Research Grant FAQs

How do I apply for a grant?

The grant application will be available ONLY during the time applications are being accepted. During that time, you can apply for a research grant on at ProposalCENTRAL.

What is the deadline?

Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2014 - March 2, 2015 for the 2015 grant cycle. 

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen?

No. However, the proposed research must be conducted in a non-profit research organization, a medical institution or an educational institution located in the United States. International scientists may be eligible to participate in a Team Award as a co-PI or team member, but not as a PI. Prior to submission, the interested PI should inquire for eligibility and obtain specific approval from the Program Director.

How many grant programs are currently funded by the foundation?

In 2015 the Foundation will fund four grant programs: Team Awards (up to $500,000 over a two-year period), Established Investigator Awards (up to $200,000 over a two-year period), Career Development Awards (up to $100,000 over a two-year period) and Medical Student Awards (up to $3,000 over a one-year period).

What is the difference between the programs?

The Established Investigator Awards are designed for senior researchers. The Career Development program is designed for junior researchers. The Team Awards are for teams aimed at unmet clinical needs. The Medical Student Awards are designed for current medical students.

How long is the research plan section of the application?

For the Team, Established Investigator and Career Development Awards, the research plan is limited to 6 pages, not including references. The Medical Student Award research plan is limited to 4 pages, including references.

How do I enter the research plan?

For the Team, Established Investigator and Career Development Awards, the research plan, along with all grant application documents, will be uploaded as a PDF in ProposalCENTRAL. The Medical Student Award application is emailed directly to the Program Director at

What information is included in the project plan?

The text of the research plan should contain sufficient information for evaluation by the review panel. The plan should cover specific aims, background, rationale, significance, results of previous research directly related to the project title, experimental design and procedures and references. References are not counted in the 6 page limit. For detailed information necessary for each application, please read through the Grant Process.

Are technician salaries supported under the Established Investigator Award program?

Technician, graduate student and other ‘junior’ salaries are supported because we are trying to encourage them to enter and stay in the field. 

Can an award be transferred to a new institution?

A grant can be transferred upon approval of the Program Director. For detailed criteria and instructions, please contact the Program Director at