the peer reviewed and approved project, or for cost increases of unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project.Deadlines: Vary by awarding NIH Institutes and Centers.Internal Contact: Interested applicants may contact Amanda Miner for support at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Proposal Development Office.