Foundation Funding

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  • Wellcome Trust - Mental Health Award: applying neuroscience to understand symptoms in anxiety, depression and psychosis

    Grant Amount:
    up to £5 million (estimated $6,242,500 USD)
    Deadline:
    Preliminary applications due July 23, 2024
    Category:
    Behavioral Health, Biomedical Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Mental Health & Depression, Neuroscience, Pediatrics, Social Science

    Additional Details: 

    This award will fund innovative projects that combine computational and experimental neuroscience approaches to improve understanding of symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychosis. You must address the following research priority: A focus on understanding the development, maintenance or resolution of one or more symptoms associated with anxiety, depression and/or psychosis.  

    Researchers must take a symptom-based approach rather than looking solely at diagnostic categories and are required to provide: 

    • Evidence that the one or more symptoms chosen are a core feature of anxiety, depression and/or psychosis (broadly defined; the one or more symptoms chosen may be transdiagnostic or specific to one mental health problem).  
    • A brief explanation of why the one or more symptoms chosen are important for people with lived experience of anxiety, depression and/or psychosis. This could be evidenced through existing qualitative literature and/or focus groups as part of project development.  

    Mental health conditions in scope: This funding call is focused on projects that investigate symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychotic disorders. This includes: 

    • all types of anxiety and depressive disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) 
    • all forms of psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia, postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder). 

    We recognise that the current diagnostic categories are imperfect but removing all categories or creating new ones also presents difficulties. Whilst we do not specify any particular diagnostic or classification system, we expect applicants to use a framework and measurement approach that fits the aim of their study and to provide a clear rationale for doing so. 

    For more information, please contact Allison Jones?jonesa70@msu.edu

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  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Investigator-Initiated Research Grants

    Grant Amount:
    $600K
    Deadline:
    Pre-applications due July 24, 2024; if invited full applications due July 31, 2024
    Category:
    Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to help people affected by MS live their best lives as we stop the disease in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever.

    The society invites applications for its research grants program. Grants of $200,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded in support of investigator-initiated proposals for research focused on addressing research questions highlighted in the Pathways to MS Cures Roadmap, which consists of three distinct but overlapping cure pathways: (1) stopping the MS disease process, (2) restoring lost function by reversing damage and symptoms, and (3) ending MS through prevention. Better alignment and focus of global resources on high priority research questions are also recommended. Applicants must clearly state the relevance of their proposals to at least one of the research questions outlined in the roadmap.

    The organization supports all types of research, including laboratory models, human studies, population-based approaches, and data-intensive investigations that leverage researcher and patient-reported outcomes. It values studies that promote synergies between researchers in diverse disciplines, adhere to sharing data and resource principles, and focus on underserved and understudied ethnic and racial MS populations.

    Applicants must possess an MD, PhD, or equivalent and be considered eligible by their institution to apply for grant support.

    For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.

    For more information, please contact Jess Bitting bitting7@msu.edu

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  • Tinker Foundation: 2024 Institutional Grant Cycles - Cycle 2- Democratic Governance

    Grant Amount:
    Varies, but typically up to $150,000 per year
    Deadline:
    Letter of Inquiry due by July 25, 2024 at 11:59pm ET
    Category:
    Elections & Politics, International & Global Development, Law & Legal Issues, Policy, Social Justice & Racial Equity

    Additional Information: 

    The Foundation funds research and advocacy, experimentation, scaling up of promising interventions, and exchange of knowledge and models – with the overarching goal of contributing to large-scale change in policy and practice. Grants will be accepted  

    Democratic Governance: We invite projects that work toward creating and consolidating systems of justice that are independent, effective, reliable, equitable, and transparent. We will consider proposals focused at the national or sub-national level, including those with comparative or regional components. Projects may relate to what could be called the “unfinished work of judicial reform,” i.e., the challenges and opportunities involved with implementing and operating within more recently adopted structures and frameworks.  

    Initial areas of interest include: 

    • Promoting transparency and accountability in the justice sector, both from within justice institutions and without (civil society monitoring, etc.) 
    • The selection, training, and assessment of justice sector actors, as well as developing next-generation talent 
    • Increasing access to justice, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups 

    Tinker will consider a range of project types and methodologies that match our overall grant-making parameters and capacity. These may include research and policy analysis, experimentation with new models and early scale-up of proven approaches, and exchange of knowledge across countries and contexts. We generally do not fund litigation efforts. 

