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

Proof of Concept Funding for Biomedical Technologies

  • Applications Due: Midnight, July 15, 2015
  • Funding Levels: Total funding of $100,000 is available; Two awards will be given
  • The NUCATS Institute and the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) are soliciting proposals for grants to fund technology proof of concept in the biomedical arena. The objective of the funds is to move promising research into a self-supporting commercial pathway. This is a one-time, non-recurring opportunity. Total funding of $100,000 is available. Two awards will be given. These grant funds are separate and distinct from the planned NUseeds fund.
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Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

  • Applications Due: June 15, 2015
  • Funding Levels: $50,000
  • The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible work may be in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science.
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Alvin H. Baum Simulation Faculty Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: June 5, 2015 by 5pm
  • Funding Levels: One faculty fellowship will be awarded at $50,000 over two years
  • The Baum Family Foundation Faculty Fellowship will provide funding to support faculty salary and simulation lab expenses for a faculty member who commits to advance simulation-based education at Northwestern.
  • View the RFP here
  • For additional information, contact Amy Lobner at 312-926-5799 or alobner@nm.org.

Alvin H. Baum Clinical Simulation Research Grants Initiative

  • Application Deadline: June 5, 2015 by 5pm
  • Funding Levels: One-year grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $50,000 each
  • These awards are focused on providing funding to support original and innovative research opportunities that are scientifically promising or have potential to advance Northwestern Medicine strategies. Ideal simulation proposals should challenge existing paradigms of clinical practice, explore an innovative hypothesis, or address critical barriers to reliable healthcare. Proposals should also develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies for an area.
  • View the RFP here
  • For additional information, contact Amy Lobner at 312-926-5799 or alobner@nm.org.

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

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