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Grants to Maryland Investigators at IHEs, Medical Centers,
and Research Institutes for Innovative Stem Cell Research

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TEDCO - Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)

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01/16/20 5:00 PM - PIs must register online one month prior to the deadline.


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Grants to Maryland faculty at IHEs, medical centers, and research institutions for innovative stem-cell research projects. Applicants must register in the online submission system prior to applying. Funding is intended to support new hypotheses, approaches, mechanisms or models that may differ from current thinking in the stem cell field and have no preliminary data supporting the application. Grants will fund basic and translational research involving human stem cells. Individuals from under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All types of human stem cells, as defined in the Stem Cell Act: The Stem Cell Act defines eligible human stem cells as follows: human cell that has the ability to: (1) divide indefinitely; (2) give rise to many other types of specialized cells; and (3) give rise to new stem cells with identical potential. 

Under this RFA, MSCRF Grant Award funds may be used for the following direct costs, commensurate with the time dedicated solely to the proposed research:

  • Salary and fringe benefits for the PI and essential personnel
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Consultant costs
  • Contract services
  • Collaboration expenses
  • Travel and conference expenses
  • Publications and miscellaneous costs

Applicants must commit to making the results of their MSCRF-funded research readily available to others, through publications (preferably), public presentations or other accessible means.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164124

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total direct costs proposed may not exceed $300,000 per award. Additional MSCRF funds will cover indirect costs, not to exceed 15% of direct costs. The maximum amount per award is $345,000.

Term of Contract:

The projects is for a maximum of 2 years duration. The earliest anticipated start date is June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty at Maryland-based universities and research institutes (not federal labs) with innovative ideas to develop novel human stem cell-based technologies and cures are eligible to apply.

All MSCRF-funded personnel must conduct their work in Maryland and be employed or retained by an eligible Maryland-based organization while conducting such work. This employment or retainer may be permanent, temporary, full-time or part-time. Applicants from Maryland-based public and private, notfor-profit research organizations of all types (not including Federal research labs) are eligible for this Award (e.g., universities, colleges, research institutes and medical centers).

Applicants who have received prior MSCRF funding may apply for a New Award in a subsequent funding cycle on a related or different topic, under the same or a different MSCRF funding mechanism. A summary of the research progress and any publications and/or presentations that resulted from the former MSCRF funding must be included in the Appendix.

Each Application for an Award funded by the MSCRF shall have only one (1) PI, but may have multiple Co-PIs, Investigators and/or collaborators. PIs may participate as Investigators or collaborators in any number of MSCRF-funded Projects in the same funding cycle.

MSCRF funds may not be used to cover personnel costs of Investigators who are located and conduct the work outside the State of Maryland, regardless of whether such out-of-State Investigators are employed or retained by a Maryland-based or non-Maryland based organization. Applicants are permitted to include out-of-State Investigators and/or collaborators under the Discovery Research Grant if they demonstrate that no MSCRF funds will be used to support work or personnel costs for the out-ofState Investigators.

Purchase of equipment and supplies, publication costs, conference expenses, contract manufacturing and services and other non-personnel costs may be incurred outside the State of Maryland, in accordance with customary practices of researchers. Certain pre-Award costs are allowable. Applicants may, at their own risk, and without the Commission’s prior approval, incur obligations and expenditures to cover costs up to ninety (90) days before the
beginning date of the initial budget period of the Discovery Research Grant, if such costs are necessary to conduct the Project and would be allowable under the Grant, if awarded.

MSCRF funds cannot be used to support any Project that is or has been funded in its entirety by another funding source. However, an Applicant may receive complementary funding from another source to cover other work that is related to the same overall Project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2020, 5:00 PM.

PIs must register in the TEDCO on line submission system at least one month before the Application Submission Deadline.

- Application Submission Deadline: January 16, 2020, by 5:00 PM
- Peer Review Date(s): March 2020
- Commission Review Date(s): May 2020
- Earliest Anticipated Start Date: June 2020

Applicants may submit a Revised Application for an Exploratory or Investigator-Initiated applications that was previously reviewed by the Commission but not funded. Such Proposals must include in the Appendix the Application Number of the previous MSCRF submission, and a point-by-point response to the prior scientific review.

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

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Additionally, one signed paper copy of the Application must be submitted by mail to:

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund – Discovery Program
Maryland TEDCO
7021 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, Maryland 21046

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