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American Cancer Society (ACS) announces New Initiative: Mission Boost Grants. Mission Boost Grants are opportunities for ACS grantees to seek additional, or “boost,” resources for innovative, high-risk/high-reward projects. A maximum of $100,000 Direct plus 20% Indirect costs per year may be requested for up to 2 years. Letter of Intent due Mar 1.

Available to current or past ACS grantees who held or currently hold a Research Scholarship Grant, Mentored Research Scholar Grant, Cancer control Career Development Award or Pilot & Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care award.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Career Development Grant provides young surgeons with the support necessary for the initiation and development of an academic career in colorectal surgery. $75,000/year for two years. Applications due Mar 1.

The CDA focuses on career development and mentorship of the individual rather than solely on the research proposal. The award is intended for the academic investigator demonstrating significant creativity in research relevant to the pathophysiology or management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum, or anus.

Melanoma Research Foundation Career Development Awards enable young researchers to generate the groundwork that can leverage additional grant funding from other funding bodies. These grants are for two years with funding up to $50,000 per year. Submission deadline is Mar 1.

Applicants who are postdoctoral fellows must have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience at the time the grant will be awarded and must not have previously received any major grant support. Applicants who are not postdoctoral fellows may have a title of Research Associate/ Scientist, Staff Scientist, Instructor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent at the time of the grant submission. For individuals in this category, previous grant support (e.g. K08, K99, K22, etc.) is allowed. Applicants are required to have at least one mentor; their biosketch must be included in the application. Please note: mentors do not have to be at the applicant’s own institution.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Awards provide $100,000 to researchers in academia or the private sector who are currently at the post-doctoral level through the assistant professor level, or equivalent.  Applications due Mar 1.

Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal of no more than 10 pages (at least 10 pt font, any line spacing OK. Winners are announced in early May at the organizations annual LymeAid vent.

The American Parkinson Disease Association Dr. George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship (Parkinson’s Disease career development award for fellows and early career faculty) awards $100,000 per year in quarterly disbursments. Applications due Mar 12.

Applicant must be a physician who is licensed to practice medicine in the US and who is completing, or has completed, training in a clinical discipline concerned with disorders of the nervous system (i.e. adult neurology, child neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology). The applicant should be an instructor or assistant professor and
should be no more than 6 years beyond completion of his/her clinical training at the time of submission and must be sponsored by a non-profit institution in the US or its territories . There should also be evidence that the sponsoring institution will provide the environment and support needed for career development.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Collaborative Award is up to $75,000 per year (max $250,000) per project per year. Applications due Mar 12.

Proposals will focus on exploring technologies related to gene editing and on generating tools for assessing editing. 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pilot and Feasibility Award is up to $75,000 per year plus 8% inderect costs for up to 2 years. Applications Due Mar 12.

Proposals will focus on exploring technologies related to gene editing and on generating tools for assessing editing. 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pilot and Feasibility Award is up to $200,000 per year plus 8% inderect costs for up to 3 years. Applications Due Mar 12.

Proposals will focus on exploring technologies related to gene editing and on generating tools for assessing editing. 

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is taking applications for their Dr. George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship. $100,000 per year with quarterly disbursements of $25,000 each. Application due Mar 12.

Applicants should be no more than 6 years beyond completion of his/her clinical training at the time of submission and must be sponsored by a non-profit institution in the US or its territories. Funding is dependent on receipt of acceptable yearly scientific and financial reports as well as a final scientific and financial report

The Sontag Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award seeks 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. The award provides $600,000 in funding over a four-year period. Applications due Mar 13.

The number of awards given is dependent upon receipt of applications of high scientific merit. 2019 Awards will be announced in mid-October, 2019.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Innovator Awards provide up to $200,000 grants for one-year research projects that
advance the goal of predicting and preventing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Letters of inquiry due Mar 15.

Recipients who demonstrate significant progress may receive up to two additional years of support.

American Society of Hematology’s Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) is a four-year postdoc awards for historically under-represented physicians committed to career development in academic medicine & serving as role models for students/faculty of similar backgrounds. Application due Mar 19.

