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Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR) Grant

Grants to Oklahoma Principal Investigators to Support Research
in Regenerative Medicine and Adult Stem Cells

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Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR)

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Grants to Oklahoma principal investigators affiliated with universities, research institutions, or private industries to support research in regenerative medicine and adult stem cells. Funding is intended for specific research projects, travel and education, enabling technology, and the purchase of shared instrumentation.

Types of grants:
- Research Grants should be focused on adult stem cells and/or regenerative
medicine. For applications focused on adult human stem cells, OCASCR defines adult human stem cells as those obtained from umbilical cord blood or other adult samples. For applications focused on regenerative medicine, those projects related to diseases caused by smoking or obesity (i.e. cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.) will be prioritized. Studies involving experimental animals and model systems will be considered. Reprogramming of adult cells for use in tissue regeneration and stem cell-based reconstruction are of interest, as are studies devoted to a better understanding of tissue-specific stem cells, development, and regeneration.
- Shared Equipment Grants: Requests for shared equipment should include a manufacturer’s quote and information about users. The instrumentation should be part of a core facility and available to investigators in other institutions. The budget should only include the cost of the equipment.
- Education and Travel Grants: Requests can be made for support to attend educational opportunities regarding stem cells and/or regenerative medicine, participate in courses, or train in other laboratories. Support will also be considered for “mini-sabbaticals” to learn stem cell and regenerative medicine-related technology.
- Enabling Technology Grants: Investigators with current OCASCR funding or federal funding for stem cell and/or regenerative medicine research may apply for help in obtaining enabling technology, such as commercially available animal models, monoclonal antibody preparation, or genetic assays. The enabling technology should have the potential to make the investigator’s stem cell and/or regenerative medicine research more competitive for subsequent or additional federal funding.

OCASCR is aware that there may be other valuable ways to support adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research, and inquiries are welcome. For example, partial salary support might be requested for personnel in core facilities that are heavily used by OCASCR grantees. A successful proposal would have to document need and show how this funding mechanism would be uniquely valuable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158057

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no formal limit but it would be unlikely for a research project to be funded for more than $150,000 in direct costs per year. To date, most awards have averaged around $100,000.

Term of Contract:

OCASCR grants are awarded for 1 year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Oklahoma Principal Investigator working with adult stem cells and/or regenerative medicine is eligible to apply. Applications from universities, research institutions and private industry are welcome. Thus far, all successful applicants have been experienced PIs. However, the funds might be appropriate for establishing new labs, provided that there is evidence of independence and all criteria listed below are satisfied.

To be eligible to receive an OCASCR grant, the principal investigator must meet the following criteria:
- Hold a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) or equivalent degree (i.e. D.O.);
- Be a professional or faculty member (Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor) at an appropriate educational, medical or research institution; research track investigators or trainees are not eligible.
- Be qualified to conduct and mentor a program of original research within their own independent laboratory;
- Assume both administrative and financial responsibility for the grant; and
- Have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are awarded twice yearly for start dates on July 1 and January 1. The next deadline is September 11, 2019.

Submit the application form and supporting documents as one PDF file via email to with subject line “grant request.” Do not send the proposal to any other email. You will receive a return email indicating delivery. If you do not receive a return email with 24 hours, please contact Kelly Gentry.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application form and supporting documents as one PDF file via email to, with subject line “grant request.”

Kelly Gentry

Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research
825 NE 13th, MS #1
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma