Research Funding

Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) for Fellows

Deadline:  December 5, 2014; March 6, 2015; and June 5, 2015

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is launching a new GRFP opportunity for Fellows called the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).

The GRIP funding is similar to Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) in that selected Fellows are provided a $5,000 allowance to conduct research with a new research partner.  Fellows selected for GRIP will conduct mission-related research at federal facilities through internships with Federal Agencies. The Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 14-084) announcing the initiative and outlining the funding and application process can be found here.   Additional information can be found on the GRIP website.

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Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Physician-scientists who are both clinically trained and expert researchers are essential to the successful translation of scientific discovery into more effective patient therapies. They have the unique capacity to blend their insights from treating patients and working in the laboratory in a way that enables and accelerates medical advances. However, the pipeline of physician-scientists is dwindling. The decline in this vital cadre of cancer researchers is occurring at a time when cancer research holds the greatest promise of improving survival and quality of life among cancer patients. A growing shortage of physician-scientists means that major laboratory research discoveries will progress to patient application ever more slowly. If the shortage continues unabated, some may not reach patient application at all, thus presenting a crisis in cancer.

In an effort to confront the crisis arising from a growing dearth of physician-scientists, Damon Runyon wishes to encourage more physicians to pursue research careers. To do so, the Foundation is establishing a pilot program designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians (MDs only) into cancer research careers by providing them with the opportunity for a protected research training experience under the mentorship of a highly qualified and gifted mentor after they have completed all of their clinical training.

The goals of the program are to: • transform these individuals into the highest quality physician-scientists, capable of conducting research that has the potential to transform the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of cancer • eliminate the financial disincentive to entering this career path.

The award will provide up to $460,000 over four years in financial support for the award recipient. In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any outstanding medical school debt owed.

The 2015 application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014. Detailed information about the award, eligibility criteria, application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website, If you have any questions, please call the Foundation at 212-455-0520

Neurosensory CoBRE Pilot Research Projects RFA 2014

The Center for Neurosensory Systems, a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for pilot grants concerning the development and maintenance of function of the auditory, visual, and central nervous systems.  Applications can request up to $100,000 for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Proposals must indicate how the pilot study results will be used to support R01 or equivalent applications.

COBRE programs have a primary focus in career development and include a structured mentoring program, so preference is given to junior faculty members, researchers who are adding a new research focus, or clinicians starting a research program.  We will work with successful applicants to match them with an appropriate research and career mentor, and they are expected to meet regularly.  Preference will also be given to projects which utilize any of our sponsored core facilities (DNA Microarray & Sequencing, UNMC; Mouse Genome Engineering, UNMC; Tissue Science Facility and Imaging, UNMC and Creighton University; and Auditory Physiology, Boys Town National Research Hospital).

Who may apply:

Applicants must have full-time appointments of assistant professor or higher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, or Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Application Format:

Applications should reflect the format of R21 applications (PHS 398) and contain the following:

Biosketch of the applicant

Detailed budget for the first year

Specific Aims (1 page)

Research Strategy (3-6 pages) including Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Preliminary Data.  Since these are pilot projects, the Preliminary Data section may be used to demonstrate pertinent experience in related research.


Applications should be e-mailed in pdf format to Shelley Smith by October 10, 2014.  They will be reviewed by a local steering committee and by an external advisory committee, with anticipated award date of November 1, 2014.

For additional information please contact:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D.