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Aid for Cancer Research
Aid For Cancer Research is a group of 26 women from the greater Boston area who know through experience that dedication is worth more than numbers. One hundred percent volunteer, Aid For Cancer Research is not affiliated with any large organization. As a result of its members' tireless efforts, Aid For Cancer Research has raised millions of dollars to support vital research programs and medical grants in its 58 years of existence.


American Association for Cancer Research: Research Funding
AACR is the oldest and largest scientific organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its reputation for scientific breadth and excellence attract the premier researchers in the field. The programs and services of AACR foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists dedicated to cancer research, provide training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers, and increase public understanding of cancer. The AACR offers workshops, fellowships and grants for early-career investigators and investigators-in-training.


American Cancer Society: Research Program and Funding
As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals. This process ensures that scientists propose projects that they believe are ready to be tackled with the available knowledge and techniques, rather than working on projects designed by administrators who are far removed from the front lines of research. This intellectual freedom encourages discovery in areas that scientists believe are most likely to solve the problems of cancer.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Within this broad mission, BWF has the two primary goals of helping scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators and to advance fields in the basic biomedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of particular encouragement. BWF makes grants primarily to degree-granting institutions on behalf of individual researchers, who must be nominated by their institutions.


Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award

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In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin, Honorary Trustee, was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at MGH. Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, this Committee, with the sponsorship of ECOR (Executive Committee on Research), established the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards. It is intended that this transitional funding will increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.


Department of Defense: Office for the Director of Research
The Department of Defense (DoD) supports a major Basic Research Program in the national interest, focusing on national security and contributing significantly to the economic infrastructure and, ultimately, the quality of life of the nation. Program objectives are continually updated with changing national and technology priorities, in coordination with Service research offices and with the help of university and other research organizations.


DOD: Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) originated from a unique partnership among the public, Congress, and the Department of Defense. The CDMRP's mission is to provide hope by promoting innovative research, recognizing untapped opportunities, creating partnerships, and guarding the public trust. After noteworthy success in managing the research program in breast cancer, the CDMRP was tasked to manage research programs in neurofibromatosis, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, tuberous sclerosis complex, chronic myelogenous leukemia, and prion diseases as well as other specified areas.


Executive Committee on Research (ECOR)

ECOR has a major internal grants program, virtually a mini-foundation, that annually reviews nearly 700 applications from MGH investigators and fellows and awards approximately 120 internal grants. A major grants program launched six years ago provides interim/bridge support to faculty whose NIH or other federal funding is delayed or otherwise interrupted.

ECOR also awards the Martin Prize, the Howard Goodman Award, the Claflin Awards, and the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office Award, the Ryder Award, and the Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery post-doc fellowship awards.

In January 2011, ECOR launched the MGH Scholars Program, a major initiative to award research support to outstanding faculty in the MGH research community in support of innovative, cutting-edge research. The first five scholars were named on May 6; each Scholar each received $100,000 a year for 5 years. The 100 million dollars in philanthropic funds to support this initiative is part of the Hospital's Capital Campaign.


Gates Foundation Announces $35 Million in Funding for Innovative Ideas in Family Health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will invest US $35 million in grants to expand the pipeline of groundbreaking ideas that can help women and children live more prosperous and healthy lives. The funding, announced at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting in Delhi, India, will support two new Grand Challenges in Global Health grant programs:

»Preventing Preterm Birth, managed in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, will invest US $20 million in the discovery and development of interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth by limiting infection and improving nutrition.
For more information, please visit: The GAPPS website.

»Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth will invest US $15 million in research to discover the causes of growth faltering during the first 1,000 days of life and to identify effective and affordable interventions to promote healthy growth.
To learn more, please visit: Grant Opportunities.

In addition, the Gates Foundation announced $9 million in funding for a new related initiative, "Biomarkers of Gut Function and Health," that seeks to develop non-invasive measures of intestinal functioning as a way to assess infant health and development.
To learn more, please visit: Gut Function Biomarkers.

To learn more about GCE, please visit: Grand Challenges in Global Health

Application Instructions
*Please note Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 will open in March 2012 allows organizations to electronically find and apply for more than $400 billion in Federal grants. is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies. The US Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.


GrantsNet at
Made available through the support of HHMI and AAAS, GrantsNet is a searchable, continuously updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. It contains programs that offer training and research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math, engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students.


