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Research Funding Opportunities 

Please regularly visit the following Web sites and directly search for funding opportunities and deadlines in your research field.

Federal Agencies A central storehouse that lists all current funding opportunities from agencies of the United States government, including NIH, NSF, DOD, EPA, DOE, CDC, FDA, AHRQ, CMMS, and so on.

NIH Grants & Funding: A searchable database maintained by the NIH Office of Extramural Research on currently available biomedical research funding and training opportunities related to human health and diseases.

NSF Funding: The Foundation supports basic research and education in most fields, including biological, chemical, environmental, social, behavioral and economical sciences, collaborative research between universities and industry, and graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

USDA NIFA Grants: Supports research and fellowships on nutrition and health, education, environment, biotechnology and genomics, economics and community development.

AHRQ Funding & Grants: Supports research to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans.

PCORI Funding: Funds research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

DOD Grants: Department of Defense Appropriations Act provides funding for many peer reviewed biomedical research programs managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Such programs are usually announced between May and July for the following fiscal year.


Non-Federal Research Associations and Foundations (many of them offer New Investigator Awards)

Proposal Central (Alzheimer’s Association, American Association for Cancer Research, Neilsen Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lupus Foundation of America, Melanoma Research Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and others)

American Liver Foundation

American Asthma Foundation

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Institute for Cancer Research

American Lung Association

American Respiratory Care Foundation

Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis National Research Foundation

Beckman Foundation

Cancer Research Institute

Gates Foundation

Human Frontier Science Program

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Wellcome Trust

Additional Research Funding Opportunities

AACP regularly searches for other relevant research funding opportunities and makes them available below to our members.

Michelson Grant in Reproductive Biology: Found Animals is providing up to $50 million in multiple, multi-year international research grants through the Michelson Grants in Reproductive Biology for promising proposals in pursuit of a single dose, lifetime non-surgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female dogs and cats that also ablates sex steroids or their action. Letter of Intent Deadline: Continuous

IACP Foundation 2014 Grant Program: The IACP Foundation Research Committee is now seeking proposals for funding consideration.  Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and funding may be awarded in whole or in part.  A maximum of $10,000 is available per proposal for research conducted at or in conjunction with an academic institution. The IACP Foundation has also set-aside funds to stimulate practice-based demonstration projects and compounding pharmacists are encouraged to apply for these $2,000 grants. For more information on the grant proposal submission guidelines, download the 2014 Grant Program Request for Proposals here. Deadline: April 15, 2014

ARDF Alternatives Research Grant Program: The mission of the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) is to fund and promote the development, validation, and adoption of non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing, and education. Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that utilize human rather than nonhuman vertebrate tissue. Proposals are judged primarily on the basis of (1) the extent to which the project will significantly reduce or replace laboratory animals and (2) scientific merit and feasibility.
Deadline: April 30, 2014

AAPS New Investigator Grant in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism: The Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism Section of AAPS biennially sponsors a grant to support an academic scientist during the early stages of his or her career. The award is intended to support the research efforts of this outstanding individual who is engaged in carrying out research in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug metabolism. This research may include animal or human experimental studies or involve in vivo or in vitro experimental studies or involve in vivo or in vitro experimental designs. The research should be innovative and encompass a new frontier of science. Deadline: May 8, 2014

American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) Young Investigator Award: This award is intended to support a fellow or junior faculty member in clinical pharmacology or related field who is engaged in clinical/translational research. ASCPT broadly defines clinical research to be investigation in clinical pharmacology that is hypothesis-driven research that is focused on drug discovery and molecular research, drug development, drug action and disposition, clinical trials, regulatory sciences, therapeutics and outcomes research. ASCPT's focus is on human-based research. Deadline: May 10, 2014

AAPS New Investigator Grant in Pharmaceutics and the Pharmaceutical Technologies: The Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Formulation Design and Development, and Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics Sections of AAPS annually sponsor a grant to support new academic researchers during the early stages of their careers. The award is a one-time grant to be used to support the research effort of an individual actively engaged in training graduate students and carrying out basic research in pharmaceutics, drug delivery, and/or the pharmaceutical technologies. Deadline: May 13, 2014

AAPS David J.W. Grant Award in Physical Pharmacy: This award is intended to recognize outstanding scientists who have conducted fundamental or practical research that has had significant impact in the fields of physical pharmacy. Award recipients will be asked to discuss their research for which they have won the award at a special awards session. Candidates in all areas of physical pharmacy will be considered.
Nomination Deadline: May 13, 2014

Challenge Grant to Accelerate Drug Development for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Progress in developing effective Alzheimer's disease and dementia therapeutics has been hampered by a lack of short-term, sensitive biomarkers that correlate closely to clinical outcomes. The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) to issue a challenge grant for the development and validation of biomarkers that meet this unmet need. Letter of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2014

PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grant in Pharmaceutics: The purpose of these grants is to offer financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level. The areas of interest within this program are research efforts in the fields of pharmaceutics. Research projects that extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products are not acceptable in this program. This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have a general applicability. For the purposes of this program, pharmaceutics includes basic pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical technology and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Deadline: September 1, 2014

PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grant in Pharmacology/Toxicology: The purpose of these grants is to offer financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level. The areas of interest within this program are research efforts in the fields of pharmacology and drug toxicology. Research projects that extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products are not acceptable in this program. This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have a general applicability. In the field of pharmacology or toxicology, highest priority will be given to applications for research that attempts to integrate information on the mechanism of action of a drug or chemical at a molecular or cellular level with the drug's effects in the intact laboratory animal or human, encompassing the potential influences of biochemical, physiological or behavioral systems. Deadline: September 1, 2014

Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant: The ASHP Research and Education Foundation (ASHP Foundation) is offering a research grant program that will support practice-based research, related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI), conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation. A secondary goal of the program is to develop pharmacy residents' research skills while fostering development of mentoring relationships with more experienced senior investigators.
Deadline: October 19, 2014

Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant: The overarching goal of the ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant (PEG) program is to expand the number of hospital/health-system-based PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency positions for the 2014-2015 training year. Grants will be provided to support PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency training at eligible institutions. Deadline:  January 10, 2015

Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Research Grant: The Point-of-Care Testing Research Grant, supported by the Critical and Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Division, is to fund POCT outcome studies. This grant is targeted to clinical laboratorians who need limited research funds to explore new ideas in areas where funds are not normally available.
Deadline: March 15, 2015

Targeted Research Initiative for Health Outcomes: The Targeted Research Initiative for Health Outcomes grant program, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of America, encompasses a wide range of activities. This initiative targets an important need for research to understand how different components of health care systems affect outcomes in people with epilepsy. The purpose of this initiative is to support research that generates initial data leading to more extensive projects that will generate knowledge that will ultimately improve the healthcare of persons with epilepsy. The broad focus of the proposal includes methodological aspects of health and outcome measurement, health care needs assessment, nature and determinants of disparities in healthcare, methods of health care delivery, access to care, quality of life, comparative effectiveness research, insurance and healthcare system issues. Deadline: March 22, 2015

Last update 5/2/14                                                              Next update 6/2/14 

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Yuen-Sum (Vincent) Lau, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research and Graduate Education
Chief Science Officer
703-739-2330 ext. 1027

Katie C. Owings
Research and Education Programs Coordinator
703-739-2330 ext. 1026

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