May 2017 Foundation Funding Opportunities

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Please note the following grant opportunities. For application guidance and assistance contact

Carma Fauntleroy, Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1023 or

Sponsor: The Gerber Foundation
Program: Pediatric Research Awards
Goal: Supports new research projects that improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children in the U.S. from the first year before birth to age three. Successful proposals will produce ‘new’ information, treatments or tools that effectively change practices.
Amount: 10-15 awards annually of up to $350,000 over 3 years, including of Novice Research Grants which have a maximum of $20,000.
Deadline: Concept Paper due June 1, 2017
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Sponsor: Rheumatology Research Foundation
Program: Innovative Research Awards
Goal: Supports independent investigators undertaking innovative studies that advance research and generate new insights into the cause, progression, treatment and outcomes of rheumatic diseases. 
Amount: Up to $400,000 over 2 years
Deadline: Letter of Intent June 1, 2017
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Sponsor: The Children’s Heart Foundation
Program: Research in Congenital Heart Disease
Goal: Supports basic and clinical research in congenital heart disease, including, but not limited to: molecular genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, devices and procedural research (cardiac catheterization and surgery), and long-term care of adults with congenital birth defects. 
Amount: Up to $200,000 over 2 years
Deadline: Full application due June 2, 2017
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Sponsor: Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Program: CCF Research Grant
Goal: Provides seed funding for research that improves outcomes and quality of life for children aged 18 years or younger with all forms of cardiomyopathy. 
Amount: Up to $50,000 over 1 year
Deadline: Letter of Intent due June 14, 2017
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Sponsor: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Program: Pilot Research Grants
Goal: Funds high-risk pilot grants to quickly assess cutting-edge ideas or untested methods surrounding Multiple Sclerosis, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding. Supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.
Amount: Up to $44,000
Deadline: Pre-application due July 7, 2017. Full application, with institutional approval, due July 12, 2017.
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Sponsor: Thrasher Research Fund
Program: Early Career Award Program
Goal: Supports young investigators conducting medical research in children’s health under the guidance of a mentor. Goal is to provide small grants to new researchers who will go on to be independent investigators. 
Amount: Approximately 15 awards of up to $25,000 over 1-2 years 
Deadline: Concept Paper due September 19, 2017
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