    Funded activities may include, but are not restricted to, community engagement and capacity-building, applied research, measurement and evaluation activities, and workshops and conferences related to the Foundation’s areas of interest. We welcome collaboration among organizations in Latin America and prefer to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge. 

    The project must be focused on the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America, including: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela. 

    For more information, please contact Allison Jones jonesa70@msu.edu

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  • Tinker Foundation: 2024 Institutional Grant Cycles - Cycle 2 - Education

    Grant Amount:
    $20,000-$100,000
    Deadline:
    Letter of Inquiry due by July 25, 2024 at 11:59pm ET
    Category:
    Education, International & Global Development

    Additional Information: 

    The Foundation funds research and advocacy, experimentation, scaling up of promising interventions, and exchange of knowledge and models – with the overarching goal of contributing to large-scale change in policy and practice.  

    Education: Tinker welcomes promising projects from across the region that: 

    • Promote foundational learning recovery and acceleration. After extended school closures and inconsistent access to remote learning, many students have fallen well below grade-level standards. We welcome projects that seek to address these gaps. 
    • Evolve curricula and teaching approaches. We invite projects that involve work with school systems, educational leaders, and families to promote basic learning and implement evidence-based pedagogical approaches that increase educational equity and quality. 

    The education program will provide grants to civil society organizations in Latin America aiming to achieve these objectives. Some examples of interventions to be prioritized may include: 

    • Diagnostics and accelerated learning plans 
    • Teacher training and coaching 
    • Tutoring and complementary activities 

    We welcome projects at different stages of implementation, ranging from experiments and pilots of new models to impact evaluations for promising projects to strategies for scaling up proven interventions. 

    Applications to the Education program for this cycle should reflect the following criteria. You may also refer to Tinker’s general grantmaking guidelines for all other considerations. 

    • Funding and Project Duration. From $20,000 to $100,000 per year and up to two years of support, depending on the scope and scale of the project. We will consider projects of up to three years in extraordinary cases where projects focus on securing longer-term changes. 
    • Educational Level. Tinker will prioritize projects focused on primary school education where early evidence suggests learning gaps are most significant. Promising secondary education programs may be considered in exceptional cases. 
    • Type of Organization. Civil society organizations founded and based in Latin America will be prioritized. However, regional and international organizations with substantial on-the-ground presence and a proven track record of collaboration with local stakeholders may apply. 
    • School System. We anticipate many projects will involve working directly with school systems and educational communities. The Foundation generally encourages projects that engage public school systems and students, especially those that serve marginalized or vulnerable populations. The Foundation typically does not fund individual schools. 
    • Populations Reached. Given longstanding inequities in access to education in the region, the Foundation will prioritize projects that engage students with the following characteristics: residents of rural and low-income urban communities, Indigenous and/or Afro-descendant students, girls, migrants, and internally displaced people. 

    Funded activities may include, but are not restricted to, community engagement and capacity-building, applied research, measurement and evaluation activities, and workshops and conferences related to the Foundation’s areas of interest. We welcome collaboration among organizations in Latin America and prefer to fund institutions that are actively engaged with a broad array of stakeholders impacted by the identified challenge. 

    The project must be focused on the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America, including: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela. 

    For more information, please contact Allison Jones jonesa70@msu.edu

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  • BrightFocus Foundation: Macular Degeneration Research—Post Doctoral Fellowship Program

    Grant Amount:
    $200,000 over two years
    Deadline:
    Letter of Intent-July 25,2024; Full Application, if invited, due by: December 5, 2024
    Category:
    Biomedical Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    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. Eligibility Specific eligibility criteria include:

    • Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DVM, DO, OD or equivalent degree received no more than four years before the time of application. For clinician scientists, this application should be submitted within two years after completion of their final clinical training. Exceptions to the above four-year and two-year eligibility period will be considered under unusual circumstances. Candidates must submit a written exception request to BrightFocus and obtain approval before applying
    • Applicant may apply for this fellowship before completing their terminal degree, if they have a firm commitment from the laboratory head in which training will take place, and the applicant is the main author of the application
    • Fellowship may be performed in a non-profit, governmental, academic research institution, or at a forprofit including start-up and biotech institution
    • Previous recipients of this award are not eligible.

