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Philanthropic Funding Opportunities

Updated: February 2024

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
International OCD Foundation Multiple Awards

IOCDF Research Grant Program
In support of its mission, the IOCDF makes annual grant awards to research scientists seeking to advance scientific understanding of OCD and related disorders, improve existing therapies, and discover new and more effective treatments. Since 1994, the IOCDF’s Research Grant Program has awarded almost $11 million in funding support to researchers around the world.

Breakthrough Awards
This special award category — a grant of up to $500,000 — will support senior researchers pursuing high-impact research into OCD. The goal of the Breakthrough Award is to support research with the potential to revolutionize scientific understanding of OCD, accelerate progress toward new and more effective treatments, and discover ways to prevent OCD from taking hold in the first place. Funding for the Breakthrough Award has been generously provided to the IOCDF by the Selig family.

Applicants must have at least five years of research experience following the completion of their terminal degree. Eligible research projects must investigate topics in the field of OCD, with a focus on finding a cure for OCD. These may include prevention (i.e., keeping OCD from taking hold) and treatment (i.e., effectively achieving significant reduction in symptoms or remission). The award will be for a term of five years, with payments made in annual installments. Any senior researcher pursuing a relevant project is eligible to apply.

Michael Jenike Young Investigator Awards
These are grants of up to $50,000 each. They support promising young investigators who are developing their careers while pursuing creative and impactful research projects on OCD and related disorders across a range of disciplines. To be eligible for funding, researchers must be investigating OCD and related disorders (OCD, including pediatric OCD; PANS/PANDAS; hoarding disorder; body dysmorphic disorder; or body focused repetitive behaviors). Eligible applicants must be current graduate students, or must have completed their residency or their PhD (or equivalent) on or after September 1, 2019. Applicants who are still in training must submit a letter from their mentor with their application.

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02/28/2024
Application Due
Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation Ivy Foundation Translational Adult Glioma Grant Award 2024

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation Emerging Adult Glioma Award provides grant support to investigators conducting high-impact, high-reward translational research for glioblastoma. This award is intended to support projects designed to contribute to identifying therapies that will impact the survival of patients with brain cancer. This award is for $600,000 over 2 years.

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03/01/2024
Application Due
Melanoma Research Foundation Multiple Awards

MRF Breakthrough Consortium Young Investigator Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology (MRFBC)
The MRFBC Team Award provides funding of up to $150,000 per year for two years to an investigative team whose research focuses on either improving clinical outcomes for patients with melanoma being treated with immuno‐oncology agents or advancing the scientific understanding of immuno‐oncology and the role of the immune system in melanoma. Teams must involve collaborations from at least two different institutions, one of which must be a MRFBC member institution. Further, the proposed PI and all co-PIs must be junior scientists, all of whom have at least one mentor.

Established Investigator Awards (EIA)
The EIAs provide funding of up to $125,000 per year for two years to established melanoma researchers, or senior researchers working in closely related fields who wish to move into melanoma research.

Career Development Awards (CDA)
The CDAs provide funding of up to $50,000 per year for two years to junior investigators. Researchers who are beginning a research career focused on melanoma are eligible. This year, in addition to general CDAs, the MRF will offer the MRF Prevention Award in Honor of Teddi Mellencamp/ PREV CDA.

For any additional information or any questions, please email research@melanoma.org.

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03/01/2024
Application Due
CureSearch for Children's Cancer Research Young Investigator Award

An opportunity for funding up to $75,000 per year for up to three years. Provides seed support for bright researchers, early in their careers, pursuing exciting and novel research in pediatric oncology.

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03/01/2024
LOI Due
Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Awards

This 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. Eligible applicants should be newly appointed faculty members with a doctoral degree. Grants will be awarded to proposals focused on research related to causes, cures or treatments of primary brain tumors/brain cancer. The award provides up to $600,000 in funding over a four-year period.

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03/13/2024
Application Due
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award and Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

The Damon Runyon Fellowship Award supports the training of the brightest postdoctoral scientists as they embark upon their research careers. This funding enables them to be mentored by established investigators in leading research laboratories across the country.

