Open Funding Opportunities

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Open Funding Opportunities2020-01-22T13:54:47-05:00

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

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

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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 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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IU Grant Linking University Wide Expertise (GLUE) Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 24, 2020

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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Global Health Reciprocal Innovation Planning Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Planning Grant applications are accepted year-round while funds are available

The goal of this request for applications (RFA) is to facilitate the planning and designing of reciprocal innovation projects focusing on one of the identified priority areas: chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity; improve health outcomes for infants and their mothers; reduce substance use disorders, such as alcohol abuse and opioid addiction; and increase access to healthcare. Activities in this RFA will be implemented through principal investigators from Indiana CTSI institutions (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame) and collaborative partnerships between Indiana state health partners, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, health systems, government agencies, and partners from low- or middle-income countries (LMIC). The planning efforts must demonstrate an understanding of shared health challenges in underserved communities in Indiana and LMIC partner sites, as well as a commitment to the development of new programs or partnerships that will result in the development and demonstration of reciprocal innovation projects.

This award is designed to provide preliminary support for investigators to establish partnerships, develop project teams, identify promising health innovations for demonstration, develop evidence to support the demonstration of a reciprocal innovation in Indiana or at an LMIC partner site, conduct training to prepare for a reciprocal innovation demonstration project, and other activities needed to prepare competitive demonstration grant applications for reciprocal innovation.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 for a period of 1 year.

University of Notre Dame Matching Funds: University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health will provide up to $10,000 matching funds for successful Notre Dame faculty and affiliated members of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Researchers who meet this criterion may submit a budget inclusive of this additional funding. For questions on eligibility, please contact Nydia Morales-Soto (nsoto@nd.edu).

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

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Global Health Reciprocal Innovation Demonstration Award

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 5,2020

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), in cooperation with the IU Center for Global Health and partners at the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University, seeks to foster innovative global health research partnerships and projects to improve the health and well-being of Hoosiers and resource-limited communities around the world. This effort encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration to solve the world’s most critical health challenges. In global health research, reciprocal innovation is a collaborative process to exchange lessons learned and co-develop technology and health innovations with mutual benefit to health partners in both low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and the United States.

This request for applications (RFA) seeks to leverage the global health research partnerships of the Indiana CTSI partner institutions (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame) to research and demonstrate innovations with a high potential to alleviate the burden of chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity; improve health outcomes for infants and their mothers; reduce substance use disorders, such as alcohol abuse and opioid addiction; and increase access to healthcare. Competitive applications will focus on shared health challenges faced by people in underserved settings in Indiana and at LMIC partner sites around the world.

Researchers who served as a principal investigator/project director of a CTSI funded global health pilot grant during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 funding cycles for an international project are only eligible to serve as a principal investigator/project director for this round of funding if the application is for domestic replication of a project previously piloted at an LMIC partner site.

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

University of Notre Dame Matching Funds: University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health will provide up to $10,000 matching funds for successful Notre Dame faculty and affiliated members of the Eck Institute for Global Health. Researchers who meet this criteria may submit a budget inclusive of this additional funding. For questions on eligibility, please contact Nydia Morales-Soto (nsoto@nd.edu).

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

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Center for Diabetes & Metabolic Diseases Pilot & Feasibility Grant

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: January 17, 2020 (to jelmendo@iupui.edu)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 17, 2020 (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 two different grant mechanisms:
  1. Full P&F Grants: This mechanism will fund up to $50,000. If the awardee is a researcher at IUSM, IUB, IUPUI, or Purdue Engineering, their award will be supplemented with $10,000 for a larger total award of $60,000.
  2. Core P&F Grants: This mechanism will fund up to $5,000 for IDRC core usage. These “core bucks” will allow both new and established investigators to obtain key preliminary data for a developing area of diabetes-related research.
This funding opportunity announcement invites applications for both mechanisms from investigators at Indiana University (IUSM, IUB, etc.), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Purdue University, Ball State University, University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Biomedical Research Institute (IBRI).

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

  • Note that all categories, including Category 4, can apply for either a full or a core P&F grant.

    Awards may not exceed $50,000 (or $60,000 with eligible supplement) for a Full P&F Grant, or $5,000 for a Core P&F Grant.

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

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    Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities (Spring)

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 30, 2020

    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 317-278-2822 trnsldev@iu.edu

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    Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 4, 2020

    Indiana University School of Medicine announces the availability of Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award to support cardiovascular research for young investigators or more senior investigators, embarking on a new research direction.

    Applicants must have an Indiana University faculty appointment in the Department of Cardiology, Department of Medicine to apply for research program support. Clinical fellows, postdoctoral researchers and students in the division of cardiology may apply for research fellowship to support his/her research training under a faculty member in the division of cardiology

    Research program support and Research fellowship support should have a total budget between $50,000 to $100,000.

    Contact Information: Jessica Dye / 317-274-0990 jessdye@iu.edu

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    Indiana CTSI (IUSM) Core Equipment Grant

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 6, 2020

    The Indiana CTSI is seeking proposals from CTSI Designated IU School of Medicine Cores requesting support for the purchase of equipment that will enhance the research environment and contribute to the research mission of the School and the CTSI.

    Proposals requesting equipment costing between $5,000 - $100,000 will be accepted. Proposals for equipment costing more than $100,000 will be entertained if matching funds to cover the balance are identified.

    Eligibility:

    Precision Diabetes Program Pilot Funding Award

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 21, 2020 11:59PM via email to dahaas@iu.edu

    The Precision Health Initiative’s (PHI) Precision Diabetes Program is soliciting proposals for pilot projects from Indiana University and affiliated investigators focused on understanding the risk and/or optimizing the treatment of gestational diabetes in pregnant women or on the prevention of type 2 diabetes in women who had gestational diabetes in a past pregnancy. Prioritization will be given to projects that align with the current work being done in the PHI Diabetes Program. Details can be found here: https://medicine.iu.edu/expertise/precision-health-initiative/type-2-diabetes/

    Two pilot projects will be selected annually, and each is limited to $10,000 (total cost) for one year, with the potential for reevaluation and additional funding after the first year.

    Completed applications should be sent to David Haas (dahaas@iu.edu)

    Contact Information: David Haas / 317-880-3960 dahaas@iu.edu

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