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 – Stellar Kim
School of Engineering and Departments of Physics
and Mathematics –
 Kate Reynolds
Departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics; 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.

 

Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-PhD Research Grant

The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.

Deadlines: 11/1/17 & 5/1/18; Award Amount: $20,000; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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: 11/1/17, 2/1/18, 5/1/18 & 8/1/18; 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.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations — Novel Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunization Birthdose and Healthcare Worker Skill in Low-Resource Settings (Round 20)

Deadline: 11/8/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 18 months is made in Phase I. Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded in Phase II. Award does not provide 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 are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. Please also be advised that awardees must agree to abide by the foundation’s Open Access Policy which requires all peer-reviewed published research, and underlying data sets resulting from foundation funded research to be immediately available upon publication.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations — Healthy Minds for Adolescent Mothers: Achieving Healthy Outcomes for the Family (Round 20)

Deadline: 11/8/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 18 months is made in Phase I. Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded in Phase II. Award does not provide 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 are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. Please also be advised that awardees must agree to abide by the foundation’s Open Access Policy which requires all peer-reviewed published research, and underlying data sets resulting from foundation funded research to be immediately available upon publication.

 

Robert Wood Johnson foundation: Health Policy Fellows

The fellowship requires, at a minimum, a 12-month residential experience in Washington, D.C., with additional support for health policy leadership development activities. The program will select up to six fellows.

Deadline: 11/15/17; Award Amount: $165,000 over one year. Fellowship funds of up to $104,000 may be used for the residential stay (not to exceed the fellow’s salary prior to entering the program) from September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019. Award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants should be exceptional midcareer professionals from academic faculties. Applicants must have earned an advanced degree in one of the following disciplines: allied health professions; biomedical sciences; dentistry; economics or other social sciences; health services organization and administration; medicine; nursing; public health; social and behavioral health; or health law.

 

*New* Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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* Russell Sage Foundation: Social Inequality

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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* Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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* Russell Sage Foundation: Non-Standard Employment

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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.

 

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

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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.

 

The Getty Foundation: Keeping it Modern

Planning and Implementation grants will be awarded to support the conservation of modern architecture.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: average grant is ~$150,000; 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.

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship – Track II

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $120,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have at least ten (10) years of relevant advocacy experience.

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Media Fellowship – Track II

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $80,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant full-time experience. Applicants with fewer than 10 years of relevant full-time experience may nonetheless be considered for a Media Track II fellowship, provided they can demonstrate that they have truly distinguished themselves over the course of their careers.

 

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: 1/20/18, 4/20/18 & 8/20/18; 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* The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Early Childhood Education and Play

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: grants range from $25,000 – $100,000 over one year; the Foundation will not fund the general allocation of indirect expenditures to a project. The Board will only approve up to 15% of the project’s direct expenditures for general and administrative expenses that are required for the successful completion of the project – 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* Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/18; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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.

 

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

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/18; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Computational Social Science

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 5/31/18; Award Amount: up to $150,000 over a maximum of two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — 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.

 

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.

 

For Junior Faculty:

 

*New* National Academy of Education (NAEd) and the Spencer Foundation: NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: 11/2/17; Award Amount: $70,000 over one year; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016.

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship – Track I

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $87,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: Track I is for people at a range of phases in their careers. Applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated).

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Media Fellowship – Track I

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $58,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant full-time experience.

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

 

The American Heart Association’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Uncovering New Patterns in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Grant

The purpose of this award is to uncover new patterns and make new discoveries within and across existing datasets using cloud computing. Specifically, these grants will target the areas of data harmonization, testing new methods, identifying new biomarkers, and testing new hypothesis for as-of-yet unsolved problems in existing datasets.

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $150,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations – Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (Round 20)

Deadline: 11/8/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 18 months is made in Phase I. Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded in Phase II. Award does not provide 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 are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. Please also be advised that awardees must agree to abide by the foundation’s Open Access Policy which requires all peer-reviewed published research, and underlying data sets resulting from foundation funded research to be immediately available upon publication.

 

The ACI Foundation: Concrete Research Grants

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees where possible.

Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000; plus, up to 15% is allowed for indirect cost support (total award could be up to $57,000) — award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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: 1/6/18 & 6/1/18; 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.

