Open Funding Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities2020-10-16T12:48:23-04:00

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



Global Health Reciprocal Innovation Planning Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Planning Grant applications are accepted year-round while funds are available

The goal of this request for applications (RFA) is to facilitate the planning and designing of reciprocal innovation projects focusing on one of the identified priority areas: chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity; improve health outcomes for infants and their mothers; reduce substance use disorders, such as alcohol abuse and opioid addiction; and increase access to healthcare. Activities in this RFA will be implemented through principal investigators from Indiana CTSI institutions (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame) and collaborative partnerships between Indiana state health partners, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, health systems, government agencies, and partners from low- or middle-income countries (LMIC). The planning efforts must demonstrate an understanding of shared health challenges in underserved communities in Indiana and LMIC partner sites, as well as a commitment to the development of new programs or partnerships that will result in the development and demonstration of reciprocal innovation projects.

This award is designed to provide preliminary support for investigators to establish partnerships, develop project teams, identify promising health innovations for demonstration, develop evidence to support the demonstration of a reciprocal innovation in Indiana or at an LMIC partner site, conduct training to prepare for a reciprocal innovation demonstration project, and other activities needed to prepare competitive demonstration grant applications for reciprocal innovation.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 for a period of 1 year.

University of Notre Dame Matching Funds: University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health will provide up to $10,000 matching funds for successful Notre Dame faculty and affiliated members of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Researchers who meet this criterion may submit a budget inclusive of this additional funding. For questions on eligibility, please contact Nydia Morales-Soto (nsoto@nd.edu).

Contact Information: Rish Chauhan O’Brien rchauhan@iu.edu

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Activity-Based Therapy Program for the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

The overall objective of this program is to foster and encourage activity-based therapy programs for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques, and neuronal recovery.

The initiative for funding activity based therapy programs consists of two funding mechanisms: 1) an RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity based” approaches for traumatic spinal cord injury persons, and 2) an RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity based” approaches for traumatic brain injury persons.

Applications for each RFA may be submitted for up to a maximum requested amount of $150,000 for the total duration of the project. Programs must be conducted in compliance with all state and federal laws.

Contact Information: Translational Research Development Program 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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Postdoc Challenge Grant Funding to Use CTSI Designated Core Facilities

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 4, 2021

The Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral researchers at Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in areas related to translational research through the use of one or more of the CTSI-designated core facilities at any of the partner universities. This is a competitive opportunity for a $5,000 award in the form of an expense account for use of core facility services. Funding is to be used only for services provided by the core facilities. Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities are listed on the CTSI website. (https://www.indianactsi.org/servicecores)

Applications to this program are limited to $5,000 and are of one (1) year duration.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the informational workshops listed in the RFA.

Contact Information: Tommy Sors tsors@purdue.edu

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Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 1, 2020

The overall objective of the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research program is to foster and encourage research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques, and neuronal recovery. Collaborations are encouraged between Indiana-based researchers as well as with researchers located outside the state of Indiana, including researchers in other countries. Salary support for collaborators outside of Indiana will be limited, however.

Maximum requested amount:
  • Basic science proposals may request up to $80,000 per year for two years
  • Clinical research proposals (i.e. involving human subjects, human biological samples, or data from human subjects) may request up to $100,000 per year for two years
  • Early commercialization proposals targeting new technologies (i.e. diagnostic or therapeutic drugs / devices) may request up to $100,000 for one year


  • Priority will be given to:
  • Junior investigators (within 5 years of their last training period at the time of submission)
  • Researchers embarking on a new research direction
  • Returning investigators whose prior awards have resulted in demonstrable movement along the translational spectrum (e.g. from in vitro to in vivo) and/or led to extramural research support
  • Early commercialization research that is reasonably expected to lead to future funding (SBIR/STTR, private investment)


  • Contact Information:317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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    Indiana CTSI – IU Kelley MBA Core & Project Business Management Assistance

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 23, 2020

    The Indiana CTSI, jointly with the IU Kelley School of Business, is providing an opportunity to receive business management assistance by teams of Kelley School of Business students (2-5 students per project) for any Cores, resources, programs and units that provide a central service to CTSI investigators (see RFA for examples of assistance).

    Students are part of the IU Bloomington Kelley residential-MBA program independent study program for course credit and the duration will be 8 weeks. Selected awardees will be expected to engage with the MBA students on the initial project scope (2 hours), additional follow-up or onsite meetings (8-12 hours) and a final project close-out (1-2 hours).

    Selected projects will commence in early March 2021 and will be completed by early May 2021.

    Contact Information: Rob Dimmitt, Sr. Director, Research Administration and Finance rdimmitt@iu.edu

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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 18, 2021

    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: 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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    Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 18, 2021

    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. This does not include the IUPUI campus. 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: 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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    Showalter Trust

    DEADLINE FOR ROUTING TO ORA: January 11, 2021 5:00 PM
    DEADLINE FOR UPLOADING ORA APPROVED PROPOSAL: January 18, 2021 11:59 PM


    Since 1975, IUSM has received research funding through gifts made possible from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. The areas of appropriate biomedical research, eligible for funding, are broad and described by the benefactors as “the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.” Donor intent prohibits the use of Showalter Trust funds for research in psychiatry, sociology, or social studies.

