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Below is a selected list of timely federal funding opportunities that are relevant to the osteopathic medical education community. AACOM updates this resource frequently.  Please bookmark the page for your reference. For a comprehensive listing of federal funding opportunities, please visit Grants.gov.   

Featured Opportunities

March 29 – April 4

National Institutes of Health

Generating New Insights and Mechanistic Understanding of Antibiotic Resistance Development (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Due: June 5, 2018; October 5, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

This opportunity advances select areas of research recognized as critical in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, including research focused on understanding the nature of microbial communities, how antibiotics affect them, and how they can be harnessed to prevent disease, as well as research exploring combination therapies to address the emergence of resistance.

Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Due: June 19, 2018; November 19, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

This opportunity will enhance the diversity of the pool of the cancer research workforce by recruiting and supporting eligible junior investigators and Early Stage Investigators from groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences.

Physician-Scientist (PS) Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Letter of Intent Due: 30 days before the application due date

Application Due: June 4, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

The Physician-Scientist Research Award for Early Stage Investigators is intended to support the independence of physician-scientist faculty committed to academic careers in heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders (HLBS) research, and related implementation science.

Small Research Grants for Analyses of Data for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Resource (R03 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Due: June 16, 2018; October 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) will develop a pediatric research data resource populated by genome sequence and phenotype data that will be of high value for the communities of investigators who study the genetics of childhood cancers and/or structural birth defects.

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Due: August 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

This opportunity encourages applications for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program for supporting the research activities during the early stage careers of independent clinical researchers.

Exploring Epigenomic or Non-Coding RNA Regulation in the Development, Maintenance, or Treatment of Chronic Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

Letter of Intent Due: 30 days prior to the application due date

Application Due: July 17, 2018, November 13, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

The purpose of this initiative is to encourage research that investigates the role of epigenetic or non-coding RNA regulatory pathways in the development, maintenance, or treatment of chronic pain.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers

Application Due: June 25, 2018, by 5:00 PM EST

This opportunity will provide funding to academic research centers to participate in the network of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers (PRC Network).

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)

Date: July 23 – 27, 2018

Application Due: April 27, 2018, by 5:00 PM EST

The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.


March 22 – March 28

Health Resources and Services Administration

Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies

Application Due: May 29, 2018

The purpose of this opportunity is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health profession through the development of academies that will support and guide them through the educational pipeline.

National Institutes of Health

NIH Director's Early Independence Award (DP5 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Letter of Intent Due: August 27, 2018

Application Due: September 27, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

This award supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.

Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Due: June 16, 2018; October 16, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

This opportunity encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children.