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Applying for grants

The SFP Research Fund's eleventh annual competitive grant funding cycle is now closed and applications are being reviewed. We expect to award at least $3.6 million in grants during this cycle. The schedule for announcing those grants and the types of grant awards we'll be making are described below.


  • January 6 through February 3, 2016: Large research concept papers accepted.
  • March 28 through April 29, 2016: Large research proposals accepted.
  • February 3 through April 6, 2016: Small research, junior investigator, midcareer mentor, trainee, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and interdisciplinary innovation (I2) proposals accepted.
  • Late June: Awards announced.

Large research grant awards

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 awards

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 awards

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.

  • Budget cap: $260,000
  • Eligibility: Full or junior fellows who have completed their fellowship or postgraduate work within the past five years
  • Download junior investigator RFP

Midcareer/mentor awards

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

Trainee awards

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

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) grant awards

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.

Interdisciplinary innovation (I²) grant awards

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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