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03/15/2024
Application Due
Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award Program

These awards are for a total of $26,750.

The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of researchers in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators. The Fund will make up to 32 awards total with two funding cycles (16 awards each).

Research Interests: The Fund is open to a wide variety of research topics. We do not focus on a particular disease, but all our funded projects deal directly with children's health.

In the Early Career Award Program, the Fund is particularly interested in applicants that show great potential to impact that field of children's health through medical research. Both an applicant's aptitude and inclination toward research are considered. The quality of the mentor and the mentoring relationship are also considered to be important predictors of success.

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03/19/2024
Concept Submission Due
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Reach Research Grant

This award is for up to $250,000 distributed over 2 years.

Significant barriers exist that impede the translation of innovative and important ideas to the clinic. The Reach Grant seeks to remove one of these barriers by providing support for important pre-clinical hypothesis-driven research projects that are necessary to move a study from the preclinical arena into a clinical trial. Thus, the goal of this award is to support translational studies that will result in a phase 1 and/or 2 clinical trial, two to three years from the project end date. Examples of appropriate research projects include but aren’t limited to, completing IND-enabling studies, providing requisite pre-clinical data for clinical trial development, or perhaps through the validation of biomarkers that will enable selection of the correct patients for entry into new clinical trials.

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03/25/2024
Proposal Due
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Junior Investigator Awards

The Junior Investigator Award offers an award of up to $30,000 per year for two years for one child and adolescent psychiatry junior faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent). The program is intended to facilitate innovative research. The research may be basic or clinical in nature but must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of child and adolescent mental health disorders.

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04/01/2024
Application Due
American Cancer Society Multiple Awards

Discovery Boost Grants
2 years with $135K a year direct costs, plus 10% allowable indirect costs. To fund exploratory research to develop research methodologies, establish feasibility, or pilot test high-risk/high-reward research across the research continuum.

Research Scholar Grants
Up to 4 years with $215K a year direct costs, plus 10% allowable indirect costs. Investigators within the first 10 years of an initial independent research career or full-time faculty appointment.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Fellowships are for investigators within 4 years of having received their doctoral degree. Progressive stipends of $66K, $68K, and $70K for up to 3 years, plus an annual $4K fellowship allowance and $1,500 travel allowance in the final year

Clinical Scientist Development Grant
Who Can Apply: Full-time faculty who have clinical responsibilities, do not lead an independent research program, and want to be mentored and participate in research training to become an independent clinician scientist.

Funding: 3 to 5 years with $135K direct costs a year, plus 8% allowable indirect costs.

Institutional Research Grants
Who Can Apply: Awarded to institutions as block grants to provide seed money for newly independent investigators to initiate cancer research projects. The principal investigator of the grant should be a senior faculty member.

Funding: 1 to 3 years with an average of $120K a year, renewable.

Real-World Data Impact Award
Who Can Apply: Applicants must be an independent researcher at an eligible US academic institution or non-profit. Applicants must have the necessary training and expertise to conduct research projects using de-identified real-world data.

Purpose: Use real-world data to accelerate cancer research that informs public health and public policy, and, ultimately, improve clinical practice.

Funding: 1 year with $75,000 direct costs, no indirect costs allowed

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04/01/2024
Application Due
Foundation for Women’s Health Research Awards

FWW Research Awards target small, short-term studies on leading women’s health concerns including cardiovascular disease, female cancers, the role of hormones in disease and stage-of-life health concerns, diseases disproportionately affecting women, and areas where sex differences need clarity.

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04/08/2024
Application Due
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Multiple Awards

OREF Goldberg Arthritis Research Grant This $50,000 award provides seed and start-up funding for promising research projects that address issues related to the treatment of arthritis with an emphasis on arthroplasty.

OREF/ASES Rockwood Clinical Shoulder Research Grant This $50,000 award Provides funding for new investigators to conducting research in the area of shoulder care.

