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March Featured Funding Opportunities

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Description & Research Areas


Internal University of Michigan Funding Opportunities

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Request for Applications

The U-M DEI Innovation Grant focuses on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. The fund is designed to reward the multiple ideas and innovations that people across U-M have either implemented and wish to grow or are seeking seed funding for a long-range, transformative change project.

Eligibility: All U-M faculty, staff, and students

Amount: Between $2,000 - $5,000.

March 30, 2018

School of Public Health

School of Public Health Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Cener

Letter of Intent

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center announces support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Research-community partnerships are encouraged.

Letter of Intent to be sent to Pilot Program Leader, Dr. Dana Dolinoy (ddolinoy@umich.edu) and Center Administrator, Michelle Daoud (lowdenm@umich.edu) on April 6, 2018. This is needed in order to secure reviewers for the review process.

Final grant applications: to be sent on or before May 17, 2018. Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at (http://mleead.umich.edu/Pilot_Projects.php ).

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track or research track) is eligible to apply for this support. A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount: We estimate that 4-6 awards will be made of $20,000-$40,000 each. 

Funding Period: July 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019 

Additional information about the M-LEEaD Center and this Pilot Project Program can be found on the Center’s website.

April 6, 2018

Strategic Translational Research Awards (STAR)

University of Michigan Depression Center

Request for Proposal

The Depression Center has available to members funding designed for exploring or testing research ideas.

Funds may be used to gather additional and new quantitative or qualitative pilot data, refine methodology, test tools, analyze data, or further any aspect of depression-related research.

Eligibility: students, residents, fellows, or post-doctoral candidates.

Amount: $10,000

View website for more information and application guidelines. For questions contact Debbra Galanti at debgal@med.umich.edu.

May 15, 2018

Sustainability Funding Opportunities for U-M Faculty

Graham Sustainability Institute

The Graham Sustainability Institute catalyzes and facilitates sustainability-focused collaborations involving faculty, students, and external stakeholders.

Fast Track Grants up to $2,500 are available to early-stage investigators from units with limited research support for work requiring limited funding or seed money for large initiatives. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Visit the Graham funding webpage for full details and to apply.


The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP)

University of Michigan Economic Growth Institute
The Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) is now accepting applications for technology development projects between Michigan small businesses (<500 employees) and public universities for 2018. Apply at economicgrowth.umich.edu/scip/.
This is a first come, first served process and interest are already high. Kristin Burgard, burgardk@umich.edu, 734.998.6626
First come, first served.

External Funding Opportunities

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

The McKnight Endowment Fund logo

Letters of Intent

The 2019 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects annually to receive the 2019 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $100,000 per year over three years for research on memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions.

The projects support innovative research by U.S. scientists that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation.

Eligibility: Full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g., associate professor or professor at institutions within the United States. 
Not Eligible:

  • Research professor, adjunct professor, professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor 
  • Employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Scientists within the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Holders of other McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards that would overlap with the Technological Innovations award.


Amount:  Up to $100,000 per year for three years. 

  • LOIs are due on March 26, 2018 
  • Full proposals will be due September 10, 2018
  • Funding begins on February 1, 2019.

Application and Instructions:
(You must copy and paste this URL for it to work.)

For questions contact Nan Jahnke at 612-333-4220 or njahnke@mcknight.org.

March 26, 2018
World of Children

World of Children Award logo

Request for Nominations

The World of Children offers awards in the categories of education, health, humanitarian, protection, and youth helping youth.

Eligibility: Nonprofits serving the needs of vulnerable children.


  • Education: minimum $50,000
  • Health: minimum $50,000
  • Humanitarian: minimum $50,000
  • Protection: minimum $50,000
  • Youth: minimum $25,000

For questions contact Kimberly Sanders (kimberly@worldofchildren.org) at 949-460-6403

March 31, 2018
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative logo

Request for Applications

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applicants to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Two 2018 opportunities:

CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: five-year investigator grants for early career academic investigators with an emphasis on those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration.

CZI Collaborative Science Awards: three-year grants for small group interdisciplinary collaborations that include a physician with an active clinical engagement at the interface of basic and disease biology.

For questions contact sciencegrant@chanzuckerberg.com.

April 3, 2018


April 17, 2018

American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association logo

Request for Applications

The American Diabetes Association Research Programs are now open:

Innovative Basic Science Awards: $115,000/year for up to 3 years that support basic research in any area relevant to the etiology or pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications.