Applicants must be 1) from a historically disadvantaged background. The program defines “historically disadvantaged” individuals as those who face challenges because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other similar factors; 2) a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application deadline; 3) completing or have completed his/her formal clinical training; and, 4) have excelled in his/her education; be prepared to devote four consecutive years to research; and be committed to an academic career, improving the health status of the underserved, and decreasing health disparities

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Psychosocial Research Grants (postdoc, pilot, and study grants) support research that addresses the interrelation of behavior, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury . Letters of intent due Mar 25.

March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards support young scientists committed to the mission of the March of Dimes. The award is $150,000 for 2 years, including 10% indirect costs to sponsoring institutions. Nominations due Mar 30.

Each application should be accompanied by a letter of support from a nominator. This award is intended to be an earl grant to young investigators who have recently embarked on an independent research career. PhD Applicants should be 4 to 9 years past their degree, must hold a full-time tenure-rack faculty position (or equivalent) at a US Based institution and must have received their first tenure-track appointment no more than 4 years prior to the submission deadline. MD or MD/PhD applicants have the same timeline but the 4 to 9 year window begins upon completion of the last year of clinical training required for medical specialty board certification.


Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinical Research Grants support the continued development of exciting therapies in the pipline, moving into testing in humans. They last up to three years and are mileston-driven. Letters of intent due Apr 1.

Applicants must hold a MD, PhD, D.SC or equivalent, be a professional or faculty member (professor, associate professor or assistant professor) at an appropriate institution, assume both administrative and financial responsibility for the grant, and have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research.

American Cancer Society (ACS) Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG) fosters the development of clinicians to clinician scientists.  Awards range from 3 to 5 years, for a maximum $135,000 Direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs per year. Electronic App due Apr 1/Paper App due Apr 2.

Applicants must be full-time and within the first 6 years of their initial faculty appointment and must have a clinical doctoral degree. Applicants mush provide justification to support the need for mentoring.  Faculty with independent research programs may not apply.  

AAMC’s Herbert W. Nickens Award recognizes outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the US. Awardee receives the Nickens Award and a $10,000 prize and presents the Nickens lecture at Learn Serve Lead 2019 in Phoenix. Nominations due Apr 5.

Nominees evaluated based upon: Exemplary contributions to promoting social justice in medical education and health equities, their record of achievement in promoting social justice, and their contributions have had a significant national impact

AAMC’s Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award honors a medical school faculty physician (M.D. or D.O. degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. Awardees will receive a crystal award piece and a grant of $5,000.Nominations due Apr 5.

The nominee must also possess the desirable personal qualities necessary to the practice of patient-centered medicine by teaching ethics, empathy, and service by example. Award presented during Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting and awardee is invited to speak to the Organization of Student Representatives about the importance of humanism in medicine

American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, & Epidemiology Research support investigator-initiated projects across the research continuum. Awards up to 4 years & $165,000/year (direct). Applications due Apr 1:

Independent investigators in the first 6 years of an independent research career or faculty appointment are eligible to apply. Eligibility is extended for 8 years for clinician scientists who remain active in clinical care.

Whitehall Foundation Grants-in-Aid fund researchers at assistant professor level in the life sciences/ basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology . Grants up to $30,000/year. LOI due Apr 15.

Whitehall Foundation Research Grants fund established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology. Grants from $30,000 – $75,000/year. LOI due Apr 15.

Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association awards for early career faculty in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Awards of $5,000 each support mentored activities in both teaching and research. Application Package due Apr 15: 

Applicants be ASHA members (with or with certification) and must have a research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) with a full-time, faculty appointment at a United States institution below the level of associate professor in a CSD Department.

CDMRP Military Burn Research Program accepting applications for two awards: Idea Development Award (max $500K over 3 years) and Clinical Translational Research Award (Max $1.55M over 4 years). Pre-application due Apr 17: 

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation supports investigators at nonprofit institutions in the U.S. focused on new treatments or cures for cancer. One year awards. No limit on the grant amount that can be requested. . Applications due Apr 30. 

Applications requesting more than 5% overhead are usually not considered. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified. If multiple grants with substantial overlap are awarded, the expectation is that the PI will accept only one funding source

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