Our University scholars are advancing foundational science and developing innovative solutions to overcome socio-cultural barriers and achieve health equity. We regularly update a list of funding opportunities below for the benefit of our affiliated faculty and partners. Our Program Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Vahapoğlu, is poised to assist faculty with individual searches. Contact Dr. Vahapoğlu for more information.
|Due Date||Keyword||Title||Organization||Amount||Description||Unique vs. Rolling vs. Annual|
|Promotion of Family Farming in West Africa||Fondation de France and the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI)||Up to 50,000 Euros||
The Fondation de France and the French Committee for International Solidarity (CFSI) are seeking proposals for a programme entitled “Promotion of family farming in West Africa” 2018 with an aim to boost local initiatives to increase access to food through viable and sustainable family agriculture in Africa, share their knowledge and experience on a wider scale and contribute to the documentation on the sustainability of this agricultural model.
The overall goal of this call is to:
- promote local initiatives to increase access to food through viable and sustainable West African family farming;
Maternal and Child Health
|Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development||USAID, Government of Norway, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, KOICA||Not Specified||
Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its eighth call for groundbreaking, sustainable innovations to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the hardest to reach corners of the world. In Round 8, Saving Lives at Birth seeks to catalyze scale and sustainability of the most promising solutions that bring together cutting-edge science and/or low-cost technologies, service delivery, and demand innovation in transformative new ways.
Saving Lives at Birth has mobilized the world’s brightest thinkers to address the critical issue of maternal and newborn health. Globally, an expansive pipeline of audacious maternal and newborn health innovations has emerged over the past seven years and to date, the Grand Challenge for Development has funded 116 unique innovations.
In the eighth call for solutions, there will be an increased focus on advancing the most successful and transformational innovations as they transition to scale. This approach has been a critical part of the global effort to bring an end to the 303,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million newborn deaths, and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur each year- a time when mothers and babies are most vulnerable and global progress in reducing mortality has been particularly poor. This gap in interventions is particularly acute in poor, underserved communities and among women who are disadvantaged.
We seek groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery. This is the period when the majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur and the population that has been the most difficult to reach.
We seek innovative ideas that can leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) “demand side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth.
|Advancing Public Health Research in Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)||Center for Global Health/CDC/DHHS||500,000||Centers for Disease Control (CDC) invites applications for cooperative agreements to: conduct and monitor epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory-based projects, surveillance, and research of important human diseases in Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) including but not limited to acute febrile illness, antimicrobial resistance and hospital acquired infections, respiratory infections and influenza, enteric illnesses, and other public health threats; and incorporate the results of research activities into operational disease detection, prevention, and response or control programs in the Central American Region and ensure increasing local workforce capacity and sharing of findings across the region and with partners. Other areas for research include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector borne diseases, environmental health issues effecting infectious diseases such as water and air, neglected tropical diseases, maternal and child health, birth defects and developmental disabilities, vaccine- preventable diseases, bio-safety, injury control and prevention, and other public health threats of local importance. A total of approximately $45.0 million is available.||Unique|
|RFA-DA-18-017 -- Improving Implementation of Seek, Test, Treat & Retain Strategies among People Who Inject Drugs in Low to Middle Income Countries (R01Clinical Trial Required)||National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS||Not Specified||National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites applications for developing and testing implementation approaches that scale-up evidence based interventions in low to middle income countries among PWID where they form an important component of the national HIV epidemic, including countries where PWID are a relatively emergent population for HIV cases. Projects need to align with national HIV/AIDS plans and provide models for large scale implementation, including QA/QC systems. Collaboration with local or regional PEPFAR and Global Fund programs is encouraged. Recently introduced syringe services and drug treatment settings should be leveraged as well as new health financing systems, criminal justice reforms or other local innovations that can be used to expand HIV prevention and treatment for PWID. Collaboration with NIH initiatives such as IeDEA (NIH’s cohort of cohorts co-funded by NIDA) and existing NIDA-funded projects is encouraged. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.||Unique|
|04/01/2018 and 10/01/2018||Global Child||Laerdal Foundation Saving Lives at Birth||Laerdal Foundation||Up to $50,000 per award||
The Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine was established in 1980 to provide financial support to practically oriented research and development in acute medicine. In recent years there has also been an added focus on projects related to saving lives at birth in low-resource settings.
