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.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems

Deadline: 6/23/17; Award Amount: project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 to accommodate studies of six–twelve 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.

 

*New* National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Research Grants

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 7/10/17; Award Amount: $300,000 in total. Projects that can be completed within one year (2018) are preferred, but studies requiring a longer timeframe may be proposed; inclusive of indirect costs up to 12% — 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* Nellie Mae Education Foundation: Research and Analysis of Teacher Leadership

Deadline: 7/31/17; Award Amount: up to $450,000 over 20 months; award may include limited 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: 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.

 

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.

Deadline: 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.  

 

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: 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.

 

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.

 

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

Deadline: 10/15/17; Award Amount: approximately $200,000/year for up to five years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 20%– 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.

 

The Reva and David Logan Foundation Grants

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

Pre-Proposal Deadline: 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

 

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.

 

*New* Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation: Design and Development Grants

Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease.

Deadline: 7/24/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for one to two years; award may include limited support for indirect costs – it 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)

 

Prevent Cancer 2017 Grants

Deadline: 6/29/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for 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 may be early career researchers at the instructor or assistant professor level, senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward primary and secondary cancer prevention/early detection or researchers at any academic level who need seed funding to test an innovative hypothesis.

 

Lung Cancer Research Foundation: Research Grants

Deadline: 7/1/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up to two years; award does not provide support for indirect costs – this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

Eligibility Criteria: this award is intended for young and mid-career investigators with less than ten years’ experience since initial faculty appointment.

 

*New* International Myeloma Foundation: 2018 Brian D. Novis Senior Research Award

These awards are targeted to established investigators with a track record in myeloma or related disorders, and are designed for projects which represent a different focus, direction, or area of research from those in which they are currently funded.

Deadline: 8/1/17; Award Amount: $80,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

The Meso Foundation: Grants for Mesothelioma Research

Deadline: 8/5/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for up two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

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

Deadlines: 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.

 

The Brain Tumour Charity: Expanding Theories Award

Deadline: 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:

 

Prevent Cancer 2017 Grants

Deadline: 6/29/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for 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 may be early career researchers at the instructor or assistant professor level, senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward primary and secondary cancer prevention/early detection or researchers at any academic level who need seed funding to test an innovative hypothesis.

 

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.

 

North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society: Basic/Translational Science Investigator (BTSI) Award

Deadline: 7/10/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for two years; award includes up to 5% for indirect costs—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: candidates must be in the first 5 years of a faculty appointment (instructor, research scientist or above) in an accredited medical school or other institution in North America and must also be a NANETS member. Previous BTSI or NCSI awards are not eligible to apply.

 

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.

 

*New* International Myeloma Foundation: 2018 Brian D. Novis Junior Research Grant

Deadline: 8/1/17; Award Amount: $50,000 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: candidates must have completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no later than August 1 of the application year and have the ability to devote a minimum of 50% of his or her time to the research project during the Award year. Please review additional criteria here.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

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

Deadlines: 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.

 

American Cancer Society: Research Scholar Grants 

Deadline: 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 

Deadline: 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. 

 

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Biomedical Research (General)

        

Kennedy’s Disease Association: 2017 Research Grants

Deadline: 7/7/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000 over one year; indirect costs of up to 5% will be allowed — this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Lupus Research Alliance: Novel Research Grant

Deadline: 7/10/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000/year for up to three years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants at the assistant professor level or higher are eligible.

 

*New* Bright Focus Foundation: Macular Degeneration Research Grants

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 7/11/17; Award Amount: $160,000 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.

 

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

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 7/15/17 & 2/1/18; 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.

 

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.

 

*New* The Harrington Rare Disease Scholar Award Program sponsored by Takeda

Their current target areas of interest include all rare diseases, but of particular interest are rare diseases in the areas of neurology and gastroenterology. Projects in the area of rare cancers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 7/19/17; Award Amount: $150,0000 guaranteed – potential award of up to $1,000,000; 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* Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation: Basic Science Grants

Deadline: 7/24/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for one to two years; award may include limited support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation: Design and Development Grants

Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease.

Deadline: 7/24/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for one to two years; award may include limited support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) and the Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD) Research Grants

Deadline: 7/28/17; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD): Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 7/31/17; Award Amount: average award ranges from $100,000 – $150,000 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.

 

Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation: Preclinical Drug Discovery

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 7/31/17 & 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) Deadlines: 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.

 

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.

 

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: 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.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Research Grants

Deadline: 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.

 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Pilot and Feasibility Awards

Deadline: 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.

 

Progeria Research Foundation: Innovator Awards

Deadline: 9/19/17; Award Amount: a maximum of $75,000/year for up to two years; Foundation may provide limited support for indirect costs — this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Progeria Research Foundation: Established Investigator Awards

Deadline: 9/19/17; Award Amount: a maximum of $100,000/year for up to three years; Foundation may provide limited support for indirect costs — this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Progeria Research Foundation: Specialty Awards

Specialty awards are for smaller, more technology-driven projects, e.g., sequencing, screening potential drugs, obtaining cell lines (including IPSCs) and preparation of antibodies.

Deadline: 9/19/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000 over one year; Foundation may provide limited support for indirect costs — this 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: 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

Deadline: 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.

 

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: 10/31/17 & 4/30/18; 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.

 

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.