Grants: Office of Extramural Research at NIH
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) serves as the focal point for policies and guidelines for extramural research grants administration. The OER has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of NIH Grants Policy, monitoring of compliance with PHS policy on Humane Use and Care of Laboratory Animals, coordination of program guidelines, and development and maintenance of the information systems for grants administration.


HMS Foundation Funds Faculty Fellowships at HMS
The HMS Foundation Funds Program administers the nomination process for HMS/HSDM faculty and postdocs for funding opportunities from private foundations that require candidates to be nominated by either Harvard Medical School or Harvard University. Each year, several foundations invite HMS/HSDM junior faculty members and postdocs to apply for their fellowships and grants, which serve as critical funding at the early stages of a research career. Interested investigators must first apply internally through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates who will then submit applications to the foundations.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The largest privately funded education initiative of its kind in the United States, HHMI's grants program is enhancing science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training. Since 1988 HHMI has awarded approximately $1.5 billion in grants. Through its grants to individuals and institutions, HHMI supports the efforts of scientists and educators, colleges and universities, museums, and biomedical research organizations.


Human Science Frontier Program
The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences. Research Grants are awarded for novel collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines.


The Medical Foundation: Research Grants Division
The Medical Foundation (TMF) was established in 1957 by the United Way and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to support medical research and health education - areas not broadly represented by participating United Way agencies at that time. Since its inception, TMF's focus has grown to include a broad spectrum of public health services and research grants. The Medical Foundation is a nonprofit, non-endowed operating organization and is supported by contracts, private grants, individual donations, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and other revenue.


National Cancer Institute at NIH
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. The NCI, established under the National Cancer Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.


National Center for Research Resources at NIH
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports primary research to create and develop critical resources, models, and technologies. NCRR funding also provides biomedical researchers with access to diverse instrumentation, technologies, basic and clinical research facilities, animal models, genetic stocks, biomaterials, and more. These resources enable scientific advances in biomedicine that lead to the development of lifesaving drugs, devices, and therapies.


National Eye Institute at NIH
The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in health and disease.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH
The NHLBI plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects. Research is related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The NHLBI plans and directs research in development and evaluation of interventions and devices related to prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such diseases and disorders.


National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) led the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) contribution to the International Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the human genome. This project was successfully completed in April 2003. Now, the NHGRI's mission has expanded to encompass a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. To that end NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health.


National Institute on Aging at NIH
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer's disease research.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 50 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world.


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at NIH
The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases.


National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at NIH
The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. The Institute supports basic research and research training through investigator-initiated grants, contracts, program project and center grants, and career development and training awards.


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH
The NICHD conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.


National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. Using the latest molecular and genetic tools, NIDCR scientists conduct research on the full spectrum of topics related to craniofacial, oral, and dental health and disease. With a budget of $380 million, the Institute supports grantees at universities, dental schools, and medical schools across the country and around the world.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH
The NIDDK conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields as well as many basic science disciplines. The Institute supports basic and clinical research through investigator-initiated grants, program project and center grants, and career development and training awards.


National Institute of General Medical Sciences at NIH
The NIGMS supports basic biomedical research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The Institute's programs encompass the areas of cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, and minority biomedical research and training.


National Institute of Mental Health at NIH
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at NIH
The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease-a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.

To this end, the Institute supports and conducts research on the healthy and diseased brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The institute's extramural program supports 2,240 research project grants and 85 research contracts. Institutional training grants and individual fellowships support 585 scientists in training; another 246 "career awards" provide a range of research experience and support for faculty members at various levels.


National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.


Research at the American Heart Association
Since 1949 the American Heart Association has spent more than $2.6 billion on research to increase knowledge about cardiovascular disease and stroke. The association has carved an important niche in supporting the development of beginning investigators and offering innovative funding mechanisms to stimulate research in promising areas of cardiovascular science.


Sponsored Programs Administration at HMS
The SPA is a research support organization that actively facilitates the pursuit of sponsored research at HMS. The SPA distributes funding opportunity information to Principal Investigators to assist them with the identification of funding opportunities and partners with faculty and staff in the preparation of proposals and applications. In addition to providing information about funding, the SPA offers training courses and extensive grant writing resources to HMS researchers.


The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Since its inception, the Komen Foundation and its Affiliate Network have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Through funding of programs like the Komen Foundation Award and Research Grant Program and the Komen Affiliate Grant Program, the Foundation has become a worldwide leader in the fight against breast cancer.



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