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Spring 2020 Grants & You: News & Deadlines

ATSU Internal Grants  Deadline Extended

Unless otherwise indicated*, ATSU internal grants are due on May 1. For questions, email

ATSU Strategic Research Fund (SRF)

Maximum award is $30,000 for a project period of up to 2 years. This mechanism is ideal for interdisciplinary teams, novice ATSU faculty, and/or students. SRF provides seed money for pilot data collection to advance the development of a strong clinical research base for the scientific study of whole person healthcare.

ATSU Strategic Research Fund (SRF) Guidelines & Application

Warner/Fermaturo & the ATSU Board of Trustees Research Fund

Maximum award is $10,000 for a project period of up to 2 years. Funds from the Warner Endowments and Fermaturo Charitable Trust enable full-time faculty to gain initial and/or interim support for promising research projects.

Warner/Fermaturo & the ATSU Board of Trustees, Research Fund Guidelines & Application

Educational Scholarly Activity Research Grant

Maximum award is $5,000 for a project period of up to 2 years. This mechanism provides initial and/or interim support enabling full-time faculty to study student learning and publish results in order to further improve the practice of teaching.

Educational Scholarly Activity Research Grant Guidelines & Application

Community Health Research Fund

Maximum award is $2,000 for a project period of up to 2 years. This mechanism enables full-time faculty (including at least 1 member of the ATSU Public Health program) to test promising pilot projects and/or conduct short-term continuation of existing community health research projects, such as:

  • Research demonstrating public health solutions that can be implemented by communities themselves,
  • Projects contributing to the existing public health body of knowledge,
  • Projects promoting multidisciplinary interaction to provide multifaceted solutions, and
  • Support for a cadre of public health researchers to help communities find solutions to their local problems.

Community Health Research Fund Guidelines & Application

ATSU Small Grant Program

Maximum award is $1,500 to purchase supplies when needs arise during implementation of scholarly activity that were unforeseen when the project began but which present an impediment to successful project completion. To apply, faculty must submit the ATSU Small Grant Program Request Form, along with a short description of the need, the project aim, and a signature from the chair or direct supervisor indicating sufficient department funds are not available to support the need. A firm cost for the item(s) must be included with the request. No carry over funds will be allowed.

ATSU Small Grant Item Request Form  *This program uses a rolling deadline.

Herbert Fields, DO, Memorial Research Fund

Maximum award is $1,000 for a 1-year period. This mechanism is ideal for osteopathic students, predoctoral fellows, interns, and residents at KCOM or SOMA and requires direct supervision by a full-time faculty member. This endowed fund enables the study of orthomolecular therapy, including interrelationships in the areas of nutrition analysis and therapy.

Herbert Fields, DO, Memorial Research Fund Guidelines & Application

ATSU Student Research Fund

Maximum award is $1,000 for a 1-year period. This mechanism is ideal for individual student-initiated projects under the supervision of a full-time ATSU faculty member. Students are encouraged to develop scientifically sound projects based on a critical review of the literature and utilization of appropriate research methods. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary research teams.

ATSU Student Research Fund Guidelines & Application

External Grants

ADEAGies Foundation Grants

The ADEAGies Foundation provides grants to improve the oral health of the public and is interested in receiving letters of inquiry (LOIs) by October 1st for projects that:

  1. Support educational and research development in academic dentistry
  • Study/strengthen dental education as part of the US higher education system;
  • Encourage development of full-time faculty in leadership, teaching, and research;
  • Enhance capacity of academic dental institutions to conduct oral health-related research;
  • Evaluate and develop innovative dental education curricula to meet the changing environment of dental education and research;
  • Research/develop strategies to improve the role of academic dental institutions in ensuring access to oral health care for all, especially the underserved; and
  • Assess/develop programs to promote professional ethics, social responsibility, a diverse workforce, cultural competence, and values that sustain the profession for the public good.
  1. Encourage lifelong learning
  • Understand dentistry and its relationship to society and develop educational programs for dentists in collaboration with other health professionals interested in oral health (medicine and public health); and
  • Contribute to the funding of continuing dental education program speakers for dental professionals.
  1. Recognize and support:
  • Quality journalism in dental literature;
  • Scientific or other achievement within recognized dental specialties; and
  • Student achievement in service, oral health education, or research.

ASDOH and MOSDOH are both eligible to apply for a grant requesting up to $25,000 and may submit multiple LOIs in the same funding cycle.

Interested project teams should submit concept proposals for LOIs to Sponsored Programs by June 1.

NIH News

2020 NIH Regional Seminar in Nashville

The next NIH Regional Seminar will be held October 28-30 in Nashville, TN. To register, see here. General registration will end on August 31.

The seminar scheduled for April in Baltimore has been canceled.

NIH Seeks Your Input on Simplifying Review Criteria

In response to consistent concerns about the complexity of review criteria and administrative load of peer review, the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has convened a working group to recommend changes to research grant review criteria that will improve review outcomes and reduce reviewer burden.

NIH would like to hear your thoughts on how review criteria might be modified to obtain the best evaluations of scientific merit. You can provide feedback directly to:

For more information about sending the feedback email to CSR, read here.

NIH FY 2018 Funding Statistics

Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH, discusses FY 2018 data on R01-equivalent and R56-Bridge awards, presenting percentiles for both funded and unfunded applications.

Quick Fact:

  • NIH issued 5,710 R01-equivalent grant awards, while 9,309 applications were not funded. These awards were generally within the 1st–36th percentiles of all applications.

New NIH Application Forms and Instructions

On or after May 25, 2020, NIH will require the use of updated application forms and instructions (FORMS-F). Read through the significant changes section to familiarize yourself with what’s new.

Publication of Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement

On December 10, 2019, NIH announced publication of the revised Grants Policy Statement, applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2019.

NIH Announces 2020 Salary Limitation

NIH announces 2020 salary cap. Read more here.