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Institutional and Foundation Grant Opportunities

 NUCATS Pilot Program Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: July 18, 2022 @5pm CT

The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is pleased to announce this Request for Proposals for the 2022 NUCATS Clinical and Translational Pilot Awards and Dissemination and Implementation Pilot Awards. The proposal submission deadline is Monday, July 18, 2022, by 5 p.m. CT.

Clinical & Translational Pilot Awards (up to $30,000)

The NUCATS Clinical and Translational Pilot Awards Initiative is seeking proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research projects where the potential for strong clinical or translational impact on human health is clear. Although proposals are encouraged from across the broad domains of clinical and translational research, we are especially interested in projects that:

  • Include (an) aim(s) studying "translational science" (testing how to accelerate/improve the process of translation from basic science discovery through clinical trials to population impact)
  • Maintain a high likelihood of translation to clinical or population health impact
  • Align with the Chicago Department of Public Health's Healthy Chicago 2025 goals
  • Address health disparities/health equity

Dissemination & Implementation Pilot Awards (up to $30,000)

The NUCATS Dissemination and Implementation Pilot Awards Initiative is seeking proposals that explore innovative approaches to the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of research findings that address the gap between research discoveries and the translation of this knowledge into evidence-based programs, practices, or policies in the clinic or community to improve public health.

Eligibility for these funding mechanisms is limited to Northwestern University faculty, who may or may not also hold appointments at one of the NUCATS Institute's clinical affiliate institutions (Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, or Shirley Ryan AbilityLab). Faculty applicants must be engaged in research and be eligible to apply for follow-on external grant funding as a PI or MPI.

The proposal submission deadline is Monday, July 18, 2022, by 5 p.m. CT. Submit electronic copies of proposals through the Competitions site.

Questions regarding the proposal process may be directed to NUCATS Institute Executive Director Keith Herzog. Questions regarding NUCATS Competitions may be directed to Please direct questions specific to the NUCATS D&I Pilot Awards to Juan Villamar.

 Feinberg Research Office Seed Funding

The Feinberg Research Office encourages you to consider applying for funds through the multi-investigator seed grant program. The program provides seed grants of up to $30,000 to initiate new applications for multi-investigator program project or center grants involving Feinberg faculty. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit the application.

 Friends of Prentice

Friends of Prentice seeks to advance the quality of care provided to women by investing in emerging technologies and medical advancements.

 Northwestern Pepper Center

Analytics Core Voucher

Competitive vouchers of up to $2500 will be awarded to support statistical analysis (e.g. statistical programming in R, SAS, or Stata; database design using REDCap) for projects that contribute to the advancement of aging-related research.

Vouchers will initially cover up to 20 hours of statistical analyst time via the Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC), but in the future may be expanded to cover qualitative analyses (e.g., clarifying relevant qualitative methods, creation and revision of interview guides, trained focus group moderator or interviewer support, trained qualitative analyst support).

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Pilot/Exploratory Studies (Submission deadline 3/22/2022)

PES awards are equivalent to an NIH R03, with funding of $100,000 in direct costs over two years, designed to gather preliminary data in support of a federal grant (K or R) submission. Awardees receive guidance and mentorship from our Research Education Core and projects receive additional ‘in-kind’ support from our innovative Resource Cores (Design Core, Measurement Core, Analytics Core).

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 NU-Interdisciplinary Program 1-2-3

The NU-Interdisciplinary Program 1-2-3 is designed to enable faculty to "jump start" new, interdisciplinary, innovative projects in a risk-tolerant environment. It consists of three-tiers of non-sequential seed funds that address different needs in the continuum of developing investigator-initiated bold science at Northwestern: 1) Ideas; 2) Innovative Initiatives; and 3) Innovative Initiatives Incubators. In addition to funds, the program provides project management support, assistance in identifying funding opportunities, proposal development and team-science guidance. The goal of the Innovative Initiatives Incubators is to enable successful assembly of an interdisciplinary team, development of a track record of collaboration, and generation of sufficient preliminary data for external funding.

 NUCATS-Curated Pilot Funding Database

Browse or search to find opportunities for pilot or seed grant funding at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This page is curated and managed by the Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute.

 NUCATS KL2 Multidisciplinary Career Development Program

The NUCATS Institute is pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2). The Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2) is a NCATS-sponsored training grant supporting early-career faculty at Northwestern. It’s designed to train a diverse workforce of investigators to drive future innovation and implement effective clinical and translational research.

The program, led by Leena Sharma, MD and Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc, includes robust mentoring teams to assess the educational needs of the individual scholars and to provide them with personalized career development opportunities. In addition, it provides career development resources (formal coursework, peer mentoring and career guidance) to scholars across disparate areas of expertise.

The award includes salary support and additional resources to ensure protected time for mentored research and didactic training in clinical research. Information about current research funded by the KL2 can be found in our scholar profiles page

Apply for a KL2

 NUCATS Voucher and Pilot Programs

The NUCATS Voucher and Pilot Programs seek to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work. These funds are particularly intended for projects with the potential for strong clinical or translational research in a short timeframe, junior faculty who have not yet established a significant funding base, projects involving critical steps in the device and drug development pathway and projects that address a critical need in translational science that are too small to be suitable for conventional funding. They’re also designed for projects involving research dissemination and implementation in community and practice settings.

 Rheumatology Research Foundation

Visit the Rheumatology Research Foundation's website to see all of the Rheumatology Research Foundation funding opportunities.

 Rheumatology T32 Training Grant

Applications for the Rheumatology Postdoctoral Training Program (T32) are now being accepted. The long-term goal of the program is to nurture motivated, bright, enthusiastic, well-trained, academically-oriented MDs and PhDs in their pursuit of careers in rheumatology investigation. The program provides postdoctoral fellows mentoring, protected research time, and other resources and training that are key to successful research.

Submit your application