Check in often for a current list of national research funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines.


Submit highly scored unfunded applications to OnPAR, which provides innovative and exceptional research applications a second opportunity for funding:

After registration, sign in using username and password. Enter the Title and the Funding Agency log number or identification number of the proposal abstract you are submitting. Copy and paste your abstract into the Abstract Box. Add remarks to be included for Funder review. Please include the Peer Review score. Submit. Funders will request application materials and a summary statement from invited applicants.

American Diabetes Association Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MUI) designed to provide a mentored diabetes research experience to undergraduate minority* students who are underrepresented in biomedical research. Funding:$3,000 stipend. Due: Rolling Submissions Reviewed Upon Receipt.

Current Association-funded investigators may apply for a stipend to support the training of a minority* undergraduate student working in their laboratory.

The Immune Tolerance Network offers grants in allergy & asthma, autoimmune diseases, kidney & liver transplantation, and assays and biomarkers. Proposals accepted throughout the year with reviews taking place several times per year.

The ITN does NOT accept proposals for non-human or preclinical studies. Applicants submit a short (~5-page) Concept Proposal containing a basic outline and justification of the proposed research. Applicants whose proposals are of interest to the ITN will then be asked to submit a more complete Full Application for review.

NIH Posts NOSI on Supporting Investigators Facing Critical Life Events. NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for administrative supplements for continuity of biomedical and behavioral research among first-time recipients of NIH research project grant awards. The goal of this pilot program is to “enhance the retention of investigators facing critical life events who are transitioning to the first renewal of their first independent research project grant award or to a second new NIH research project grant award” (at-risk investigators). Due date varies by awarding IC.


Leukemia Research Foundation’s Hollis Brownstein Research Grants exclusively funds New Investigators – individuals beginning to establish their own laboratories that are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor. Amounts up to $100,000 for one year. Letters of Intent due Feb 7:

Full applications are by invitation only. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens. Research projects from outside the U.S. are eligible.

Emergency Medicine Foundation various awards including Early Career Research and Pilot Research opportunities. Applications due Feb 7:

Awards in several areas: Mid-Career Development, Early Career Development, Pilot Research, and others.

The’s Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Applications due Feb 7:

Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology. 

Organization for Autism Research’s Graduate Research Grant Competition offers grant awards of $1,000 for students conducting autism research as a requirement in pursuit of a master’s degree and $2,000 for students who are doctoral candidates or post-doctoral students. Applications due Feb 10.

North American Spine Society (NASS) Research Grants and Young Investigator Grants provide between $20,000-$40,000 per year for research focused on basic science, clinical or translational research in furthering understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing novel models for prevention and/or treatment of spine related diseases. Letter of Proposal due Feb 10.

In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year.

The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience supports Early-Career Investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. $225,000 is payable over a three-year period. Application due Feb 15:

To qualify investigators must hold the PhD and/or MD degrees, and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training.  Must have a tenure track appointment or equivalent.

Foundation for Anesthesia’s Education and Research Mentored Research Training Grants provide $250,000 over two years to help anesthesiologists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications and research publications needed to become independent investigators. Applications due Feb 15:

Open to anesthesiology faculty members who have completed their core anesthesiology residencies within the past 10 years. Requires 75% protected research time.

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 Feb 17.

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 event. It is the policy of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation to pay no more than 5% of any grant toward overhead or indirect costs.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Stem Cell Investigator Awards provide $1.5M over 5 years to Early-Career Investigators for exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells. Applications due Feb 19:

Candidates must be MD, PhD, DPhil and be within 5 years of starting a faculty or comparable position on June 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted through the online grant management system.

Washington University School of Medicine TL1 Predoctoral Program provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. Applications due Feb 20:

Open to applicants enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering, social work, pharmacy, audiology and communication sciences, veterinary medicine, or another allied health profession. For more information please contact Adisa Kalkan at 314-454-8255 or

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF Biologics) solicits investigator-initiated research proposals focusing on research in the science of biologic-reconstruction, bone regeneration, transplantation-allografts, including stem cells for graft transplantation . Award: $98,000 ($49,000 per year). Due: Feb 21.

