American Osteopathic Association

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Research Funding Opportunities

AOF Research Awards

The Am​erican Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) assumed management of the AOA Research Awards in 2006. Visit the AOF's website at and search under "Grants and Awards" for current information on making nominations for these awards.

Research Funding Opportunity

Research Grants fo​r Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury (RO1)

On Dec. 21, 2017, the CDC released RFA-CE-18-001, Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence- Related Injury. CDC intends to commit up to $1,050,000 in Fiscal Year 2018 to support up to three awards. The agency is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance knowledge about what works to prevent violence by rigorously evaluating primary prevention strategies in any of three areas. The funding opportunity announcement can be found at

CDC is seeking to support research that rigorously evaluates primary prevention strategies, programs, and policies to address specific gaps in the prevention of youth violence and/or teen dating/intimate partner/sexual violence. The specific research objectives focus on evaluating the effectiveness of:

    • Community-level or societal-level strategies, programs, and policies
    • Strategies to prevent serious and lethal violence involving youth
    • Hospital-based strategies to prevent violence involving youth

Violence is a significant public health problem in the United States, resulting in more than 62,000 deaths and more than 2 million nonfatal injuries treated in emergency departments in 2015. The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention works to stop violence before it begins.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found at

Pre-application teleconference call to address prospective applicants' questions:

    • Jan. 16, 2018, 2:30–3:30 p.m. EST
    • Toll-Free Number: (866) 600-6035; conference ID: 23198543
    • Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: (770) 488-2783

Letter of Intent due: Feb. 9, 2018

Applications due: March 26, 2018​

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

PCORI was est​ablished to fund research that can help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about the healthcare choices they face every day, guided by those who will use that information.

Funding Opportun​ities

Pharmacological Treatment for Pediatric Anxiety​

T​he Patient-Center​ed Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will be releasing a new funding announcement titled, “Pharmacological Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and/or Young Adults” on Jan. 16, 2018. The goal of this announcement is to fund high-quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of two or more pharmacological treatments for moderate to severe anxiety in children, adolescents, and/or young adults (e.g., comparisons of shorter-acting to longer-acting selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or comparisons of SSRIs to selective serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) delivered in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or another evidence-based psychological intervention.

Up to $40 million in total costs ​is available to fund approximately two studies through this funding announcement. The maximum budget per project is $15 million in direct costs, with a maximum project duration of five years.

PCORI’s mission is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clin​icians, employers, insurers, and policymakers make informed health decisions. We invite you to take a look at this announcement and share this information with others who may be interested.

The pre-announcement is available here a​nd we invite you to register for the town hall on Jan. 31, 2018. The full funding announcement will be released on Jan. 16, 2018.  

Please direct any qu​estions to  

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi)

Medical Research Fellows Program

The Medical R​esearch Fellows Program encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program.

Funding Opportunities for Residents

​​​​​​National Institute of Health

​​​Funding and Fellowship Opportunities for Residents

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Funding and Research Opportunities

The following are funding opportunity announcements and requests for applications from the NHLBI or other components of the National Institutes of Health might be of interest:

Sleep Health and Circadian Biology in HIV-Related Comorbidities (R01) invites clinical research applications to investigate HIV-associated sleep disorders in adults or children.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is offering a Limited Competition: Genomics and Informatics Center for the SubPopulations and Intermediate Outcomes Measures In COPD Study (SPIROMICS) (U24). The recipient will oversee the coordination and operations of the program. 

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute also is offering research funding for the Center for Coordination of Analytics, Science, Enhancement, and Logistics (CASEL) in Tobacco Regulatory Science (U54).

The National Institutes of Health funding for the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (U54) seeks data to aid with the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health. 

IHS Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle   

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for its Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for health professional education loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs. The IHS LRP, authorized by Section 108 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), will be awarding up to $40,000 per awardee in exchange for a two-year service obligation to practice full-time at an Indian health program site. After completing the initial two-year contract, recipients may annually request an extension of the contract for an additional one-year service commitment. 

Application materials can be found online at

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, including IHS-approved health profession degree program, please visit:

For questions, please contact Jacqueline K. Santiago, Chief, IHS LRP, at (301) 443-3396 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

Department of Health and Human Services: Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on Zika virus (ZIKV) and its complications.

ZIKV is a single-stranded RNA virus of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected Aedes mosquitos, though both perinatal/in utero and sexual transmission have been reported. Initially discovered in 1947, it has been reported in the Americas since 2014, with a major outbreak in Brazil starting in 2015. This disease is seen in about 20% of infected people and is usually self-limited. However, a possible association between ZIKV infection in pregnant women and severe microcephaly in their babies has been very concerning and prompted the World Health Organization to declare this potential complication a public health emergency. Additionally, the virus has been found in blood, fueling growing concerns about the risk of transfusion transmission with particular concern over severe outcomes in at-risk transfusion recipient populations such as women who are pregnant.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. More details about the FOA can be found here:


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