Philanthropic Funding Opportunities

Updated: August 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.

Cancer Research Institute

Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

This program supports young scientists who wish to receive training in cancer immunology.  The Institute is seeking hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology.  Applicants must have a doctoral degree and not have exceeded five years of postdoctoral experience by the start of the award.  Fellows receive up to $175,500 over three years to cover the cost of salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings. Applications are due online by October 1 and applicants will be notified within 10-12 weeks. More information
Application due
Treatment Optimization in ALK-positive Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG) supports the global healthcare community’s independent initiatives (e.g., research, quality improvement, or education) to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need that are aligned with Pfizer’s medical and/or scientific strategies.

Projects that will be considered for support will focus on latest clinical data updates relevant to the treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic ALK-positive NSCLC, Elements of optimal clinical management of these patients, e.g., mitigation of adverse events, and dose modification, and Role of the caregiver in clinical management, e.g., dose modification/compliance, adverse event identification. Priority will be given to educational programs that utilize unique learning formats, leverage collaborative platforms, promote case-based discussion, and are tailored to the needs of general/community oncologists and advanced practice providers (APPs).  Awards of up to $250,000 will be announced in October of 2022.More information
Application due

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Innovator Award

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation supports high-risk research and challenges investigators to push boundaries to advance their goal of predicting and preventing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  The program is open to researchers at all levels from any scientific discipline; typically they hold advanced degrees (MD, PhD or equivalent). Interdisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged. The program provides $200,000 grants for one-year research projects. More information
Letter of Intent due
Whitehall Foundation
Research Grants
Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. The maximum budget is $100,000 per year for the two- and three-year research grants. More information
Letter of Intent due
Whitehall Foundation


The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000. The majority of the applications received are for a three-year research grant. More information
Letter of Intent due

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Career Awards for Medical Scientists

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.  Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are not eligible. More information
Application due
Conquer Cancer
Career Development Award
The Career Development Award provides research funding to clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointments as they work to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. This research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects. Proposals with a predominant focus on in vitro or animal studies (even if clinically relevant) are not allowed. The award is a three-year grant totaling $200,000. More information
Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health

Group Psychotherapy Grant

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health is calling for grant proposals for original critical research reviews, either qualitative or quantitative (particularly meta-analyses), that focus on some selected area of group psychotherapy. The Group Psychotherapy Foundation is seeking research-focused, rather than program-focused, applications. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded; investigator salaries will not be funded. More information
Full proposals due
Alpha Phi Foundation
Heart to Heart Grant
Through their annual Heart to Heart Grant, Alpha Phi Foundation helps fund research and educational programs that support the improvement of women’s heart health. The Heart to Heart Grant awards a $100,000 annually to medical professionals to better understand heart disease in women—specifically its symptoms, treatment, and prevention. More information
Full proposals due
Bright Focus Group
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grants
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program through Bright Focus Foundation offers two types of awards: Standard Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards. The standard awards provide $300,000 over three years for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies. Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards of $100,000 over two years fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant’s own independent research career. More information
Full proposal due

Gerber Foundation

2023 Pediatric Research Grants
Priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus areas: pediatric health; pediatric nutrition, and environmental hazards. Major target areas for research include:
  • New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
  • New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have less side effects, provide optimal dosing
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventative measures
  • Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
  • Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.
Limit $350,000 on grants with no more than $125,000/year; includes indirect costs. More information
Concept papers due
Gerber Foundation
2023 Novice Pediatric Research Grants
Applications for Novice grants follow the same process as regular grants and are limited to no more than $30,000 in total (inclusive of indirects). They are identified by the amount requested in the application. Eligible applicants include physicians, PhD candidates, PharmD candidates, and other similar degree candidates:
  • in a residency or fellowship training program or those who are no more than one year post training
  • have not received a K award from the National Institutes of Health
  • have an assigned mentor for the project and a current development plan
Concept papers due
Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
2023 Scientific Scholar Awards and Pilot Study Awards
The Rivkin Center is seeking applications for two grant programs. For the Scientific Scholar Awards, grants of up $120,000 over two years will be awarded to promising laboratory and clinical scientists interested in pursuing a career as an independent investigator in ovarian cancer research. Eligible applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree with career goals focused on ovarian cancer, and clinicians must have completed their residency. For the Pilot Study Awards, grants of $75,000 will be awarded for investigator-initiated studies in all areas of ovarian cancer research that pave the way for new avenues of ovarian cancer research and to expand our understanding of the disease. For both grants, funds are for direct costs only. More information
Full proposals due