Pilot Grant Competitions at NU and Campus Partners

Below are links to other pilot funding resources at NU and campus partners. While not necessarily translational in nature, these programs could fund the early stages of biomedical research. Some of these opportunities are restricted to members of a specific institution, center or institute. For information on other internal and external funding programs at NU please visit the Office for Research Funding Resources Page.

Currently Accepting Applications

John and Lillian Mathews Regenerative Medicine Endowment Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Initiative

  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2015
  • Funding Levels: Two to four grants are anticipated depending upon the investigator projects and budgetary needs. Generally the awards have been in the $10,000 to $30,000 range.
  • The endowment funds are to be used to support clinical-grade product manufacturing that require the GMP compliant laboratories of the Mathews Center for Cellular Therapy (MCCT) GMP facilities.  The products can be biologic, cellular or even device in nature. 
  • View the RFP here and the proposal template here
  • For additional information, please contact Ann LeFever at alefever@nmh.org

Eleanor Wood-Prince Grants Initiative: A Project of the Women's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital

  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2015
  • Funding Levels: For the fiscal year 2016, grants up to a maximum of $25,000 will be funded from an available pool of up to $100,000
  • The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital is soliciting proposals from Northwestern medical, nursing and management staffs that are consistent with the mission and strategic plan of Northwestern Medicine®. Projects especially encouraged are those that would support investigators in the development of independent research projects. Eleanor Wood‐Prince grants are intended to be a springboard for future research and programs.
  • View the request for proposals here.
  • For additional information, please contact Cara Crosby at 312-926-4275 or ccrosby@nm.org.

Evergreen Invitational Fiscal Year 2016 Women's Health Grant Initiative

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
  • Funding Levels: For the fiscal year 2016, grants of $25,000 and greater will be awarded from an available pool of $400,000
  • The Evergreen Invitational is seeking proposals for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) that will advance women’s health programs in patient care, education, translational or clinical research and community service.
  • View the request for proposals here.
  • For additional information, please contact Cara Crosby at 312-926-4275 or ccrosby@nm.org.

Fiscal Year 2016 Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) Research Grants Initiative

  • Application Deadline: March 25, 2015
  • Funding Levels: For the fiscal year 2016, grants between $25,000 and $50,000 will be considered.
  • The LSCRF research grants initiative is seeking proposals that impact patient care through translational clinical and benchmark research studies. Prospective proposals will be ones which provide support for all work associated with breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Preference will be given to projects with the potential of contributing to a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) application.
  • View the request for proposals here.
  • For additional information, please contact Cara Crosby at 312-926-4275 or ccrosby@nm.org.

Northwestern Memorial Foundation Friends of Prentice Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Initiative

  • Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
  • Funding Levels: For the fiscal year 2016, grants of up to $50,000 will be considered for funding from a minimum available pool of $400,000
  • Friends of Prentice is seeking proposals from the greater Northwestern medical community that will advance women's or infant's health programs in research, patient care, education and community service.
  • View the request for proposals here
  • For additional information, please contact Cara Crosby at 312-926-4275 or ccrosby@nm.org.

Feinberg School of Medicine Multi-Investigator Seed Grants

  • The Feinberg School of Medicine is pleased to announce a new program that will provide seed funding up to $15,000 (up to $500 to $1,000 for a retreat, and up to $14,000 for application preparation) to initiate new multi-investigator grant applications involving Feinberg faculty. The funds are intended to support new applications, preferably to the National Institutes of Health. There is an expectation of casting a wide net, such that research projects ought to involve at least two faculty members from outside the home department of the principal investigator, which may include Evanston.
  • For more information and submission forms, please click here