SFP’s own grant opportunities are described in the research section of this site. But SFP members should be aware of these other funding opportunities as well:
Aetna Foundation Grant Program Funding Opportunities
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)
David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Population and Reproductive Health program
Educational Programs for Family Planning and Contraception and Reproductive Research
Family Planning and Reproductive Health Methods to Address Unmet Need
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Population & Reproductive Health Grant
NIH Career Development Awards
National Institute for Reproductive Health: Policy Initiatives
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation: Reproductive Rights Program
Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
William T. Grant Foundation: Use of Research Evidence
Other funding opportunities
- Aetna Foundation Grant Program Funding Opportunities. The Aetna Foundation is no longer accepting unsolicited applications for national grants. However, it continues to offer regional research grants, project grants, and policy grants in each of three focus areas: obesity (addressing the rising rate of obesity among U.S. adults and children), racial and ethnic healthcare equity (concerning common chronic conditions and infant mortality), and integrated health care (improving coordination and communication between healthcare professionals and patients). Grant awards typically range from $25,000 to $50,000, including up to 15% for indirect costs. Requests should not exceed $50,000. Applications are not currently being accepted; please check back next month for the 2013 application portal to reopen.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations is an ongoing $100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions. Each round of the initiative awards grants against a set of specific topics. Two new topics have been introduced in the current round: Increasing Interoperability of Social Good Data and Develop the Next Generation of Condom. Anyone can apply, regardless of prior experience or institutional affiliation. Previous winners include graduate students, entrepreneurs at start-up companies, and creative thinkers from all fields of research. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million. Applications are due on May 7, 2013. Get application instructions.
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS). The BWF CAMS program is designed to support physician-scientists over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented or, translational research. Five-year $700,000 awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee. Application deadline: October 1, 2013. Eligibility requirements for the next cycle will be posted on BWF's website in June 2013.
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Population and Reproductive Health program. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation funds innovative work that addresses population growth and promotes positive reproductive health. Their goals are to “slow population growth rates in high-fertility areas, and to ensure individual reproductive health and rights in order to improve the quality of life for more people.” They currently focus their work at the global level, regionally on South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on selected initiatives within the United States. They also have a local grantmaking program targeting family planning and teen pregnancy prevention in five California counties. Letters of intent for both the Population and Reproductive Health program and for local grantmaking are accepted year round.
- Educational Programs for Demography and Population Science, Family Planning and Contraception, and Reproductive Research. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites R25 research grant applications for educational activities related to demography and population science, family planning and contraception, and reproductive research. NICHD encourages applications for educational programs for interdisciplinary training; methodological training; and training in the use and dissemination and use of existing datasets. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to increase the impact and breadth of population and reproductive science by facilitating cost-effective approaches. The application period began on August 3, 2011 and is scheduled to run through September 7, 2014. Read funding announcement; download application instructions and package.
- Family Planning and Reproductive Health Methods to Address Unmet Need. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking concept papers from qualified U.S. nonprofit NGOs for this new program, which is scheduled to remain open until January 14, 2023. The purpose of this program is to support the research, development, and introduction of technologies and approaches that better meet the changing sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls. The program has five objectives: 1) Refine existing family planning methods to address method-related reasons for non-use; 2) Respond to product-related issues about currently available methods; 3) Develop new methods that address method-related reasons for non-use, and/or fill gaps in the existing mix; 4) Conduct research to foster the introduction and uptake of new and/or underutilized woman-initiated methods; and 5) Develop multipurpose prevention technologies that address the simultaneous risks of unintended pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections. The amount of funding available differs for these various objectives, ranging from $1 million annually to $6 million annually. Three rounds of awards are currently planned, with concept papers due February 28, 2013, February 27, 2015, and February 28, 2017; additional grant rounds may be announced after that. Download funding announcement and application instructions.
- The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research designed to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH cap, with 10% institutional costs and limited additional project support and travel. Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice. Letters of intent should be emailed as file attachments to email@example.com and are due by November 1, 2013. Approximately 12 applicants will then be invited to submit a full application. Read details on eligibility and the application process.
