Funding Opportunities

This page contains information on funding for grants and internal awards, as well as for travel and course development. Please find more details about the following Funding Opportunities for faculty below.

OVPR also maintains a searchable database of limited submission opportunities.

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities. Learn more about the NIH Guide and subscribe today

DIV holds a year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through grants and risk capital, it supports breakthrough solutions with strong potential for social impact at a large scale. Financial support ranges from $50,000 to $15 million. GIF accepts applications on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Grand Challenges for Development to focus global attention and resources on specific, well defined international development problems, and to promote innovative approaches, processes, and solutions to solving them. They engage non-traditional solvers such as businesses, researchers, and scientists around critical development problems in a variety ways through partnerships, prizes, challenge grant funding, crowdsourcing, and more to identify innovations that work. Learn more.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges. In addition to opportunities presented through targeted grant programs and funding partnerships, RWJ continually accepts brief proposals for funding of new and creative approaches to building a Culture of Health. Current RWJ funding opportunities.

To stimulate innovation, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is pleased to announce the 2017 Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Awards. Brown University faculty or preferably teams of faculty investigators may apply for one-year seed funding awards of up to $25,000 to support innovative research aimed at improving children’s health. In addition to requesting funding support, applicants may request technical assistance and collaboration from the Hassenfeld Child Health Institute’s Core Research and Evaluation Unit. Deadline:Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Office of the Vice-President for Research (OVPR) and many other offices across campus offer internal funding to help advance scholarly projects.

The FRTF is available to voting members of the Brown campus-based faculty for assistance in meeting the cost of professional travel during any fiscal (budget) year, July 1-June 30. The FRTF is designated to support trips to attend conferences and to do scholarly research or field work. 

Innovative course development is fundamental to Brown’s open curriculum. Grant support is available to help faculty develop new courses or revise existing courses in ways that promote strategic initiatives: communication across difference, data literacy, STEM, engaged scholarship, and international topics. Mini-grants support improvements to existing courses at the undergraduate level. All regular members of the Brown faculty are encouraged to apply.

The mission of Advance-CTR is to support clinical and translational researchers in Rhode Island through funding, research resources and services, and professional development opportunities in order to fuel discoveries that improve overall health in the state.  Advance-CTR is a statewide collaboration that is equal partners with Brown University, Care New England, Lifespan, The Providence VA Medical Center, The Rhode Island Quality Institute, and The University of Rhode Island. Advance-CTR was established after receiving a five-year Institutional Development Award for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Advance-CTR supports researchers in the state through its three Service Cores and two Award Cores.

You may request resarch support services such as biomedical informatics, biostatistical consulting and research design or clinical reasearch through the request for research services form.  CTR has a number of ongoing professional development opportunities such as weekly drop-in sessions for biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design, a  Monthly Seminar Seriesas well as REDCap classes and workshops. The best way for faculty to find out about these opportunities and sign up is via the CTR weekly email newsletter or the website.

School of Public Health Seed Grant Program:  Connecting Faculty Collaborators Across Centers 

The School’s research program is built around the constellation of Centers and Institutes that stimulate and support research in a number of important thematic areas.  However, the connections of faculty investigators to Centers are largely exclusive, with every member of the faculty having a primary research home in only one Center.  In addition, in most cases nearly all of the Center’s faculty investigators come from the same academic Department.  This model has been extremely successful, but the collective benefits of the Centers to the School as a whole have not been fully realized, in part because of the exclusivity of the investigator--Center relationships.   
The School environment in which Centers operate has expanded considerably as we have grown, and this new seed grant program is intended to facilitate enhanced research productivity by connecting faculty researchers with other researchers outside their Center with complementary interests.  The strategy is intended to stimulate new, highly competitive grant applications that likely would not have been developed otherwise, connecting motivated, capable investigators across Centers.   

Objective:  This School of Public Health Seed Grant program will provide three awards of up to $20,000 each to new teams of investigators.  The intent of these funds is to support new applications for external funding that bring together two or more faculty researchers from different Centers who have not worked together previously but have complementary interests and capabilities.  For this investment of resources to be effective, there needs to be a research topic that aligns with the academic interests of the team of investigators, a realistic potential for securing new research funding, and a clear plan for conducting the pilot work and developing an application for external funding.  Funded research would follow the current School model in which the overhead return to the Centers is determined by the allocation of direct costs.   

This program is designed to address a need in the School to complement the Center structure, which provides one important mechanism for collaborative work, with a School-wide program that encourages faculty to come together in new and creative ways around shared interests and complementary talents. This program is not meant to replicate other seed grant programs that exist in OVPR, the Center for AIDS Research, the Advance-CTR and Center-specific sources of funds for collecting pilot data.  These applications should bring together two or more faculty investigators who (1) have not previously been collaborators on funded research, (2) who are affiliated with different Centers, (3) have a primary appointment in the School of Public Health, and (4) intend to submit the resulting proposal for external funding through the School of Public Health. 

The application must include: 

  • Description of Proposed Research: This must include aims, significance, and approach, and how the findings would contribute to a competitive proposal for external funding (max 3 pages).
  • Investigator Statement:  Statement that explains how the new partnership will benefit the members of the research team, how the collaboration may advance public health research, and the potential for a broader, sustainable program of research built around these shared interests (max 1 page).
  • Timeline for conducting pilot work and submitting an application for external research funding, the specific candidate funding sources, and detail about how the work fits with the funding source’s funding priorities (max 1 page).
  • Proposed budget and justification (faculty salary support not permitted) (max 1 page)
  • NIH Biosketches of all investigators involved in the research.

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of selected faculty with broad experience and specific expertise in the area of the application who are not in direct conflict with the submissions.  Proposals will be evaluated based on an assessment of the contribution the research will make to the goal of connecting faculty collaborators across research Centers, the merit of the research proposal, and the perceived likelihood that the research will contribute meaningfully to a proposal for external funding. 

Applications are due September 30, 2018 and decisions will be made by November 15, 2018 with funding to begin January 1, 2019. Please contact David Savitz, Associate Dean for Research, with questions ([email protected]) or to discuss plans as they are being developed.