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.

 

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) Deadline: 1/5/18, 4/5/18 & 8/5/18; 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* 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.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 1/10/18, 5/2/18 & 8/1/18; Award Amounts: research grants in the reducing inequality focus area typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Research grants in the improving the use of research evidence focus area 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. 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* William T. Grant Foundation: Officers’ 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.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 1/10/18 & 8/1/18; Award Amounts: budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% of the proposed direct costs – these awards 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 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.

 

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: 2/1/18, 5/1/18, 8/1/18 & 11/1/18; 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.

 

*New* Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, environment, health, connectivity, energy, language or literacy hurdles and ease of use.

Deadline: 3/5/18; Award Amounts: winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — awards will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility: applicants must complete the eligibility questionnaire in order to submit a proposal.

 

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: 5/1/18 & 11/1/18; 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.

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation: Grand Challenges – Global Citizenship

Phase I Deadline: 5/2/18; 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 and the Misk Foundation: Grand Challenges – Education

Phase I Deadline: 5/2/18; 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.

 

Russell Sage Foundation: Behavioral Economics

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/24/18 & 8/20/18; 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) Deadlines: 5/24/18 & 8/20/18; 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: 5/24/18; 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: 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: Non-Standard Employment

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/20/18; 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: The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/20/18; 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: Future of Work

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/20/18; 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: Social Inequality

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/20/18; 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.

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

 

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.

 

*New* Simons Foundation: Collaboration Grants for Mathematics

Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: Each collaboration grant provides $8,400 per year for five years: $6,000 per year for collaboration, travel and research expenses for the awardee; $1,000 per year in discretionary funds for the awardee’s department; and $1,400 per year in indirect costs to the awardee’s institution – it will incur underrecoveryProposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must: have a Ph.D. and a tenure-track or tenured position, or be a professor emeritus, at a U.S. institution of higher education within the mathematics department; have a current record of active research and publication in high-quality journals; and not hold any other external PI grants of over $3,000 per year that allow for support for travel or visitors during the collaboration grant award period.

 

*New* Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, environment, health, connectivity, energy, language or literacy hurdles and ease of use.

Deadline: 3/5/18; Award Amounts: winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — awards will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility: applicants must complete the eligibility questionnaire in order to submit a proposal.

 

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)

 

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.

 

Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation –AACR Grant

Deadline: 1/9/18; Award Amount: $250,000 over two years; award does not provide support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

ALK-Positive/LUNGevity Foundation: Transformational Research Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/16/18; Award Amount: $200,000 over 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.

 

*New* The National Pancreas Foundation: 2018 Research Grants

Studies intended to advance knowledge in the areas of pancreatic carcinoma, and all forms of pancreatitis would be the closest to the areas of interest of the NPF. Studies more closely related to diabetes will not be accepted.

Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: $50,000 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.

 

Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) Research Grants

Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: up to $50,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*NewWhen Everyone Survives Foundation: 2017 Request for Proposals in Leukemia Research

Deadline: 4/1/18; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 35%. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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:

 

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.

 

*New* Leukemia Research Foundation: Hollis Brownstein Research Grants (New Investigators)

Preference given to proposals that focus on leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, and multiple myeloma.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 2/1/18; Award Amount: $100,000 over one year; 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: new Investigators are considered to be within seven (7) years of their first independent position. Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* The Sontag Foundation: Distinguished Scientist Award

To provide career and research support to early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research.

Deadline: 3/14/18; Award Amount: up to $600,000 over four years; the Foundation will allow up to $19,500 to support institutional overhead with the maximum annual grant payout remaining at $150,000. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: at the time of application, have received their first faculty appointment no earlier than March 1, 2013. Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

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Biomedical Research (General)

 

*Upcoming* Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Neurodegenerative Challenge Network

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will soon invite applications to join its Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. CZI is particularly interested in examining how neurons, glia, the vasculature, and the brain’s immune system function individually and in interaction with each other to prevent and promote neurodegenerative disorders.

