Funding Opportunities

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Exomedicine Fellowship Opportunity

The Exomedicine Institute, a unique enterprise (headquartered in Kentucky) focused on the research and development of medical solutions in the microgravity environment of space for applications on Earth, is looking for an innovative individual to join an interdisciplinary team exploring a new frontier in medicine. 

Applications are invited for a Fellowship from suitable candidates having a Master’s Degree, M.D, Ph.D. or equivalent in a biomedical science discipline. The term of the Fellowship is for one-year but may be extended.

Applicants should have an interest in designing and developing diverse research tools and experiments to be conducted or used on the International Space Station (ISS). Ideal candidates should have demonstrated expertise in at least one specific research area, be a creative thinker and possess strong interpersonal skills to interact with both academic and industry researchers. 

The Institute, working with strategic partners including Kentucky Space, LLC; Space Tango; NASA; Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and various R&D centers, designs and carries out novel experiments on the ISS.

Interested individuals (must be a U.S. Citizen) may contact Kris Kimel at to indicate interest and for further details and information.

State & Federal Programs

NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer  (SBTT) Grants

Innovative Molecular Analysis Technology Development for Cancer Research and Clinical Care (PAR-13-327)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces the availability of a funding opportunity aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of highly innovative technologies that improve molecular and/or cellular analysis of cancer with a significant likelihood for either overcoming persistent challenges or obstacles or opening entirely new fields for cancer research or clinical care. This Program Announcement complements the goals of the NCI's Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) program by facilitating a path towards technology commercialization. Prior participation in the IMAT Program is not required for eligibility for this FOA. Applications are expected to indicate the significant attributes and advantages of the proposed technology over currently available technologies and conventional approaches. Click here to learn more.

Receipt Dates: May 28, 2014; November 4, 2014; May 27, 2015; November 4, 2015; May 27, 2016

Additional Opportunities

MassCEC Catalyst Program

Deadline: November 2, 2015

The MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is funded by MassCEC and managed by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), awards early-stage researchers grant awards up to $40,000 to help demonstrate the commercial viability of their clean energy technology.

Also, under the Catalyst Water Challenge, MassCEC will provide funding and technical support for projects that deploy water innovation technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies.

MA Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund

Deadline: October 30, 2015

The MA Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund is intended to support the demonstration of the commercialization viability of a technology developed at a Massachusetts university.

To be eligible for an award, applicants must be a Principal Investigator with technology disclosed to your host institution. Your host institution must be a university in Massachusetts. PIs from UMass are not eligible to apply, as the MTTC Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund has already been launched separately for UMass applicants. 

Michael J. Fox Foundation Grants

Deadline: October 28, 2015

The Michael J. Fox Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research toward breakthroughs for Parkinson’s patients. While our strong emphasis is on funding translational and clinical research, we also support high-risk/high-reward discovery work. In addition to funding, awardees benefit from working with our internal research staff and broad network of scientific and industry advisors.

Core funding program opportunities include Target Advancement, Therapeutic Development, and Outcome Measures.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Rapid Response Innovation Awards

Deadline: No deadline; applications accepted anytime

One-year grants to jump start new ideas in PD research. The Rapid Response Innovation Awards (RRIA) program supports high-risk, high-reward projects with little-to-no existing preliminary data, but with potential to significantly impact our understanding of Parkinson’s disease.  Moreover, this program is well-suited for early exploratory studies that may open the field up to new targets or pathways that may ultimately feed the early drug development pipeline for a treatment of PD.

Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism LLC (DELSIA) Product Development Funding

There is no deadline to apply; submit an Expressions of Interest here.

DELSIA is an independent nonprofit venture philanthropy affiliate of the autism research and advocacy foundation Autism Speaks. DELSIA provides funds to for-profit partners to advance the development of products that address unmet medical and behavioral health needs of the autism community. It was created as an innovative funding vehicle with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). DELSIA aims to do this by ensuring that scientific breakthroughs and technological advances are developed into products that improve health and quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Our purpose is to transform lives by serving as a catalyst to facilitate and accelerate the delivery and availability of impactful products.