Carnegie Mellon University

Funding Opportunities

Request for Applications: Neurodegeneration Challenge Network
Application Deadline: Coming Soon
Neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, are a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. To move toward curing, preventing, or managing these diseases by the end of the century, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is seeking to support a stronger scientific understanding of neurodegeneration. To stay updated about this funding opportunity from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, please sign up for the mailing list.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Development of Medications to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorders and Overdose
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse invites UG3/UH3 applications to fund the Development of Medications to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorders and Overdose. Approximately $10 million may be made available to support up to four awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

Simons Foundation Fellows—SFARI Explorer Awards
Deadline Rolling 
This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels. The maximum budget is $70,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable. Learn more.

Research Projects on the Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Application Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Multiple entities within NIH invite R01 and R21 applications for Research Projects on the Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Multiple awards are anticipated under each announcement. Program eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Standard due dates apply for the R01 and R21 grant mechanisms.

Pre-doctoral Students Interested in Careers in Biomedical, Behavioral, or Clinical Research
Application Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Multiple entities within NIH invite Parent T32, T35, and Parent T35 applications for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA): Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants to develop and/or enhance research training opportunities for predoctoral students interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research. Multiple awards may be made under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. states, local governments, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Standard due dates apply for the Parent T32, T35 and Parent T35 grant mechanisms. 

Understanding and Modifying Temporal Dynamics of Coordinated Neural Activity
Applications Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 – Monday, May 7, 2018
This funding opportunity supports projects that test whether modifying electrophysiological patterns during behavior can improve cognitive, affective, or social processing. Learn more.

2018 Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Research Grant Programs
Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation will award annual research grants in 2018 to researchers at Pennsylvania universities to carry out fundamental research in the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics. Guidelines and more information. Please send questions to kaufmanapps@pghfdn.org or call 412-394-2617.

Grant programs include:

  • New Investigator Research Grants – Up to six awards at a maximum of $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year)
  • New Initiative Research Grants – Up to four awards at a maximum of $300,000 for two years ($150,000 per year)

Klingenstein Fund
Application Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 
The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, in partnership with the Simons Foundation, invites applications for Research Fellowships in the Neurosciences. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. Learn more.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Internal Nominations Due: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Chosen Candidates' Applications Due: Friday, Apr. 20, 2018
Carnegie Mellon has been invited to nominate two candidates for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Eighteen selected Fellows will receive funding in the amount of $875,000 over the period of five years. Nominees must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Candidates engaged in research in the social sciences will not be considered. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. The foundation emphasizes individual research that involves students and junior colleagues rather than extensions or components of large-scale, ongoing research. Learn more.

Note: To submit a nominee for consideration, please email Leah Picker a 1-2 page summary of the research the nominee would engage in if funded, and a CV of no more than 5 pages. Upon receiving pre-proposals, OVPR will select two nominees to go forward as CMU’s official nominee.

BRAIN Initiative to Fund Research on Biology and Biophysics of Neural Stimulation
Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Multiple entities within NIH invite R01 applications for the BRAIN Initiative to Fund Research on Biology and Biophysics of Neural Stimulation that will lead to new and improved perturbation technologies suitable for controlling specified cell types and circuits to modulate function in the central nervous system. Approximately $5 million may be made available to support up to 10 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

National Institute on Aging: Research Studies on Exosomes from Biogenesis and Secretion to the Early Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease
Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Application deadline: Monday, Mar. 26, 2018
The National Institute on Aging invites R01 applications for Research Studies on Exosomes from Biogenesis and Secretion to the Early Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease. Specifically, the FOA encourages collaborative approaches designed to identify and characterize the regulation of molecular machines that are responsible for exosome biogenesis and the secretion of exosomal cargo molecules in AD. Approximately $8 million may be made available to support up to 11 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted. Learn more

National Institute on Aging: Studies Focused on the Association to Function in the Alzheimer’s Disease Post-Genomics Era
Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018
The National Institute on Aging invites R01 applications for Studies Focused on the Association to Function in the Alzheimer’s Disease Post-Genomics Era to improve the understanding of the structure and function of proteins or protein complexes regulated by different AD genetic variants that have been identified to be associated with the sporadic and late onset AD. Approximately $3.5 million may be made available to support up to eight awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

Behavioral and/or Psychological Phenotypes Contributing to Obesity
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases invites R01 applications for Ancillary Studies to Identify Behavioral and/or Psychological Phenotypes Contributing to Obesity to support the addition of measures of psychological and/or behavioral constructs or weight-related variables (e.g.; BMI, body composition) to existing or new research studies in humans with the goal of elucidating behavioral or psychological phenotypes that explain individual variability in weight trajectory or response to obesity prevention or treatment interventions. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically.

