Research Funding

Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline May 13, 2015

This is a reminder that the application deadline for Grand Challenges Explorations is fast approaching.  Please see below for details.

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015, 11:30 A.M U.S. Pacific Day Light Time on the following topics:

Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:

Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Awards

Deadline:  July 1, 2015
Award:  up to $1.625 M

Initiator Award

For post-doctoral talent on the cusp of their research careers, Initiator Awards provide the means to establish independent careers, hire staff and—most importantly—focus completely on conducting their innovative research. Two-phases of funding are designed to support the transition from trainee to independent investigator.  Up to $1.625 M total over two phases.

  • Researchers in Postdoctoral Training
  • Phase 1 (mentored) $100,000/year maximum for 2 years
  • Phase 2 (independent) $325,000/year maximum for 5 years

Accelerator Award

For scientists early in their careers, Accelerator Awards provide the freedom to continue their work undistracted. This in turn will help to accelerate their research in novel areas that hold high promise for a breakthrough in the fight to Stop Diabetes.

  • Early-Career Diabetes Investigators
  • $325,000/year maximum for 5 years

Visionary Award

For experienced investigators with demonstrated success in another field to bring their expertise to diabetes research for the first time, Visionary Awards provide support for particularly innovative and transformational ideas that have the potential to have an exceptional impact in diabetes. Funding is granted in two phases, with transition to Phase 2 funding contingent on the success of Phase 1, as evidenced by productivity and continued dedication to diabetes research.

  • Established Investigators, New to Diabetes Research
  • Phase 1, $325,000/year maximum for 3 years
  • Phase 2 (competitive renewal) $325,000/year maximum for 2 years

To learn more about the available grant opportunities, and for nomination materials, please go to





35 Grants for Young Researchers

The shortage of funding for young researchers has long been akin to the weather: Everyone talks about it, but very little is done about it. Yet the scramble for funding is among factors that have discouraged young researchers from pursuing careers in science.

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