Federal Funding Opportunities and Resources

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.   

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed a Grant Opportunities and Guidance clearinghouse across all departments where you can find information about all aspects of the grant process during the COVID-19 crisis. For example, the NIH webpage provides  information and guidance about extensions, resubmissions, and funding opportunities related to COVID-19.  Its resources are also presented here, in a daily, updated format.


Featured Opportunities

Oct 13 - Oct 23, 2020

National Institutes of Health

NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Due Date: January 28, 2021

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH, with the overarching goal to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Courses for skill development and research experiences must fall within NIDDK's mission areas, including diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)

Application Due Date: January 25, 2021; AIDS Application Due Date: May 7, 2021

The purpose of this award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Due Date: Varying. Please see Awarding IC Website

This opportunity notifies Program Directors/Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research that funds may be available for administrative supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award, but were unforeseen when the new or renewal application or grant progress report for non-competing continuation support was submitted. 

Mechanistic Ancillary Studies to Ongoing Clinical Projects (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Mechanistic Ancillary Studies to Ongoing Clinical Projects (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Letter of Intent: 30 days prior to application due date

Application Date:  March 18, 2021

The objective of this opportunity is to provide a flexible mechanism to leverage established resources and maximize the return on existing investments in parent projects. Successful ancillary studies will enhance the scientific content and value of the parent projects, improve the research community’s understanding of a disease or organ system in the NIAMS portfolio, and thus may identify novel targets for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Assay Validation of High-Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH3 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

Assay Validation of High-Quality Markers for Clinical Studies in Cancer (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Application Date: February 18, 2021

The purpose of this opportunity is to accelerate the adoption and validation of molecular/cellular/imaging markers (referred to as "markers" or "biomarkers") and assays for cancer detection, diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring, and prediction of response or resistance to treatment, as well as markers for cancer prevention and control.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program

Application Date: January 7, 2021

This opportunity to apply for funding under the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership, Education, and Advancement in Undergraduate Pathways (LEAP) Training Program promotes the development of a diverse and representative public health and health care workforce by recruiting undergraduate students from underserved or underrepresented backgrounds into MCH public health and MCH-related health professions in order to improve levels of representation, reduce health disparities, and increase access to health care for vulnerable and underserved MCH populations, including those from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2020

Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success Program CFDA Numbers 84.116G

Application Due: November 4, 2020

The purpose of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

Application Due: December 1. 2020

The Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations in the local community or region. In addition to funding outreach programs through the Regular Outreach track, in FY 21, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will also afford applicants a unique opportunity to take part in a national effort that targets rural health disparities through a second track called the “Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative.”, that seeks to address the underlying factors that are driving growing rural health disparities related to the five leading causes of avoidable death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury/substance use, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke).

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals

Application Due: January 21, 2021

The purpose of the BHWET Program for Professionals is to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders.

National Institutes of Health

BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)

Letter of Intent Due: November 9, 2020

Application Due: December 9, 2020

The purpose of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative Fellows (F32) program is to enhance the research training of promising post doctorates, early in their postdoctoral training period, who have the potential to become productive investigators in research areas that will advance the goals of the BRAIN Initiative. Applicants are expected to propose research training in an area that clearly complements their predoctoral research and the program encourages applications from individuals who have not yet completed their terminal doctoral degree and who expect to do so within 12 months of the application due date.

Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)

Application Due: November 27, 2020; AIDS Application Due: November 27, 2021

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage health services research that can directly contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities, while taking into consideration the interaction between system-level healthcare, individual clinical care and social determinants of health, including the role of structural systemic factors, place and neighborhood factors.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to HIV-Associated Comorbidities and Prioritizing Intervention Targets (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

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

Application Due: January 21, 2021

This opportunity seeks applications for comprehensive systems biology studies using multidisciplinary team science to identify common, overlapping etiologies of HIV-associated comorbidities. Ultimately, the goal is to identify targets for intervention to mitigate multiple comorbidities associated with HIV infection.

Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Biospecimen Access (X01)

Application Due: April 30, 2021

The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study provides the scientific community with biospecimens and related research data on behaviors, attitudes, biomarkers and health outcomes associated with tobacco use in the U.S. This opportunity allows investigators to apply for access to the biospecimens from the PATH Study.