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The RDO provides diverse avenues for researchers to access internal and external funding. This encompasses internal seed grants fueling novel research, streamlined management of limited submissions to funding agencies, and tools like Pivot and the Grant Bulletin to pinpoint potential funding sources.

Upcoming Limited Submission Opportunities

Funding Focus is a weekly email alerting faculty and staff researchers and scholars about limited submission funding opportunities available to the University of Iowa. See the most recent issue of this email, view past issues, or access all current limited submissions via InfoReady below.

Note: for past issues of Funding Focus, limited submission opportunities may have reached their internal submission deadline. 

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Featured Limited Submission Opportunities

Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program 2024

Description: The purpose of the program is to provide start-up monies for new research projects in the field of neuroscience that will likely lead to extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other outside funding sources. The objective of the BRF Seed Grant Program is to support new and innovative projects, especially those of junior faculty, who are working in new research directions. BRF Seed Grant awards are not intended to supplement existing grants. To be eligible, the PI must be working in the area of studies of brain function. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease.
Limitation: one application per institution 
Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Sponsor LOI Deadline: Wednesday, November 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm CST
Sponsor Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2024 @ 4:00 pm CST

Keck Foundation Grant Program Spring 2024

Description: The W. M. Keck Foundation is inviting proposal applications for its Research Program, which seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.
Limitation: Eight Concept Papers per institution (four per category) and two Phase I applications per institution (one per category). See InfoReady for more details.
Internal Submission Deadline:
Monday, December 4, 2023
Sponsor Deadline:
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 @ 3:30 pm
UI Information Session:
On Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00-1:00 pm, the RDO will host a Zoom information session focused on Keck's Research Program. Join the UI Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) for this information session to learn more about this program, Keck’s priorities, the concept call and review process, and have your questions answered. Register to attend the virtual session here.

NIH: Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Description: This FOA is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs) to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are within the mission of NIGMS. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields.
Limitation: two applications per institution 
Internal Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 21, 2023
Sponsor Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024