RFPs (MIT Only)

 

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Click on the links below to view guidelines and application information for active RFPs.

OFR staff members have extensive knowledge of many foundations, and can offer tailored advice on how to engage with them.  If faculty plan to approach a foundation or respond to an RFP issued by a foundation, please reach out to the relevant staff member in OFR.  For assistance with projects by school, please contact:

School of Architecture & Planning –  David Gordon
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences –  David Gordon & Mary Hurley
Sloan School of Management, Media Lab, Department of Physics
and Mathematics – Stellar Kim
School of Engineering – Kate Reynolds
Departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; IMES, Picower, McGovern and Koch Institute – Theresa Ulrich

The list below provides information about foundation funding opportunities. Since there does not appear to be a limit to the number of applications that may be submitted, there will be no internal competition process at MIT. Restricted funding opportunities will be circulated separately by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Please remember to add “Foundation Relations” to the Coeus Special Review Module when creating an application for funding from any private foundation.

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FOUNDATION FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Please be aware that foundations may have policies for intellectual property and technology licensing that will require evaluation on a project by project basis at time of award to determine acceptability. If you have questions about compatibility of foundation policies with MIT’s intellectual property policies, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

 

Architecture + Planning, Arts, Economics, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences

NOTE: Foundations working in this space often do not have a Request for Proposals process. If you are interested in exploring funding opportunities in these areas,please contact the Office of Foundation Relations at ofr-rfps@mit.edu.

 

The Donaghue Foundation: Another Look — Better Health for Elders in Care Facilities

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 3/27/17; Award Amount: there is no set budget. The Foundation will invest up to $750,000 in this program and anticipates awarding up to six two-year projects; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

     

American Cancer Society: The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services

Deadlines: 4/1/17 & 10/15/17; Award Amount: approximately $200,000/year over less than four years, grant lengths and funding vary – please see announcement for more details; plus up to 20% is allowed for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

Please note that the Foundation’s Intellectual Property terms may be non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability.

 

*New* CRDF Global: 2017 U.S. – Russian University Alternative Energy Research Competition

CRDF Global is currently accepting proposals from joint teams of U.S. and Russian researchers employed by U.S. and Russian Universities focusing on alternative energy research as it applies directly to the following: renewable and alternative energy for electricity (solar, wind, wave, geothermal) and renewable and alternative energy for fuels (chemical and biofuels).

Deadline: 4/20/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000 over one year; award provides limited support for indirect costs (review policy here) – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: U.S. teams must be in the process of collaboration or plan to collaborate with a team of scientists employed at a Russian University. Russian partners must be funded separately. All proposals must include one PI that has at least five (5) scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature (or show an equivalent measure of scientific capacity). All proposals must include participation by at least one student/postdoctoral researcher. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.  

 

Rising Tide Foundation: Social/Education Grants

Supporting specific, time-limited projects that support marginalized individuals to better their lives for social and economic independence. 

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 4/20/17, 8/20/17 & 1/20/18; Award Amount: this award does not specify funding limits; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs – this award will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

*New* James S. McDonnell Foundation: Teachers as Learners

The Teachers as Learners (TAL) program will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education. The program will emphasize a cognitive science perspective on teachers as learners – including a focus on the cognitive constraints that guide teacher thinking and change in attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors.

Pre-proposal Deadline: 4/26/17; Award Amount: a maximum of $500,000/year for up to five years; award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Pre-proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

Eligibility Criteria: It is expected that a typical pre-proposal team will be made up of several different researchers representing different expertise and skills (e.g. cognitive science, teacher education, assessment, etc.) from different institutions. It is important that the teams include classroom teachers as partners. Following the advisory panel review of pre-proposals JSMF will issue a limited number of invitations to those teams with the most responsive pre-proposals to participate in a collaborative workshop (August 2-4, 2017).  Participation is mandatory for all teams who wish to submit full proposals.

 

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants 

If you are interested in applying, please contact David Gordon (drgordon@mit.edu) of the Office of Foundation Relations. 

