Foundation Funding Opportunities

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Sponsor: Burrough’s Wellcome Fund
Program: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Goal: Supports the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance careers in biomedical or medical research.
Amount: Up to 12 awards of $60,000 each over three years
Deadline: Full application due January 16, 2019 by 4:00pm ET
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Sponsor: The American Federation for Aging Research
Program: Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging
Goal: Supports the development of translational aging research by providing full-time research training and flexible and portable grant support to senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs.
Amount: Up to 7 fellowships of $120,000 each over two years
Deadline: Letters of Intent due January 22, 2019 by 5:00pm ET
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Sponsor: PhRMA Foundation
Program: 2019 Health Outcomes Research
Goal: Supports individuals beginning independent research careers in health outcomes at the faculty level. Funds a broad spectrum of issues related to health-care delivery, from studies evaluating effectiveness of a pharmaceutical intervention to the impact of reimbursement policies on outcomes of care.
Amount: Up to $100,000 over one year
Deadline: Full application due February 1, 2019
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Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Program: 2019 Innovation in Regulatory Science
Goal: Supports academic researchers developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions FDA and others make. Individuals trained in mathematics, computer science, applied physics, medicine, engineering, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and systems pharmacology, as well as other fields are invited to apply.
Amount: Up to $500,000 over five years
Deadline: Full application due February 6, 2019 by 4:00pm ET
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Sponsor: Klarman Family Foundation
Program: 2019 Eating Disorders Research Grants
Goal: Supports well-controlled, sufficiently powered research studies that directly investigate the underlying biology of anorexia nervosa, and the questions of how and why it develops and persists. Studies should ask important questions about the interface between behavior/cognition and neurobiology.
Amount: Up to $150,000 for 1-year pilot studies; up to $750,000 over 1-3 years for research projects
Deadline: Full application due February 14, 2019
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Sponsor: Dannon Company
Program: 2018-2019 Dannon North America Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship
Goal: Supports graduate students who excel in science and are interested studying the gut microbiome, probiotics and yogurt in human health and wellness. Proposed research should focus on wellness, long-term health and longevity, growth and development, or performance. Relevant topics may include the role that gut health, probiotics or yogurt on brain function, growth and development, digestive health, and weight management or heart health.
Amount: Two awards of $25,000 each
Deadline: Full application due February 25, 2019
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Sponsor: Thrasher Research Fund
Program: Early Career Awards Program
Goal: Encourages the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. Fund is open to a wide variety of research topics, but all funded projects deal directly with children’s health.
Amount: Approximately 15 awards of up to $25,000 each
Deadline: Concept Submission due March 12, 2019
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Various resources are available to Georgetown investigators. We encourage you to visit the Office of the Dean for Research (new window), Research Development Services (new window), and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.