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Grants to Rhode Island Biomedical Researchers for Research Projects in Biomedical Sciences

Medical Research Grants


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
169983

Funding Source
The Rhode Island Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/20/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Rhode Island biomedical researchers to support research projects. Funding will be provided as seed money to conduct new biomedical investigations and clinical, laboratory, and population-based research projects. In addition, funding is available to assist with the resubmission of proposals.

There are two funding opportunities:

  • To provide support to new investigators as seed money or for pilot projects;
  • To provide support to improve already highly rated NIH research proposals for re-submission

In addition to limited funding for general medical research, areas of interest with designated funding include infectious diseases, cardiac research, coronary artery disease, cerebral accidents, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and performance enhancing substances.

Seed Grants

Seed Grants are provided to Assistant and Associate Professors at Rhode Island academic or hospital institutions. Grants are generally targeted to faculty who have received faculty level appointments within the past five years and are one-time awards.

Funding may be used for supplies, research animals, support personnel, and other operating costs. 

Resubmission Grants

Resubmission Grants are to help bridge research and help improve already highly rated NIH research proposals for re-submission. The applicant must have already applied for an NIH grant within the last 24 months that was discussed by the relevant study section, scored in the top 50th percentile, but was not funded. Applicants cannot have an active RO1 grant that extends beyond 12 months from the time of application

Strong preference for Resubmission Grants will be given to more junior faculty at Rhode Island academic or hospital institutions. 

Funding may support activities including data gathering, travel, equipment time, purchase of supplies or other activities that are expected to improve the competitiveness of a planned resubmitted research proposal. 

Criteria used to evaluate proposals include:

  • Significance of the research
  • Soundness of the methodology
  • Feasibility of the research project
  • Demonstration of independent research program
  • If an applicant identifies as a member of an Underrepresented Population using the NIH categorization (For more information on NIH categories, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html)
  • For Seed Grants only: Likelihood of applicant successfully pursuing future awards
  • For Seed Grants only: Likelihood of the project transitioning to external funding (e.g. NIH RO1 funds)
  • For Resubmission Grants only: Likelihood that the project will receive funding after resubmission for NIH funding


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Biomedical researchers throughout Rhode Island are eligible to apply.

Ineligible
Seed Grants:
The Foundation generally does not provide funds for permanent equipment, equipment maintenance, travel, or printing unless it is part of the research itself. In most cases, this program does not provide funds for salary support of the principal investigator. Due to the limited funds available, the Foundation does not cover charges for overhead by the applicant hospitals and universities.

Resubmission Grants:
- Grants are limited to individuals with faculty level appointments and are not awarded to individuals holding training positions, such as clinical specialty fellows or postdoctoral fellows, at the time of initiation of the proposed research.
- In most cases, this program does not provide funds for salary support of the principal investigator. Due to the limited funds available, the Foundation does not cover charges for overhead by the applicant hospitals and universities.

Pre-Application Information
Important dates:
- Applications must be received by October 20, 2023 at 5:00 pm.
- Awards will be available between April 1 and July 1, 2023, subject to receipt of all documents (i.e. IRB/IACUC approval, if required).

Awards are contingent on IRB/IACUC written approval. If IRB/IACUC approval is not required, an institutional letter of exception is required.

Grant Program FAQs: https://rifoundation.org/grants-scholarships/find-a-grant-opportunity/grant-program-faqs

Estimated Size of Grant
The Medical Research Grants program awards grants of up to $25,000 each.

Term of Contract
Seed Grants:
- The proposed grant period for a Seed Grant is 18 months from the time funds are disbursed.
- Only under unusual circumstances will a proposal for second-year funding be considered.

Resubmission Grants:
- The proposed grant period for a Resubmission Grant is 12 months from the time funds are disbursed.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5741?SA=SNA&FID=35120

Please contact the Grants Database Coordinator, Ian Ross, if you have any issues logging in: iross@rifoundation.org or (401) 427-4012.

Zachary Nieder
Senior Strategic Initiative Officer
(401) 427-4051
znieder@rifoundation.org

Please feel free to reach out at (401) 427-4041 or by emailing grants@rifoundation.org.

Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 274-4564
info@rifoundation.org

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