Open Funding Opportunities2022-05-18T15:41:01-04:00

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



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 presentation 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: Translational Research Development Program / 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2022

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 we are interested in funding include substance misuse, tobacco use, obesity prevention, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as disparities in rural areas. This RFA encourages and prioritizes projects that have outlined a sustainability plan using existing Indiana CTSI infrastructure (i.e., Connections IN Health, Monon Collaborative) and/or connections to statewide health initiatives.

Eligible projects will propose to either: 1) implement research that has the potential to identify or reduce health inequities; or 2) evaluate an existing health-related program that has the potential to improve health equity. Projects that propose to achieve their objectives by changing (or demonstrating the potential to change) policy, systems, and/or the environment are encouraged.

There must be both 1) a university lead and 2) a community lead for the project, both partners must currently work in an Indiana-based institution or organization.

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

Contact Information: chep@iupui.edu

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Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) Trailblazer Planning Grant

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2022

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 Indiana residents. This award will not fund research pilot projects; instead, it will fund activities that help develop partnerships between organizations that have potential to later engage in joint research projects to address health, health equity or social determinants of health. The expected outcome of this award is the development of a future research proposal for opportunities such as the Community Health Partnerships Trailblazer Award. Examples of partnership development activities we are interested in funding include meetings, conferences, travel expenses, and quality improvement assessments.

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

Contact Information: chep@iupui.edu

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Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Fund (REF)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2022

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: jybe@indiana.edu


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Alzheimer’s Disease Pre-clinical Translational Science Grant

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 11, 2022

Description: This funding opportunity announcement invites applications from all CTSI investigators with a full-time academic appointment for up to $50,000 to support innovative research work that is in scope and aligned with the research activities of the IUSM-Purdue TREAT-AD Center. These include (but are not limited to):
  • Bioinformatic analyses and drug target hypothesis generation within neuroinflammatory pathways
  • Target validation studies for proposed drug targets
  • Innovative chemical biology and cellular pharmacology studies for proposed targets that provide insights to disease initiation and progression
  • Structural biology or biophysical studies on proteins proposed as drug targets
  • De-novo drug design approaches for proposed targets
  • Novel PET ligands and supporting CSF biomarkers for preclinical studies and clinical trials, etc.

Contact Information: Alan D. Palkowitz, Director for the IUSM-Purdue TREAT-AD Center apalkow@iu.edu

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Maternal and Pediatric Precision In Therapeutics (MPRINT) Hub Data and Modeling Knowledge & Research Coordination Center (KRCC) P30 Opportunity Fund Awards

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: July 1, 2022 (submitted via email to Sandra Milescu sanmiles@iu.edu) sanmiles@iu.edu FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2022 (via link provided after LOI submission)

The MPRINT Hub serves as a national resource for expertise in maternal and pediatric therapeutics to conduct and foster therapeutics-focused research in obstetrics, lactation, and pediatrics while enhancing inclusion of people with disabilities. More information about the MPRINT Hub can be found here

The IU/OSU MPRINT KRCC coordinates and supports the operations of the entire MPRINT Hub, providing a knowledge base that will aggregate and identify knowledge deficits in the principles of maternal and pediatric therapeutics including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, genetics, proteomics, and metabolomics that inform drug development and regulatory science.

This P30 opportunity will provide funding for one year for a combination of clinical fellow / postdoctoral fellow awards up to $25,000 and faculty awards up to $150,000 (total costs) for a total award amount in the range of $500,000.

Contact Information: info@mprint.org

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DHART SPORE Developmental Research Program (DRP) & Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Awards

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 20, 2022

The IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is a member of the multi-institutional Developmental and Hyperactive Ras Tumor (DHART) SPORE program. The goal of the SPORE program is to improve the diagnosis and management of tumors arising in persons with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and other inherited “Rasopathy” syndromes through basic, translational, and clinical research.

IU investigators who lead the DHART SPORE program conduct their research within the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, a national leader in childhood disease research. To learn more about the DHART SPORE program, including its cores, ongoing projects and overall approach, visit dhartspore.org.

Two funding opportunities are available via this program: the Developmental Research Program (DRP) and the Career Enhancement Program (CEP).

Awards: Funding is available for one or two DRP projects at $50,000 - $75,000 AND two to three CEP projects at $50,000 - $75,000. Awards will be for a 12-month period.

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted from clinical or basic science investigators at any DHART SPORE institution as well as from other academic institutions. See guidelines for additional eligibility criteria

Contact Information: Kevin Shannon / Jaishiri Blakeley kevin.shannon@ucsf.edu jblakel3@jhmi.edu

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Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 1, 2022

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: / Translational Research Development 317-278-2822 transldev@iu.edu

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    Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2022

    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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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2022

    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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