Eligibility: Any level faculty

Innovative Clinical/Translational Science Awards: $200,000/year for up to 3 years that support approaches to accelerate the transition of scientific discoveries into clinical application. Studies must directly involve human subjects, human samples and/or data, and offer considerable promise for advancing the cure, prevention or treatment of diabetes.

Eligibility: Must be authorized to work in the United States or U.S. possessions.

Junior Faculty Development Awards: $138,000/year for up to 4 years that support early investigators as they establish independence as diabetes researchers.

Eligibility: Full-time independent faculty with less than 10 years of research experience since their terminal degree who do not have previous or current NIH support. Must be authorized to work in the United States or U.S. possessions.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards: $47,484 - $55, 581/year for up to 3 years to provide support for high-quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes.

Eligibility: Researchers (Ph.D., MD, PharmD, DO, DPM, or equivalent) with confirmed postdoctoral position by award start date. Applicants with more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of the doctoral degree are not eligible.

Minority* Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards: $47,484 - $55,581/year for up to 3 years for researchers who are underrepresented in biomedical research. Fellowships provide support for high-quality training in disciplines and topics relevant to diabetes, in an environment conducive to beginning a career in diabetes research.

Eligibility: Research (Ph.D., MD, PharmD, DO, DPM, or equivalent) with confirmed postdoctoral position by award start date. Applicants must be from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, and may not have more than 10 years research experience beyond conferral of the doctoral degree.

Minority* Undergraduate Internship Awards (for training in the laboratory of current ADA-funded investigators): $3,000 one-time stipend to provide a mentored diabetes research experience to undergraduate minority students who are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Eligibility: Association-funded investigators to support the training of a minority undergraduate student working in their laboratory.

For questions, please contact Research Programs staff at grantquestions@diabetes.org.

April 16, 2018

The International Foundation for Ethical Research

International Foundation for Ethical Research logo

Request for Proposals

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is accepting a pre-proposal application for 2018-2019 Graduate Fellowships.

IFER Graduate Fellowships are one-year grants (renewable annually for up to three years) of up to $12,500 for projects that support the development, acceptance, and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing or education.

Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded to those candidates enrolled in Masters and Ph.D. programs in the sciences.

Amount: $12,500 per year (renewable annually for up to three years).

For more information refer to IFER website.

April 30, 2018

Merck logo

Request for Proposals

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is offering a series of research grants in celebrating its 350th anniversary to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas with up to EUR 350,000/year for 3 years in various research areas:

Healthy Lives / Drug Discovery: Projects to identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease.

Material & Solutions: Can you:

  1. Develop a new generation of intelligent materials
  2.  Develop advances in characterization, control and surface chemistry
  3. Develop better atomic layer processes - from modeling to materials.

For more information refer to the website (for U.S. and Canada).

August 15, 2018

National Center for Responsible Gaming logo

The National Center for Responsible Gaming has announced grant proposal deadlines for 2018 calendar year. Funding mechanisms include Travel Grant, Seed Grant, Early Stage Investigator Grant, and Large Grant.

Eligible applicants: Domestic or international public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for NCRG funding. The Principal Investigator must have a Ph.D., MD or other terminal degrees.

Visit the NCRG website to download detailed grant announcements and application forms.


May 1, 2018

August 1, 2018

September 4, 2018

American Heart Association

American Heart Association logo

The American Heart Association new programs are open to all academic disciplines.

Eligible applicants: Biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc. and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, policy scientists, etc.). Clinical, translational, population and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA strongly encourages women to apply, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Award Offerings:

  • Institutional Undergraduate Student Award
  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award Cardiovascular Medicine Grants - visit http://institute.heart.org to learn more.
  • Strategically Focused Research Networks
  • Career Development Award

2017 - 2018 Offerings:

Various - see AHA


Cisco Research

CISCO logo

Request for Proposal

NOTE: You must create a login to access RFP.

Cisco Research has released several new RFPs and seeks proposals from leading academic research groups to propose innovative approaches to address issues for hardware, software, firmware and architecture for Secure and Private Internet of Things (IoT).

Visit Cisco IoT site for additional information on innovative approaches.

Contact: research@cisco.com


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

National Organization for Rare Disorders logo

Request for Proposal

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Rare Disease Research Grant Program for scientific and/or clinical research studies include:

Cate Eye Syndrome - Up to $30,000.

Malonic Aciduria - Up to $50,000.

Post-Orgasmic Illness Syndrome - Up to $31,000.

Learn more by visiting the website.

Rolling Basis until Funding Awarded



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