Aneurysm and AVM Foundation: Research Projects on Issues Related to Aneurysm and Other Vascular Malformations of the Brain
Application Deadline: Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018
The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation invites applications for Research Projects on Issues Related to Aneurysm and Other Vascular Malformations of the Brain. One or more grants of $25,000 each may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

Brain Cancer – The Sontag Foundation
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018
Brain Cancer – The Sontag Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Awards in support of projects that show potential to generate new knowledge relating to causes, cure or treatment of primary brain tumors/brain cancer. There is no limit on the number of submissions from an institution. Awards are made in the amount of $600,000 over four years, with up to $19,500/year allowable in overhead. Applications are submitted through an online portal and require an itemized budget (template attached). Learn more.

BRAIN Initiative to Support Research on Targeted BRAIN Circuits Planning Projects (TargetedBCPP)
Application Deadline: Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018
Multiple entities within NIH invite R34 applications for the BRAIN Initiative to Support Research on Targeted BRAIN Circuits Planning Projects (TargetedBCPP). Approximately $2.5 million may be made available to support up to 10 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

Targeted BRAIN Circuits Projects – TargetedBCP (Re-issue of NS-17-014; R01)
Application Receipt Dates: Mar. 15, 2018
This RFA uses a R01 mechanism and is part of a family of “Integrated Approaches” NIH BRAIN FOAs. The primary goal of this FOA is to solicit research projects using innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. This RFA may support individual laboratories or small multi-PD/PI groups, and applications should offer specific, feasible research goals as endpoints to understand brain circuit function at cellular and sub-second levels of resolution in ethologically relevant behaviors within a 5-year term. Learn more.

BRAIN Initiative Fellows: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Re-issue of MH-17-250; F32)
Application Receipt Dates: Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018; Friday, Dec. 7, 2018; Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019; Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
The purpose of the BRAIN Initiative Fellows (F32) program is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctorates, 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. Applications are encouraged in any research area that is aligned with the BRAIN Initiative, including neuroethics. Applicants are expected to propose research training in an area that clearly complements their predoctoral research. Formal training in analytical tools appropriate for the proposed research is expected to be an integral component of the proposed research training plan. In order to maximize the training potential of the F32 award, this 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. On the application due date, candidates may not have completed more than 12 months of postdoctoral training. Learn more.

National Institute on Aging: Pragmatic Trials of Managing Multimorbidity in Alzheimer’s Disease
Application Deadline: Monday, Mar. 26, 2018
The National Institute on Aging invites R01 applications to fund Pragmatic Trials of Managing Multimorbidity in Alzheimer’s Disease that will improve the effectiveness of treatment strategies for comorbid conditions that occur frequently in combination with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD). Approximately $3.2 million may be made available to support up to four studies. Eligibility is unrestricted. Learn more.

National Institute on Aging: Interdisciplinary Research to Understand the Complex Biology of Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk
Application Deadline: Monday, Mar. 26, 2018
The National Institute on Aging invites R01 applications to fund Interdisciplinary Research to Understand the Complex Biology of Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk. Approximately $4.5 million may be made available to support up to four awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Learn more.

Memory and Cognitive Disorders – The McKnight Foundation
Application Deadlines: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Memory and Cognitive Disorders  - The McKnight Foundation is now accepting LOIs for the 2018 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Award for proposals that address memory or cognition under normal and pathological conditions. This includes proposals that address mechanisms of memory or cognition at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic or behavioral level in animals, including humans. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate fundamentally new approaches, as well as those that involve human experimentation. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged. Up to four awards in the amount of $300,000 over three years will be made. Applicants must hold full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g. associate professor or professor, at institutions within the United States. Scientists holding other titles such as research professor, adjunct professor, professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor are not eligible. Applicants may not be employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute or scientists within the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health. Learn more.

Early Career Research Awards in Areas Related to Child Health and Human Development
Application Deadlines: Friday, Mar. 30, 2018

  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development invites R03 applications for Early Career Research Awards in Areas Related to Child Health and Human Development. The research should be focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and behavioral mission of NCMRR. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. More information regarding PAR-18-211
  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Nursing Research invite R01 applications for Research To Address Sleep Disorders in the Context of Medical Rehabilitation. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. More information regarding PAR-18-212.
  • The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development invites R01 for Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research Projects to examine the impact of HAI on typical and atypical child development and health; the evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities or in need of rehabilitative services; and, the effects of animals on public health, including cost effectiveness of involving animals in reducing and preventing disease. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. More information regarding PAR-18-213

B*CURED: Brain Cancer Research Projects
Applications Deadline: Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018
B*CURED invites applications for Brain Cancer Research Projects. Multiple awards of up to $50,000 each may be made. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education. Learn more.

Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health: Group Therapy Projects
Application Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health invites applications for Group Therapy Projects that advance the most effective and innovative approaches to group therapy education, training, research, and community outreach. Multiple awards of up to $15,000 each may be made. Eligibility requirements are described in the announcement. Learn more.

Proof of Concept Development of Early Stage Next Generation Human Brain Imaging (Re-issue of EB-17-001; R01)
Application Receipt Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
This RFA uses a R01 mechanism to solicit unusually bold and potentially transformative approaches, including proof-of-concept development of brain imaging based on innovative and/or unconventional concepts aimed at revolutionizing the way non-invasive human neuroimaging is conducted. Tools and technologies can span a wide array of approaches including hardware, software, or imaging probes addressing any of the steps of the image acquisition and analysis process. Creative efforts to bridge scales from the micro- to meso- to macro-level in the brain are especially encouraged. Learn more.

Development of Next Generation Human Brain Imaging Tools and Technologies (Re-issue of EB-17-002; U01)
Application Receipt Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
This RFA uses an U01 mechanism to support the full-scale development of novel imaging technologies beyond the proof of concept stage for noninvasive imaging of human brain processes in ways that are currently unachievable in healthy persons. NIH expects successful projects supported under the previous RFAs to be the basis for some of the applications submitted in response to this announcement, but previous support is not a requirement. This FOA supports an open competition for the best ideas for the full development of innovative and compelling new or next-gen non-invasive brain imaging technologies, with the intent of delivering working tools within the time frame of the BRAIN Initiative. Learn more.

BRAIN Initiative to Support Research on the Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research
Standard Due Dates Apply
Multiple entities within NIH invite R41/R42 applications for the BRAIN Initiative to Support Research on the Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research. Multiple awards may be made under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R41/R42 grant mechanism. Applications will be accepted via two R41/R42 announcements:

Studies that Test Lifespan/Healthspan-Extension Interventions in the Models of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD/ADRD)
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute on Aging invites R41/R42 and R43/R44 applications for Studies that Test Lifespan/Healthspan-Extension Interventions in the Models of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD/ADRD). Multiple awards may be made under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R41/R42 and R43/R44 grant mechanisms.

Basic and Translation Research on Decision Making in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute on Aging invites R01 and R21 applications for Basic and Translation Research on Decision Making in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease. Specific opportunities include the development of decision-supportive interventions to leverage cognitive, emotional and motivational strengths of these populations; tools to assess decisional capacity; strategies for simplifying choices and offering better defaults; and the promotion of timely adoption of optimal delegation practices (e.g., power of attorney, living wills, etc.). Multiple awards are anticipated under each announcement. Program eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Standard due dates apply for the R01 and R21 grant mechanisms.

National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Aging: Studies on Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute on Aging invite R01, R15, and R21 applications for Studies on Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia. Multiple awards are anticipated under each announcement. Program eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Standard due dates apply for the R01, R15, and R21 grant mechanisms.

National Institute on Aging: Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer's-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD)
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute on Aging invites R41/R42 and R43/R44 applications to advance Research on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Alzheimer's-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD). Multiple awards may be made under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R41/R42 and R43/R44 grant mechanisms.

Research Projects on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Standard Due Dates Apply
Multiple entities within NIH invite R01, R03, and R21 applications for Research Projects on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Multiple awards are anticipated under each announcement. Program eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Standard due dates apply for the R01, R03, and R21 grant mechanisms.

National Institute on Aging: SBIR Awards to Fund Translational Research on Aging
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute on Aging invites R43/R44 application for SBIR Awards to Fund Translational Research on Aging. Approximately $6 million may be made available to support multiple awards under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R43/R44 grant mechanism. Applications will be accepted via two R43/R44 announcements:

National Institute on Aging: Development of Socially-Assistive Robots (SARs) to Engage Persons with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (ADRD), and their Caregivers
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Institute on Aging invites R41/R42 and R43/R44 applications for research on the Development of Socially-Assistive Robots (SARs) to Engage Persons with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (ADRD), and their Caregivers. Approximately $2 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R41/R42 and R43/R44 grant mechanisms.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Development and/or Validation of Devices or Electronic Systems to Monitor or Enhance Mind and Body Interventions
Standard Due Dates Apply
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health invites R41/R42 and R43/R44 applications to support the Development and/or Validation of Devices or Electronic Systems to Monitor or Enhance Mind and Body Interventions. Multiple awards may be made under each announcement. Program eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Standard due dates apply for the R41/R42 and R43/R44 grant mechanisms.