Open Funding Opportunities2021-07-23T12:15:01-04:00

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



Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) Trailblazer Planning Grant

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 3, 2021

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; 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 partnership development award is the development of a future research proposal for opportunities such as the 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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Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 2, 2021

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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    Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Fund (REF)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 2, 2021

    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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    Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Program Grant

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 29, 2021

    This application package is designed for all researchers wishing to submit proposals for programmatic projects / programs focused (solely) on traumatic spinal cord and / or brain injury. The overall objective of this award is to:
    • Foster and encourage programmatic activities for the prevention, treatment and cure of traumatic spinal cord and / or brain injuries
    • Support the infrastructure needed in traumatic brain and / or spinal cord injury research in order to translate health into practice.

    The primary program should be Indiana-based. Collaborations are encouraged between Indiana-based programs as well as those located outside the state of Indiana, including in other countries.

    Maximum requested amount is $75,000 per year for two years (total of $150,000)

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

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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 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: September 1, 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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    Activity-Based Therapy Program for the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

    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 27, 2021

    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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    Pediatric Fellow Research Projects

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 18, 2021

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

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 19, 2021

    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 - $70,000. 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: Karrie Tolbert (Herman B Wells Center) / Kevin Shannon / Jaishiri Blakeley kreising@iu.edu kevin.shannon@ucsf.edu jblakel3@jhmi.edu

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