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.

 

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.

 

*New* The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Early Childhood Education and Play Grants

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline: 9/30/17; 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.

 

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: 10/16/17; 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.

 

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.

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)

 

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.

 

*New* Lustgarten Foundation: Research Investigator Awards Program

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/11/17; Award Amount: up to $334,000/year for a maximum of three years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. LOI does not need to be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs; however, a full proposal must be reviewed by OSP prior to submission.

 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Grant

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

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

 

*New* Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation: Accelerator Award

The Foundation is seeking basic, translational and clinical research applications, and encourages collaborations between investigators with expertise in different fields, such as bioinformatics, engineering, nanotechnology, or other suitable disciplines.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/5/17; Award Amount: $300,000/year for four years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% only for grants over $100K — it will incur underrecovery. LOI must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a faculty appointment (assistant professor and above). The Foundation wishes to encourage expert scientists to enter the field. Applicants must, however, demonstrate a plan for continuing their research in NETs beyond the award period.

 

*New* Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation: Petersen Investigator Award

The Foundation is seeking basic, translational and clinical research applications, and encourages collaborations between investigators with expertise in different fields, such as bioinformatics, engineering, nanotechnology, or other suitable disciplines.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/5/17; Award Amount: $150,000/year for two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% only for grants over $100K — it will incur underrecovery. LOI must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a faculty appointment (assistant professor and above). The Foundation wishes to encourage expert scientists to enter the field. Applicants must, however, demonstrate a plan for continuing their research in NETs beyond the award period.

 

*New* Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation: Pilot Project Awards

The Foundation is seeking basic, translational and clinical research applications, and encourages collaborations between investigators with expertise in different fields, such as bioinformatics, engineering, nanotechnology, or other suitable disciplines.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/5/17; Award Amount: $50,000-$100,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% only for grants over $100K — it will incur underrecovery. LOI must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must have a faculty appointment (assistant professor and above). The Foundation wishes to encourage expert scientists to enter the field. Applicants must, however, demonstrate a plan for continuing their research in NETs beyond the award period.

 

*New* The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation: 2017 Research Grants

Deadline: 9/15/17; Award Amount: $75,000/year for two years; Foundation does not provide support for indirect costs — this award will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility Criteria: applicants may be Assistant, Associate or Professor level investigators. Applications will be considered from instructors who have a minimum of a two-year commitment from an accredited academic institution.

 

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:

 

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.

 

*New* Concern Foundation: Conquer Cancer Now Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/7/17; Award Amount: $60,000/year for 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.

Eligibility Criteria: grants are awarded to independent investigators who are at the start of their scientific career (i.e., junior faculty) and are at the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent with explanation). Applicant who is PI on an existing R01 or equivalent is not eligible. Applicant who is notified prior to the full Concern grant submission deadline of a clearly fundable score on an R01 or equivalent grant-in-review where he/she is PI is also not eligible. A letter from the applicant’s Department Chair is required.

 

American Cancer Society: Research Scholar Grants 

Deadline: 10/16/17; 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: 10/16/17; 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)

        

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.

 

*New* The E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind Grants

The EMZ Foundation seeks to support innovative, high risk/high-reward vision research in its early stages.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/1/17; Award Amount: up to $80,000/year for three years; award does not provide support 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: this seed grant program is specifically appropriate for early career junior faculty who have not yet successfully competed for significant outside federal research support. Investigators who have or have had NIH R01 support (or its equivalent), or are working outside of the U.S., are not eligible for this award. Principal Investigators must have an independent, primary (tenure track) faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (or its equivalent) or higher.

 

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.

 

*New* American Heart Association: 2018 Merit Award

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 8/15/17; Award Amount: $20,000/year for five years; Foundation may provide limited support 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.

 

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.

 

*New* Alpha-1 Foundation: Pilot and Feasibility Grant

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/22/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000 over one year; Foundation does not provide support 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.

 

*New* Alpha-1 Foundation: Research Grant

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/22/17; Award Amount: up to $100,000/year for two years; Foundation does not provide support 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.

 

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.

 

CurePSP: Venture Grants

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

Deadlines: 11/15/17, 3/15/18 & 7/15/18; Award Amount: $100,000 over a maximum of three years; award does not include support for indirect costs — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative’s Explorer Award

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

 

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

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

Junior Faculty:

    

*New* Amyloidosis Foundation 2018 Research Grants

Deadline: 9/15/17; Award Amount: $50,000 over one year; inclusive of indirect costs up to 15%—this will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.           

Eligibility Criteria: applicants must be within ten years of completion of their postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowship and have a mentor.

 

*New* Charles H. Hood Foundation: Child Heath Research Awards Program

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

Deadline: 9/25/17; Award Amount: up to $75,000/year for two years; inclusive of indirect costs up to 10% — it will incur underrecovery. Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Eligibility: investigators must be within five years of employment following conclusion of fellowship training. Applicants are ineligible if, at the time of application, they have combined federal and non-federal funding totaling $500,000 or more in direct costs during the first year of the Hood Award. The eligibility criteria is extensive, so please review the full details here as well as the terms of the award and the faq.

 

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.

 

*New* Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Award for Medical Scientists (CAMS)

Award supports physician scientists (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S.), who are committed to an academic career, to bridge postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease oriented, or translational research.

Deadline: 10/3/17; Award Amount: $700,000 over five years; award does not provide support for indirect costs – it will incur underrecovery during the faculty phase of the award (years 3-5). Proposals must be routed through the Office of Sponsored Programs. 

Eligibility Criteria: there are extensive eligibility criteria – please review the full requirements here. All applicants will be required to complete a web-based questionnaire assessing their eligibility.

 

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:

 

*Extended Deadline* The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

Please be advised that 2017 is the final year for new applications to this program. A letter from the Foundation President, Henry C. Walter, can be read here.

Deadline: 8/29/17*; Award Amount: $60,000/year for two years. 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. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. The postdoctoral fellow is usually not already identified nor in the principal investigator’s lab at the time of application. Note: award recipients must wait two years from the conclusion of an award before being eligible to reapply.

*Please note that the deadline has been extended from 8/1/17 to 8/29/17.

 

*New* Simons Foundation: Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life 2018 Postdoctoral Fellowships

The collaboration supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.

First-Stage Proposal Deadline: 9/12/17 (please note that letters of recommendation are due 9/7/17); Award Includes: a stipend of $62,000 plus an allowance of up to $20,000 may be used for supplies, publication costs, small equipment and other research-related expenses per year for three years. First-stage proposals do 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 must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within five years of the fellowship’s start date. Postdocs in currently funded SCOL Investigator labs are ineligible to apply.

 

Biomedical Research (Cancer):

 

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: 10/16/17; 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):

 

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.

 

*New* Alpha-1 Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: 9/22/17; Award Amount: up to $50,000/year for 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. 

 

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) 

        

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

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

 

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.

 

*New* The Wiley Foundation: 2018 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science

Nomination Deadline: 9/30/17; Prize Amount: in past years, the prize has ranged from $35,000 – $50,0000.

 

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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