 

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)

 

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer: Pilot Study Award

Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: $75,000 over one year; award does not provide support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Alex’s Lemonade Stand: 2018 Innovation Grants

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/15/17; Award Amount: $125,000/year for two years; award does not provide 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.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

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

Deadlines: 12/31/17, 4/30/18 & 8/31/18; 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)– award 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.

 

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:

 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Translational Breast Cancer Research

Deadline: 11/9/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for two years; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past 11 years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2007; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript). Please review additional criteria here.

 

Melanoma Research Alliance: Young Investigator Award

Deadline: 11/17/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000/year for three years; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be within four years of their first independent, full time academic faculty appointment at the time of application at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent position) or who have secured an independent full-time faculty position commencing by July 1, 2018. Investigators who have been awarded a prior MRA Young Investigator Award are not eligible. Applicants must designate one Mentor, who is an established investigator at the same institution, and include a letter of support from the Mentor in the application.

Note: MRA will offer one Young Investigator Award with the goal of attracting and supporting early career female researchers who are conducting cutting-edge melanoma research. Applicants should submit to the general Young Investigator Award program and designate their desire to be considered for the MRA Young Investigator Award for Women in Scientific Research when completing their online application in proposalCENTRAL. More information is available here.

 

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer: Scientific Scholar Awards

Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: $60,000/year for two years; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: candidates should be at the post-doc/fellow, instructor, research assistant, or assistant professor level with no more than 3-4 years in any of these positions, and with career goals focused on ovarian cancer. Established, outstanding scientists without prior focus in ovarian cancer but looking to focus in this disease area are also encouraged to apply.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

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

Deadlines: 12/31/17, 4/30/18 & 8/31/18; 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)– award 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.

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Biomedical Research (General)

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Senior Research Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 11/1/17 & 5/1/18; Award Amount: up to $105,300/year for up to three years; plus, up to 10% is allowed for indirect costs (total award could be up to $115,830/year) — 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.

 

Tourette Association of America Research Grants

Pre-Proposal Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years; indirect costs of up to 10% will be allowed — 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.

 

The American Heart Association’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Uncovering New Patterns in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Grant

The purpose of this award is to uncover new patterns and make new discoveries within and across existing datasets using cloud computing. Specifically, these grants will target the areas of data harmonization, testing new methods, identifying new biomarkers, and testing new hypothesis for as-of-yet unsolved problems in existing datasets.

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $150,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — award 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: 11/1/17, 2/1/18, 5/1/18 & 8/1/18; 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.

 

BrightFocus Foundation: National Glaucoma Research Grants

Deadline: 11/7/17; Award Amount: $150,000 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.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations – Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems (Round 20)

Deadline: 11/8/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 18 months is made in Phase I. Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded in Phase II. Award does not provide 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 are non-negotiable and approved awards will be evaluated on a project by project basis to determine acceptability. Please also be advised that awardees must agree to abide by the foundation’s Open Access Policy which requires all peer-reviewed published research, and underlying data sets resulting from foundation funded research to be immediately available upon publication.

 

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: 11/15/17, 3/15/18 & 7/15/18; 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.

 

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation: Preclinical Drug Discovery

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 11/17/17; Award Amount: awards range between $150,000 – $600,000/year for up 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.

 

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation: Biomarkers Development

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 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* Simons Foundation: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Pilot Award

This application type is for innovative, high-impact proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding by SFARI or other organizations.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: up to $330,000 over two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 20%—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* Simons Foundation: Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Research Award

This application type is for competitive proposals from investigators with demonstrated expertise requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on experimental hypotheses for which, in most cases, preliminary data have already been gathered. The foundation will also consider projects focusing on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: up to $975,000 over three years (studies with human subjects can request a maximum of $1,200,000 over three years); inclusive of indirect costs up to 20%—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.

 

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: 12/1/17 & 6/1/18; 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%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience: 2018 Technology Awards

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/4/17; Award Amount: $100,000/year for two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g. associate professor or professor, at institutions within the United States. Applicants may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health.

 

*New* American Tinnitus Association: Research Grant

Deadline: 12/15/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for a maximum of three years; award may provide limited support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award

Deadline: 12/21/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* American Lung Association: Lung Cancer Discovery Award

Deadline: 12/21/17; Award Amount: $100,000/year for up to two years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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: 1/15/18, 4/15/18 & 10/1/18; 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.