    Only current full-time faculty (non-visiting status) having a primary appointment in IUSM and a rank of assistant professor or assistant scientist are eligible to apply for funding from the Showalter Research Trust. Note that the same proposal may not be submitted as both a Biomedical Research Grant and a Showalter Trust application. If eligible for both programs, the investigator is encouraged to submit to the Showalter Trust.

    Applications for funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust will be reviewed in two stages. An initial review by the IUSM Biomedical Research Committee (BRC) will select the most meritorious proposals for further discussion and ranking. The BRC will then provide a recommended ranking to the Showalter Trustees who conduct a second review. Final funding decisions are made by the Showalter Trustees.

    Applications should have a maximum requested amount of $75,000.

    Contact Information: 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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    Indiana University Health Values Fund Grant Pilot & Feasibility Program - Research

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 14, 2020

    Indiana University Health will invest in the conduct of clinically relevant research that is scientifically meritorious and medically sound, and has a clear benefit to Indiana University Health and the population it serves. The research projects funded by this program must conform to and support the Values Statements of Indiana University Health.

    Priority areas of funding (other projects may be supported, as well) supported by Indiana University Health include the following areas:
    1. Outcomes Research - Discovery of new knowledge and the development of new diagnostic, treatment and prevention modalities to improve patient care outcomes.
    2. Promotion of health in the population and the provision of health care of the highest quality to its patients while also aiding the hospital to become more efficient.
    3. Projects that demonstrate collaboration between any Indiana University Health hospital campuses including system hospitals in the area of telehealth.
    4. Telehealth/Virtual Care research focused on telehealth’s efficacy and patient care outcomes.


    Applications to this program are limited to $150,000 over a three (3) year duration , with a $50,000 per year maximum.

    Contact Information: GrantsAdministration@iuhealth.org

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    Indiana University Health Values Fund Grant Pilot & Feasibility Program - Education

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 14, 2020

    Indiana University Health’s strength in providing excellent patient care is partially based on involvement in the continuous development of new, pre-eminent health care professionals throughout the entire workforce and innovative care delivery models. The Indiana University Health is seeking applicants for the IUH Pilot and Feasibility Education Program.

    The funding preference for the 2021 Values Fund for Education grants will focus on curriculum development pertaining to:
    1. Healthcare disparities and inequities, with curriculum benefiting healthcare providers and not focused on a community audience and
    2. Creation of educational programs around how to use or how to improve utilization of telehealth/virtual healthcare, again with the identified user being healthcare professionals, not community members.

    If applicants wish to submit other innovative projects/highly significant educational programs, they may be considered if funding is available. (See List of Scholarly Concentrations in the RFA)

    Funding is limited to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two years.

    Contact Information: GrantsAdministration@iuhealth.org

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    Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research (KL2)

    CV SUBMISSON DEADLINE: December 16, 2020
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 04, 2021


    Emphasis of CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Awards in Clinical - Translational Research are to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research (referred to as T1 research) toward the development of new treatment options or interventions or clinical trials (referred to as T2 research) to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation (referred to as T3 research) to studying population health outcomes and health metrics (referred to as T4 research). The phases of translational research may not necessarily be linear and can jump steps depending on the research project and the starting point. The goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages. https://ncats.nih.gov/translation.

    To be eligible, candidates must fall into 1 of the following 2 categories:
    1. Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.) or
    2. Basic scientists with a PhD who are doing translational research, which involves some component of human subjects research and has high potential for early translation in impacting patient care.
    Additional eligibility requirements are included in the full RFA Announcement and Application Instructions.

    Benefits include partial salary support, pilot research monies, and travel funds to attend the national CTSI young investigator meeting.

    Interested candidates must e-mail their CV to Patricia McGuire (pcmcguire@iu.edu) by December 16, 2020 for eligibility determination, prior to submission of a full application online.

    Contact Information: Patricia McGuire / 317-278-2824 pcmcguir@iu.edu

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    CTSI Predoctoral Training in Translational Research Award (TL1)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 12, 2020

    Emphasis of CTSI predoctoral training awards are to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research (referred to as T1 research) toward the development of new treatment options or interventions or clinical trials (referred to as T2 research) to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation (referred to as T3 research) to studying population health outcomes and health metrics (referred to as T4 research). The phases of translational research may not necessarily be linear and can jump steps depending on the research project and the starting point. The goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages. https://ncats.nih.gov/translation

    Funding is for two years (with the 2nd year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress). Benefits include a stipend as well as health insurance and supplemental tuition (up to 5K annually) for coursework specifically relevant to the applicant’s research.

    Opportunities available for CTSI Pre-doctoral Trainees include:
  • Annual stipend comparable to other pre-doctoral training positions
  • Mentoring with a faculty member whose research program includes peer reviewed, extramurally funded clinical or translational research
  • Networking with other pre and post-doctoral trainees, program mentors, and allied researchers from multiple institutions in Indiana to develop a cross-disciplinary community of scientists
  • Attendance at a national meeting that involves similar trainees from 40 other medical schools and research institutions
  • Funding is for one year and is renewable for one additional year based upon progress attained


  • Eligibility criteria for application include:
  • Candidates must have completed at least one year of a pre-doctoral training program but cannot have completed more than their third year (i.e., applicants must be in the second or third year of their pre- doctoral program when they apply).
  • Co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a non-clinician scientist).
  • Research that is translational in nature and takes advantage of the synergism that comes from working at this basic/clinical interface or clinical/community interface.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status.


  • Contact Information: Tammy Siemers / (765) 496-0294 tsiemers@purdue.edu

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