 

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%—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:

    

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Career Development Awards

Deadline: 6/28/17; Award Amount: up to $150,000/year for a maximum of five years; award includes 10% for indirect costs — this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: researchers who have received their first faculty-level appointment less than 3 years before the submission date are eligible to apply for this award. The applicant must hold an academic faculty-level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of submission of the proposal.

 

*New* Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH) Award

Pre-proposal Deadline: 7/14/17; Award Amount: $500,000 over 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: The ideal candidate is an accomplished investigator at the mid-to-late assistant professor level with an established record of independent research in a tenure-track position or its well-supported equivalent in non-tenure offering departments. Candidates who will be promoted to Associate Professor by November 15, 2017 are not eligible to apply. Candidates who have held or are currently holding a Burroughs Wellcome Fund career development award (CAMS or CASI) must contact BWF before writing the pre-proposal.

 

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: 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.

 

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—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:

 

James S. McDonnell Foundation: 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems

This fellowship is intended for Ph.D. students with theoretical and/or experimental training in complex systems science that anticipate completing their graduate training in late 2017 or in 2018.

Letters of Intent (LOI) deadline: 6/26/17; Award Amount: $200,000 over two 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: applicants must not already have a Ph.D. or expect to receive one before the application deadline. Please review additional criteria here.

Please note that once you have applied to the JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship program you are not eligible to apply again in future years. Also, applicants should understand that if a letter of intent to fund is received, it is unlikely that an application to remain at the same institution will be approved.

 

*New* Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation: Post-doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research.

Deadline: 7/24/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for one to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: Fellowship applicants must apply within 4 years of receiving a PhD, or within 4 years of completing a formal MD residency program.

 

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. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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

 

Biomedical Research (Cancer):

 

Prevent Cancer 2017 Fellowships

Deadline: 6/29/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Please note that the Foundation requires that its fellows take one to two courses per year (for a grade) in an area which the candidate has not received prior training. More information about this criterion is available 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.

 

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 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. 

 

Biomedical Research (General):

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 6/28/17; Award Amount: $95,000/year for up to three years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: generally, the most recent doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent) will have been received no more than 6 years before the application is submitted.

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 6/28/17; Award Amount: awards are for three years and are based on years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of activation; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: ordinarily, the most recent doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent) will have been received no more than 5 years before the application is submitted.

 

*New* Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation: Post-doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research.

Deadline: 7/24/17; Award Amount: $50,000/year for one to two years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: Fellowship applicants must apply within 4 years of receiving a PhD, or within 4 years of completing a formal MD residency program.

 

*New* Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) 2017 Bridge to Independence Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/7/17; Award Amount: $150,000/year for three years; award includes 20% 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 be currently in non-independent, mentored, training positions, as recognized by their institution and must be actively seeking a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education during the 2017-18 academic year. Please review the full eligibility criteria here.

Please note that letters of recommendation are required and also due by 8/7/17.

 

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.

 

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

        

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.

 

Berggruen Institute: The Berggruen Prize

The award recognizes humanistic thinkers whose ideas have helped us find direction, wisdom, and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by profound social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change. The Berggruen Institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.

Nomination Deadline: 7/14/17; Prize Amount: $1,000,000

 

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics

The field for the Prize of the Year 2017 is: “Mesoscopic physics of cellular phenomena.”

Nomination Deadline: 7/15/17; Prize Amount: $50,000

Eligibility Criteria: candidates must be no more than 45 years old by January 1, 2017 (i.e., born after January 1, 1972) to be considered; the laureates are requested to visit the TAU campus for 3 days and to meet with faculty members and students; members of TAU faculty are not eligible to receive the prize; and self-nominations cannot be accepted.

Nominations can be made by: Members of the TAU Senate and Members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Presidents, Rectors, Vice-Presidents, Provosts, Deans in the Natural Sciences, Medicine & Engineering; Professors of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Engineering in recognized institutions of higher learning and research in Israel and abroad; and Sackler Prize Laureates.

 

James Dyson Foundation: James Dyson Award (International Winner, International Runners-Up, National winner, National Finalists)

The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design, and engineering university students – or graduates within the past four years.

Deadline: 7/20/17; International Winner prize includes: $40,000 to the student or student team and $6,000 to the student(s)’ university department as well as a James Dyson Award certificate. International Runners-Up prize includes: $6,000 to the student or student team and a James Dyson Award certificate. National Winners prize includes: $2,500 to the student or student team and a James Dyson Award certificate.

Eligibility Criteria: entrants must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or design program at a university in a country chosen to participate in the James Dyson Award. In the case of team entries, at least one team member must meet the above criteria and register as the team leader. All other members of the team must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university in a country chosen to participate in the James Dyson Award. All team members must be at least 18 years of age.

Please review award FAQ and list of participating countries here.

 

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: 7/31/17; Prize Amount: €1,000,000 (~ $ 1,075,500)

 

Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research

Nomination Deadline: 8/31/17: Prize Includes: $30,000 and a medallion.

 

*New* Harrington Discovery Institute: The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

Honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with notable achievements in innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.

Nomination Deadline: 8/29/17; Prize Amount: $20,000 unrestricted honorarium.

 

The 2018 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research

Candidates must have made an original discovery or breakthrough in scientific understanding that has led to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, or new treatments for patients with cancer.

Nomination Deadline: 9/30/17; Prize Includes: a $25,000 honorarium and a gala in the recipient’s honor.

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