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External Funding Sources

Welcome to the HSC External Funding Opportunity resource page. The HSC Research team is working to keep you connected and informed of various funding opportunities available to support research and other scholarly activities for the HSC community.  Please browse the external funding opportunities to explore a wide-variety of open solicitations from various sponsors currently accepting proposals.  We will periodically update this resource page to provide timely and useful information on active funding opportunities. 

COVID-19 Related Funding

NIH Funding Opportunities

NSF Funding Opportunities

Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) (Solicitation 20-564 )

Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 3, 2020

Synopsis of Program: The OPUS program provides an opportunity for an individual or a group of investigators to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research or data they have previously collected to enable new understanding. This program is appropriate for scientists at any career stage and for any synthetic activities that aim to produce unique, integrated insight useful to the scientific community, now and in the future. 

Faculty Early Career Development Program ( 20-525 )

Application Deadline: July 27, 2020

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

A Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO)  Solicitation  19-547

Application Deadline: February 9, 2021 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are interested in proposals that will propel our understanding of the biomedical research enterprise by drawing from the scientific expertise of the science of science policy research community.

Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure (SABI)  Solicitation  19-569

Application Deadline: Rolling submission 

The Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure program (SABI) supports the continued operation of extant infrastructure that will advance basic biological research.  Infrastructure supported under this program may include cyberinfrastructure, instrumentation, experimental or observational facilities, biological living stocks which have ongoing costs of operation and maintenance that exceed the reasonable capacity of the host institution.  Proposals must make a compelling case that sustained availability of the proposed infrastructure will advance or transform research in biological sciences as supported by the National Science Foundation.

CDRMP Funding Opportunities 

A few CDMRP opportunities have been highlighted below.  To review a full list of all Programs and funding opportunities available for FY20, and to obtain all program pre-application (LOI) and full application deadlines, please visit the CDMRP main page at:  https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prgdefault.

*All pre-applications (LOIs) must be submitted electronically to the Electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) https://ebrap.org. Full applications must be submitted electronically to the Grants.gov website https://grants.gov.

The Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program has released their FY20 funding mechanisms. For a synopsis of the following award mechanisms please visit: https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prmrp.

  • Clinical Trial Award – LOI Deadline: 7/29/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/13/20 
  • Clinical Trial Award (for Emerging Viral Diseases and Respiratory Health) – LOI Deadline: 6/08/20; Full Application Deadline: 6/22/20

The Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program has released their FY20 funding mechanisms. For a synopsis of the following award mechanisms please visit: https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prcrp.   

  • Virtual Cancer Center Director Award – LOI Deadline: 7/30/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/20/20
  • Career Development Award – fellow option – LOI Deadline: 7/30/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/20/20
  • Career Development Award – virtual cancer center scholar option – LOI Deadline: 7/30/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/20/20
  • Behavioral Health Science Award – LOI Deadline: 7/30/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/27/20
  • Translational Team Science Award – LOI Deadline: 7/30/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/27/20 

The Lung Cancer Research Program has released their FY20 funding mechanisms. For a synopsis of the following award mechanisms please visit: https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/lcrp.

  • Career Development Award – LOI Deadline: 7/22/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/05/20
  • Clinical Translational Research Partnership – LOI Deadline: 7/22/20; Full Application Deadline: 8/05/20

The Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program has released their FY20 funding mechanisms. For a synopsis of the following award mechanisms please visit: https://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prorp

Defense University Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

A central purpose of the DURIP is to provide equipment and instrumentation in support of research in areas of interest to the DoD. Funding ranges from $50k to $1.5M

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Funding Opportunities

Neuroimaging and CSF Biomarker Development Program https://www.alzdiscovery.org/research-and-grants/funding-opportunities/biomarkers This RFP focuses on developing novel PET ligands for clinical use, supporting novel CSF biomarkers, and validating established MRI approaches in larger cohorts.  Letters of intent are due July 10, 2020 and invited full proposals will be due August 7, 2020.

