Funding Corner

As stem cell research covers many domains of biomedical research, we try to gather relevant funding opportunities. In addition, each monthly issue of the ISSCR e-newsletter, The Pulse, highlights funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines.
To suggest funding opportunities for inclusion here, contact ISSCR Scientific Affairs Manager, Carl Wonders at cwonders@isscr.org.

Scientific Organizations: Funding Opportunities

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Sponsorship Programmes: Fellowships and Research Awards
Alzheimer’s Research Trust, UK
American Cancer Society 
American Health Assistance Foundation
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK
British Heart Foundation
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)  
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft (DFG), Germany 
European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)
European Science Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Human Frontier Science Program
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund
Medical Research Council (MRC), UK
National Blood Foundation
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
National Science Foundation
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands
The New York Stem Cell Foundation
New York Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM)
The Royal Society, UK
The Stem Cell Network
Thierry Latran Foundation, France 
Wellcome Trust, UK 

Other Funding Opportunities

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Scholarships and PhD/Postdoc short-term travel awards
British Council-NWO Partnership Programme in Science
Eppendorf Science Awards 
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers

Scientific Organizations: Funding Opportunities

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Sponsorship Programmes: Fellowships and Research Awards
A non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the promotion of international research cooperation. Funding range includes Research Awards and Fellowships for applicants both abroad and from Germany. Research programmes.

Alzheimer’s Research Trust, UK 
A leading research charity for dementia. Funds researchers in the UK working on all aspects of the translational pathway including basic research, early detection, risk factor identification, alleviation and progress towards effective treatments in Alzheimer’s and related dementias. International collaborations with UK-based lead researcher considered. Research programmes.

American Cancer Society
Offering a range of research grants and career development grants. Research programs and funding

American Health Assistance Foundation 
Funds research on Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Awards are separated by research area.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK 
The BBSRC provides funding to scientists working in UK universities and in BBSRC-sponsored research institutes. Generally, researchers can apply at any time for funding for research that is within a committee's authority, preferably in priority areas identified by the committee. Studentships and fellowships are also available. Research funding.

British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the major funder of basic and clinical cardiovascular research in the UK, with a series of research grant funding schemes at all levels. For details access the research pages on the BHF website. Applications accepted throughout the year.

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
Funds basic and applied biomedical research focused on developing diagnostics and therapies and on other vital research opportunities that will lead to life-saving medical treatments. Grants are made only to California-based research institutions.
View a list of current funding opportunities.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft (DFG)
Offers a wide range of funding opportunities to research scientists in Germany, for research training for German young investigators and for the promotion of scientific contacts between Germany and the research community worldwide
Deadlines: Largely on a continuous application system

European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)
Fellowships

Long-term Fellowships (1-2 years, for individuals holding a PhD with less than three years of post-doctoral training): Twice a year; Feb. 15 and Aug. 15

Short-term Fellowships (up to 3 months): Ideally, 3 months before proposed start date.
Priority is given to applicants from one member state wishing to gain and share experience in another member state.

EMBO Installation Grants
To facilitate scientists establishing a new lab in specific member states: Annually: April 15

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European Science Foundation
Promotes high quality science at a European level. Brings together scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives.

Research Networking Programme on Regenerative Medicine (REMEDIC). This currently active programme, chaired by Professor Yrjö Konttinen of the Helsinki University in Finland, offers travel grants, short-term visits and exchange visits to young investigators.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations
Supports projects that pursue major global health problems. Each round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative will award grants against a set of specific topics. Click here for more information, topics and application instructions.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
A non-profit organization that supports scientific research and education through its grants to individuals and institutions. Most HHMI grants are awarded through competitions that have a formal invitation and review process.

Human Frontier Science Program 
Supports novel, interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms for researchers in or from partner countries.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's research program aims to all scientifically sound approaches toward a cure or control of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma worldwide. The Society supports basic laboratory research and its application to a clinical setting through a range of programs.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 
Supports research worldwide with the aim to accelerate the cure and prevention of diabetes. A range of funding opportunities is available.

