As a service to our field, the ISSCR identifies stem cell-related funding opportunities across many domains of biomedical research. The organizations and opportunities listed below are independent of any ISSCR programs or funding

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

CIRM: Clinical Trial Stage Projects
CIRM is establishing an open call for proposals and will accept applications on a monthly basis for three complementary award types.

The deadline for CLIN applications is 2pm PST on the last business day of the month (i.e., 31 January, 28 February,  31 March, etc.).

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Career Guidance for Trainees
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announces a three-day workshop for early career administrators whose work focuses on the career development of PhD scientists. The workshop will focus on developing participants’ research evaluation skills while creating new career-focused interventions or activities for use at the participants’ home institutions. In the year following the workshop, participants will each develop their research and evaluation networks, run their project with support from a small grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, submit their results for presentation at a national meeting, and produce a rigorously prepared manuscript for publication.

Deadline: 11 May 2022

The Stem Cell SpaceShot Grant
Cell therapy company TreeFrog Therapeutics is launching The Stem Cell SpaceShot Grant, a $100,000 research funding in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. It’s open to PhD-level scientists and PhD students conducting research in stem cell biology, biophysics, gene editing, cell therapy, and bioproduction engineering. With this grant, TreeFrog Therapeutics aims at supporting scientific discoveries with therapeutic impact in 4 areas: (1) progressing stem cell culture and cell therapy products through biomimetic strategies, (2) upgrading stem cell-products and manufacturing processes using new technologies and scientific approaches, (3) improving the quality control and safety profile of stem cells and stem cell-derived transplants, and (4) enhancing the engraftment, integration and long-term survival of stem-cell derived transplants.

Applications Open: 1 May 2022, Deadline: 30 June 2022

To suggest funding opportunities for inclusion here, contact Chris Barry



Senior Manager, Scientific and Industry Affairs

Scientific Organizations With Recurring 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.

Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation and Training Center
A national network that supports the expansion of scientific knowledge, expertise and methodologies across the fields of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation through education, training, research support, and funding opportunities. Funding opportunities.

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)
Offers awards and financial support for scientists at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work. EMBO funding includes Fellowships, Young Investigator, Installation Grants, Course & Workshop Funding, Lecture Grants, Travel Grants, Gold Medal Awards, and Women in Science Awards. EMBO funding opportunities.                                                                                                                             

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. In particular, the Research Networking Programme on Regenerative Medicine (REMEDIC) 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. Due dates for various application cycles can be found here.

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.

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. Current NYSTEM funding opportunities.

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. 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. Current research funding opportunities.

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 visit

Additional Funding

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.