Open Funding Opportunities

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Open Funding Opportunities2019-05-21T12:13:00-04:00

This page lists all Indiana CTSI funded proposals currently accepting applications. Clicking on the RFA title will provide you with further details for that mechanism. The “Click here to start a submission” link at the bottom of each RFA will take you to the CTSI grants system (which requires login) and allows you to start the application process. The “Return to your submission” link at the bottom of each RFA will take you to the CTSI grants system (which requires login) and allows you to return to an application that you have already started (once your account has been created if you are a new user).

The CTSI also has several resources to assist you as you plan your submission to any of the RFAs below:

ALL OPEN RFAs



Symposium, Workshop, and Conference Funding Program RFA

SUBMISSION DEADLINE – OPEN

The Indiana CTSI symposium, conference and workshop funding program is intended to facilitate sharing of ideas and findings in face-to-face discussion environments. The proposed symposium should include a translational research focus. The Indiana CTSI symposium program is specifically established to support sentation of new information to researchers in the Indiana CTSI that will establish research connections and lead to new research communication forums and ongoing collaborations. The application should describe how the proposed symposium will meet these goals.


Submission Checklist


  1. Scientific symposia includes a translational component lead in part by full-time faculty (Assistant Professor/Scientist or above).
  2. Requested support does not exceed $1,500. Please note: funds are not available to cover refreshments or entertainment expenses.
Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu / 317-278-2822

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Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Planning Grant

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 29, 2019

The Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships is soliciting proposals for the development of community-university partnerships to improve health, examine social determinants of health, or enhance health equity to result in future collaborative research proposals. The award can be used to establish new partnerships or to strengthen/expand existing community-university partnerships to solve critical health problems affecting Hoosiers. This award will not fund research pilots. The expected outcome of this partnership development award is the development of a future research proposal for opportunities such as the Trailblazer Award.

Awards will be up to $5,000 to allow for partnership growth and collaborative grant proposal development.

Contact Information: Gina Claxton, 317-274-7152 gclaxton@iu.edu

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Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 29, 2019

Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships is soliciting proposals for collaborative, community-engaged research projects focused on topics that have potential to improve health equity in Indiana. Examples of work include substance misuse, tobacco use, obesity prevention, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Trailblazer RFA will continue to focus on health equity through 2022. This RFA encourages and prioritizes projects focused on rural health.

Funding may be requested up to $25,000 over two years

Contact Information: Gina Claxton, 317-274-7152 gclaxton@iu.edu

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Molecular Therapeutics (MTP) Drug Development Service

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 1, 2019

The Molecular Therapeutics Program (MTP) within the Indiana CTSI created the Drug Development Service RFA as a mechanism to support and enable promising drug discovery research throughout the State. The program supports drug development services to promote the use of contract research organizations that offer absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME)-toxicology studies for lead compounds. Contract research organization (CRO) partnerships include Covance Inc., Q2 solutions, Albany Molecular Research Inc., CalChem Synthesis, Bio reliance, and Eurofins. Projects that seek to translate previously approved drugs for repurposing should include the background on the drug, its known properties, and current standing.

The MTP will provide seed funds and essential consultation to support drug development projects. Critical research proposal feedback will be provided from the team of experienced industry and academic experts within our internal advisory committee as well as through ad hoc, project-specific pharmaceutical expert reviewers.

Contact Information: Padma Portonovo / 317-278-2879 pportono@iupui.edu

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Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 29, 2019

The objective of the CTSI Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) pilot grant program is to 1) foster and encourage collaborations across the CTSI partner institutions and to 2) initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property (IP). The application will be evaluated on the quality of the proposed science as well as the application’s strength in clarifying the plan for leveraging the award toward the achievement of the two primary CTR objectives. Significant weight will be afforded in the review process for collaborative arrangements that have the potential to develop into a long-term partnership; one that uniquely positions the individuals to further their existing, or new, fields of research.

Applications to this program are limited to a total of $75,000 and are 24 months (2 years) in duration. Proposed projects should have at least two (or more) principal investigators / collaborators with equal contribution, from at least two of the six sponsoring affiliates for this program. Sponsoring affiliates include:
  • IU School of Medicine (IUSM)
  • IUPUI (non-IUSM)
  • IU Bloomington
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette)
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI)


  • Please see RFA for full eligibility criteria. Contact Information: ICReATE / 317-278-2822 icreate@iu.edu

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    Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Fund

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2019

    The Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Program supports purchase of commercially available research equipment to be used by groups of investigators, working together or separately, on innovative projects to enhance externally funded research and the mission of the Indiana CTSI. An applicant must be an IU Bloomington faculty member but applicants may include interested researchers at CTSI partner institutions.

    Applications require a 50% match from participating units.

    Contact Information: ICReATE / 317-278-2822 icreate@iu.edu

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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 3, 2019

    The Biomedical Research Grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine (IUSM) faculty that are full-time, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Assistant/Associate/Full Scientist. In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program: 1) research projects of investigators new to IUSM who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding; 2) research projects of established IUSM investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one (1) year duration

    Contact Information: ICReATE / 317-278-2822 icreate@iu.edu

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    Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 3, 2019

    The IUSM Research Enhancement Program is designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses) including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time Center/Medical Sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor or Assistant/Associate/Full Scientist at time of submission, are eligible to apply for a Research Enhancement Grant. Primary appointment must be in the School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this mechanism.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one (1) year duration

    Contact Information: ICReATE / 317-278-2822 icreate@iu.edu

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    Indiana Alcohol Research Center Pilot Project Program

    LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: July 1, 2019
    FULL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2019

    The Indiana Alcohol Research Center (IARC) is soliciting proposals for pilot projects from investigators who want to develop research on alcohol use disorders. Applications pertinent to basic mechanisms and genetic underpinnings of alcohol preference or compulsive drinking, tolerance, are welcome. The purpose of an IARC pilot grant is to allow an investigator to obtain preliminary data leading to extramural funding. Previous experience in research on alcoholism is not required.

    Pilot projects are limited to $50,000 (total cost) for one year An e-mail to dcrabb@iu.edu indicating the intention to submit a project, proposal title and a few sentences describing the project is required by July 1, 2019. The application deadline is September 1, 2019. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file via e-mail to dcrabb@iu.edu

    See RFA for additional information.

    Contact Information: David Crabb / 317-880-7060 dcrabb@iu.edu

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    Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 3, 2019

    Indiana University School of Medicine announces the availability of Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award to support cardiovascular research for young investigators or more senior investigators, embarking on a new research direction.

    Applicants must have an Indiana University faculty appointment in the Department of Cardiology, Department of Medicine to apply for research program support. Clinical fellows and postdoctoral researchers in the Division of Cardiology may apply for research fellowship support under a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology.

    Successful proposals will demonstrate scientific merit and a potential for generating extramural funding. In addition, prioritization will be given to those projects that utilize more than one IU Health hospital or facility for leveraging existing patient populations or clinical programs and/or projects that will potentially lead to improvements in the quality of care for IU Health patients.

    Applicants may request up to $60,000 total, although particularly meritorious proposals that have well-justified budget needs as high as $100,000 may be considered.

    Contact Information: Jessica Dye / 317-274-0990 jessdye@iu.edu

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