    For more information, please contact Larry Wallach at wallach@msu.edu

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  • BrightFocus Foundation: Macular Degeneration Research—New Investigator Grant Program

    Grant Amount:
    $150,,000 over up to three years
    Deadline:
    Letter of Intent-July 25,2024; Full Application, if invited, due by: December 5, 2024
    Category:
    Biomedical Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    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. No more than one grant in this category will be awarded to an individual, and consecutive awards will not be considered.  This research grant program is restricted to new and early investigators who have received their MD, PhD or equivalent degree within the past 10 years at the time of application. While BrightFocus designed this award with the intention of supporting investigators who are just starting an independent research career in macular degeneration research who do not have independent grant support, we will consider new scientists who also have new R01-or equivalent grant support if the research proposed is not overlapping with other awards. Exceptions to BrightFocus Macular Degeneration Research (Summer 2023) New Investigator Grant Program in Macular Degeneration Research Letter of Intent Guidelines 2 Guidelines last reviewed 05/15/2023 the above ten-year eligibility period will be considered under unusual circumstances. Candidates must submit a written exception request to BrightFocus and obtain approval before applying.

    For more information, please contact Larry Wallach at wallach@msu.edu

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  • BrightFocus Foundation: Macular Degeneration Research—Innovative Research Grants

    Grant Amount:
    $600,000 ($200,000 per year over three years).
    Deadline:
    : Letter of Intent-July 25,2024; Full Application, if invited, due by: December 5, 2024
    Category:
    Biomedical Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    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. BrightFocus will not consider applications that are only a derivative of the research already ongoing in the laboratory of the applicant, if they are currently in the macular degeneration field. Applicants who are experts in another field are encouraged to apply their talents to proposing innovative research in the macular degeneration field. Hopefully multiple awards in this category can be made each year, but BrightFocus will decline to make an award in this category in years when the scientific review panel decides that sufficiently novel research applications have not been proposed. Successful applicants will receive $600,000, payable across three years, pending a successful mid-point review showing substantial progress on the specific aims of the proposal.Specific eligibility criteria include:

    • Candidates must hold an MD, PhD, DVM, DO, OD or equivalent degree
    • Applicant must serve as the Principal Investigator on the project and have independent laboratory space
    • While some of the grant can be used to support salary for the PI, the percent requested should be limited to the lesser of 35% of the total grant request, or 35% of the individual’s salary. Co-PI salaries are capped at the lesser of 25% of the total grant request, or 25% of the individual’s salary. Note: Postdoctoral fellows should not be named as Co-PI on Innovative Research awards but should instead apply for the MDR Postdoctoral fellowship.
    • Applicants may currently be working in a non-profit, governmental, academic research institution, or at a for-profit including start-up and biotech institution
    • Previous recipients of this award are not eligible

    For more information, please contact Larry Wallach at wallach@msu.edu

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  • Beckman Foundation – Beckman Young Investigator Program

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $600K
    Deadline:
    https://www.beckman-foundation.org/programs/beckman-young-investigator/
    Category:
    Engineering, Natural Sciences, Science

    Additional Information:
    The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

     

    Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 ($150,000 annually) over the term of the project, contingent upon demonstrated progress after the second year of the award.

    Projects proposed for the BYI program should be truly innovative, high-risk, and show promise for contributing to significant advances in chemistry and the life sciences. They should represent a departure from current research directions rather than an extension or expansion of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged. Proposals that open new avenues of research in chemistry and life sciences by fostering the invention of methods, instruments and materials will be given additional consideration.

    • The BYI program funds promising young scientists early in their careers who have not yet received a major award from another organization. Proposals that already have substantial funding will not be considered for the BYI award (see eligibility for more information). 

    For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson at ande2476@msu.edu

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  • THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION – Grants for Projects Related to Agriculture, Education, Environment, and Health

    Grant Amount:
    up to $50,000
    Deadline:
    LOIs due by February 29th and July 31st
    Category:
    Agriculture & Natural Resources, Climate & Environment, Education, Gender; LGBTQIA2S+, International & Global Development, Nutrition & Food Security, Pediatrics, Water Research

    Additional Information: 

    Our Focus 

     Our grants support the specific types of programs, in specific geographic regions, that we believe address the most pressing needs in the world today. 

     Program Focus 

    We believe each of our priority program categories are linked by our overall goal to benefit an entire region. While grants are awarded to some organizations focused on one category, we look for partners who take a more holistic, community-based approach and are committed to delivering positive and sustained results. 

    • Agriculture: We support projects working toward agricultural sustainability in developing countries that suffer from the impact of population growth and climate change, poor technology, and policy and management issues. These projects help smallholder farmers with crop management, storage, timely market information, mobile phone-based training services, savings and loan programs, and resource acquisition. 
    • Education: We support programs that extend the reach of national education systems to remote and undeserved areas. This includes remedial education, access to technology resources, teacher training, and extracurricular projects. We also support formal and informal education programs in information technology and vocational skills in both rural and city communities that prioritize women and girls. 
    • Environment: We support projects designed to address air and water pollution, climate change, soil degradation, exploitation of natural resources, biodiversity loss, deforestation, desertification, and ocean acidification. Our grants focus on projects that ensure water quality and access, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), and eliminating vector-borne diseases and exposure to toxic chemicals. 
    • Health: We support community primary health programs as well as maternal and child health care. We also support programs that provided general health education including hygiene, family planning, and birth control. Finally, we support programs that extend the reach of healthcare to remote regions and sectors of countries while also working to extend the reach of national health systems. 

    Geographic Focus 

    We support US-based organizations serving vulnerable populations and communities in many parts of the developing world, including Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. We prioritize countries in which the need is great and the environment allows for successful outcomes. 

    For more information, please contact Allison Jones jonesa70@msu.edu

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  • Brady Education Foundation – Research Projects and Existing Program Evaluations

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $250K
    Deadline:
    Stage 1 Proposal due by August 1, 2024
    Category:
    Children; Youth, Education, Social Justice & Racial Equity, Social Science

    Additional Information:

    The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race, ethnicity and family income. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration among researchers, educators, and other stakeholders via the funding of research and program evaluations that have the potential of informing private funders and public policy.

    The Foundation supports research projects that have the potential to provide data that will inform how to address disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and family income for children from birth through age 18. The Foundation is particularly focused on supporting research that is consistent with a strength-based perspective (i.e., recognizes the challenges and trauma historically and currently experienced by different communities as well as each community’s strengths and cultural wealth) and has the potential to inform practice, major philanthropic giving, and/or public policy.

    For more information, please contact Adam Kingston at kingsto9@msu.edu

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  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher - Scholar Awards Program

    Grant Amount:
    $75K
    Deadline:
    August 1, 2024
    Category:
    Agriculture & Natural Resources, Biomedical Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Science

    Additional Information: 

    *Please note this is a limited submission opportunity. Only one applicant can be nominated per institution, per year. Please visit the Office of Research and Innovation for institutionally limited proposal instructions. 

    The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented early-career faculty in the chemical sciences at primarily undergraduate institutions. The award, which requires an institutional nomination, is based on accomplishment in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching. Institutions may submit only one nomination annually. All nominations for this award will be reviewed by the VPRI office.  

    The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program is open to faculty who meet all of the following criteria: 

    • From academic institutions in the States, Districts, and Territories of the United States of America that grant a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the chemical sciences, including chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. 
    • In departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. A potential nominee is ineligible if there is active participation or substantial research productivity in a Ph.D. program of another department or institution, or in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. 
    • Hold a full-time tenure-line academic appointment focused on the chemical sciences
    • Are after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and engaged in independent research and teaching primarily with undergraduates. 

    For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson ande2476@msu.edu

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  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Focus Grants

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $1.65M
    Deadline:
    LOI by August 1, 2024
    Category:
    Behavioral Health, Communication & Information, Medical & Health Sciences, Mental Health & Depression, Neuroscience, Policy

    Additional Information:

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention welcomes innovative research studies focused on understanding and preventing suicide. Biological, psychological, social, community and other approaches are of interest, and we encourage multidisciplinary research.

    Focus Grants are high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on one of the three areas outlined below. They are awarded in the amount of $550,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

    Short Term Risk: Implementation and/or dissemination science related to previously developed, evidence-based assessment(s) and/or intervention(s) for reducing short-term risk for suicide that can be applied in clinical settings.

