Medical Research Grants
Thirteen funds at The Rhode Island Foundation support medical research:
- Alice W. Bliss Memorial Fund
- Charles V. Chapin Fellowship Fund
- Anne Elizabeth Chase Fund
- Gilbert J. Clappin, Jr. Memorial Fund
- Clean Competition Fund
- Haire Family Fund
- Herbert E. Hopkins Fund
- Alice Newton Fund
- Phebe Parker Fund
- Esther S. Phillips Fund
- Helen Walker Raleigh Vision Fund
- Edythe K. and Jane E. Richmond Memorial Cancer Fund
- John O. Strom, M.D. Memorial Fund
- Mary A. Young Cancer Fund
The Foundation awards 7-10 grants of up to $15,000 each. The primary purpose of the grants is to provide support to new investigators as seed money or for pilot projects.
The Foundation encourages biomedical researchers throughout Rhode Island to apply for start-up grant support for laboratory, clinical and population-based research. In addition to general medical research (limited funding), areas of interest include infectious diseases, cardiac research, coronary artery disease, cerebral accidents, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and performance enhancing substances.
Grants are provided to faculty during their first five years of appointment as assistant or associate professors and are one-time awards; grants are rarely provided to senior investigators. Grants are provided for supplies and research animals. The Foundation generally does not provide funds for permanent equipment, equipment maintenance, travel, or printing unless it is part of the research itself. In most cases, this program does not provide funds for salary support of the principal investigator. Due to the limited funds available, the Foundation does not cover charges for overhead by the applicant hospitals and universities. All grants are for one year. Only under unusual circumstances will a proposal for second-year funding be considered.
Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.
Proposal Review Criteria
A review panel made up of scientists and physicians assists the Foundation in its review of medical research proposals. Criteria used to evaluate proposals include:
- Significance of the research
- Soundness of the methodology
- Feasibility of the research project
- Demonstration of independent research
- Likelihood of applicant pursuing future successful awards
- Likelihood of the project transitioning to external funding (i.e. NIH RO1 funds)
- Grants are generally awarded to MDs or PhDs who have a faculty appointment at an assistant or associate professor level and have not received substantial funding. Grants are not awarded to individuals in training, such as specialty training fellows or postdoctoral fellows, who do not hold faculty appointments at the time of initiation of the proposed research.
- Awards are contingent on IRB/IACUC written approval. If IRB/IACUC approval is not required, a letter of exception from your institution is required.
Grants are awarded annually. The tentative start and end dates are March 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016. Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on November 14, 2014. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).
A complete application consists of:
* Files must be in Word, Excel, PDF, or JPG formats.