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Featured external funding opportunities

America Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation exists to help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits. The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. Funding priorities include youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. This is a limited submission opportunity.  Internal deadline: 2/28/19

Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released the FY19 Peer Reviewed medical Research program (PRMRP).  Funded at $350 million in FY19, this congressionally-directed program is intended to support scientifically meritorious medical research projects with direct relevance to military health.  The PRMRP includes about 50 topics each year.  Application deadlines vary by mechanism, but begin March 14th (pre-applications for Clinical Trial, Focused Program, Investigator-initiated, and Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards).  The office of the Vice President for Research works with consultants at The Conafay Group and Cornerstone Government Affairs to assist faculty interested in pursuing DoD funding.  First-time submitters and investigators submitting to military-specific topics will have priority; contact vpr@iu.edu for more information on this assistance.  

CISCO - Secure and Private Internet of Things

This new Cisco RFP requests researchers to propose innovative approaches to address issues such as end-to-end architectures that are massively scalable, secure and privacy-preserving from the ground up; development of new loT hardware platforms, operating systems, services, application development framework and networking technologies; edge computing for processing data at the edge of the network; mechanisms for loT devices; design of ultra-low power micro controllers with integrated security; well-governed supply chain, traceable hardware and software, defensible products, trustworthiness, resilience, transparency, and agile response to incidents; and technical or economic analysis of any of the above proposed approaches by others. Please contact Corporate Relations at cfrforms@iu.edu for more information.


NIH Heal Initiative

The NIH has recently released over 30 specific funding opportunities related to the HEAL Initiative (Helping to End Addiction Long-term). Funding opportunities range from basic research on topics like developing non-addictive therapies to treat pain to clinical trials preventing opioid use disorder among specific populations. Due dates range from February 7, 2019 to the fall of 2020. 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Innovations in Regulatory Science Awards

Deadlines:  February 6, 2019

BWF's Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards provides up to $500,000 over five years to academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make. Please contact Foundation Relations at cfrforms@iu.edu for more information.



More on finding external funding through Pivot

Pivot is a comprehensive worldwide database that includes funding opportunities and profiles of millions of potential collaborators. You can search for funding by keywords or funding organization's name, track individual opportunities, and receive ongoing alerts. No need to run the same search over and over – you can set up individualized searches, and receive one weekly email that lists all the new opportunities from those searches.

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