 

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) General Research Grant

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 2/1/18 & 7/15/18; Award Amount: $150,000/year for one to 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.

 

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: 4/30/18 & 10/31/18; Award Amount: up to $75,000 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.

 

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 – it 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. 

 

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:

    

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

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 11/1/17 & 5/1/18; Award Amount: up to $90,000/year for up to three years; award does not provide 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.

 

*New* National Blood Foundation: Early-Career Scientific Research Grants

Deadline: 12/1/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000 over one or two 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 be new investigator who have completed a terminal research degree or medical residency – whichever date is later – within the past 10 years and have not yet been awarded a substantial research grant (i.e. NIH R01).

 

The 2018 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain

Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for up to three years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants should be in the first three years of their appointment and in a tenure track or equivalent position.

 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: Catalyst Grant

Deadline: 12/15/17; Award Amount: $500,000 over three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the term on July 1, 2018, applicants must hold a faculty position with the title of assistant professor, instructor, research assistant professor or the equivalent and must have independent laboratory space. Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience: 2018 McKnight Scholar Awards

Deadline: 1/8/18; Award Amount: $75,000/year for three years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, and must have served at that rank for less than four years at the application deadline. Please review additional criteria here.

 

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: 1/15/18, 4/15/18 & 10/1/18; 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.

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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.

 

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

 

*New* National Academy of Education (NAEd) and the Spencer Foundation: NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: 11/2/17; Award Amount: $70,000 over one year; award does not provide support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016.

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship – Track I

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $87,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: Track I is for people at a range of phases in their careers. Applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated).

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Soros Justice Media Fellowship – Track I

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $58,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant full-time experience.

 

*New* Open Society Foundations: Youth Activist Fellowship

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 12/6/17; Award Amount: up to $52,000 over eighteen months; award does not provide 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must between the ages of 18-25. The fellowship is likely a good fit for a range of people just entering the field following post-secondary education; people both working and attending college part-time; people who’ve had some relevant volunteer or internship experience; and people joining the activist world after some other type of life experience (e.g. postincarceration). Please review additional criteria here.

 

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

 

The American Heart Association’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Uncovering New Patterns Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

To train a generation of postdoctoral fellows in the scientific area of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and cloud computing. Specifically, these grants will target the areas of data harmonization, testing new methods, identifying new biomarkers, and testing new hypothesis for as-of-yet unsolved problems in existing datasets.

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the time of award activation, the candidate may have no more than five years of postdoctoral research training or experience (excluding clinical training).

 

Biomedical Research (Cancer):

 

AACR Cancer Interception Research Fellowship

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

AACR Translational Immuno-oncology Research Fellowships

Deadline: 11/8/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: ​at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed his or her most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

AACR Fellowships in Lung Cancer Research

Deadline: 11/14/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: ​at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* AACR-AstraZeneca Ovarian Cancer Research Fellowship

Deadline: 11/15/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* AACR Lympohma Research Fellowship

Deadline: 11/16/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* AACR-Loxo Oncology Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship

Deadline: 11/29/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* AACR Myeloma Research Fellowship

Deadline: 11/30/17; Award Amount: $55,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2013). Please review additional criteria here.

 

Biomedical Research (General):

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Research Fellowship Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 11/1/17 & 5/1/18; Award Amount: $58,250/year for up to three years. 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: candidates holding MD degrees must have two years of experience after receiving their terminal degree —one year of which must be documented research experience relevant to IBD. Applicants holding PhDs must have at least one year of documented post-doctoral research relevant to IBD. MD applicants in excess of seven years and PhD applicants in excess of five years of receiving their terminal degree should explain how additional support in the post-doctoral phase would benefit their development beyond their current training.

 

The American Heart Association’s Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Uncovering New Patterns Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

To train a generation of postdoctoral fellows in the scientific area of cardiovascular diseases and stroke and cloud computing. Specifically, these grants will target the areas of data harmonization, testing new methods, identifying new biomarkers, and testing new hypothesis for as-of-yet unsolved problems in existing datasets.

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the time of award activation, the candidate may have no more than five years of postdoctoral research training or experience (excluding clinical training).