American Diabetes Association Funding Opportunities

Core Research Program Funding Opportunities


All opportunities will open in July 2020

All application deadlines will be November 16, 2020 by 5:00 PM

Research Awards:

  • Innovative Basic Science (IBS)
  • Innovative Clinical or Translational Science (ICTS)

Development Awards:

  • Junior Faculty Development (JDF)
  • Minority Junior Faculty Development (JDFM)

Training Awards:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF)
  • Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship (PMF)

American Heart Association Funding Opportunities


Below are the current 2020-2021 AHA RESEARCH FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINES for awards that will begin in calendar year 2021:

  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship: LOI: Not applicable; Application Deadline: 9/9/2020
  • AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship: LOI: Not applicable; Application Deadline: 9/10/2020
  • Merit Award: LOI: due 10/1/2020; Invited Application Deadline: 11/10/2020
  • Established Investigator Award: LOI: due 10/14/2020; Invited Application Deadline: 1/14/2021
  • Career Development Award: LOI: Not applicable; Application Deadline: 12/03/2020
  • Innovative Project Award: LOI: due 11/03/2020; Invited Application Deadline: 2/02/2021
  • Transformational Project Award: LOI: Not applicable; Application Deadline: 2/16/2021
  • Collaborative Sciences Award: LOI: due 1/07/2021; Invited Application Deadline: 3/16/2021

American Stroke Association Funding Opportunities

American Stroke Association-Bugher Foundation Centers of Excellence in Hemorrhagic Stroke

LOI: due 7/16/2020; Invited Application Deadline: 8/27/2020

This RFA describes a collaborative network of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts will enhance the understanding of the etiology, biological pathways and modifiable risk factors associated with hemorrhagic stroke (HS) and will lead to innovative and breakthrough discoveries for the prevention and treatment of HS.

BrightFocus Foundation Macular Degeneration Research Program


For all 3 of the following opportunities:

Letters of Intent deadline: July 29, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
Full Proposal deadline: December 3, 2020, 11:59 PM EST (By Invitation only)

Proposals must be submitted through https://proposalcentral.com/

Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship program is intended to support young postdoctoral researchers during their final stages of mentored training. The award provides salary support for a young scientist to conduct postdoctoral studies in an established laboratory focused on research contributing to understanding the biological causes and/or new clinical treatment of macular degeneration and should also serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.

  • Maximum award value: $200,000
  • Maximum duration: 2 years

New Investigator Grant

This research grant is intended to support investigators during their early years as an independent investigator involved in studies that have an impact on the causes and/or treatment of macular degeneration.

  • Maximum award value: $450,000
  • Maximum duration: 3 years

Innovative Research Grant

This program is intended to provide support for high-risk/high-gain age-related macular degeneration research. We hope to attract established investigators to apply for this support, but the aims of the application must contain outside-the-box ideas that are novel in the field. Applicants who are experts in another field are encouraged to apply their talents to proposing innovative research in the macular degeneration field.

  • Maximum award value: $600,000
  • Maximum duration: 3 years

HRSA Opportunity

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning - This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Communities Opioid Response program – Planning (RCORP-Planning). RCORP is a multi-year HRSA initiative with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality resulting from substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. This funding opportunity, RCORP-Planning, will advance RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding the capacity of rural communities to provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The purpose of RCORP-Planning is to strengthen and expand the capacity of rural communities to engage high-risk populations and provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Recipients will conduct planning activities, engage multi-sector consortiums (as defined in Section III.1, “Eligible Applicants”), and participate in the RCORP-Planning learning collaborative (see Section IV.2, “Program Specific Instructions” for additional details). While the primary focus of RCORP-Planning is OUD, HRSA recognizes that many individuals with OUD are polysubstance users. Therefore, applicants may also choose to address an additional substance of concern in the target population. RCORP-Planning funds will support 18 months of planning activities. For the purposes of this grant, planning activities are those that prepare a community to provide direct prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Application due: July 13, 2020https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324246

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. RWJF is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, RWJF welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. RWJF wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere, who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. Please note: While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, RWJF recognizes the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  https://www.rwjf.org/content/rwjf/en/library/funding-opportunities/2020/pioneering-ideas-2020-exploring-the-future-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html?rid=0034400001rmL3zAAE&et_cid=2046081