External Funding Opportunites

Funding your work through external sources

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Featured external funding opportunities

Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)

Deadlines: November 13, 2018

The Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) are partnering to support the continued development of the Human Cell Atlas, an international effort to map all cells in the human body. There are two separate, but related, opportunities that can be accessed through one application portal. 

The first, from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, seeks projects at $250,000 - $1,000,000 annually for up to three years to aid in the assembly of a "human Gut Cell Atlas," part of the Foundation's strategy to achieve its goals related to Crohn's Disease research, as well as advance the research of other gastrointestinal pathologies.

The second opportunity, from CZI, is a call for applications to form "Seed Networks" of at least three principal investigators - including at least one computational biologist or software engineer, together with additional computational biologists, engineers, experimental biologists, and/or physicians - to support growth, solidify collaborations, and help generate valuable data and tools for the first draft of the Human Cell Atlas.

National Glaucoma Research Program

Deadlines: November 9, 2018

BrightFocus Foundation programs are designed to provide initial funding for highly innovative experimental ideas. Their annual awards catalyze the efforts that are necessary to take a brilliant idea from the lab book to the doctor's office.  BrightFocus Foundation is currently accepting applications for its National Glaucoma Research Program.  This program provides up to $200,000 funding for researchers who have already generated preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.  Please contact Corporate Relations at cfrforms@iu.edu for more information.

 NIH - HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis

Please note this is a limited submission opportunity, with internal proposals due November 7th, 2018.

Deadlines:  December 11, 2018

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting cooperative agreement applications with the intention of ultimately funding up to three research sites to participate in the HEALing Communities Study:  Developing and Testing an integrative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (HEALing Communities Study).  This study will test the immediate impact of implementing an integrated set of evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) within highly affected communities.





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