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Medical Research Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies for
Medical Research Projects and Infrastructure

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF)

Deadline Date:

03/05/19 4:00 PM HST


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and units of government to strengthen basic and clinical medical research studies and Hawaii's research infrastructure. Applicants must register for an account before applying, which may take up to three days. The main goal of the program is to support a strong local medical research community that benefits the people of Hawaii.

Focus areas eligible for Clinical/Basic Research grants of up to $50,000 include:

-Alzheimer’s disease, mental or physical diseases related to old age
-Cancer, heart disease, or lung disease
-Immunology, genetics, or the medicinal uses of Hawaiian plants
-Prevent blindness, with particular emphasis on macular degeneration
-Type I diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

Research Infrastructure grants are eligible to receive up to $25,000. This priority area is not a research project, per se, but is intended to improve Hawaii's research organizational effectiveness. For example, support of organizational change, support new or existing research systems, or assist with inter-organizational collaborative efforts.

The intent of the Medical Research program is to support research proposals that are based on strong science and use proper protocols and assist in advancing Hawaii’s medical research community. Priority is given to research projects that t advance as many of the following elements as possible:

- Articulate biomedical relevance and potential to impact healthcare delivery to benefit the people of Hawaii;
- Are likely to lead to increased competitiveness for national funding by providing seed funding for gathering preliminary data;
- Support a new researcher (less than five years post-doctoral);
- Support a new line of research in Hawaii; and
- Are a collaborative effort in Hawaii-based research.

Please note: The MRAC that reviews all proposals includes scientists from a variety of disciplines in both basic and clinical research. Since your proposal may not be reviewed by a researcher in your specific discipline, the writing should be tailored for a more general medical/scientific audience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180089

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research Infrastructure Proposals: Up to $25,000

Clinical/Basic Research: Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Researchers will have eighteen (18) months to complete their research project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations are eligible to apply for a grant if:
- The organization is a 501(c)(3) organization or a unit of government.
- The PI is based in, and conducting their research in, Hawaii.
- The PI is at least equivalent to an Assistant Professor, including Assistant Research Professors and nontenure track (clinical) Assistant Professors. Lecturers, Instructors, Junior Researchers, or post-doctoral researchers are not eligible.

Please Note:
- Only one (1) grant proposal submission per PI will be accepted. This includes being identified as a Co-PI.
- A PI with a current grant may apply if the current grant is due to be completed within six (6) months of the RFP deadline date. However, if awarded, a new grant will not be released until the current grant is completed and all reports are received.
- A PI who is less than five years post-doctoral is considered junior faculty and must identify a mentor based in Hawai‘i with research experience.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit your proposal online by 4:00 p.m. HST on March 5, 2019. Applicants will be notified in June 2019.

Principal Investigators who have an online account may use their user name and password to access the online application. Principal Investigators who do not have an online account must establish an account. After this information is submitted, the Principal Investigator will receive an email containing their user name and password. This may take up to three business days so please establish your account early to allow ample time to complete your application and submit it by the deadline.


Contact Information:

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

Email the required information (listed in the RFP in Supporting Documents below) to to establish an account.

To apply:

If you have any questions regarding the proposal, please contact Elise von Dohlen of the Hawaii Community Foundation at 566-5585 (O‘ahu), toll-free from Neighbor Islands at 1-888-731-3863 or email

For technical assistance with the online application process, please contact the Help Desk at

Hawaii Community Foundation General Contact Information:

827 Fort Street Mall Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 537-6333

Hawaii Island
Waimea Office
65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Parker Square #203
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
(808) 885-2174

Hilo Office
117 Keawe Street, Suite 108
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-1206

4268 Rice Street, Suite K
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 245-4585

33 Lono Avenue, The Kahului Building, Suite 390
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
(808) 242-6184

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii