Current Opportunities

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Next Gen Pregnancy Initiative 

Grant Amount: $500,000 over four years
Deadline: December 1, 2021

Additional Information -
Building upon the original goals of the BWF Preterm Birth Initiative, a recently convened Pregnancy Think Tank has helped shape the next generation of BWF preterm birth awards. Growing evidence suggests the interrelatedness of the duration of pregnancy, fetal growth, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, and maternal medical complications including maternal mortality.

Other areas of interest are climate change and environmental impact on pregnancy, complications associated with ART, and epigenome-wide association studies.

We seek to expand the scope of this award mechanism to capture these and other pregnancy outcomes as we believe they will be mutually informative and accelerate discovery. Each award will continue to provide up to $500,000 over a four-year period ($125,000 per year).

The initiative is designed to stimulate both creative individual scientists and multi-investigator teams to approach healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes using creative basic and translation science methods. The formation of new connections between reproductive scientists and investigators who are involved in other areas is particularly encouraged.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity. 

Link to Complete RFP


American Nurses Foundation: Reimagining Nursing Initative Pilot Program Awards 

Grant Amount: Up to $500,000 to $1.5 Million over three years
Deadline: October 25, 2021

Additional Information -
The American Nurses Foundation's Reimagining Nursing (RN) Initiative aims to elevate the nursing profession's capability to match future health demands by investing in opportunities for transformative change that lie at the intersection of education, regulation, and practice. To that end, the foundation is seeking grantees to pilot and evaluate bold new ideas and undertake this work in ways that enable others to replicate the pilot's success and accelerate widespread transformation in nursing.

The RN Initiative will award innovative pilot programs that equip nurses with leading-edge knowledge, tools, environments, and systems to deliver exemplary care. Each pilot may request $500,000 to $1.5 million over three years. The foundation is seeking pilot programs that address one or more of the following priorities that capture the key dimensions of the nursing profession: capability, quality, and reach:

Practice-Ready Nurse Graduates: Efforts to support innovations in competency validation and clinical preceptorship that ensure newly graduated nurses can immediately contribute to and succeed in a continuously transforming health delivery system.

Technology-Enabled Nursing Practice: Efforts to support the design and implementation of technology-based tactics and tools designed by nurses and for nurses that meaningfully enhance the practice of nursing.

Direct-Reimbursement Nursing Models: Efforts to expand nursing practice opportunities and elevate the value of nursing through direct reimbursement for nursing care delivery, management, and coordination outcomes.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity. 

Link to Complete RFP


Merck: Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness

Award Amount: Up to 500,000 EUR ($561,995 USD) per year for three years
Application Due Date: Rolling

The threat from newly emerging viral infections is one of the top global challenges for humanity. The recent COVID-19 pandemic shows that pandemic preparedness and having the right products and technology to fight infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential is of utmost importance. It is required to act quickly to limit further substantial damages to society, economy and ecology.

How can we leverage modern technologies to create new breakthrough solutions to be prepared for such exceptional but impactful circumstances? Which groundbreaking solutions can help to fight new viral infections and prevent spreading?

Merck is offering a grant comprising up to 500,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.

Proposals will be considered that leverage technological solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections. 

Pre-outbreak R&D Preparedness for pandemic disease:
- Assessing the priority of pathogens and diseases with epidemic threat
- Platform technologies to accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, vector control tools and delivery systems needed to control emerging health threats
- Innovative technologies for better personal protection equipment for infection control

Response during outbreak:
- Novel health technologies (e.g. AI, bioelectronics, diagnostics) for early screening of potential infected patients and treatment facilitation.
- Fast-track identifying, testing and production of effective drugs and vaccines during outbreak

Link to Complete RFP

If you are interested in applying, please reach out to Lynn Wong or Gwen Allouch with the Office of Advancement.


Fast Grants: Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

Award Amount: $10,000 to $500,000
Application Due Date: Rolling

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, Fast Grants invites you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. 

Fast Grants requires that funding be used solely to expedite COVID-19-related science. PI's should already be working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months;

What conditions apply?

  • You must use the grant to work on COVID-19-related science.
  • For six months, you must send monthly updates, summarizing your progress. These updates can be as simple as a single-paragraph email.
  • You must upload all manuscripts reporting work supported by the grant to a preprint server such as bioRxiv or arXiv upon submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • In line with Gates Foundation policy, Fast Grants will pay at most 10% in overhead costs to the university.

Link to Complete RFP

If you are interested in applying, please reach out to Lynn Wong or Gwen Allouch with the Office of Advancement.


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