An orthopaedic surgeon PI must be licensed to practice in and be working in an institution in the USA. A PhD may serve as the PI and must hold a faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department at an institution in the USA. The PI must be a new investigator – classified as an individual who has not received an R01 NIH grant or its equivalent (e.g., VA, DOD, and NSF) in the role of PI.

Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) Pilot Research Program is a one-year award of up to $50,000 (in two installments of $25,000 each with second installment contingent upon approval of 6-month progress report) intended to fund novel and useful basic, clinical, or translational research studies that attempt to solve the many questions of interstitial cystitis (IC). Applications due Feb 26.

Applicant should have a sponsoring institution, be able to complete the proposed project within one year, and not hold other research awards for the same or for a similar project. The use of award funds is restricted to research based on the purposes and methodology outlined in the application. No funds may be used toward administrative overhead costs.


American Cancer Society Mission Boost Grants (MBG) support investigators who have received a grant from the American Cancer Society—recently or in the past. Primary Boost of up to $100,000 direct plus 20% indirect cost per year for up to 2 years requires the investigator to develop outcome-specific, unequivocal milestones that reduce the risks of studying a new drug, device, or procedure in patients. Secondary Boost of up to $300,000 direct plus 20% indirect costs for up to 18 months requires the investigator to have successfully completed the Primary Boost milestones and submitted them to the Extramural Council for permission to move forward.  LOI Due Mar 1:

Applicants must be either current or past ACS grantees who 1) have held or currently hold one of these grants (or previous versions of such awards): Research Scholarship Grant (RSG), Mentored Research Scholar Grant (MRSG), Clinician Scientist Development Grant (CSDG), Cancer Control Career Development Awards (CCCDA), or Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care (PEP) award; 2) have held one of the above ACS grants for a minimum of 1 year (NOTE: for current ACS grantees, delaying submission of letter of intent (LOI) until the last year of the grant is recommended); or, 3) Are currently independent, full-time faculty at a not-for-profit, US-based research institution that has facilities and support to enable preclinical and clinical studies. People who have had only grants for ACS Postdoctoral Fellows or ACS Professors, without also having one of the grant types listed above. People who have had only grants for ACS Postdoctoral Fellows or ACS Professors, without also having one of the grant types listed above are no eligible.

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 2.

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.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Bridge to Independence Award Program engages talented early-career scientists in autism research by facilitating their transition to research independence and providing grant funding at the start of their professorships at a U.S. or Canadian research institution. $495,000 over three years. Applications due Mar 2.

Aimed at PhD. and MD holding scientists who are currently in training positions but intend to seek tenure-track research faculty positions during the upcoming academic year.  Funding activated upon assumption of a tenure-track professorship.

Lupus Research Alliance Distinguished Innovator Award provides outstanding scientists with substantial support ($250,000 per year for up to four years) to conduct highly innovative research into the fundamental causes of systemic lupus erythematosus and so provide new directions towards a cure. Letters of intent due Mar 16.

Investigators in diverse disciplines encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold a faculty position, at the assistant professor level or above, at an academic institution. The Lupus Research Alliance does not impose geographic restriction on its applicants and researchers working outside of the US are also encouraged to apply


American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grants (RSG) support investigator-initiated projects across the cancer research continuum. Awards are for up to 4 years, for up to $165,000 a year for direct costs, plus 20% allowable indirect costs. 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. Applicants typically must be within 12 years of receiving a terminal (doctorate) degree and cannot have more than one R01/R01-like grant (>$100,000/year direct costs for more than 3 years) as principal investigator at the time of application.  

American Cancer Society Clinician Scientist Development Grants (CSDG) support the  development of clinicians to clinician scientists and provides support for protected time to allow junior faculty who see patients to be mentored and participate in research training to aid their development as independent clinician scientists.
Awards range from 3 to 5 years, for a maximum $135,000 Direct costs, plus 8% allowable indirect costs per year. Applications Due Apr 1.

Eligibility limited to licensed clinicians who are US citizens and are within the first 6 years of their initial faculty appointment, who have an active role in patient care.

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