Deadline: TBA. Award Amount: TBA. More details will be announced as they become available.

Please be aware that the terms and policies of this opportunity have not yet been published, and therefore have not been evaluated by MIT to determine acceptability.

 

*New* ALS Association: ALS ACT Biomarker Discovery for ALS

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/8/18; Award Amount: $100,000 over 12 – 18 months; 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.

 

*New* Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2018 Innovator Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/8/18; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year; 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 Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation: General Research Proposals

Deadline: 1/12/18; Award Amount: $65,000 over one year; 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.

 

*New* The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF): 2018 Discovery Grant

Deadline: 1/19/18; Award Amount: $75,000 over one year; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* The National Pancreas Foundation: 2018 Research Grants

Studies intended to advance knowledge in the areas of pancreatic carcinoma, and all forms of pancreatitis would be the closest to the areas of interest of the NPF. Studies more closely related to diabetes will not be accepted.

Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: $50,000 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* A-T Children’s Project Research Grant

The Foundation’s greatest interest is in funding translational and clinical research projects, particularly those projects focused on the neurological problems faced by all patients with A-T.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 2/1/18 & 8/1/18; Award Amount: $75,000/year for up 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.

 

*New* The Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Inc.: Extramural Award Application (Alzheimer’s disease)

Deadline: 2/1/18; Award Amount: $125,000/year for two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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.

 

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: 2/1/18, 5/1/18 & 8/1/18, 11/1/18; 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.

 

Lupus Research Alliance: Target Identification in Lupus (TIL) Grants

Supports highly meritorious research focused on the identification and scientific and/or clinical advancement of therapeutic targets that will lead to new therapies for lupus.

Deadline: 2/9/18; Award Amount: up to $200,000/year for a maximum of three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 8%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

Lupus Research Alliance: Novel Research Grants

Provides early stage support for highly innovative approaches to major challenges in lupus research. Special emphasis is placed on lupus studies exploring fundamental mechanisms, novel targets and pathways, novel technologies, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Deadline: 2/9/18; Award Amount: up to $100,000/year for a maximum of three years; award does not support indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Kenneth Rainin Foundation: Innovator Awards (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Letter of Intent Deadline: 2/15/18 (grant submission window opens 1/15/18); Award Amount: $100,000 over one year; 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* Vodafone Americas Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to communication, education, economic development, environment, health, connectivity, energy, language or literacy hurdles and ease of use.

Deadline: 3/5/18; Award Amounts: winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15% — awards will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility: applicants must complete the eligibility questionnaire in order to submit a proposal.

 

Lupus Research Alliance: The Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Grant in Lupus

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 3/5/18; Award Amount: up to $250,000/year for a maximum of four 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.

 

Angelman Syndrome Foundation Research Grants

Deadlines: 4/15/18 & 10/15/18; Award Amount: $100,000/year for up to two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

The Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) Research Grants

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

Deadlines: 4/30/18 & 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.

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Senior Research Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/1/18 & 11/1/18; 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.

 

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.

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Litwin IBD Pioneers

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: ongoing (except between Dec 1- Jan 13 & May 1- June 30); Award Amount: up to $130,000 over one to 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.

 

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative’s Explorer Award

Deadline: rolling; Award Amount: $80,000; 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:

 

*New* Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2018 Taking Flight Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/8/18; Award Amount: $100,000 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must either be a newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training, a senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience or a clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships.

 

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.

 

American Heart Association: Innovative Project Award

Deadline: 1/11/18; Award Amount: $100,000/year for up to two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

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.

 

Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF): Arthritis Research Grants

Deadline: 1/12/18; Award Amount: up to $100,000 over one year, with the possibility to apply for a second year; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: priority will be given to meritorious applications from newer, M.D. and/or Ph.D. applicants in early stage career development (equivalent to assistant professor and without serving as PI on an NIH R01 award).

 

Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF): Psoriatic Arthritis Grants

Deadline: 1/12/18; Award Amount: up to $100,000 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be newer M.D. and/or Ph.D. applicants in early stage career development (equivalent to assistant professor and without serving as PI on an NIH R01 award).