04/11/2024
Application Due
Whitehall Foundation Research Grants Program

The Whitehall Foundation supports scholarly research in the life sciences, especially in dynamic areas of basic biological research that are not heavily funded by federal agencies. Research grants are available to established scientists; applications will be reviewed on their scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal. Research grants up to three years will be provided, ranging from $30K to $75K per year.

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04/15/2024
Application Due
Gateway for Cancer Research Gateway Traditional Grant Program

Core grants funding early phase clinical trials for cancers of all types at renowned institutions around the world. These grants are typically 2-5 years in duration with award amounts from $200,000 to $1.5 million.

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04/18/2024
Application Due
The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation 2024 Open Grant Program

This foundation promotes alternatives to the use of laboratory animals in research, testing, and education. The grant program provides opportunities for scientists who have interest and expertise in alternatives research. Preference is given to projects that use pathway-based approaches as exemplified by the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and A Strategy. This award provides up to $40,000. Funds may not be used for the PI’s salary, fringe benefits, or travel.

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04/19/2024
Application Due
Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Research Grant

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds research to investigators in United States non-profit institutions proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The Foundation funds projects for a one-year period which will allow the establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early-stage funding by the Foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified. By design, there are no limits set on the grant amount that can be requested. It must be reasonable and clearly supported by the scope of the project outlined in the application. Applications requesting more than 5% overhead are usually not considered. Papers verifying nonprofit status and relevant human subject and experimental animal treatment approvals from the recipient institution will be requested prior to project initiation. A final report summarizing financial expenditure and research achievement is required.

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04/30/2024
Application Due
Acumed Fellowship Grant

Fellowship grants are available to accredited academic programs. Fellowship Grants support clinical fellowship programs and may be used to subsidize a clinical fellow. Programs can request preapproval of other direct educational expenses at grants@acumed.net if subsidizing a clinical fellow is not possible. Acumed’s intent is to encourage the highest quality academic programs to best advance the medical profession. Applications are reviewed against established objective criteria and not on the use, order, or purchase of any products or services of Acumed. Grant recipient institutions must represent and warrant that the receipt of funds will not affect professional judgment. To manage our budget and to ensure Acumed can fund as many worthwhile programs as possible, we limit the awarding of Fellowship Grants to once per calendar year.

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05/01/2024
Application Due
Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Scott Nadler PASSOR Musculoskeletal Research Grants Application Criteria

This $30,000 award is a short-term seed grant for research in topics related to musculoskeletal rehabilitation in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Award will be presented during the AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

Information about the grant recipient and his/her paper may be published in the Foundation UPDATE Newsletter and/or other publications. Additional items may be included in electronic and print materials produced by the Foundation for PM&R.

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05/01/2024
Application Due
Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness 2024 Research Grants

ISPB offers unique grant opportunities supporting mentored pre-clinical or clinical research programs designed to foster junior investigator development while advancing clinical care in ophthalmology and optometry. Preference is given to high-quality grant submissions from applicants (PI) that are at the start of their career, including medical students, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors, and other junior faculty in the ophthalmology and optometry fields. Students must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited Illinois institution of higher education or postdoctoral fellows/residents that are within seven years after receiving their advanced degree (MD, OD, PhD). Students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents are required to have a faculty mentor involved with their research.

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05/10/2024
Application Due
Brain Aneurysm Foundation 2024 Research Grant Program

The Foundation is accepting applications for basic scientific research in early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances for improving outcomes of patients with brain aneurysms as well as projects that are translational, clinical/outcome, early detection, imaging, and SAH/SAH complications focused. Any project with the potential to advance basic scientific, translational, and clinical brain aneurysm research will be considered. Grants will be awarded this year in varying amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 each.

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05/11/2024
Application Due
The Vilcek Foundation Creative Promise Prize

The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Applications are open through June 12, 2023.

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06/12/2024
Application Due
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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 $68K-$72K 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.

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06/15/2024
Application Due
Little Giraffe Foundation 2024 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.

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06/23/2024
LOI Due
Acumed LLC Education grants

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.

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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