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  Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Developing and delivering treatments and cures for spinal cord injury, the Reeve Foundation funds innovative research and improves the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.

Thirty years after the founding of the American Paralysis Association, the Reeve Foundation has significant opportunities presented by the extraordinary advancements in understanding the healthy and injured spinal cord and has invested $87.7 million to to develop effective treatments for acute and chronic spinal cord injury.

Since 1999, the Foundation has provided 2,055 Quality of Life grants totaling $15.7 million for individuals living with paralysis and mobility impairment and their families.

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  Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Rolex Awards for Enterprise began in 1976, and have supported individuals whose courage and creativity advance knowledge and well being. Awards are presented every two years.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 series of awards, the Young Laureates, which are exclusively for young candidates between the ages of 18-30. The first set of Young Laureates took place in 2009 with the idea of supporting young men and women at a critical juncture in their careers.

Applicants are asked to submit projects taking on the most pressing issues in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage. Projects are judged on their feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact, and, above all, on the candidate's spirit of enterprise. 50,000 Swiss francs are awarded over a period of two years.

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  Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

This Foundation funds early career cancer researchers who have the drive, creativity, and energy to become leading innovators in their field. Since 1946, Damon Runyon has invested more than $250 million in the best young scientific minds in the country, including 11 Nobel Laureates and leaders of major cancer centers.

The Foundation gives researchers freedom to explore their own ideas and take risks. Endorsement from the Foundation would attract further funding, accelerate research, and advance careers. Awards also allows for focus on research, not grant writing.

    Four programs to encourage and advance the work of young researchers include:

  • Damon Runyon Fellowship Award - One of the highest accolades an early career scientist can receive, and is designed to further research skills and explore their own ideas. $156,000 for PhDs and $!86,000 for MDs is awarded over three years.
  • Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award - Provides funding to scientists and clinicians whose research has the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of pediatric cancer.
  • Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award - Provides $450,000 over three years for salary, research, and staff. It is designed to support and encourage physicians to translate cancer treatment and research into a cure. Currently, 20 investigators are funded by this award.
  • Damon Runyon Rachleff Innovation Award - Awards creative minds that are geared toward "high risk/high reward" projects. $450,000 is awarded over three years for ideas that have the potential to make an impact on cancer, but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding.
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  Scleroderma Foundation

The Scleroderma Foundation is the national organization for people with scleroderma and their families and friends. The Foundation has a three-fold mission of support, education, and research which helps families cope, promotes public awareness, and stimulates and supports research to find the cause of and a cure for scleroderma and related diseases.

The Scleroderma Foundation is the leading nonprofit supporter of scleroderma research and looks to foster development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in fields related to systemic sclerosis.

    Two research grants are offered:

  • Scleroderma Foundation New Investigator Grant - Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine, or one of the sciences and must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship by the grant award date. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year for up to three years.
  • Established Investigator Grant - Applicants must have a doctorate degree in Medicine, Osteopathy, Veterinary Medicine, or one of the sciences, and must have completed a postdoctoral fellowship and have been Principal Investigator on grants from the Scleroderma Foundation or other national, private, or government agencies in the past. Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years.

Grant application deadline is September 15 annually.

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  Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program awards grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry.

The Program supports research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their appointment in their first tenure track position at a participating academic or research institution. Today, 155 institutions are invited to participate in the program.

Each year, 15 new individuals are names Searle Scholars. Awards are currently set at $100,000 per year for three years.

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  Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

The Honor Society of Nursing, founded in 1922, STTI is a global community of nurse leaders with 486 chapters in more than 85 countries. STTI supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

The vision of the STTI is to create a global community of nurses who are leaders in using knowledge, scholarship, service, and learning to improve the health of the world's people.

    STTI contributes more than $200,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships, and monetary awards. Research grants include:

  • International Global Nursing Research Grant - Awards $12,000 to encourage nurses to focus on responding to health disparities globally. The principle investigator should be a registered nurse with a current license and have a Master's in nursing.
  • American Nurses' Foundation Grant - Awards $7,500 to encourage the research career development of nurses through support of research conducted by beginning nurse researchers or experienced nurse researchers entering a new field of study.
  • Deadline for both grants is May 1.


  • National League for Nursing Grant - Supports research that advances the science of nursing education and learning through the use of technology in dissemination of knowledge. Awards up to $5,000.
  • Deadline is June 1.


  • Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant - Awards up to $5,000 to advance ongoing evidence-based study by nurse researchers on the impact of simulation in education in schools of nursing and clinical care settings.
  • ATI Education Assessment Nursing Research Grant - Awards up to $6,000 to support research that encourages the appropriate use of standardized assessments and curriculum support materials in a nursing program.
  • Deadline for both grants is July 1.


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  Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF)

Since 1983, the SSF has provided patients with practical information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjogren's. In addition, the Foundation is the clearinghouse for medical information and is the recognized national advocate for Sjogren's with a mission to educate patients and their families, increase public and professional awareness of Sjogren's, and encourage research into new treatments and a cure.

Since 2006, the SSF has funded over $1.5 million in competitive research grants to prestigious academic investigators for the study of Sjogren's.

Grants are awarded in amounts between $15,000 and $50,000 per year for two years, depending on satisfactory progress. A human study that reviewers deem to be the most innovative project will be eligible for a $50,000 grant. All investigators will submit a budget of $35,000 and revise the budget once an award offer is accepted.

SSF research grants are open to basic and clinical scientists holding an advanced degree (MD, DDS, DMD, or PhD) at any US university or research institution. Both junior and senior investigators may apply. For physicians, advanced clinical training in a specialty related to Sjogren's, such as rheumatology or ophthalmology, is desired.

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  Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) /American Pediatric Society (APS)

While APS and SPR are two different associations with different goals and members, they share one common vision: promoting advances in pediatric health.

APS advances academic pediatrics through promoting research and scholarship while serving as a strong and effective advocate cultivating excellence, diversity, and equity in the field of pediatrics through support, scholarship, education, and leadership development.

SPR fosters the research and career development of investigators engaged in the health and well-being of children and youth. SPR also encourages young investigators that are invested in research beneficial to young children.

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  Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Last year alone approximately 20 million people who needed substance abuse treatment did not receive it and and estimated 10.6 million adults reported an unmet need for mental health care. As a result, the health and wellness of the individual is jeopardized and the unnecessary costs to society ripple across America's communities, schools, businesses, prisons, and healthcare delivery systems.

With a mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on our communities, SAMHSA provides leadership and devotes its resources - programs, policies, information and data, contracts and grants - toward making the public aware that behavioral health is essential for health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance abuse disorders.

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  Thrasher Research Fund

From the sale of 2,034 acres of redwood, with the intention of the proceeds supporting pediatric medical research, came nearly $14 million in 1977. The early years of the Fund granted awards in biomedical research, but as more money became available for grants, focus expanded to include international concerns. Recently, the Fund has shifted its emphasis to include more domestic research, and has awarded over $40 million. in research grants that have improved the lives of children in many countries.

The Fund awards grants for research that offers substantial promise for meaningful advances in prevention and treatment of children's diseases, particularly research that offers broad-based applications.

    Two types of awards are offered:

  • The E.W. "Al" Thrasher Award - With a focus on improving children's health through medical research with an emphasis on projects that have the potential to translate into clinically meaningful results within a few years, grants are awarded three times per year with no fixed number of awards given in each funding cycle. Hypothesis-driven research is given priority over exploratory, hypothesis-generating research.
  • Early Career Awards - The Fund offers up to 30 awards per year in three different funding cycles to encourage the development of medical research in children's health by new researchers.
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