 

American Heart Association: AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 11/1/17; Award Amount: $26,844 – $53,688 over up to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be a post-baccalaureate Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., D.D.S., DrPH, or Ph.D. in nursing (or equivalent clinical health science) doctoral student who seeks research training with a sponsor prior to embarking upon a research career. Applicants must be a full-time student working towards his/her degree and have completed initial coursework and be at the stage of the program where he/she can devote full-time effort to research or activities related to the development into an independent researcher or a related career aimed at improving global cardiovascular health. Please review additional sponsor and applicant criteria here.

 

American Heart Association: AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: 11/2/17; Award Amount: $51,484 – $125,120 over up to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the time of award activation, the applicant must hold a post-baccalaureate Ph.D. degree or equivalent, or a doctoral-level clinical degree, such as M.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D., D.D.S., or Ph.D. in nursing, public health, or other clinical health science. Also at the time of award activation, the awardee may not be pursuing a doctoral degree and may have no more than five years of research training or experience since obtaining a post-baccalaureate doctoral-level degree (excluding clinical training). Please review additional criteria here.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Development Grant

MDA Development Grants are awarded to senior postdoctoral researchers on the brink of becoming independent investigators, and are intended as seed money to help launch the scientific programs of promising new neuromuscular disease researchers.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 12/15/17 & 6/15/18; Award Amount: $60,000/year for up to three years; 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. or equivalent degree; have a minimum of 18 months post-degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) research laboratory training at the time of application; be no more than 60 months from receiving their most recent advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent); and have not been funded under the Development Grant program in the past.

Please note that Development Grant applications are limited to one application per lab per application cycle.

 

*New* Howard Hughes Medical Institute: 2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.

Deadline: 1/10/18; Award Amount: fellows in the postdoctoral training phase will receive $80,000/year for minimum of two and a maximum of four years, and fellows in the faculty phase will receive $270,000/year for a maximum of four years for research support; in the faculty phase 20% of the research grant may be used for indirect costs. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: the program is open to individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date. They also must have a PhD and/or MD or equivalent conferred by an institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) by the start of the grant term and have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date.

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

        

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine: The Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science

Nomination deadline: 11/1/17; Prize: $200,000.

Nomination Criteria: Candidacy for the 2018 Nemmers Prize is open to physician-scientists whose body of research exhibits outstanding achievement in their disciplines as demonstrated by works of lasting significance. Individuals of all nationalities and institutional affiliations were eligible except current or recent members of the Northwestern University faculty and recipients of the Nobel Prize.

Please note that as a condition of the award, the recipient of the Nemmers Prize will deliver a public lecture and participate in other scholarly activities at Northwestern University.

 

Dan David Prize

The Dan David Prize covers three time dimensions – Past, Present and Future – that represent realms of human achievement. The selected fields in 2018 are: History of Science (Past), Bioethics (Present) and Personalized Medicine (Future).

Nomination Deadline: 11/30/17; Prize: $1,000,000 is awarded to the recipient of which 10% must be donated to postgraduate students in their respective fields.

 

The Gruber Foundation: 2018 Cosmology Prize

The Cosmology Prize honors a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe.

Nomination Deadline: 12/15/17; Prize: an unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 and gold medal.

 

The Gruber Foundation: 2018 Genetics Prize

The Genetics Prize is presented to a leading scientist, or up to three, in recognition of groundbreaking contributions to any realm of genetics research.

Nomination Deadline: 12/15/17; Prize: an unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 and gold medal.

 

The Gruber Foundation: 2018 Neuroscience Prize

The Neuroscience Prize honors scientists for major discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system.

Nomination Deadline: 12/15/17; Prize: an unrestricted cash prize of $500,000 and gold medal.

 

*New* Bressler Prize in Vision Science

Nomination Deadline: 12/31/17; Prize: an unrestricted cash award of $50,000.

Nomination Criteria: open to established mid-career vision clinicians or scientists whose leadership, research and service have led to important advancements in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss. Nominees should be clinically and/or scientifically accomplished, yet under recognized in his/her respective fields.

 

2017 António Champalimaud Vision Award

The award will be presented to groups with outstanding contributions towards the prevention and alleviation of blindness and visual impairment, primarily in developing countries.

Nomination Deadline: 12/31/17; Prize: € 1.0 million (~$1,176,420 USD).

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