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 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 Catalyst Pilot Grant Program:

Innovative Research to Advance Themes in the Strategic Plan

Due February 15, 2020

The School of Public Health’s Strategic Plan "Advancing Well-Being for All" identifies four themes that will shape our priorities, reputation, and opportunities to advance public health, locally and globally. We are targeting the 2020 Catalyst Grant program to deepen and broaden the School’s research program around one or more of these themes:

  • Addiction
  • Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • Mental Health, Resilience, and Mindfulness
  • Vulnerable Life Stages: Children and Older Adults

We are also interested in funding applications that enhance the School’s research-related cross- cutting capabilities:

  • Health Data Sciences and Technology
  • Prevention and Policy
  • Partnerships: Local, National, and Global

This program will continue to focus on supporting new research that is distinctive from ongoing work in the Centers and would not be possible without the support that is requested. While open to all areas relevant to the School’s major health themes and cross-cutting capabilities, we are particularly interested in themes that have not yet been funded through this mechanism, i.e., Mental Health, Resilience, and Mindfulness, and Environmental Health and Climate Change. As always, faculty are encouraged to work with those outside their Center who have complementary interests, but this is not a requirement for this round of awards.

Projects should be able to begin quickly and should culminate in a proposal for external funding by February, 2021. The Catalyst Project period can be no longer than 12 months. This timeline will require a focus on defining clear, short-term aims that will provide key information needed for a competitive grant application. While applications may build upon areas of established strength, to be competitive the application must indicate what aspect is distinctive from ongoing work in this area. This program is not meant to replicate other seed grant programs that exist in OVPR, the Center for AIDS Research, the Advance-CTR, COBREs, and Center-specific sources of pilot project funds.

This year we also encourage the submission of smaller projects that create cross-cutting capacity or leverage ongoing work. For example, there may be an opportunity to add measures of addiction to a funded study in gerontology, or to add measures of resilience to a funded study that currently focuses on vulnerabilities.

The School of Public Health Catalyst Pilot Grant Program will provide awards of up to $20,000 each ($5,000 for smaller projects) in support of the goals identified above.

The application must include:

  1. 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).
  2. Description of how the proposed activity addresses the goals of the strategic plan and how it is distinctive from ongoing lines of research that are already well supported (max 1 page).
  3. Timeline for the pilot work and the external grant submission, the specific targeted external funding sources, and detail about how the work fits with the funding source’s funding priorities (max 1 page).
  4. Budget that indicates needed expenditures for research staff, supplies, etc., but cannot include faculty salary.
  5. 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: (1) the contribution the research will make to the themes of the strategic plan, (2) the extent to which the application addresses a novel topic that could not otherwise be pursued through other mechanisms, (3) whether the study will significantly enhance competitiveness of an application for external funding, and (4) the feasibility of conducting the work and submitting a proposal early in 2021.

Applications are due February 15, 2020, and decisions will be made to allow funding to begin May 1, 2020. Please contact Jennifer Tidey, Associate Dean for Research ([email protected]) to submit your applications, as well as to ask any questions or to discuss plans as they are being developed.

Posted: January 13, 2020

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.

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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 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. 

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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.

Activities that take an hour or less that will better position you for pursuing grants.

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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 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

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.