The support will be focused on practically oriented projects helping achieve the UN Sustainability Goal no 3 (that in 2015 replaced the previous MDGs 4 and 5), aiming at
The Board particularly welcomes applications relating to:
|Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (RO1 Clinical Trial Optional)||National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS||Not Specified||The sponsors invite applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.||Annual|
|Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)||National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS||Not Specified||National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) invite applications to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children, by stimulating interdisciplinary research focused on maternal nutrition and pre-pregnancy obesity. Maternal health significantly impacts not only the mother but also the intrauterine environment, and subsequently fetal development and the health of the newborn. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.||Unique|
|05/07/2018||HIV/AIDS||Targeted Implementation Science to Achieve 90/90/90 Goals for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)||National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS||Not Specified||National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) invite applications for implementation research projects designed in partnership with global and domestic service providers, to target the particular needs in the selected community, to achieve the 90/90/90 HIV prevention and treatment targets identified by HIV/AIDS global leadership. The targets for HIV testing are that 90% of all persons living with HIV know their status, for treatment initiation that 90% of those diagnosed receive timely and effective antiretroviral treatment (ART), and for optimal treatment and preventive benefit that 90% of those on treatment achieve sustained viral suppression. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.||Annual|
|05/15/2018 and 11/15/2018 Concept Papers Due||
|Gerber Foundation||Gerber Foundation||Not Specified||
The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age.
The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.
|06/16/2018 10/16/2018, and 02/16/2019||
|Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)||National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS||275,000||The sponsors invite applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Positive health behaviors may include: developing healthy sleep patterns, developing effective self-regulation strategies, adaptive decision-making in risk situations, practicing proper dental hygiene, eating a balanced and nutritious diet, engaging in age-appropriate physical activity and/or participating in healthy relationships. Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors. This FOA will use the NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant award mechanism.||Annual|
|08/03/2018||Antimicrobial Resistance||Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid Point-of-Need Diagnostic Test Challenge||National Institutes of Health/DHHS||Not Specified||Through the "Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Need Diagnostic Test" Challenge (the "Challenge"), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are searching for novel and innovative in vitro diagnostic tests that would rapidly inform clinical treatment decisions and be of potential significant clinical and public health utility to combat the development and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. A total prize pool of $20.0 million is available.|
Nervous System Disorders
|Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan||Fogarty International Center/NIH/DHHS||Not Specified||
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for the conduct of innovative, collaborative research projects between U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) scientists, on brain and other nervous system function and disorders throughout life, relevant to LMICs (including neurological, mental, behavioral, alcohol and substance use disorders and spanning the full range of science from basic to implementation research). Scientists in upper middle-income LMICs (UMICs) are also eligible to partner directly with scientists at other LMIC institutions with or without out a US partner. Income categories are defined by the World Bank at http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups. The collaborative research programs are expected to contribute to the long-term goals of building and strengthening sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address nervous system development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work will also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project. This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.
|Environment Grants Program||Hewlett Foundation||Not Specified||
The Hewlett Foundation's Environment Program makes grants to protect people and places threatened by a warming planet by addressing climate change globally, expanding clean energy, and conserving the North American West.
|World Community Grid||World Community Grid||Not Specified||World Community Grid is seeking proposals from research organizations interested in harnessing the immense power of Internet-connected computers to accelerate humanitarian research.||Rolling|
|EIC Horizon Prize for 'Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid'||European Commission||Not Specified||
The challenge consists of developing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid based on frugal application of advanced technologies.
The European Union and its Member States are major humanitarian donors. Humanitarian crises and disasters have increased in number, complexity and severity over the last 25 years. Given the scale of today’s crises and disasters, funding to cover humanitarian needs cannot keep up. The humanitarian system is being challenged to do more, for more people, and at greater cost. Cooperation between international organisations and NGOs responding to crises, end-users and local actors, research and scientific communities and the private sector is crucial in this respect. Introducing innovative solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid could help enhance the humanitarian response, which is particularly important for those in a most vulnerable situation.
