Philanthropic Funding Opportunities

Updated: May 2022

 

To apply for an opportunity listed below, submit your proposal through the Rush Research Portal. Select “Non-Profit: Philanthropy” as the “Funding Source” when creating a new master project and grant within the portal.

If you are unsure which office can coordinate a particular application, just ask! Members of either team will be happy to direct you to the right place:

Archived philanthropic RFPs from the past year can be found here.

 

Funding Source Grant Name Description Deadline
Acumed LLC Professional Medical Education Grants
Professional Medical Education Grants provide funding for independent medical educational programs for health care professionals, including congresses, conferences, symposiums, or courses, with or without labs, that are sponsored by professional medical associations, societies, or continuing education providers and academic institution labs. This includes support requested for cadaveric labs intended to educate fellows or residents at an academic institution. More information
Rolling Deadline:  Completed application, including all required supporting documentation, must be received at least 60 days before the scheduled date of the event, activity, or program.
Cures Within Reach Repurposing Research to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Greater Chicago Area

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking clinical repurposing trials from any research institution in the greater Chicago area to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in clinical research. While the funded institutions and Principal Investigators (PIs) must be in Chicagoland, patients and collaborators can be both within and outside the Chicago area. Clinical trials utilizing telehealth or other remote strategies are encouraged to apply. Eligible submissions must EITHER: Address disease racial / ethnic health disparities in communities of color led by a greater Chicago area PI of any racial / ethnic background OR Be in any disease area and led by a greater Chicago area underrepresented racial / ethnic minority PI

AND

  • Be interventional clinical trials using repurposed therapies, including drugs, devices, nutraceuticals and diagnostics, that are already approved or generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency or other regulatory agency.
  • Be conducted at greater Chicago area accredited academic, nonprofit and governmental research institutions and/or health systems significantly involved with medical research, where good scientific research and clinical practices can be assured
More information
06/06/2022

Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation

Medical Research Grant This program offers funding in support of ovarian cancer research studies that are most aligned with that mission, which is to promote public awareness of and education about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ovarian cancer, provide support to survivors, and raise funds for research in order to find a cure. Applicants must be affiliated with a not-for-profit institution within the U.S. Requests for funding of up to $10,000 per year will be considered. Indirect costs are not allowed. More Information

05/31/2022

The Patchwork Collective The Maternal & Infant Health Award The Maternal & Infant Health Award is a grant competition using the MacArthur Foundation’s Lever for Change platform, seeking to “improve and accelerate equitable maternal and infant health outcomes around the world.” A single initiative will receive $10 million. Successful projects will be community-led, impactful, durable, and feasible. More information
06/02/2022
Registration Deadline
Cures Within Reach Repurposing Research to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Greater Chicago Area

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking clinical repurposing trials from any research institution in the greater Chicago area to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in clinical research. While the funded institutions and Principal Investigators (PIs) must be in Chicagoland, patients and collaborators can be both within and outside the Chicago area. Clinical trials utilizing telehealth or other remote strategies are encouraged to apply. Eligible submissions must EITHER: Address disease racial / ethnic health disparities in communities of color led by a greater Chicago area PI of any racial / ethnic background OR Be in any disease area and led by a greater Chicago area underrepresented racial / ethnic minority PI

AND

  • Be interventional clinical trials using repurposed therapies, including drugs, devices, nutraceuticals and diagnostics, that are already approved or generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency or other regulatory agency.
  • Be conducted at greater Chicago area accredited academic, nonprofit and governmental research institutions and/or health systems significantly involved with medical research, where good scientific research and clinical practices can be assured
More information
06/06/2022
Cures Within Reach US Based Clinical Repurposing Trials to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking clinical repurposing trials from US-based Principal Investigators (PIs) to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in clinical research. Clinical trials utilizing telehealth or other remote strategies are encouraged to apply.

Eligible submissions must EITHER: Address disease racial / ethnic health disparities in communities of color led by a greater Chicago area PI of any racial / ethnic background OR Be in any disease area and led by a greater Chicago area underrepresented racial / ethnic minority PI.

