Funding and Proposals

Finding, securing and managing funding agreements for research can be challenging. Rush maintains dedicated teams of trained professionals to support you in these activities. If you have your own idea for a research project, your first step is to find the right sponsor for your work.

Funding opportunities

A curated list of search tools, links to funding resources, and upcoming grant deadlines.

Rush Research Profiles

Your Rush research profile makes your work easily visible to fellow scientists around the world, thanks to NIH-funded open source software developed by Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. With it, you can quickly find researchers with specific areas of expertise to collaborate with, build professional networks, and search electronic CVs, publications, and more.


The Pivot database is available to help all Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) faculty, staff, researchers, research administrators, and students find funding opportunities.

State and Federal Databases

The following local, state, and federal databases often include different opportunities that can help fund research. We recommend using all that seem relevant to your research project. If you still are not sure if your research matches the funding opportunity area of focus and if you are eligible, we suggest contacting the sponsor to discuss.

Federal Grant Opportunities

State Grant Opportunities

Philanthropic Funding Opportunities

Rush curates a list of research funding opportunities from philanthropic sources. Proposals should be submitted through the Rush Research Portal by selecting “Non-Profit: Philanthropy” as the “Funding Source”when creating a new master project and grant within the portal.

Certain opportunities are limited to a selected number of applications per institution. An internal selection will take place to fill the slot(s). Individual instructions for each opportunity are listed. 

Limited Submission Opportunities

Many federal agencies and foundations offer grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications that can come from one institution. To increase the chances of RUSH succeeding in these “limited submission opportunity” applications, a pre-proposal submission and internal selection process has been established. This procedure applies to all Rush University faculty, staff and students applying for to grant opportunities in which the sponsoring agency limits the number of applications that can come from our institution.

Individual instructions are included for each opportunity listed.

Pilot Projects

Pilot grants are designed to provide seed funds for investigator-initiated research. The intent of these grants is to enable data gathering and/or encourage collaborative research activity that could provide preliminary data for larger grant proposals.

Other Funding Opportunities

In addition to the categories above, we’ve compiled additional funding opportunities that may be available to support your work.

Proposal development and submission

Once you’ve identified a potential funding source, it’s time to start developing your proposal—and we have resources to help with this, too. Learn more

Industry sponsored clinical trials

Rush University researchers often oversee trials of drugs or medical devices developed by private pharmaceutical firms or other businesses. Rush can help you identify potential industry sponsors, facilitate collaborations and set up a research study based on an industry sponsored agreement. Learn more