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For funding opportunities related to COVID-19 see Western Research.


Other new funding opportunities:

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute - Challenge Grants

The Challenge grant program will support cancer research projects across the cancer continuum and across disciplines, with an ultimate goal of solving a problem (i.e. a ‘challenge’) in cancer that will be meaningful to people affected by or at risk of cancer. Whether culminating in outcomes that have immediate impact (such as a tool, therapeutic, program, policy, or practice change), or those that are more long term in scope (such as an important finding relevant to the biology or etiology of cancer that could eventually be applied to improve outcomes), applicants must clearly articulate the anticipated contribution of their proposed project towards solving the identified challenge, as well as an estimated timeline for success.

"Deadline for abstracts: July 28, 2021 Deadline for applications: September 22, 2021"

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Dravet Syndrome Foundation

Grants are intended for established, experienced, independent investigators affiliated with a research or academic institution whose proposed projects investigate hypotheses directly related to Dravet syndrome.

Deadline: September 10, 2021

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Thrasher Research Fund

The purpose of the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards is to improve children's health through medical research, with an emphasis on​ projects that have the potential to translate into clinically meaningful results within a few years. The Thrasher Research Fund is open to applications that address a variety of significant pediatric problems. Both incidence and severity are considered when determining the significance of the proposed topic. Ideal applications for the E.W. "Al" Thrasher Award address significant health problems, offering the potential for practical solutions to these problems. Such solutions should be innovative and have the potential for broad applicability with low barriers to implementation. Projects with a shorter distance to clinical applicability are given priority.​ Hypothesis-driven research critical- exploratory, hypothesis-generating research will not be competitive. search in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area.

"Deadline for Concept Submission: July 20, 2021 Deadline for application: October 29, 2021"

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

"AFSP offers Innovation Grants in six categories: - Distinguished Investigator Grants - Standard Research Grants - Linked Standard Research Grants - Young Investigator Grants - Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - Pilot Grants"

"Deadline for application: November 15, 2021 "

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Blue Sky Research Grant

The Blue Sky Research Grant supports an innovative, impactful study in an area of suicide research that will achieve significant goals. This mechanism is intended for studies that, by their very nature, are clearly beyond the financial scope of our Innovation Grants. The goal of this grant is to innovative projects in new areas of investigation with potentially high impact for the understanding and prevention of suicide. Open to all fields of inquiry.

"Deadline for letter of intent: August 1, 2021 Deadline for application: December 7, 2021"

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Merck KGaA - Biopharma Speed Grant

We are inviting pre-clinical researchers in the fields of oncology, immuno-oncology, autoimmune disorders and drug discovery technologies to apply to our fast funding program: our Biopharma Speed Grant Initiative. Funding is available for pre-clinical research only.

Deadline: Continuous

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Merck KGaA - Research Grants

In 2021, the sponsor is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. See the program website for areas of interest.

Deadline: August 31, 2021

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Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation

The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a privately funded research charity organisation with the exclusive aim to promote basic and clinical research related to spinal cord injury with the perspective to improve outcomes. The goals of the individual research grant program are to encourage new investigator's work on regeneration and recovery processes and to encourage researchers to develop new ideas and/or to transfer their efforts of other areas into spinal cord research.

"Deadline for preliminary proposal: September 1, 2021 Deadline for application: November 2, 2021"

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AbbVie Investigator-Initiated Study (IIS) Program

"The AbbVie IIS Program provides an opportunity to academic and community-based physicians and researchers worldwide interested in conducting their own research to apply for research support. See website for AbbVie's Therapeutic Areas of Interests. "

Deadline for Concept Paper: Continuous

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CCS/CIHR-ICR Initiative in Primary Cancer Prevention

The long-term objective of the CCS/CIHR-ICR Initiative in Primary Cancer Prevention is to reduce the number of cancer diagnoses by accelerating the application of innovative interventions to prevent the onset of malignancy before it begins and move knowledge and evidence into practice in the health system, communities and workplaces and into the daily lives of Canadians of all cultural background and ethnicities, including Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), immigrants and refugees, and historically excluded populations. The intent of this Phase 1: CCS/CIHR Action Grants is to motivate Canadians to take “action” to avoid known modifiable risk factors for cancer and to encourage the research and end-user communities to take “action” towards harnessing new ideas, platforms and technologies from within and outside the cancer field to test out bold, novel interventions with the potential to prevent cancer.

"Deadline for Registration: June 23, 2021 Deadline for Application: September 10, 2021"

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American Cancer Society - Clinical Research Professor Grants

The American Cancer Society offers a limited number of grants to investigators who have made seminal contributions in the area of cancer control that have changed the direction of clinical, psychosocial, behavioral, health policy, or epidemiologic cancer research. It is expected that these investigators will continue to provide leadership in their research area. Applicants must have had the rank of full professor for 15 years or less.

"Deadline for Letter of Intent: August 2, 2021 Deadline for application: October 1, 2021"

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Department of Defense Melanoma Research Program

MRP will invest in research focusing on the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma for the benefit of Service members, Veterans, their families, and the American public. In the inaugural year, the MRP sets forth a Challenge for the research and clinical community to change the approach to melanoma prevention, treatment, and long term care.

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Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program

The mission of the MSRP is to identify and fund promising research projects that are relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of MS and to ultimately lessen its personal and societal impact.

"Deadline for pre-applications (Clinical Trial, Exploration, and Investigator-Initiated Research Awards): June 30, 2021 Deadline for pre-applications (Early Investigator Awards): September 7, 2021 Deadline for Applications (all programs) : October 1, 2021"

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Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation

"The Foundation's support of health research is offered in through the following programs:

  • Health Research Grants
  • Healthcare Research by Community Physicians
  • Educational Fellowships for Practicing Physicians
  • Resident Research Grants
  • P.S.I.F. Fellowship for Translational Research


"Deadline: Continuous Note: Applications to PSI Foundation from London researchers are generally submitted through the Lawson Health Research Institute. Contact Lawson <> for more information."

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Last updated: June 15, 2021

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