AND

  • Be interventional clinical trials using repurposed therapies, including drugs, devices, nutraceuticals and diagnostics, that are already approved or generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency or other regulatory agency
  • Be conducted at a US-based accredited academic, nonprofit and governmental research institutions and/or health systems significantly involved with medical research, where good scientific research and clinical practices can be assured

More information

06/06/2022
Cures Within Reach CureAccelerator Live! for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rare Diseases

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking clinical repurposing trials in any rare disease from US-based Principal Investigators (PIs) to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, for an upcoming CureAccelerator Live! event. CureAccelerator Live! is a philanthropic pitch event, raising awareness of and funding for innovative repurposing research projects, with up to $70,000 total in clinical research funding (which includes the required 20% Institutional Match; see Important Funding Information below) for the winning project announced during the event. Up to five clinical repurposing trials will be selected to pitch at this event, likely held in Fall 2022. More specifics about the CureAccelerator Live! event to come. More information

06/06/2022

Rheumatology Research Foundation

Innovative Research Awards The Rheumatology Research Foundation is offering the Innovative Research award in the amount of $400,000 over two years and the Innovative Research Award for Community Practitioners in the amount of $50,000 to $200,000 per year over two years. These awards will help enable research that has the potential to improve treatment of rheumatic diseases, patient outcomes, and/or increase quality of care. An outstanding recipient of the Innovative Research Award for Community Practitioners will receive the Norman B. Gaylis, MD, Research Award for Rheumatologists in Community Practice designation.  More information
06/01/2022
LOI Due
The Vilcek Foundation Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

This foundation is seeking applicants for the Creative Promise in Biomedical Science prize, given to young, foreign-born researchers age 38 and under. Three winners will be awarded a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize. Interested applicants may apply directly to this opportunity, as the grant is awarded directly to investigators, rather than their institution. More information

06/10/2022

James S. McDonnell Foundation

21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards:Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems

The Understanding Dynamic and Multi-Scale Systems program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools contributing to the science of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems. JSMF is particularly interested in the continued development of complex systems science, and in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions. This award is for $200,000 over two to three years. More information
TBD
Letters of support and applications due
 

Last year’s deadline was June 11, 2021, so it will likely be close to that for 2021. Check the website for updates on deadline information.

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

2022 Grant Programs

OREF is offering various grant opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $300,000. More information

06/15/2022
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Basic Biomedical Research Fellowship Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in all basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. This is a three-year fellowship that provides an annual $54-$60K stipend and $1.5K research allowance.  A two-day meeting of fellows is held in November of each year and travel expenses incurred are covered by the foundation. More information 06/15/2022
Little Giraffe Foundation 2022 Neonatal Research Initiative This funder is offering neonatal research grants in the amount of $5,000-$10,000. Research may address either the long-term or immediate health needs caused by premature birth, or identify causes and means of preventing this condition.  Appropriate research subjects include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies. More information
06/24/2022
LOI Due
Johnson & Johnson Advancing Health Equity QuickFire Challenge

Innovators are invited to submit potentially ground-breaking solutions that could advance the trajectory of population health research from basic detection to the design and implementation of interventions aiming to reduce healthcare inequities. The innovator(s) with the best potential solution can receive grant funding from a total pool of $400,000, access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS) network and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies (Johnson & Johnson). More information

06/24/2022
Human Vaccines Project 2022 Michelson Prizes

The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research for major global diseases. The committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development. The Michelson Prizes are awarding research that is highly innovative and impactful, with the potential to be applied across many disease.  More information

 

06/26/2022

American Psychological Foundation

Marian R. Stuart Grant

The APF is offering grants up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health. Applicants must be no more than 10 years post-doctoral. More information
07/01/2022
Full proposals due
Mazda Foundation
2022 Grants
The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy; environmental conservation; cross-cultural understanding; social welfare; and scientific research. Full proposals are due July 1 for funding to be announced in December. More information
07/01/2022
Full proposals due

NIHCM Foundation

Innovative Research Award Grants

The NIHCM Foundation is offering the Innovative Research Award Grants to support research that will advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy. Studies must have strong potential to yield insights that can be used to have a positive impact on the U.S. health care system by reducing spending, improving quality of care, and/or expanding access to insurance coverage and health care services. This grant provides $500,000 in total for 8 to 9 different studies. Full proposals will be requested from selected groups in August; full proposals will be due in September. More information
07/01/2022
LOI due

The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research

The SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award The SWOG/Hope Foundation Impact Award is a funding program from The Hope Foundation that encourages novel and innovative SWOG research by supporting early and conceptual stages of these projects. The work proposed should use resources from completed SWOG trials or be directly translatable to clinical trials in SWOG and the NCTN in the foreseeable future. Individual projects are funded for up to $250,000 (total cost) and may be spent over a 2-year award period. Funding for smaller feasibility projects that are critical to the conduct of future SWOG trials are also encouraged. Indirect costs are included in the total award and limited to a rate of 25%.  More information
07/01/2022
LOI due
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Rachleff Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field. The Stage 1 award will be for two years, $200,000 per year ($400,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $800,000). Stage 2 support for years three and four will be granted to those awardees who demonstrate progress on their proposed research during years one and two of the award.  More information

07/06/2022
Applications due