Deadlines:  5/1/17, 8/1/17 & 11/1/17; Award Amount: $50,000 for entire project (project length to be determined by applicant); Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs—this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains (Round 19)

Deadline: 5/3/17; Award Amount: awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s intellectual property terms are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

*New* Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings (Round 19)

Deadline: 5/3/17; Award Amount: awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s intellectual property terms are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants                         

Research questions should inform programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequalities in youth development or study how to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Deadlines: 5/3/17 & 8/2/17; Award Amounts: research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000, and cover two to three years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support; research grants are inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% of the proposed direct costs – these awards will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.  

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Program on Behavioral Economics

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Program on Social Inequality

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Program on the Future of Work

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/21/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/21/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Computational Social Science

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/21/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

  

The Reva and David Logan Foundation Grants

Provides strategic grants to support the arts, investigative journalism, scholarship and social justice.

Pre-Proposal Deadlines: rolling; Award Amount: there is no explicit range, but on average recent grants spanned $15,000 – $150,000; Foundation may provide limited support for indirect costs – this award will incur underrecovery. Pre-Proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health  

Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: there is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. As of July 2016, 10 grants had been awarded ranging in size from $46,000 to $500,000. Grant periods may be for durations of up to 36 months; the Foundation’s approved rate for indirect costs is up to 12% of direct costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science

 

*New* Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (Round 19)

Deadline: 5/3/17; Award Amount: awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s intellectual property terms are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

*New* Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change (Round 19)

Deadline: 5/3/17; Award Amount: awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s intellectual property terms are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Focus includes: residential, commercial and institutional solid waste; construction & demolition debris; certain industrial wastes (e.g. exploration & production waste, coal ash); and other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public not included in the above items (e.g. electronic waste, disaster debris, etc.)

Pre-Proposal Deadlines: 6/1/17 & 1/6/18; Award Amount: $15,000 – $500,000+ (average is $160,000) over two years; the Foundation will support indirect costs of up to 25% of total direct costs – it will incur underrecovery. Pre-proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

IEEE Foundation: 2017 Grants

To support projects that promote public understanding about how science and technology are being or could be used to address global challenges – including energy, cybersecurity, security, health care and sustainability.

Deadline: 7/15/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over one year; award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

For Junior Faculty:

 

Simons Foundation: Targeted Grants in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: this award does not specify funding limits; award may include up to 20% for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission. 

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Biomedical Research (Cancer)

 

*New* The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research: Consortium Grant 

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/3/17; Award Amount: $300,000/year for three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 35%. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have attained an academic position of Assistant Professor or higher (or equivalent); applications must be from a minimum of three different research institutions and two of the PIs cannot have previously shared funding; there is no limit on the number of projects PIs, but one PI must be designated as the primary contact.

Please note that the contact sheet must be submitted with the LOI.

 

Harrington Discovery Institute: Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program

Provides research and drug development support to physician-scientist innovators to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and the clinic.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/5/17; Award Amount: $100,000 guaranteed, opportunity to qualify for up to $700,000 over two years; award does not support indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Prostate Cancer Foundation: 2017 PCF Challenge Awards for Metastatic, Lethal Prostate Cancer

Deadline: 4/24/17; Award Amount: up to $1,000,000 over two years; award does not support indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: teams should be composed of at least 3 highly experienced investigators assembled from one or several institutions and must embed at least one young investigator as an integral contributor to the team. The young investigator may hold the title of Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor, Research Associate, Assistant Professor, or equivalent and should be within six years following completion of a professional degree or clinical training such as MD, PhD, MD-PhD, DSc, ScD, DDM, DDS, DMD, MBBS, etc. He or she should have received no more than $200,000 in current direct research funding from all sources including institutional funds. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

*New* The Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation: Grant Program for MDS Research

The Program specifically focuses on MDS research, exclusive of AML and MPN.

Deadline: 5/19/17; Award Amount: $200,000/year for three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: 2017 Reach Grants (pediatric cancer)

Deadline: 5/22/17; Award Amount: $125,000/year for two years; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: Primary applicants may be Assistant, Associate or Professor level investigators who demonstrate a track record of discovery, investigation and external funding. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of pediatric cancer research with experience in translational research. Multiple investigator applications that bring together pairs or teams of researchers with complementary expertise are encouraged.

