Thursday, July 23, 2015

Falk Medical Research Trust Fund Catalyst Award - LOI Due 7/28

The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust has sought out brilliant investigators and supported them, as well as the young investigators who worked with them, by funding “medical research to improve treatments of the past and eventually find cures for diseases for which no definite cure is known.” 

In 2014, the Falk Medical Research Trust launched a new program to fund transformational research focused on increasing the impact of its funding. In keeping with the intention to fund breakthrough research designed to overcome roadblocks in scientific progress, there are two separate linked awards:

  • The Catalyst Research Award provides one-year seed funding to help investigators lay the foundation for the Transformational Award. Note: This RFP solicits proposals only for the Catalyst Award.
  • The Transformational Research Award provides two-years of additional research funding to support successful projects funded by a Catalyst Award and help them achieve their final goals.

The Catalyst Awards provide an opportunity to conduct preliminary work on high-risk, high-reward research addressing a wide variety of clinical disease areas. The Catalyst Research Award Program provides seed funding to enable planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques and management infrastructure necessary to successfully compete for two-year contracts through the Transformational Research Award Program.

Research Focus:
This program is designed to support high-risk, high-reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. If successful, these projects will open new avenues for treating and curing disease. Applications should be responsive to one of the four principle areas of Research Focus below:

  1. Understanding underlying disease processes and how they disrupt normal human biology,
  2. Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression,
  3. Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions, and
  4. Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process.

The Trust encourages the use of collaborations between industry, government, academic and disease advocacy organizations. In support of this collaborative approach, the Catalyst Program may provide funding to investigators for:

  • Identifying any competencies necessary to complete the project that are not available within the applicant institution,
  • Identifying collaborators who will provide those competencies,
  • Building relationships and negotiating contracts between institutions,
  • Internal development of critical expertise or tools that are not available from external sources, and
  • Building the management infrastructure to support future project proposals.

Award Amount and Funding Period:
One-year Awards totaling up to $400,000 will be awarded for the funding period of November 30, 2015 - November 29, 2016.

Investigators must meet the following eligibility requirements to submit an application:

  • Hold a full-time faculty appointment
  • Are independent investigator (s) with demonstrated institutional support and the specialized space and facilities needed to conduct the proposed research
  • Each PI may only submit one application
  • Applicants may not have funding support for a similar project
  • United States citizenship is not required; visa documentation is not required

Each invited institution may submit only two applications.

Internal Letter of Intent Due: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (by Noon)
Internal Proposal Due (by Invitation): Sunday, August 9, 2015 (by Midnight)
Notification by: Thursday August 20, 2015
Sponsor Proposal Due Dates (Required):

  • Online Submission: September 22, 2015 (12:00 noon, ET)
  • Mailed Hard Copy received by The Medical Foundation: September 24, 2015 (5:00 pm ET)

Click Here for Instructions on Submitting a Letter of Intent (mandatory) and an Internal Proposal.

The Office of Research Development offers assistance in identifying and facilitating collaborations, putting together interdisciplinary teams, programmatic and administrative development of large, cross-school proposals, and leveraging institutional resources for outreach and education. Contact Fruma Yehiely (, Associate Vice President for Research, Director of ORD, for more information.

Fruma Yehiely, Associate Vice President for Research, Director of ORD, 847-491-1074,

Limited Submissions Website
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

RFA: Innovative Initiatives Incubators (I3) Seed Funding - Due 8/17

The Office for Research invites applications for Innovative Initiatives Incubators (I3) seed funding to support new, "Big Ideas", as part of the NU-Interdisciplinary Program 1-2-3.

  • Application Due Date: August 17, 2015
  • Award Budget: $60,000/year
  • Award Period: One year with potential for an additional year
  • Anticipated number of Awards: 1-2

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 3-tiers of non-sequential seed funds that address different needs in the continuum of developing investigator-initiated bold science at Northwestern: Ideas (I1), Innovative Initiatives (I2) and Innovative Initiatives Incubators (I3). In addition to funds, the program provides project management support, assistance in identifying funding opportunities, proposal development and Team-Science guidance. I1 and I2 applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The focus of this RFA is the I3- Innovative Initiatives Incubators, which is jointly funded by the Office for Research (50%) and Northwestern’s Schools (the remaining 50%, based on the proportional number of faculty in the team). The goal 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. The expectation is that by the end of year 2, the team will submit a substantial/center proposal.

Application Instructions

Visit the Office for Research for complete information
Friday, July 10, 2015

Galter Librarian Jonathan Shank Receives Cross-Pollinator Travel Award

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) have announced the recipients of two travel grants to the 2015 DLF Forum in Vancouver, BC, and one of them is the Galter Health Sciences Library's Jonathan Shank. Jon is serves as the acquisitions and electronic services librarian at Galter Library.

The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend the DLF Forum to two library professionals who would not typically be able to go, but who can envision and articulate a connection with their ER&L-related work and who see great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network. The cross-pollinator grants are also part of an ongoing effort to explore connections between these two communities.

Congratulations to Jon on becoming a 2015 DLF + ER&L Cross-Polinator Travel Award Fellow!

Read more about the award