Open Funding Opportunities2021-11-24T15:51:28-05:00

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



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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 31, 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 2022 and will be completed by early May 2022.

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

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CTSI Postdoctoral Training in Translational Research (TL1) – Innovation and Entrepreneurship Track

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 8, 2021 via email to Patty McGuire pcmcguir@iu.edu.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 9, 2021 online via link provided by Patty McGuire

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is requesting applications for TL1 Postdoctoral translational research proposals focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

For this funding announcement, the CTSI strongly encourages applications from postdoctoral fellows who have a keen interest in directed training in advancing innovations into commercialization and entrepreneurship. The CTSI postdoctoral fellow will undertake a translational research project focused on the development of life science technology pertaining to health and human disease. The project could include research on the development of therapies, diagnostics, or medical devices. The postdoc will work in an entrepreneurial ecosystem located at one of the four CTSI partner campuses (IUB, IUSM, Purdue, and Notre Dame). The position could involve engagement in commercialization activities pre-company formation, which could include working with mentors to move a technology through their home institutions commercialization or significant work with startup companies including, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The fellow will work in an environment with mentors who can help the fellow develop the necessary skills to become a successful entrepreneur. The proposal will require advance planning with the innovation center and an already existing relationship and commitment between the center and the trainee.

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 and
  3. the names and titles of the co-mentors.

The CTSI will be posting requests for proposals for TL1 Postdoctoral translational research applications for two additional research tracks in early October:
  1. a traditional translational research track (T1-T2 research), and
  2. a community and public health research track (T3-T4).

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

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IU Grant Linking Universitywide Expertise (GLUE) Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 13, 2021

The mission of the Grants Linking University–wide Expertise (GLUE) awards is to support “the planning and team building across campuses to develop of large multi-investigator and/or multi-project, milestone-driven, translational research teams who are planning to eventually submit a multi-year extramural grant applications with annual budgets of $300K or higher in direct costs per year”. Examples of such grants include (but are not limited to) PPGs, U series, multi PI R01s, STTRs and SPORE grants. Applications for GLUE grants are accepted for review at any stage of their development. It is expected that these planning/seed grants will increase multidisciplinary collaborations, institutional competitiveness, opportunities for extramurally funded training grants and overall institutional funding.

The GLUE funding is available to collaborative teams where the lead PI of the research team is from IUB, and the other members of the team are from CTSI affiliate campuses. Applications are expected to have a maximum requested amount $100,000 per year for up to two (2) years.

Contact Information: Joel Ybe jybe@indiana.edu

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Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Fund

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 13, 2021

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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    Showalter Trust

    DEADLINE FOR ROUTING TO ORA: January 11, 2022 5:00 PM
    DEADLINE FOR UPLOADING ORA APPROVED PROPOSAL: January 18, 2022 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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    Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 18, 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: January 18, 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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    CTSI Postdoctoral Training in Translational Research (TL1) – Traditional and Community-Public Health Tracks

    LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 8, 2021 via email to Patty McGuire Patty McGuire.
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 9, 2021 online via link provided by Patty McGuire

    For this funding announcement, the Indiana CTSI strongly encourages applications from postdoctoral fellows who have a keen interest in directed training in traditional basic translational science research (T1-T2) or community-public health focused translational science research (T3-T4). These awards are designed to provide promising postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive, multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in translational research. Emphasis of the Indiana CTSI TL1 Postdoctoral Translational Research Awards is 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 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 and
    3. the names and titles of the co-mentors.


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

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    Early Career Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research (KL2)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 05, 2022

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is requesting applications for KL2 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 CTSI KL2 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 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 15, 2021.

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

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

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 14, 2021

    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 2021-22 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 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.
    3. point of care ultrasound

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

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 14, 2021

    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
    4. Telehealth/Virtual Care research focused on telehealth’s efficacy and patient care outcomes (for this topic the PI need not be a new investigator but would qualify under the ‘change in direction allowance’)

    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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    Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 16, 2021

    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.

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

    The program will exist for two years – with funds to support 7-10 awards each year.

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

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    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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    Center for Diabetes & Metabolic Diseases Pilot & Feasibility Grant

    LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: February 21, 2022 @ 5p to jelmendo@iupui.edu
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 21, 2022 (online)

    A primary research-related activity of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (CDMD)’s Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program is to foster the development of new diabetes-related investigators and provide seed-support for innovative, high-risk projects.

    The CDMD P&F program has three different grant mechanisms:
    1. Parent P&F Grants: This mechanism invites applications directed towards basic biomedical, clinical, and/or translational research questions on cellular and molecular metabolism related to diabetes/obesity/metabolic syndrome, clinical and outcomes research in diabetes and obesity, complications of diabetes and obesity, islet function and survival, and nutrition and physiology of diabetes and obesity.
    2. Alzheimer’s-Focused P&F Grants : This mechanism invites applications focused on diabetes and metabolic disease aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD)–frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, vascular cognitive impairment with dementia, and multiple etiology dementias.
    3. Physician-Scientist P&F Grants: This mechanism invites applications from exceptional emerging physician-scientists holding an MD (or equivalent) or MD/PhD with a patient-oriented diabetes and/or obesity-related clinical research project, who are early in their clinical research careers and show great promise to develop into future independent investigators.
    The program is directed at:
  • Category 1: New investigators without current or past NIH research support as a PD/PI with any current or past support from other sources being modest
  • Category 2: Established investigators with no previous work in diabetes who wish to apply their expertise to a problem in diabetes research
  • Category 3: Established investigators in diabetes who propose testing innovative ideas that represent clear departure from ongoing research interests
  • Category 4: Investigators developing new research techniques/technologies that could be used in an IDRC Core facility

  • Awards are up to $50,000 for one year

    Contact Information: Jeffrey S. Elmendorf, PhD jelmendo@iupui.edu

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    Global Health Reciprocal Innovation Demonstration Grants

    LETTER OF INTENT(LOI)SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 14, 2022 via email to Rish O’Brien rchauhan@iu.edu
    FULL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1, 2022 online via link provided by Rish O’Brien

    For this funding announcement, the Indiana CTSI encourages applications from individuals with full-time, regular faculty appointments and postdoctoral research associates. Postdoctoral applicants must include their mentor on the investigator team as well as their letter of support in the submission package. This award is designed to support research and demonstrate innovations with a high potential to alleviate the health burden of one of the priority areas. Projects should result in high impact solutions that provide reciprocal benefit to the communities Indiana CTSI institutions serve either at home or abroad, as well as a plan to sustain and expand these efforts into either the partner country or US/Indiana after the end of support from this RFA.

    Awards are up to $50,000 for a period of two years.

    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 (see draft linked below):
    1. Scope and specific aims of the research project
    2. Project team including US and international partners and collaborators
    3. The reciprocal nature of the research project


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

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    Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge Grant Funding to Use CTSI Designated Core Facilities

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 10, 2022

    The Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral researchers at Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and IBRI 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 (see also link to workshops information below).

    Contact Information: Tommy Sors tsors@purdue.edu

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