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Grant Opportunities

We are committed to providing excellent opportunities for our trainees and to keeping them informed about funding for clinical and translational research. Below is a list of resources that might be of interest. Pitt’s Office of Research, Health Sciences website also maintains a list of Funding Opportunities.

2018 Program Project Grant Application (P01) Planning Grants

The Department of Medicine, UPP, and the Dean of School of Medicine are providing funds to support the development of P01 applications. Support will be provided at $50-100K to be used for hiring a project coordinator, doing preliminary studies, creating data sets, statistics and study design, writer/editor, etc. that would accelerate the development of P01 application.

For more details please click here. Applications are due by November 15, 2018.

You can find the additional information that was disseminated during the recent panel discussion on "Developing a Competitive NIH Research Program Project (P01) Application" here.

2019 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, or translational biomedical science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by June 11, 2018.

Physician-Scientist (PS) Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has announced the Physician-Scientist Research Award for Early Stage Investigators, intended to support the independence of physician-scientist faculty committed to academic careers in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders research, and related implementation science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by June 4, 2018.

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

This award represents the continuation of a National Cancer Institute program to enhance the diversity of the pool of the cancer research workforce by recruiting and supporting eligible junior investigators and Early Stage Investigators from underrepresented groups. This funding opportunity will also provide a bridge to investigators who have completed their research training and may need extra time to develop a larger research grant application.

For more details, please click here. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR) (NOT-OD-17-077) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR) (NOT-OD-17-078) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR) (NOT-OD-17-079) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR) (NOT-OD-17-080) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB) (NOT-OD-17-081) National Institutes of Health

Recently Expired and Recurring Grant Opportunities

NIA-Sponsored Workshop on Forming Science–Industry Research Collaborations to be Held in September at Stanford University
The Stanford Center on Longevity and Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science are inviting applications from early career social scientists to attend a 2-day training workshop at Stanford University, September 10-11, 2018.

Supported by a National Institute on Aging grant, this workshop will focus on strategies and tools for academic researchers to collaborate with private sector companies on applied research problems and interventions related to everyday decision making and behavior.

Assistant professors, postdocs, and PhD students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Travel and lodging will be covered for trainees. Applications are due May 1, 2018. Click here to apply.

Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant

The mission of the Foundation is to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.

This grant provides support to faculty members (with an MD or PhD) in the first to fourth year of a tenure-track position, to move their project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. Applicants with current R01 funding should not apply. The grant provides $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by May 15, 2018.

2018 Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from July 23-27, 2018. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health and health disparities research scientists early in their careers, stimulating research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

For more details, please click here. Applications are due by April 27, 2018.

2018 NHSC Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) seeks clinicians who demonstrate an interest in serving the nation’s medically underserved populations and remaining in Health Professional Shortage Areas beyond their service commitment.

To view the Application and Program Guide (PDF), click here. Applications are due by April 23, 2018.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders

Culture of Health Leaders offers intensive learning opportunities with some of today’s foremost health and equity experts. It is designed for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity. Participants develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum.

8th Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI)

The HELI program aims to increase the number of investigators, particularly minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research. It includes large and small group didactic sessions and mentoring opportunities. The HELI program is free and lodging is provided; participants are responsible for their individual travel expenses.

2018 Macy Faculty Scholars Program

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Macy Faculty Scholars Program, which is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Selected scholars will receive salary support of up to $100,000 per year for two years and at least 50% protected time for two years to pursue educational projects.

2017/2018 BeHEARD (Helping Empower and Accelerate Research Discoveries) Challenge

The BeHEARD Challenge provides technology and financial grants to fund rare disease research. Hosted by the Rare Genomics Institute, it is open globally to researchers, foundations, or anyone whose research is constrained due to limited resources. Research proposals are evaluated based on the technology’s fit with the research and the potential for the research to advance rare disease treatments.

2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

This program supports early career scientists, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences, who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Fellows will receive funding for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists

This program supports physician-scientists as they transition from advanced postdoctoral and fellowship training into their early years of faculty service. Awards of $700,000 are provided over five years during researchers’ last years of a mentored position and the beginning of their independent research. Candidates must hold a MD, DDS, DVM, or DO degree, have at least two years of postdoctoral research experience, and must not be beyond 12 years since receiving their most recently earned clinical degree, among other qualifications.

The Beckman Young Investigator Program

The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years, and grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project. The program encourages truly innovative and high-risk proposals that represent a departure from current research directions and that cut across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines.

Donaghue Foundation Offering Funding for Research on Improving the Health of the Elderly

The Donaghue Foundation is offering up to two years of funding for projects intended to improve the health of the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. Projects must analyze existing data, and should ideally be focused on one of the following topics: substance abuse or mental health, healthcare decisions made by guardians, or oral health.

Click here for more information about the particular topics of interest, and for submission instructions. Letters of intent are due by March 27, 2017.

Mentoring & Networking Fellowship from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare

Those interested in developing a career in health communication research or education may now apply to the new Putnam Scholars Program (PSP), from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). PSP is a 2-year fellowship providing mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development to early career faculty, trainees, or advanced post-doctoral fellows (fellows and mentors must both be AACH members). Click here for more information about the program, including expectations of fellows, program structure, and instructions for applying. (Deadline is April 1, 2017.)

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Now Accepting Applications

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to historically disadvantaged physicians, dentists and nurses, is accepting applications until March 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET. The program, previously known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, is committed to helping physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds advance their careers in academic medicine and in turn mentor and guide subsequent future generations from similar backgrounds.

Apply for one of the 10 competitive awards through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation web portal (registration required). For more information and eligibility criteria, click here.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation has issued solicitations for its three fellowship programs: the Dissertation Program, which provides $25,000 in support of the “final year of writing and defense of the dissertation” (application due November 10); the Predoctoral Program, which provides $24,000 in support of doctoral studies (application due November 17); and the Postdoctoral Program, which provides $45,000 for one year of postdoctoral studies (application due November 10).

Life sciences fields are eligible, except for practice-oriented fields such as medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. See the full announcement for more information on eligibility. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance, be committed to careers in teaching and research at the university level, and be from an ethnic group underrepresented in American professoriate, including Alaska natives, black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans, among other qualifications.

Click here to view more information on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), which repay up to $35,000/year (for two years) of a researcher's qualified educational debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The program represents an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and medical research, and aims to help relieve some of the financial burden for scientists and researchers pursuing advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties. Details of the program and the application process are available at (the application deadline is November 15).

Doris Duke 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Awards Available

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career physician-scientists at the assistant professor rank. The award annually provides $150,000 for direct costs plus $15,000 for indirect costs for three years. Pre-proposals will be due at 3 p.m. EDT on November 29.

Junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area may submit pre-proposals. Applicants should have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported.

Click here to download a PDF of the announcement.