Investigator-Initiated Health Care Research Grant Program

We are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2022-2023 funding cycle of NIHCM Foundation's investigator-initiated research grant program. Building on our long-standing commitment to objective research, NIHCM will make up to $500,000 available. 

We are seeking studies with strong potential to inform policy or have a positive impact on the U.S. health care system by improving efficiency, quality, access to care or equity.

Deadline: July 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. EDT

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Cancer Center at Illinois Tissue Engineering and Phenotyping Utilization Grants

The Cancer Center at Illinois is providing funding support to researchers for their utilization of the Tumor Engineering and Phenotyping (TEP) shared resource to advance cancer research. Via this initiative, the CCIL will provide up to $5,000 in support for the use of TEP services which include, but are not limited to: tumor cell bank, cell line authentication by STR analysis, mycoplasma test, Seahorse Xfe96 analyzer, NanoString nCounter, and PFGE. Did you know you can request any tumor cell line from TEP at $120/cell line? All CCIL members are eligible for free consultations with TEP staff.

Deadline: Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

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Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory or developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs.

This FOA provides support for up to two years (R21 phase) for technology development and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support (R33 phase) for validation, larger-scale feasibility, and effectiveness studies.

Deadline: See RFP.

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Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The overarching purpose of this FOA is to promote research to generate new knowledge to improve health care access, delivery, utilization and quality, and health outcomes of racial and ethnic minority populations and other groups affected by health disparities. Research encouraged under this FOA includes the examination of population-specific clinical presentation and/or manifestation of diseases and their complications within the context of health care settings; services within health care systems and non-clinical settings linked to health care systems (e.g. personal residences, school-based health centers, the workplace, and criminal justice settings); etiologies and reduction of health care disparities; structure and organization of health care systems and coordination of health care; impact of healthcare and non-healthcare policies on health care and health disparities; and system-wide interventions or multi-level interventions. Projects may address health services pertaining to health promotion, screening for disease or risk factors, prevention at any level, diagnosis and the treatment of particular health conditions (including chronic diseases, mental and substance abuse disorders, and infectious diseases such the 2019 Novel Coronavirus), specific segments of populations affected by health disparities (e.g. pregnant women, children, persons with disabilities, older adults), or more general indicators (e.g., access to primary care services or specialty care) that may not be condition-specific. Projects may include observational/descriptive, or interventional studies (including randomized clinical trials, pragmatic trials and others) and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects should involve the use of relevant health system-level data in some way. Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated US populations affected by health disparities, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Projects that include populations that identify across more than one health disparity group are encouraged.

Deadline: See RFP.

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McKnight Foundation Endowment Fund for Neuroscience (2022 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards)

This fund is interested in how a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. The technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Because the program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences, research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered. Up to three awards are given annually, each providing $100,000 per year for two years.

Deadline: Letters of Intent are due on December 6, 2021.

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Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging

The National Institute on Aging-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging invites investigators to submit proposals for pilot research that addresses key thematic priority areas related to US rural population health and aging trends and disparities. 

Deadline: December 10, 2021.

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American Lung Association Innovation Award

The American Lung Association is inviting applications for its Innovation Award program, which will provide grants of up to $75,000 a year for up to two years in support of highly promising investigators with stellar track records of accomplishment and the potential to advance the field of lung disease science. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or foreign nationals and must hold a doctoral degree and a faculty appointment or equivalent with demonstrated commitment from a recognized academic or other nonprofit research institution. 

Deadline: December 16, 2021.

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Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program

The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) and National Medical Fellowships are now recruiting Cohort 2 of the BMSF Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program (DCTCDP). The goal of BMSF DCTCDP is to increase the diversity of patients enrolled in clinical trials and ultimately to enhance the development of therapeutics for all populations. Eligible candidates will hold the degree of MD, MD/PhD, DO or DO/PhD and will reflect the National Science Foundation (NSF) definition of underrepresented populations in the US Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise: African Americans or Blacks, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, OR have a demonstrated commitment to increasing diverse patient participation in clinical trials.

Deadline: January 14, 2022.

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Call for Nominations: Illinois Innovation Award

The Illinois Innovation Award honors University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students for excellence in cutting-edge innovation or translational research that addresses real-world problems and has the potential to make a significant impact. The winner will receive a monetary award of $20,000 in the form of direct deposit to the student’s University account, and a trophy. The Illinois Innovation Award is awarded by The Grainger College of Engineering through the Technology Entrepreneur Center.

Deadline: Nominations are due by February 1, 2022.

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Call for Nominations: Fiddler Innovation Fellowship 

The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship honors University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students for excellence in addressing cultural, societal, or global challenges with innovative solutions that incorporate the interdisciplinary areas of creativity, art or design, and technology. The innovative solution must have the potential for making a significant impact. The winner will receive an award of $10,000 in the form of direct deposit to the student's University account, and a trophy. The Fiddler Innovation Fellowship is awarded by the Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media (eDream) Institute, which is endowed by Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden. eDream is based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Deadline: Nominations are due by February 1, 2022.

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C*STAR Program Call for Proposals 

Proposals are now being accepted for the next round of the Cancer Scholars for Translational and Applied Research (C*STAR) program. Foci areas include (1 ) Population Health/Health Outcomes/Cancer Care Delivery; (2) Digital Diagnostic Technologies and Imaging; (3) Early Predictors of Response; and (4) Cancer Therapeutics. Priority will be given to projects in the aforementioned areas that are translatable and clinically applicable.

Clinical Collaborator Connection
Do you have a clinical partner?  Research teams interested in applying for this opportunity who are seeking the input of a clinician partner can briefly present their idea before a group of clinicians via Zoom at noon. To sign up for a presentation slot, please contact Margaret Browne Huntt.

Deadline: March 4, 2022.

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Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Core Programs

The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports transformative research and education projects that develop new knowledge in all aspects of computing, communications, and information science and engineering, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure, through multiple research programs across one office and three divisions. This RFP is a revision of NSF 20-591, the solicitation for the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs. As part of this revision, proposers are encouraged to pay particular attention to the following:

  • Innovating and migrating proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to is part of the ongoing NSF information technology modernization efforts, as described in Important Notice No. 147 . In support of these efforts, research proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation must be prepared and submitted via or via, and may not be prepared or submitted via FastLane.
  • The budget limits for Small projects and OAC Core projects have been increased to $600,000.
  • Large project class submissions will not be accepted in response to this solicitation; CISE anticipates issuing a separate solicitation for such submissions.
  • Instructions for submitting Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) plans have been revised, along with special award conditions and reporting requirements for BPC activities.

Deadline: varies depending on project scale.

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COVID-19 Research Grant Program

The COVID-19 Research Database enables public health and policy researchers to use real-world data to better understand and combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The database is a pro-bono, cross-industry collaborative, composed of institutions donating technology services, healthcare expertise, and de-identified data. The database holds a wide array of different data types, including claims data, EHR data, mortality data, consumer data, and lab data. The data includes over 5 billion records across over 250 million people and over 2 million people who have had documented COVID-19.

The Consortia has released a request for grant proposals to support studies that will use data in the COVID-19 Research Database to address major research questions and reduce the harm of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The program seeks to accelerate insight that will lead to best practice medical interventions and appropriately targeted mitigation policies for COVID-19 patients and health care systems. It also seeks to meaningfully contribute to the understanding of COVID’s effects on health care economics, the uptake of new technologies, and other dynamics in communities, systems and across countries.

Proposal deadline: varies.

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