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund
The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) provides a variety of grant programs for human stem cell research conducted in the state of Maryland. See all current funding opportunities here.

Medical Research Council (MRC), UK 
The MRC is a national organization that promotes research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public and contributing to the wealth of the nation. Funding Opportunities  

National Blood Foundation
The National Blood Foundation awards grants annually for research that advances transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. This includes aspects of immunology, hematology, tissue and transplantation medicine, cellular therapies and related biological therapies, emerging infectious disease, immunohematology, donor health and recruitment and retention, and implementation of technological devices.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
The National Institutes of Health is the primary U.S. federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. It comprises 27 institutes and centers and provides financial support to researchers within the United States and internationally.

Many of the research grants are open to applications from international institutions. Research grants often run for several years, during which applications may be submitted at specified intervals. Training grants, awarded to an individual for career development, are largely available only to U.S. citizens, non-citizen mationals or permanent residents.

Below are links to grants that have specific relevance to stem cells. Additional grants may also exist; a search tool is available to search further. Proposals may be better suited for submission under other scientific categories. NIH grant money can only be used for human embryonic stem cell research using approved cell lines.

Grants for research involving both embryonic and non-embryonic stem cells
NIH Stem Cell Information 
All NIH Funding Opportunities
Submission Deadlines 

National Science Foundation (USA)
The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
NWO promotes scientific research at Dutch universities and institutes through nearly 170 different research programmes and grants. Cooperation and exchange grants provide support for international travel and cooperative research.

The New York Stem Cell Foundation
The New York Stem Cell Foundation supports translational stem cell research through grants to scientists working on stem cell research in the NYSCF laboratory or their own laboratories. The Medical Advisory Board advises on criteria for grants that are formatted along NIH guidelines and are consistent with NYSCF's mission. More information.

New York Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM)
The administrative arm of New York State’s stem cell initiative, which has devoted $600 million to support stem cell research over 11 years, beginning in fiscal year 2008. NYSTEM issues specific Requests for Applications to support stem cell research in New York State.

The Royal Society, UK
The Royal Society runs a scheme of research appointments within the UK supporting outstanding talent and cutting edge research.  International grants programme enables high calibre UK scientists to initiate collaborations, exchange ideas, develop new skills and experience from the world's leading researchers. View a list of funding or search funding available

The Stem Cell Network (SCN)
The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a catalyst for Canadian research that translates stem cell research into new therapies, commercial products and public policy. SCN research program is open to all Canadian investigators eligible to receive grant funding from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC. More information.

Current research funding opportunities: 

Impact Grant program Competitions are held four times yearly. Impact projects are one-year initiatives that pursue focused research questions with high potential for translational impact in the areas of clinical translation, commercialization or public policy.

SCN also supports a multifaceted training program which offers a wide range of stipend and travel awards. Click herefor details.

Wellcome Trust (UK)
The Wellcome Trust is a UK-based organization that funds research to improve human and animal health. The Wellcome Trust supports research conducted outside the UK where research develops international partnerships, or focuses on biomedical or clinical medicine in developing countries. For a complete list of grant schemes visithttp://www.wellcome.ac.uk/funding/.

Deadline guide:

  • Project and Programme Grant applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at Funding Committee meetings, which are held four times per year.
  • PhD studentships are available through individual research programmes. Recruitment begins in December for the following October.
  • A range of fellowship options are offered. Submission of applications occurs at specific times on a yearly or twice yearly basis.

Other Funding Opportunities

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships 
and
 PhD/Postdoc short-term travel awards 
For research projects aimed to elucidate basic phenomena of human life. European citizens may be supported in Europe or overseas, non-European citizens receive support when working in Europe.
Application deadlines for PhD fellowships: Feb. 1, June1 and Oct. 1
Travel Award applications can be made at any time.

British Council-NWO Partnership Programme in Science
Funding for collaborative research and workshops

Eppendorf Science Awards 

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers
To promote international scientific cooperation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) encourages highly qualified researchers from the world over to come to and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. Various fellowship programs are offered.

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