- John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Population & Reproductive Health Grants. The MacArthur Foundation’s population and reproductive health grantmaking has two goals: to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity (with particular interest in postpartum hemorrhage and eclampsia); and to advance young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (with particular interest in efforts to increase the availability of high-quality sexuality education and confidential, youth-friendly health services). Geographic priorities are India, Mexico, and Nigeria. There are no fixed deadlines for letters of inquiry. See their guidelines and funding cycles; information on how to submit a letter of inquiry; and details on grantmaking priorities.
- NIH Career Development Awards. There are at least eight different awards that individuals with a research doctorate should consider. Most of these awards support individuals that have accepted or are ready for a faculty position.
- There is the Career Transition Award (K22) that provides support during the early years of a new faculty position. This award is used differently by the NIH institutes and centers that participate and interested applicants should carefully review the relevant program announcements.
- New faculty members that need additional supervised research experience because they have had a career hiatus or they are moving to a substantially new area of research should consider the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01).
- Scientists who have recently received independent research support might consider the Independent Scientist Award (K02) that protects at least 75 percent of their effort so that they can focus on the development of their research program.
- Individuals interested in Stem Cell research or Quantitative Methods or Mouse Pathobiology might consider the K18, K25, or K 26.
- A number of the NIH Institutes offer Midcareer Investigator Awards in Patient-Oriented Research (K24).
- A few of the NIH Institutes offer an award called the Senior Scientist Award (K05) that provides protected time and salary support for more senior, established scientists.
- Finally there is the Academic Award (K07) that is used to recruit research faculty into areas where there is a growing need for research and instructional capabilities.
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- National Institute for Reproductive Health. The National Institute for Reproductive Health has annual Urban Initiative funding streams, which include grants for local policy initiatives and Roundtable events. They are generally released in the spring each year, though specific dates vary. RFPs will likely be released in March or April: please check back then for updates. The Strengthen Our States Initiative will also have annual grant opportunities, but the specifics of it are not yet finalized. Upcoming Strengthen Our States Initiative (SOSI) RFPs will be released in later fall of 2013.
- Robert Sterling Clark Foundation: Reproductive Rights Program. The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation seeks to protect and expand women's reproductive rights by making grants available to national-level organizations as well as in New York State. They are specifically interested in supporting policy analysis, advocacy and/or litigation that will help enable all women to have access to reproductive health information and services, including emergency contraception and abortion. Proposals are reviewed year-round.
- Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21). This cross-program National Institutes of Health program encourages Research Project Grant (R21) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop basic and applied projects utilizing systems science methodologies relevant to human behavioral and social sciences and health. The goal is to encourage a broader scope of topics to be addressed with systems science methodologies. Applicable projects are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and feature systems science methodologies. Applications will be accepted in cycles continuing through September 8, 2014: applications are due January 25, May 25 or September 25 in each of the next two days; letters of intent are due 30 days before the application receipt date. The maximum project period is two years; maximum budget is $275,000. Read funding announcement; download application instructions and package.
- Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01). Identical to the preceding grant, but funded under the R01 mechanism, allowing for a longer project period and a larger budget. The maximum project period is five years; budgets are not limited. RFP was posted Sept 2011, and expires Sept 2014. Deadlines are March 5, July 5 and November 5; letters of intent are due 30 days before the application receipt date. Read funding announcement; download application instructions and package.
- William T. Grant Foundation: Use of Research Evidence. Through this RFP, the Foundation supports empirical, theory-building studies of what affects policymakers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The Foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to American youth ages 8 to 25. The areas of focus are wide-ranging but include child welfare, health, family support, and youth programs. The next deadline for submission of letters of inquiry is April 16, 2013 at 3:00 EST. The foundation issued its fourth RFP on the Interpretation, Acquisition and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice in 2012. While applicants are still encouraged to refer to that document, they should also review the 2013 Research Grants Application Guide and apply through the research grants funding mechanism.
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These foundations have supported reproductive health in the past and are currently accepting letters of inquiry: