Open Funding Opportunities2022-09-20T18:47:02-04:00

Translational Research Development Program

This page lists all Indiana CTSI funding opportunities currently accepting applications. Clicking on the Request For Application (RFA) title will provide you with further details.

The “Click here to start a submission” link at the bottom of each RFA will take you to the Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana CTSI also has several resources to assist you as you plan your RFA submission:

ALL OPEN RFAs



Pediatric Fellow Research Projects

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 3, 2022

The Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support research projects conducted by pediatric clinical fellows in accredited fellowship programs within the sections of the Department of Pediatrics.

Fellow research projects can request funding up to $10,000. It is anticipated that five to seven awards will be made.

Contact Information: Scott Denne /317-274-4920 sdenne@iu.edu

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 1, 2022

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: 317-278-2822 / trnsldev@iu.edu trnsldev@iu.edu

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Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities (Fall)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 26, 2022

The Indiana CTSI Pilot Funding program is intended to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property (IP). Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Therefore, proposals will be judged with equal measure on scientific merit and the likelihood of generating new IP or extramural grant support.

Funding is for a maximum requested amount of $10,000; projects are typically two years in duration.

Funding is for utilization of designated Indiana CTSI core facilities only. Information describing each core is available at https://indianactsi.org/servicecores/

A letter from each Core Director where service is required and must be included in the application.

Contact Information:Translational Research Development Program trnsldev@iu.edu

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 21, 2022

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).

An article highlighting the contributions of previous Kelley MBA student teams to CTSI cores and resources was recently published on the CTSI website.

Selected projects will commence in early March 2023 and will be completed by early May 2023.

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

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CTSI Predoctoral Training in Translational Research Award (T32)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 17, 2022

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) strongly encourages applications from predoctoral students who have a keen interest in directed training in translational science research.

These awards are designed to provide promising predoctoral students the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in translational research. The emphasis of the CTSI T32 Predoctoral Training Awards are to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research toward the development of new treatment options or interventions or clinical trials to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation to studying population health outcomes and health metrics. 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. It is important that the translational research have clear applications to human disease and health outcomes.

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

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CTSI Postdoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research (T32)

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 8, 2022 via email to Patty McGuire Patty McGuire.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 8, 2022 online via link provided by Patty McGuire

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is requesting applications for T32 Postdoctoral translational research proposals.

For this funding announcement, the CTSI strongly encourages applications from postdoctoral fellows who have a keen interest in directed training in translational science research. Candidates may choose from 3 tracks depending on their research focus area and career development path. The three tracks are: 1) traditional basic science research, 2) community and public health research and 3) innovation and entrepreneurship.

Emphasis of CTSI postdoctoral training awards in 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 goal of the CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages. It is important that the translational research have clear applications to human disease and health outcomes.

Submission of a letter of intent is required in order to receive approval for the submission of a full proposal. The letter of intent should address the following elements:
  1. Commitment of the host organization to the post-doctoral position,
  2. Brief description of the project and role of the post-doctoral fellow in the work proposed,
  3. List 4 – 6 key words for the project and
  4. List the names and titles of the primary and co-mentor and briefly describe how the mentors will promote the success of the postdoctoral fellow during their training.


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

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Early Career Investigator Awards in Clinical – Translational Research (K12)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 05, 2023

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is requesting applications for K12 Early Career Investigator clinical – translational research proposals.

These awards are designed to provide promising early career faculty investigators the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in clinical - translational research. Emphasis of the Indiana CTSI K12 Early Career Investigator Awards in Clinical - Translational Research are to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research toward the development of new treatment options or interventions or clinical trials to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation to studying population health outcomes and health metrics. 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 Indiana CTSI is to make awards at all of these stages. It is important that the clinical - translational research have clear applications to human disease and health outcomes. For details please see the links for the full announcement and other supporting documents.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to send their current CV to Patricia McGuire (pcmcguire@iu.edu) for eligibility pre-screening no later than December 9, 2022. Applications are due January 5, 2023.

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

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Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 12, 2022

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:
  • Researchers who are submitting revised applications from the 2021 RFA
  • 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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    Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 17, 2022

    The Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (FRCS) grant program, funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, will provide financial support to help early career physician-scientists who have experienced disruptions in their research programs due to the need for enhanced caregiving activities during the pandemic. Projects funded in the previous cycle, may also submit for an additional year of funding.

    Individual awards will be for one year with expected budgets between $35,000 and $50,000.

    Contact Information: Matt Allen or Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds matallen@iu.edu btuckeredmon@iuhealth.org

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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 17, 2023

    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 17, 2023

    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 10, 2023 5:00 PM
    DEADLINE FOR UPLOADING ORA APPROVED PROPOSAL: January 17, 2023


    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 LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: November 15, 2022 @ 12n to GrantsAdministration@iuhealth.org
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 19, 2022

    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.

    The Values Fund for Research is primarily directed at new and early-stage investigators (per NIH definition) in the process of establishing research careers. To be eligible, applicants must fit the following criteria:
    1. Are within ten (10) years of their graduation from terminal degree at the time of the submission
    2. Have held no more than one grant (< $100,000) for which they were the Principal Investigator or Lead. Co-PI on other projects won’t count toward this requirement. It is acceptable for applicants to hold early career training grants (e.g. NIH K08, K23)
    3. Hold an academic rank of Assistant Professor or within first two years as an Associate Professor (For IUSM faculty to be eligible)

    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 LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: November 15, 2022 @ 12n to GrantsAdministration@iuhealth.org
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 19, 2022

    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 2023 round of 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
    2. rural health
    3. behavioral health
    4. point of care ultrasound
    If applicants wish to submit other innovative projects/highly significant educational programs, they may be considered if funding is available.

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

    Contact Information: GrantsAdministration@iuhealth.org

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