    Reducing the Rate 20%: Explores interventions that target suicide prevention in healthcare systems, emergency departments, corrections settings, or among the gun-owning community, that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate.

    Blue Sky: Conducts innovative, impactful suicide prevention research that, by its very nature, is clearly beyond the scope of our Innovation Grants.

    For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson at ande2476@msu.edu

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  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Focus Grants

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $1.65M
    Deadline:
    LOI due by August 1, 2024
    Category:
    Behavioral Health, Communication & Information, Medical & Health Sciences, Mental Health & Depression, Neuroscience, Policy

    Additional Information:

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention welcomes innovative research studies focused on understanding and preventing suicide. Biological, psychological, social, community and other approaches are of interest, and we encourage multidisciplinary research.

    Focus Grants are high-risk, potentially high-yield projects that focus on one of the three areas outlined below. They are awarded in the amount of $550,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

    Short Term Risk: Implementation and/or dissemination science related to previously developed, evidence-based assessment(s) and/or intervention(s) for reducing short-term risk for suicide that can be applied in clinical settings.

    Reducing the Rate 20%: Explores interventions that target suicide prevention in healthcare systems, emergency departments, corrections settings, or among the gun-owning community, that, if implemented on a large scale, would reduce the annual U.S. suicide rate.

    Blue Sky: Conducts innovative, impactful suicide prevention research that, by its very nature, is clearly beyond the scope of our Innovation Grants.

    For more information, please contact Melissa Anderson at ande2476@msu.edu

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  • BrightFocus Foundation—Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grants—Standard Awards

    Grant Amount:
    Award of $300,000--$100,000 per year/3 years
    Deadline:
    LOI by August 2, 2024; Full application, if invited, by December 20, 2024
    Category:
    Biomedical Sciences, Drug Development, Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Science

    Additional Information:

    BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. BrightFocus is committed to supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster creativity and innovation in addressing complex scientific challenges. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are from groups underrepresented in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.

    The Standard Award provides significant funding 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.  Applicant must be allowed by institution to apply for and manage a grant award and mentor students.

    For more information, please contact Larry Wallach at wallach@msu.edu

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  • BrightFocus Foundation—Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program-Post Doctoral Fellowship

    Grant Amount:
    $200,000--$100,000 per year/2 years
    Deadline:
    LOI by August 4, 2024; Full Proposal, if invited: December 20, 2024
    Category:
    Biomedical Sciences, Drug Development, Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience, Science

    Additional Information:

    BrightFocus provides research funds for U.S. domestic as well as international researchers pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. These awards fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant's own independent research career.  BrightFocus is committed to supporting scientists from diverse backgrounds to foster creativity and innovation in addressing complex scientific challenges. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are from groups underrepresented in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. Applicant must be within 5 years of degree conferral.

    For more information, please contact Larry Wallach at wallach@msu.edu

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  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Clinician Scientist Development Awards

    Grant Amount:
    $192k-$231k three year stipend ($64k-$77k annually for three years, stipend varies depending on PGY level) plus $7,850 institutional allowance
    Deadline:
    Pre-application due August 7, 2024, Full Application due August 14, 2024
    Category:
    Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    Physician scientists (scientists with MDs, versus PhDs) are vital to research involving persons with MS. The National MS Society supports training for young clinicians committed to careers in academic medicine with an emphasis on MS research. The Clinician-Scientist Development Award supports 3 years of research training in an environment where talented young clinicians address problems in MS with the most current scientific tools.

    Base stipend is determined according to post-graduate year and is supplemented by a $7,850 institutional allowance, see here for a link to current fellowship stipend scales. This award cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or service. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see NMSS’ funding policies and procedures document (pages 34-37).

    For more information, please contact Jess Bitting bitting7@msu.edu

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  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowships

    Grant Amount:
    up to $225K (up to $75k/year for three years)
    Deadline:
    Pre-application due August 7, 2024, Full Application due August 14, 2024
    Category:
    Medical & Health Sciences, Neuroscience

    Additional Information:

    With the increasing number of new therapies being developed for use in MS, there is a need for physicians trained in conducting clinical trials. To this end, the Society established the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship Program, named in honor of its founder. Clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of therapies for multiple sclerosis are highly complex and require special expertise and knowledge to monitor this highly variable disease. This program provides the individual with an MD or equivalent medical degree with up to 3 years of formal training, under the tutelage of an established investigator, in key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.

    Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellows can request up to $75,000 per year as a stipend for salary, fringe benefits and/or tuition costs. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see NMSS’ funding policies and procedures document (pages 47-49).

    For more information, please contact Jess Bitting bitting7@msu.edu

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  • William T. Grant Foundation – Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $600K
    Deadline:
    Applications due by August 7, 2024
    Category:
    Education, Social Justice & Racial Equity, Social Science

    Additional Information:

    Our research interests center on studies that examine ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. We welcome descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. We also welcome intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality. Finally, we welcome studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers.

    We invite studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and we encourage investigations into various youth-serving systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.

    Applications for research grants on reducing inequality must:

    1. Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes, and show that the outcomes are currently unequal by engaging with the extant literature on the causes and consequences of inequality
      • We are especially interested in research to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes.
    1. Make a convincing case for the dimension(s) of inequality the study will address
      • We are especially interested in research to reduce inequality along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origin status.
    1. Articulate how findings from your research will help build, test, or increase understanding of a program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified

    Please note: 

    • Only studies that 1) align with the stated research interests of this program and 2) relate to the outcomes of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States are eligible for consideration.
    • We do not support non-research activities such as program implementation and operational costs, or make contributions to building funds, fundraising drives, endowment funds, general operating budgets, or scholarships. Applications for ineligible projects are screened out without further review.

    For more information, please contact Adam Kingston at kingsto9@msu.edu

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  • William T. Grant Foundation – Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $1M
    Deadline:
    Applications due by August 7, 2024
    Category:
    Education, Policy, Social Science

    Additional Information:

    This program supports research on strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We want to know what it takes to produce useful research evidence, what it takes to get research used, and what happens when research is used.

    Research evidence can be a powerful resource for policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, and others who make high-stakes decisions that shape youth-serving systems. In addition to informing policy formation and service delivery, evidence from systematic research can deepen decision-makers’ understanding of issues, generate reliable assessment tools, support strategic planning, and guide program improvement. But only if it is used.

    Studying ways to improve the use of research evidence will require new and innovative ideas, and we welcome creative studies that have potential to advance the field. Proposals for studies are evaluated on the basis of their fit with our interests; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform improvements to research use; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.

    For more information, please contact Adam Kingston at kingsto9@msu.edu

    Learn More about William T. Grant Foundation – Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence
  • Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research – Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge

    Grant Amount:
    Up to $1M
    Deadline:
    Applications due by August 7, 2024
    Category:
    Agriculture & Natural Resources, Climate & Environment, Nutrition & Food Security

    Additional Information:

    The Harvest for Health challenge is accelerating the development of underutilized crops to increase the diversity of foods in the marketplace. The initiative focuses on crops that are nutritious and have properties of interest to food and ingredient companies.

    Of more than 50,000 known edible plant species, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that only three crops – rice, wheat and maize – account for two-thirds of the world’s food supply. As a result, many nutritious, resilient crops remain underutilized, contributing to poor dietary diversity and health outcomes.

    FFAR partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to launch Harvest for Health Challenge to accelerate the development of underutilized crops, increasing the diversity of foods in the marketplace. The model developed through this initiative will predict underutilized crops’ potential as sources of functional and nutritious ingredients that could replace, complement or aid in reformulating the existing food products or developing new ones.

    Why Underutilized Crops?
    Underutilized crops can help ensure nutritional security in the face of climate change and provide diverse economic opportunities to growers. Additionally, consumers are increasingly seeking healthier, sustainable food products and global flavor-driven food experiences. Introducing new and exciting nutritious foods with various tastes and flavors will expand the food and agriculture industry’s consumer base and contribute to our food system’s health and environmental sustainability.

    Breakthrough Crop Challenge
    While underutilized crops have incredible functional and nutritional potential, the development of such crops for consumption or use in other products is prohibitively expensive and time-intensive. To attract more private sector investment in underutilized crop development, Harvest for Health is launching the Breakthrough Crop Challenge to develop a predictive model that can screen underutilized crops to determine a crop’s usefulness as a source of functional ingredients or nutrients.

    For more information, please contact Adam Kingston at kingsto9@msu.edu

    Learn More about Foundation for Food & Agricultural Research – Harvest for Health Breakthrough Crop Challenge