 

Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF): Arthritis and Aging Research Grants

Deadline: 1/12/18; Award Amount: up to $100,000 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be newer M.D. and/or Ph.D. applicants in early stage career development (equivalent to assistant professor and without serving as PI on an NIH R01 award).

 

American Heart Association: Transformational Project Award

Deadline: 1/23/18; Award Amount: $100,000/year for up to three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10%—award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

 

*New* Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience

Deadline: 2/15/18; Award Amount: $225,000 over 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: the candidate must be an independent investigator at a university, medical center or research institute and be within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of his/her tenure track or equivalent appointment (between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2018).

 

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

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/1/18 & 11/1/18; 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.

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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.

 

Biomedical Research (Cancer):

 

*New* Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship

Deadline: 2/1/18; Award Amount: Year 1 $52,000, Year 2 $52,500 and Year 3 $53,000; plus $2,000 as a research allowance per year for the three years; $1,000 as a dependent allowance, per child, per year for the three years and $1,800 for travel to science meetings. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants should have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting applications (February 1). Please review additional eligibility criteria here.

 

Biomedical Research (General):

  

*New* Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE): 2018 Taking Flight Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/8/18; Award Amount: $100,000 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.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be either a senior postdoctoral fellow who has a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience, a newly appointed faculty within one year of having completed postdoctoral training, or a clinical fellow who is a Neurology Resident in his/her Neurology training and considering Epilepsy Fellowships.

 

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.

 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

Deadline: 1/16/18; Award Amount: $60,000 over three years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have no more than 36 months of postdoctoral research experience (in a research laboratory) at the time of application and not be more than 5 years from his/her Ph.D. Applicants must be must be underrepresented minorities (i.e. American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), and citizens of the United States or Canada. Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* American Federation for Aging: Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging Program

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 1/22/18; Award Amount: $120,000 over two 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: applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow (MD and/or PhD degree or equivalent) who is within three to six years of starting postdoctoral training at the start date of the award (July 1, 2018.). Fellows may not hold concurrent K99/R00 funding. Please review additional criteria here.

 

*New* A-T Children’s Project Research Grant

The Foundation’s greatest interest is in funding translational and clinical research projects, particularly those projects focused on the neurological problems faced by all patients with A-T.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 2/1/18 & 8/1/18; Award Amount: $30,000 – $40,000/year for up to two 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.

 

Huntington’s Disease Society of America: Berman/Topper HD Career Development Fellowship

Deadline: 3/9/18; Award Amount: up to $80,000 ($75,000 salary and research support, plus $5,000 travel/education budget)/year for three years. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants should be no more than 5 years removed from obtaining their PhD or completing their residency/fellowship.

 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Research Fellowship Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadlines: 5/1/18, 11/1/18; 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.

 

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: 6/15/18 & 12/15/18; 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) 

        

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).

 

Volvo Environment Prize 2018

The Prize is awarded to people who have made outstanding scientific discoveries within the area of the environment and sustainable development.

Nomination Deadline: 1/10/18; Prize: SEK 1.5 million (approximately $215,000 USD), a hand-crafted diploma and a glass sculpture.

 

The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Prize celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual or team under the age of fifty whose humanitarian work, combined with their Jewish values, has significantly improved the world. The goal of the Prize is to recognize dynamic leaders whose innovation and impact serve as inspiration for the next generations.

Nomination Deadline: 1/12/18; Prize: $100,000.

 

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

For outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry.

Nomination Deadline: 1/25/18; Award Amount: undisclosed honorarium and citation.

 

The Welch Foundation: 2018 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry

Nomination Deadline: 1/31/18; Award Amount: $500,000.

 

2018 Lasker Awards

Awards will be offered in Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Special Achievement.

Nomination Deadline: 2/5/18; Award Amount: undisclosed honorarium and citation.

 

2018 Albany Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research

Nomination Deadline: 3/16/18; Award Amount: $500,000.

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