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The SFP Research Fund is pleased to announce its eleventh annual competitive grant funding cycle. During this cycle, the SFP Research Fund plans to award at least $3.6 million in grants.

Concept papers for large research grants are currently under review, and we are now accepting proposals for small research, junior investigator, midcareer mentor, and trainee grants. Short descriptions of each grant can be found below.

Please note that, except for those responding to the trainee grant RFP, all applicants must either already be SFP members or must have applied by December 1, 2015. In addition, note the following key deadlines:

  • January 6 through February 3, 2016: Large research concept papers will be accepted.
  • March 9 through April 29, 2016: Large research proposals will be accepted.
  • February 3 through April 6, 2016: Small research, junior investigator, midcareer mentor, trainee, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and interdisciplinary innovation (I2) proposals will be accepted.
  • Late June: Awards will be announced for everything but the large research grants.
  • Early July: Large research grant awards will be announced.

Large research

Grant provides support for projects representing the investigator’s specific interest and competencies. Research questions should inform programs, policies, or practices that are likely to reduce unintended pregnancy or secure access to safe abortion.

Small research

Grant provides start-up or supplemental funds to support the initial phase of a project, including solidifying collaborations, identifying research questions, negotiating roles and responsibilities, detailing the research plan and methods, and collecting pilot data.

Junior investigator

Grant supports faculty-level scientists near the beginning of their investigative career by providing protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences leading to research independence. The award is intended to support abortion-focused research.


Grant provides mid-career investigators with protected time to conduct research and mentor.


Grant provides medical students, graduate-level students and residents support for hands-on experience in family planning research.

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) grant

Grants support a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process, and in which all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership. Get information on CBPR principles.

Interdisciplinary innovation (I²) grant

Grants encourage the development of innovative collaborations by supporting the planning activities and research studies of an interdisciplinary team.

For additional information or questions, please contact Marlo Polonsky.

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