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Studies Involving Human Cells for Developing Medical Treatments

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TEDCO - Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)

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07/15/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland nonprofit research organizations, universities, and for-profit research companies to conduct studies involving human cells for the purpose of developing medical treatments. Applicants must pre-register a minimum of one month prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support human stem cell research that will aid in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of human diseases and injuries.

Stem cell research offers extraordinary promise for new medical therapies and a better understanding of debilitating human diseases, injuries and conditions. The MSCRF is therefore awarding Clinical Stem Cell Research Grants to organizations that wish to conduct clinical trials in the State of Maryland using human stem cells to advance medical therapies.

All research funded by the MSCRF must involve human stem cells. All types of human stem cells, as defined in the Stem Cell Act, are eligible without preference. The Stem Cell Act defines eligible human stem cells as follows: A 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.

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 

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. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 164125

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The total direct costs proposed may not exceed $650,000 for a maximum of 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that meet the in-State eligibility requirements specified below, and evidence the skills, experience, resources and support necessary to carry out the proposed research may apply for a Clinical Research Grant:

Maryland-based universities, not-for-profit research organization, for-profit, public or private research Companies of all types are eligible for this Award (i.e., those affiliated with universities, colleges, research institutes, medical centers and laboratories as well as those that operate independently). A Company is considered based in Maryland if its primary location of operations is in Maryland. Companies eligible for Clinical Research Grants must conduct all MSCRF-funded work in the State of Maryland.

Companies conducting Clinical research may be based outside of Maryland, in the United States, but the work funded by the MSCRF must be conducted at a site in Maryland.

Companies owned by women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in this program.

Companies and/or PIs that have received prior MSCRF funding may apply for this Award on a related or different topic. (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.)

Additional Requirements:

- Applications that involve a clinical trial must have an IND or IDE, cleared by the FDA for the therapy or device under study, before the Application is submitted to the MSCRF for review.
- Awardees shall 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”), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (“IACUC”) and, for Projects involving human embryonic stem cells ("hESC"), a Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee ("ESCRO/SCRO").

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:

Key Dates:

- Application Submission Deadline: July 15, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.
- Peer Review Date(s): August 2020
- Commission Review Date(s): September 2020
- Earliest Anticipated Start Date: October 2020

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

Potential candidates will be notified whether or not they are invited to submit a full Application approximately one month after the Pre-Application deadline.

Grant Applications must be submitted through the TEDCO on line submission system by July 15, 2020, no later than 5:00 p.m.

One signed paper copy of the Application must be submitted by mail to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund

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 collaborators in any number of MSCRFfunded Projects in the same funding cycle. However, they may apply to the MSCRF as the lead PI for only one new Award in any given cycle.

Clinical Projects shall require a 1:1 match of non-state money.

Contact Information:

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

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Paper copies should be sent to:
Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund – Clinical Program
Maryland TEDCO
7021 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, Maryland 21046

Questions about this RFA must be submitted by email to: Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.

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