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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:

  • ASRM research grants and awards. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has a number of research grants and awards offered each year. Current programs include the ASRM/NICHD/DUKE Clinical Research/ Reproductive Scientist Training (CREST) Program, a two-year training program offered by the NICHD, the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at Duke University, and ASRM for physicians in private or academic clinical practice to obtain formalized academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research in reproductive medicine (applications due August 15, 2018). Download the application.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant programs. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) supports "biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science that are poised for significant advancement but are currently undervalued and underfunded." Reproductive science is one of their priority areas. BWF offers a variety of funding mechanisms for postdocs, faculty, and institutions, with deadlines throughout the year. They are currently accepting applications for Career Awards for Medical Scientists (due October 1, 2018); and Career Awards at the Scientific Interface, intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/ mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research (pre-proposal applications due September 5, 2018). BWF’s Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards, which will provide up to $500,000 over five years to academic investigators developing new methodologies or innovative approaches in regulatory science that will ultimately inform the regulatory decisions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others make, will begin accepting applications in late 2018. To complement the competitive award programs, BWF also makes modest grants on an "ad hoc" basis to nonprofit organizations conducting activities intended to improve the general environment for science.
  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund. While most of this small foundation's grantmaking focuses on the Boston area, it does support US-based nonprofit organizations working internationally on issues related to reproductive health. Grants generally range between $5,000 and $10,000, and are targeted at organizations and projects for which a grant of this size can have a meaningful impact. Applicants may submit only one application per year, by one of the quarterly deadlines: January 15, April 15, August 15, and October 15. Apply online.
  • Compton Foundation grants. The Compton Foundation's mission is to "ignite change and support transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future." Reproductive rights and justice is one of their three core areas. As of the beginning of 2018, however, Compton has moved to invitation-only grantmaking.
  • The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation. Among its other interests, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that improve public health through community-based efforts addressing health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health. Their geographical focus is Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; and they prefer to support projects that address underfunded issues and geographic areas. Submit an online concept application by January 1 (Grant Round 1) or July 1 (Grant Round 2) to ask for an invitation to submit a proposal for the foundation’s May or November meetings.
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Population and Reproductive Health program. The Population and Reproductive Health program is committed to promoting reproductive health and rights. Their program goals: 1) Improve the quality of comprehensive sexuality education, voluntary contraception, and abortion care; 2) Strengthen service delivery, build leadership and advocacy capacity, and shift social and cultural norms toward reproductive autonomy; and 3) Forge partnerships with global research and advocacy organizations, especially networks led by youth, to create positive and effective messages about reproductive health and rights at the regional and global levels. The Packard Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals but does welcome ideas for funding requests. In addition to the Population and Reproductive Health program, the Foundation supports local grantmaking that focuses on their areas of interest—including efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and ensure that youth and adults are educated about and have ample access to multiple methods of family planning—in five California counties (San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey) and in Pueblo, Colorado.
  • The Educational Foundation of America's Reproductive Health & Justice program. The Reproductive Health & Justice (RH&J) program is dedicated to improving access to contraception and abortion care. The RH&J program supports innovative projects with national impact, as well as state-specific initiatives. Partners (who can be a 501(c)3, academic institution, or government entity) tackle challenges from base-building to blocking anti-abortion laws in court to helping women obtain an abortion care when a clinic is too far away. EFA does not accept unsolicited proposals but is currently seeking project and program ideas that will help increase access to abortion and contraception across the United States, with a particular focus in Appalachia. See application guidelines.
  • European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) funding. The ESC will provide funding to support an individual, group, institute or organisation with a project that relates to the ESC's aims. Examples include: research into methods or provision of contraception, sexual and reproductive health; validated questionnaires to understand uptake or utlization of a method or procedure; or needs assessment withing a community or locale. The money must be used for a definite project within a definite time period and with specified outcome measures. Applicants must be paid-up ESC European members with their membership paid within a European country. Applications are due December 31, 2018.
  • The Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation prioritizes strengthened reproductive and gender justice, among other focus areas, and makes grants that they anticipate will strengthen the base of visible support for reproductive health and rights. The Ford Foundation does not have a scheduled funding program but are open year-round to submission of ideas.
  • Global Fund for Women. Global Fund for Women’s primary goal is to get resources to organizations led by women, girls, and trans people who are working to build strong, connected movements for gender equality and human rights. The majority of their funding opportunities are for general support grants (multi-year grants as often as possible) to fund an organization’s projects and programs as well as operating and program expenses, such as rent, salaries, communications, and travel costs. Only organizations that have been invited to apply may submit a proposal for general support funding, but any organization may submit an organizational profile to be considered. Among the priority areas are reproductive justice and sexual rights: specifically, resisting rollbacks to the global gag rule; decriminalization of abortion; and sexual and reproductive health and rights of marginalized groups. Learn more.
  • 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 tohelp 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 are due by October 1, 2018, and invited full proposals by January 11, 2019. Get instructions on how to apply.
  • Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health. An award rather than a grant program per se, the goal of this program is to discover, support and showcase the work of an individual, group, organization or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program or intervention that has made a measurable difference. The results of successful programs are expressed in terms of actual improvements in health outcomes and/or health behaviors, not just financial measures, clinical process measures, or measures of participation. Applications are due on August 9, 2018.