Solutions should be developed through a frugal innovation approach, and should be novel and based on advanced technologies and services, demonstrating the added value and potential of one or more advanced technologies (not only limited to Information and Communication Technology). Tested and proven in humanitarian aid delivery, these solutions should be safe, scalable, resource-sustainable, replicable and usable in other contexts.
Innovative solutions should be inclusive, i.e. co-created and developed by different stakeholders with local actors, and accessible to a large number of people in a given context of humanitarian aid delivery settings.
|Global Innovation Fund||Global Innovation Fund||Not Specified||The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. We support innovators at all stages of development. Through grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million, we back innovations with the potential for social impact at a large scale, whether they are new business models, policy practices, technologies, behavioural insights, or new ways of delivering products and services that benefit the poor in developing countries.||Rolling|
|Continuous Submission - Application Period Opens October or November||Vodafone Americas Foundation||Wireless Innovation Project||Vodafone Americas Foundation||Up to $600,000||
The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™ (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.
Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:
Social Issue Areas: Access to communication, Education, Economic development, Environmental Health
Technical Issue Areas: Connectivity, Energy, Language or Literacy hurdles, Ease of use
|Charitable Contributions Program||FedEx||Not Specified||
FedEx will invest more than $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world through FedEx Cares, its new global giving platform. FedEx Cares will focus on the following five pillars of strategic investment:
Delivering for Good - Using the company’s global network to deliver resources where they are needed most in times of disaster and for special shipments.
Sustainable Transportation - Developing solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully.
Employment Pathways - Leveraging its global reach to provide pathways to success for teens and young adults in underserved populations.
Road Safety - Applying its expertise and global reach in road safety to protect pedestrians and make roads safer.
Global Entrepreneurship - Advancing women and minority-owned small businesses and continuing to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, helping them access new markets and grow.
|Continuous Submission||Middle East||Grants Program||Jabara (Violet) Charitable Trust||Not Specified||The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust makes grants to organizations which work in developing countries in the Middle East, and to American organizations which promote deeper understanding of Middle East issues and culture in the United States.||Rolling|
|Environment Grants Program||Hewlett (William & Flora) Foundation||Not Specified||The Hewlett Foundation's Environment Program makes grants to protect people and places threatened by a warming planet by addressing climate change globally, expanding clean energy, and conserving the North American West.||Rolling|
|USAID BAA for Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa||U.S. Agency for International Development||Not Specified||This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions that address development challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites interested parties to participate with USAID to identify innovative thinking, best practices and promising programs that will create more strategic, focused, results-oriented, cost-effective and practical options that will further the US Government’s goal of improving the impact of its policies and programs on Africa’s poor. USAID, through the Bureau for Africa (USAID/AFR), aims to develop and test innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions that will accelerate progress towards eliminating extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. This BAA specifically seeks to incorporate new ideas that will directly and positively influence USAID’s programs and policies, including, but not limited to, support for SSA institutions to deliver services and manage programs that contribute to sustainable development.||Rolling|
|Deadline Passed for 2018||
|Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program (VAP) Small Research Grant Program (R03)||National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS||100,000||National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) invites applications for collaborative vaccine-related research projects that ultimately reduce the burden of infectious diseases of importance in India, the U.S., the South Asian region and globally. Applications are encouraged from organizations/institutions that propose to conduct vaccine-related research through U.S.-Indo collaborations on a variety of infectious diseases, including immunologic characterization. This program will use the NIH Small Research Grant (R03) award mechanism.||Annual|
|Deadline Passed for 2018||Exploratory and Developmental Work||NIMH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)||National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS||275,000||
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for exploratory and high-risk research projects that fall within the NIMH mission by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methods, measures, models, or strategies, or to the generation of pilot or feasibility data. The preliminary work from these studies could lead to a major impact on biomedical, behavioral, or clinical mental health research, or on the delivery of mental health care. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.