 

*New* Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation: 2017 T.E.A.L. Medical Research Program

Deadline: 5/31/17; Award Amount: up to $60,000/year; award does not support indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

The Brain Tumour Charity: Expanding Theories Award

Deadlines: 9/1/17; Award Amount: £120,000 (~$146,000) over two years; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: this award is open to international researchers, but applications including a UK collaborator will be looked on favorably.

 

A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation (PLGA Foundation): Brain Tumor Research Grant

Letter of Intent Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: funding ranges from $100,000 – $500,000, depending on the project scope and duration; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this award will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

For Junior Faculty:

 

American Cancer Society: Research Scholar Grants 

Deadlines: 4/1/17 & 10/15/17; Award Amount: $165,000/year in direct costs for up to four years for independent investigators in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment; plus, up to 20% is allowed for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s Intellectual Property terms may be non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability.

 

American Cancer Society: Mentored Research Scholar Grant 

Deadlines:  4/1/17 & 10/15/17; Award Amount: $135,000/year in direct costs for up to five years for mentored research and training to full-time junior faculty, typically within the initial four years of their first independent appointment; plus, up to 8% is allowed for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

Please note that the Foundation’s Intellectual Property terms may be non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: 2017 Research Fellow Award

Deadline: 4/25/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%– it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers who hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree at the post-doctorate, clinical fellow, or junior faculty level are encouraged to apply. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

Supports research related to the detection, treatment, or cure of cancer. 

Deadlines: 4/30/17, 8/31/17 & 12/31/17; Award Amount: awards range from $100,000 – $200,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15%(proposals requesting more are not likely to be considered)– it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: this award is intended for new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers.

 

*New* Alex’s Lemonade Stand: 2017 ‘A’ Awards (pediatric cancer)

Deadline: 5/22/17; Award Amount: a maximum of $200,000/year for four years with the possibility of a fifth year of funding; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D. or dual M.D., Ph.D. (D.O., MBBS or equivalent) and be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor. Associate and Full Professors are ineligible. Investigators cannot have an R01 that has been funded, or recommended for funding (i.e. will be funded), at the time they apply. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon – Rachleff Innovation Award

Deadline: 7/6/17; Award Amount: $150,000/per year for two years with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $600,000); award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants may apply no more than two times and must belong to one of the following categories:

1) Tenure-track Assistant Professors within the first four years of obtaining their initial Assistant Professor position. (Cut-off date: July 1, 2013.)

2) Clinical Instructors and Senior Clinical Fellows (in the final year of their sub-specialty training) holding an MD who are pursuing a period of independent research before taking a tenure-track faculty position.

3) Distinguished Fellows with an exceptional record of research accomplishment identified by their institution to pursue an independent research program and who have dedicated laboratory space. These candidates are markedly distinct from traditional postdoctoral fellows. Examples: Whitehead Fellows, UCSF Fellows, Cold Spring Harbor Fellows. Research Assistant Professors, Research Associate Professors, Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible.

 

Breast Cancer Alliance: Young Investigator Grants

Deadline: 7/21/17; Award Amount: up to $125,000 over two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 8% — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have held a faculty position for no more than four years following completion of their training, as of February 1, 2018; have not been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award; and dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research.

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Biomedical Research (General)

 

Harrington Discovery Institute: Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program

Provides research and drug development support to physician-scientist innovators to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and the clinic.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/5/17; Award Amount: $100,000 guaranteed, opportunity to qualify for up to $700,000 over two years; award does not support indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2017 CURE Innovator Award program

This award mechanism supports highrisk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new areas of epilepsy research.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/12/17; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Whitehall Foundation Research Grant 

The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines:  4/15/17, 10/1/17 & 1/15/18; Award Amount: ranging between $30,000 – $75,000 per year for up to three years; indirect costs are limited to no more than 25% of equipment and research supplies –  it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Angelman Syndrome Foundation Research Grants

Deadlines: 4/15/17 & 10/15/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 pear year for over one to two years; indirect costs of up to 10% will be allowed—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

American Diabetes Association: Innovative Basic Sciences (IBS)

Deadline: 4/17/17; Award Amount: $115,000/year for up to three years; indirect costs of up to 10% will be allowed—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2017 CURE Epilepsy Award

CURE prioritizes highly innovative, risky, paradigm-shifting projects that address CURE’s mission to cure epilepsy and strongly encourages multidisciplinary, collaborative projects, especially those that are inclusive of investigators and expertise from fields outside of epilepsy.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/19/17; Award Amount: up to $250,000 over two years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Pilot and Feasibility Awards

Deadlines: 4/19/17 & 9/13/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000/year for two years; indirect costs of up to 8% will be allowed—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Research Grants

Deadlines: 4/19/17 & 9/6/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000/year for two years; indirect costs of up to 8% will be allowed—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Note: Applicants may only submit one Research Grant application in 2017.