  • Lalor Foundation: Advancing Research and Innovation in Reproductive Health. Through its Anna Lalor Burdick Program, the Lalor Foundation supports programs that offer sexual and reproductive health education to young women, particularly those disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination, geographic isolation, lack of comprehensive sex education, hostile public policy, or other factors leading to inadequate sexual and reproductive health. The ALB Program is particularly interested in supporting new programs or initiatives, or innovations in successful programs. The ALB Program awards a small number of grants averaging between $15,000-$25,000 and lasting for one year. On rare occasions, trustees invite follow-up work to a project that has shown outstanding results or promise during its first year. Concept papers are due May 1 and November 1 of each year. The online portal is open for a month prior to each concept paper deadline. See application instructions.
  • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. In addition to a handful of other priorities, this fund supports activities by 501(c)(3) organizations that increase and improve abortion provider training and that protect the safety of abortion healthcare professionals and their clients. Although their focus for this work is national, they are particularly interested in supporting Northern California-based health clinics that offer abortion services. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Moriah Fund Women’s Rights & Reproductive Health program. Among other goals, Moriah supports efforts to improve policies and practices to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive health care for low-income women in the United States and to develop new and diverse leadership to advance the movement for reproductive rights and justice in the United States. Moriah provides funds for institutional (general) support and capacity building; policy analysis and advocacy; and technical assistance and leadership development. The Women's Rights Program does not provide funds for research or for direct services, unless they are designed to influence public policy and strengthen women's leadership and rights. The fund does not accept unsolicited proposals but welcomes letters of inquiry.
  • NICHD research and research-related funding mechanisms. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) uses a variety of funding mechanisms to support both intramural and extramural research. Relevant programs include the Contraception Research Branch (see current funding opportunities); the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (see current funding opportunities); the Population Dynamics Branch (see current funding opportunities); and the Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (see current funding opportunities). See also the full list of current research funding opportunities at NICHD.
  • NICHD support for training at universities & other institutions. Finally, NICHD offers individual research fellowships, career development awards, institutional training grants, and education grants in areas relevant to normal and abnormal human development, including contraception, fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, and prenatal and postnatal development, among other areas. Learn more and see also NICHD's Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program and Male Reproductive Health Research (MRHR) Career Development Program.
  • NIH AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program. The AREA program is implemented through the R15 funding mechanism and seeks to support meritorious research; expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research in eligible environments; and strengthen the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support. An R15 is a career sustaining award that can be renewed multiple times. The Area Program project period is limited to three years and direct costs are limited to $300,000 over the entire project period. Applications should focus on an NIH institute or center (IC) that supports your area of research, with NICHD the most relevant to SFP members. (From the NIH website, even as of April 2018: "The general mission of NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives. In pursuit of these goals, NICHD supports a broad spectrum of research on normal and abnormal human development, including contraception, fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development, and childhood development through adolescence. The mission areas also include research on intellectual and developmental disabilities and rehabilitation medicine.") Applications are accepted on a rolling schedule, with submission dates of February 25, June 25, and October 25 each year. Learn more.
  • NIH research training and career development awards. There are a variety of awards available to provide institutional research training opportunities (including international) to trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. These include institutional training grants, individual fellowships, research career development awards, and other training-related programs. Other NIH grants—as well as other federal grants—are searchable through
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) faculty early career development program (CAREER). This program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Proposals are due by July 17, 2019. Learn more...
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health. This program funds rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. Of particular interest isresearch examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Grant periods may be for durations of up to 36 months; there is no predetermined budget range. Learn more and see also the informational videos on the program.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas. An ongoing invitation to submit proposals that prompt the Foundation to consider new and unconventional perspectives and approaches—ideas that challenge assumptions or long-held cultural practices; take an existing idea and give it a new spin or a novel application; offer a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem; apply cutting-edge ideas from other fields to health; and explore the potential for emerging trends to impact the ability to build a Culture of Health. Learn more.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health. Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning the delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on estimating their impact on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate social service systems such as housing; transportation; education; employment; food and nutrition assistance; child and family support; criminal and juvenile justice; and economic and community development. The program will support studies that can be completed over a 24-month period with up to $250,000 each in total funding from RWJF; up to six awards will be selected for funding. Letters of Intent are due September 12, 2018. Learn more; download the Funding Opportunity Brochure, or register for the informational webinar that will be held on August 7, 2018 at 1–2 p.m. ET.
  • Warren H. Pearse Women's Health Policy Research Award. This award is granted by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and supports research that explores an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of a physician to deliver health care to women in the general population, or in a specific area. The maximum amount is $10,000. Deadline to submit an application is December 15, 2018. All applicants must be Junior Fellows or Fellows of the College at the time of application. Get application instructions.
  • William T. Grant Foundation research grants. The Foundation funds research that increases understanding in one of two focus areas: programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth (defined as covering the ages 5-25). The Foundation intends for the research they support to inform change. Research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. For smaller projects, there is a separate funding mechanism, Officers’ Research grants, covering budgets up to $50,000. Junior scholars of color are encouraged to apply for these grants as a way to build their research programs. The next and final 2018 deadline for letters of inquiry is August 1, 2018. Get more information.
  • Other resources
    • ASSPH list of funding opportunities. This is not a funding opportunity in itself, but an excellent list of opportunities curated by the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health.
    • The Funders Network. The Funders Network is a network of grantmakers who address issues of population and reproductive health, rights and justice, both in the United States and internationally. Its members share a common goal: to ensure that all people have access to the information and services they need to manage their own fertility and to protect and promote their sexual and reproductive health. Founded in 1997, the Network has a membership of more than 50 foundations that jointly give between $500 million and $1 billion per year to organizations undertaking population and reproductive health and rights initiatives. The Network convenes two conferences per year, bringing funders together to hear from experts in the field on topical issues and to spend time sharing information and exploring collaboration.

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