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Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

“Thanks to the generosity of our visionary donors, we have the resources to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO. “These grants will have the potential to help Rhode Islanders lead healthier lives and prime one of the state’s most promising sectors.”

The deadline to apply is Oct. 23. Faculty at academic institutions or hospitals in Rhode Island who have been assistant or associate professors for no more than five years are eligible to apply.

These one-time grants can be used as start-up support for laboratory, clinical or population-based research.  In addition to general medical research, eligible subjects include infectious diseases, cardiac research, coronary artery disease, cerebral accidents, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, allergies and performance-enhancing substances.

Last year, the Foundation awarded researchers nearly $400,000 in seed funding. The recipients include Bradley Hospital’s Jared M. Saletin, who was awarded $25,000 for “Tracking Real-world Sleep to Predict Brain Maturation in a School-sample of ADHD;” and the University of Rhode Island’s Ashley Buchanan, who was awarded $25,000 for “New Methods to Evaluate the Effects of Opioids in Provider-Based Networks.”

The Foundation’s funding comes from the Alice W. Bliss Memorial Fund, Charles V. Chapin Fellowship Fund, Anne Elizabeth Chase Fund, Samuel J. and Ester Chester Medical Research Fund, Gilbert J. Clappin, Jr. Memorial Fund, Frieda Dengal Fund, Charles Goss Memorial Fund, Haire Family Fund, Herbert E. Hopkins Fund, Alice Newton Fund, Esther S. Phillips Fund, Phebe Parker Fund, Edythe and Jane Richmond Cancer Fund, Colonel Lee Walton and Xenia Roberts Memorial Fund, John O. Strom M.D. Memorial Fund and Mary A. Young Cancer Fund.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.



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