 

United States – Israel Binational Science Foundation: Transformative Science Program

Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4/27/17; Award Amount: $100,000/year for up to three years; award may provide limited support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Pre-proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

Eligibility Criteria: applications must be submitted jointly by at least one Israeli and one American scientist and applicants will not be allowed to submit a pre-proposal to the program in consecutive years (applicants to the 2016 round are not eligible to submit this year).

 

March of Dimes: Research Grants

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/28/17; Award Amount: there is no set amount for a general research grant, although the typical grant award is approximately $100,000 per year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) Research Grants

The development of effective therapies for chronic injury is a high priority for the organization. Basic research will be supported if it has clear potential to accelerate progress at the applied end of the continuum and/or if it reflects innovative research or a ‘change of direction’. Please find more detailed information about the Foundation’s funding interests here

Deadlines: 4/30/17 & 10/31/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000 over one year; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Focused Ultrasound Foundation: External Awards Program

The Clinical Indication Track: Provides funding for preclinical and pilot clinical research projects that promise to lead to the development of a reimbursable clinical indication for focused ultrasound within the next five to seven years.

The High Risk Track: Provides funding for high-risk, early-stage, proof-of-concept research projects that are unlikely to receive funding from other sources but that, if successful, could have a profound impact on the advancement of the field of focused ultrasound.

Deadlines: 5/1/17 & 8/1/17 & 11/1/17; Award Amount: $100,000 over one year; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs – this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (Round 19)

Deadline: 5/3/17; Award Amount: awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s intellectual property terms are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

Michael J. Fox Foundation Target Advancement Program

Funding will support projects focused on validating PD-relevant targets implicated primarily in disease modification, but may also support research into targets relevant to symptomatic strategies (motor and non-motor symptoms of PD). 

Pre-proposal Deadlines: 5/18/17 & 10/19/17; Award Amount: $100,000 over one year; no more than 10% of the direct costs may go to indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Pre-proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Michael J. Fox Foundation: Improved Biomarkers and Clinical Outcome Measures Program

MJFF will prioritize biomarker development around the following high priority biological pathways: inflammation, mitochondrial function, protein handling. The Foundation encourages the following types of studies: imaging studies, clinical/physiological studies, biochemical assays/outcome measures and data science. 

Pre-Proposal Deadlines: 5/18/17 & 10/19/17; Award Amount: there is no set budget limit for proposals. However, requested support should be commensurate with the stage of development and work proposed. Investigators may request up to a three-year research plan and should provide a timeline with their pre-proposal; no more than 25% of direct costs may go to indirect costs—this will incur underrecovery. Pre-proposal does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

*New* Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation: Biomarkers Development

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/19/17, 7/31/17 & 11/17/17; Award Amount: $150,000 – $300,000/year for one to two years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

*New* Lupus Research Alliance: 2017 Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Awards in Lupus and Autoimmunity

Deadline: 5/24/17; Award Amount: up to $250,000/year for up to four years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must hold an established position, at assistant professor level or higher, at an academic institution. The award recipient is required to attend the Lupus Research Alliance Annual Scientific Conference each year.

 

Gerber Foundation Research Award

The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. Please find more information about the Foundation’s research focus here.

Concept Paper Deadlines: 6/1/17 & 12/1/17; Award Amount: up to $350,000 over a maximum of three years, with no more than $125,000/year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) 2017 Grant

Deadline: 6/2/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000/year for one to two years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Research Grant

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 6/15/17 & 12/15/17; Award Amount: generally, $80,000 – $100,000 per year including indirect costs for up to three years; award may include up to 10% for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission. 

 

CurePSP: Venture Grants

This grant program focuses on progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA); if other tauopathies or proteinopathies are used for investigation, a strong cross-disease link must be part of the project.

Deadlines: 7/15/17 & 11/15/17; Award Amount: $100,000 over a maximum of three years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s Intellectual Property terms may be non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability.

 

A-T Children’s Project Research Grant

The A-T Children’s Project is currently focusing its funding efforts on proposals that apply innovative and novel strategies for suggesting, developing and evaluating specific disease-modifying and symptomatic interventions with an emphasis on: pre-clinical research and clinical studies.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/1/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000/year for up to two years; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs—this award will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CFF/NIH-Unfunded Grant Award

The objective of this award is to support excellent CF-related research projects that have been submitted to and approved by the NIH, but cannot be supported by available NIH funds. Applications must fall within the upper 40th percentile.

Deadline: January 5 – October 31 every year; Award Amount: up to $75,000 – $125,000; award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative’s Explorer Award

Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: $70,000; award may include up to 20% for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery; Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

 

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Broad Medical Research Program

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: maximum dollar amount not indicated; award includes 10% for indirect costs—this will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

The Charles A. Dana Foundation’s Clinical Neuroscience Research Grants

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: up to $300,000 over three years; Foundation may include limited support for indirect costs—this will likely incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Junior Faculty:

 

Charles H. Hood Foundation: Child Health Research Awards Program

Grants support hypothesis-driven clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects focused on child health.

Deadline: 3/29/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers who have completed their fellowship training by the application deadline and are within five years of their first faculty appointment.

 

Alpha-1 Foundation: Gordon L. Snider Scholar Award

Deadline: 4/3/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for three years; award does not provide support indirect costs—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: this funding opportunity is restricted to investigators who have completed their research fellowship in the field of AATD research between June 30, 2011 and July 1, 2016.

 

Whitehall Foundation Grant-In-Aid

The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior. The Foundation does not support research focused primarily on disease(s) unless it will also provide insights into normal functioning.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 4/15/17, 10/1/17 & 1/15/18; Award Amount: up to $30,000 over one year; indirect costs are limited to no more than 25% of equipment and research supplies — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

American Diabetes Association: Junior Faculty Development (JDF)

Deadline: 4/17/17; Award Amount: $138,000/year for up to four years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be full-time independent faculty with less than 10 years of research experience since their terminal degree who do not have previous or current NIH support (R00, R01, U01 or equivalent); applicants may not hold concurrent awards of similar intent (NIH K awards, foundation or non-profit career development awards), however they can have completed previous NIH K or other career development funding; and applicants must dedicate at least 75% total effort to research activities.

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: Career Development Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/1/17 & 11/1/17; Award Amount: up to $90,000/year for up to three years; award does not provide support indirect costs—this will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

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Postdoctoral/Student Opportunities (fellowships will not incur underrecovery)

Please be aware that the administration of these opportunities as “fellowship” funding is subject to confirmation by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in accordance with Institute policies. Please contact OSP if you have any questions.

 

Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science:

 

International Astronomical Union & The Gruber Foundation: TGF Fellowship

Deadline: 3/31/17; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants in the last months of their PhD, having already made successful contacts for a post-doctoral position, or post-docs in their first year of appointment, are encouraged to apply. In the case of applicants at the PhD level, the PhD must have been awarded by the start of the Fellowship, i.e., no later than Oct. 1st of the award year.

Please note: the host institute for the postdoctoral appointment, must be a center of excellence in the applicant’s field of research and located in a country different either from that where the PhD was awarded, or from where the first post-doc contract is being completed (in the case of a second post-doc).

 

*New* IEEE Foundation: 2017 Grants

To support projects that promote public understanding about how science and technology are being or could be used to address global challenges – including energy, cybersecurity, security, health care and sustainability.

Deadline: 7/15/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over one year; award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.: Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment. Examples include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Also of interest are chemistry-related energy research (renewable sources, sequestration, etc.), and new or green approaches to chemical synthesis and processing, both with a clearly stated relation to the environment.

Deadline: 8/1/17; Award Amount: provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry.

Eligibility Criteria: applications are accepted from principal investigators who have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering.

 

Biomedical Research (Cancer):

 

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadlines: 4/1/17 & 10/15/17; Award Amount: awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance (an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting). Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation’s Intellectual Property terms may be non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. 

 

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: 2017 Research Fellow Award

Deadline: 4/25/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%– it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers who hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree at the post-doctorate, clinical fellow, or junior faculty level are encouraged to apply. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation: Damon Runyon Fellowship Award

Deadline: 8/15/17; Award Amount: an annual stipend (Year 1: $52,000, Year 2: $54,000, Year 3: $57,000 and Year 4: $60,000) plus $2,000 for expenses over four years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than one year prior to the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered. Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors’ labs for more than one year prior to the date of the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

Biomedical Research (General):

 

American Diabetes Association: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 4/17/17; Award Amount: between $47,484-$55,581/year for up to three years, plus yearly $5,000 training and $5,000 fringe benefit allowances. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers (PhD, MD, PharmD, DO, DPM, or equivalent) with confirmed postdoctoral position by award start date. Applicants with more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of their doctoral degree are not eligible for this award.

 

American Diabetes Association: Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 4/17/17; Award Amount: between $47,484-$55,581/year for up to 3 years, plus yearly $5,000 training and $5,000 fringe benefit allowances. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers (PhD, MD, PharmD, DO, DPM, or equivalent) with confirmed postdoctoral position by award start date. Applicants must be from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research (African American or Black, Hispanic/Spanish/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander), and may not have more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of their doctoral degree.

 

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2017 CURE Taking Flight Award

To promote the careers of young investigators to allow them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s). Researchers may propose basic or clinical studies, but this award mechanism is not intended to support clinical trials. Research that involves collaboration and a multidisciplinary approach is desirable.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 4/19/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over one year. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission. 

Eligibility Criteria: these awards will be provided for senior postdoctoral fellows who have a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience, clinical fellows who are Neurology Residents in their Neurology training who are considering Epilepsy Fellowships, or newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training. Individuals from any country are eligible to apply.

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Prizes (prizes will not incur underrecovery; nominations/proposals do not need to be routed through OSP)

 

Yidan Prize Foundation: The Yidan Prize

The Yidan Prize has a mission to create a better world through education and consists of two awards: Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development. 

Nomination Deadline: 3/31/17; Prize Includes: a certificate, a gold medal and HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million) worth of awards, which include a cash prize of HK$15 million (around US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million.

 

Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics

Nomination Deadline: 3/31/17; Prize Includes: an award certificate and a personal prize money of 40,000 euro (~$42K).

 

Buckminster Fuller Institute: 2017 Fuller Challenge Prize

To support a whole systems approach to understanding and intervening in complex and interrelated crises for wide-scale social and environmental impact. The prize seeks effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges.

Deadline: 3/31/17; Prize Amount: $100,000

 

*New* The Lupus Research Alliance: The 2017 Lupus Insight Prize

Nomination Deadline: 4/12/17; Prize Amount: recipient will receive $150,000 which must be spent within three years of the award date.

 

J.M. Kaplan Fund: The J.M.K. Innovation Prize

The Prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation and social justice.

Deadline: 4/28/17; Prize Includes: $50,000/year for three years, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses.

 

*New* 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine (Discovery and Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis)

Nomination Deadline: 5/1/17; Prize Includes: $25,000 and a classical medallion bearing the likeness of J. Allyn Taylor.

 

*New* The Franklin Institute: 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

To recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications.

Nomination Deadline: 5/31/17 (please note that the Franklin Institute would appreciate an email expressing an intent to nominate by 4/30/17); Prize Amount: $250,000

 

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

Prize categories include: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics); Biomedicine; Ecology and Conservation Biology; Information and Communication Technologies; Economics, Finance and Management; Contemporary Music; Climate Change; and Development Cooperation.

Nomination Deadline: 6/30/17; Prize Includes: €400,000 (~ $427,300) a diploma and a commemorative artwork in each prize category.

 

*New* Technology Academy Finland: Millennium Technology Prize

Awarded to disruptive technological innovations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in a sustainable manner.

Nomination Deadline: 4/3/17 – 7/31/17; Award Amount: €1,000,000 (~ $ 1,075,500)

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