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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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01/14/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland faculty members at IHEs, medical centers, and research institutes for innovative research involving human stem cells. Applicants must register in the online submission system prior to applying. Funding may be used for basic and translational research projects.

This Request for Applications is soliciting Applications for research grants that are designed to attract and support Investigators working on new and innovative hypotheses, approaches, mechanisms or models that may differ from current thinking in the stem cell field and have no preliminary data supporting the Application. 

All research funded by the MSCRF must involve human stem cells. Animal cells may be used to supplement studies with human stem cells. 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 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164124

Estimated Size of Grant:

Max amount per Award is $345,000.

Term of Contract:

Maximum of 2 years duration. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from Application to Application, the size and duration of Awards may also vary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who can apply: Faculty at Maryland-based Universities/Research Institutes (not federal labs) with innovative ideas to develop novel human stem cell-based technologies and cures.

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).

Individuals from under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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 cannot be used to support any Project that is or has been funded in its entirety by another funding source. 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

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Applications must be submitted through the TEDCO on line submission system by January 14, 2021, no later than 5:00 p.m. PIs must register in the TEDCO online submission system at least one month prior to the Grant Submission Deadline.

Any one candidate may apply to the MSCRF as the PI for only one new Award in any given cycle.

Applicants may submit a Revised Application for a Discovery applications that was previously reviewed by the Commission but not funded. 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.

Awardees will receive MSCRF funds only after providing documentation to TEDCO confirming that the research to be conducted with MSCRF funds has been approved by the relevant Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (“IACUC”). Awardees conducting research that involves human embryonic stem cells ("hESC") must provide documentation of approval by a Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee before MSCRF funds shall be released.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

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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