Open Funding Opportunities

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Open Funding Opportunities2019-10-15T20:54:49-04:00

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



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 sentation 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: icreate@iu.edu / 317-278-2822

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 25, 2019

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 2020 and will be completed by early May 2020.

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

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IUSM & IBRI Antibody Screening Pilot Program

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 14, 2019

The leadership of the IBRI and IU School of Medicine (IUSM) are sponsoring an RFA for collaborative research projects utilizing a human Fab Phage Display Platform (https://www.indianabiosciences.org/core-technologies/) which can generate humanized antibodies from multiple diverse libraries and offers several advantages when compared to other methods such as hybridoma screening.

The IBRI and IUSM will provide both advisory and technical support for: (i) screening to identify new antibody ligands; (ii) target validation biology research; (iii) starting points for optimization of new diagnostics and (iv) starting points for the optimization of new antibody therapeutics.

No direct financial support will be provided to the applicant.

Contact Information: Alan Palkowitz apalkow@iu.edu

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Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge: Grant funding to use CTSI-Designated Core Facilities

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 13, 2020

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.

Informational Workshops
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Informational Workshop. Please download the flyer for your campus using the appropriate link below.

Contact Information: Tommy Sors tsors@purdue.edu

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 2, 2019

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

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Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 2, 2019

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 University Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Healthcare

    LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: November 1, 2019
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 25, 2019

    Indiana University Health is seeking applicants for the Indiana University Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care. IU Health defines spirituality broadly, based on the international consensus definition: Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.

    The Joint Commission on Accreditation has emphasized spiritual care as a vital part of the mission of health care institutions and the Values Fund offers a unique resource that will allow us fulfill our mission and uphold our values.

    Projects are especially encouraged that:
    1. Seek to foster a “whole person perspective” in healthcare, including mind, body and spirit.
    2. Foster practices, policies and procedures that enhance the ethical treatment of patients.
    3. Address issues of meaning and purpose in the lives of patients, families, clinicians or other IU Health team members.
    4. Research the role of religion, spirituality, and/or ethics in health and healing.
    5. Provide a service as a religious and ethical values resource center within the IU Health network and the broader community.
    6. Provide a linkage with, and liaison between, the religious community and IU Health, addressing the continuum of care and wellness issues in our society.
    Applications to this program are limited to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two (2) years duration.

    Contact Information and Email for LOI & Applications: atorke@iu.edu

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

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 25, 2019

    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 2020 Values Fund for Education grants will focus on curriculum development for point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) or areas of Scholarly Concentration that support the IU Health strategic and enterprise goals. (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: November 25, 2019

    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 supported by Indiana University Health include the following areas:
    1. 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.
    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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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 16, 2020

    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 16, 2020

    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. 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

    ORA SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 9, 2020 5:00 PM
    FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 16, 2020 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 Institute for Medical Research (IIMR) Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP)

    LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: November 17, 2019
    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 31, 2020


    The Indiana Institute for Medical Research (IIMR) announces the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP). The purpose of the REAP Grant is determined by the specified application type. There are four application types considered under the REAP application.
    1. Early Career Investigators. This type will fund foundational support for investigators aiming to develop their VA research portfolio.
    2. Translational Research. This is open to any investigator at any career level and aims to support projects of high clinical significance to the patient care mission of the VA.
    3. Pilot Project. The purpose of the pilot grant is to provide seed money for projects that show promise in opening new areas of research for IIMR and the Roudebush VAMC or that would have a high impact on one or more external funding proposal(s).
    4. Group Application. This grant submission is intended for a group of investigators wishing to establish a common resource that would enhance the likelihood of success of multiple grant applications.
    Applicant must be an MD, DO, DNP, PhD, PharmD, RpH, DDS, DMD, or DPT. Applicants must also be a VA Investigator, employee, or eligible for VA and llMR funding, with the intent to become a VA Principal investigator

    Funding is for up to $15,000 per year. A one-page budget justification must be submitted for requests of more than the allowable limit. Funding is limited to one year but with a second year contingent on progress.

    Contact Information: Jared Ferguson, llMR Associate Director for Research 317.988.9833 Jared.Ferguson2@va.gov

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    Indiana CTSI (Bloomington) Research Equipment Fund (REF)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 3, 2020

    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: 317-278-2822 trsnsldev@iu.edu

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    Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research (KL2)

    CV SUBMISSON DEADLINE: December 18, 2019
    FULL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 06, 2020


    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for the CTSI Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research. These awards are designed to provide promising junior investigator faculty with the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in clinical-translational research. Clinical research includes epidemiological studies, clinical trials, or other investigations involving human subjects. Translational research consists of either “T1 research” (interface of basic science to human studies) or “T2 research” (interface of human studies to the community).

    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, as well as tuition and fees for required and elective coursework, 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 18, 2019 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 21, 2019

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research. In biomedical terminology translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside", the process by which research in the lab "translates" into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.

    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 partial coverage of tuition and fees.

    Opportunities available for CTSI Pre-doctoral Trainees include:
  • Annual stipend comparable to other pre-doctoral training positions
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  • Partial tuition and fees for coursework relevant to the applicant's research
  • 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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    CTSI Postdoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research (TL1)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 12, 2019

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special postdoctoral training awards in translational research. In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed as "bench to bedside"; the process by which research in the lab translates into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both. To be eligible, candidates must have received a PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Please refer to the competition guidelines for full eligibility criteria.

    Opportunities available for CTSI Postdoctoral Trainees include:
  • Annual stipend aligned with NIH postdoctoral fellowships
  • 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 pending review and demonstration of satisfactory progress


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

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    Translational Public Health Research Award

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 20, 2020

    The goal of the Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington is to provide a more holistic model for the field of public health so that the individual, social, environmental and policy factors that support optimal health and wellness have a viable framework from which to approach the current human health conditions. Applications may focus on any aspect of public health but ultimately lead to the improvement of human health outcomes. These applications require a partnership between an IUB faculty member and a public health liaison and / or collaborator at another Indiana CTSI partner institution. PIs are strongly encouraged to include other Indiana CTSI affiliate faculty but this not a requirement. Collaborations need not be established prior to submission but should demonstrate the equal contribution of each team member and how synergism will be achieved.

    Applications are expected to have a maximum requested amount of $50,000/year for two years for a total of $100,000.

    Contact Information: Joel Ybe jybe@indiana.edu

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