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NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs repay up to $35,000 annually (up to $70,000 with a two-year contract) of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The 2018 application cycle opened on September 1, 2017 and closes on November 15, 2017. Visit the NIH LRP website for eligibility and more information.

Department of Defense/National Security Opportunity for Young Faculty

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage junior faculty and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, YFA provides high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities. Executive summaries are due October 2, 2017. Full proposals are due December 4, 2017. Read more about this funding opportunity.

Gates Foundation: Funding Opportunities in Global Health and Development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. The program fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Current topics include addressing the mental health needs of adolescent and young mothers; technical innovations to improve laboratory testing in the developing world; and innovative ideas for improving timeliness of routine immunizations and providing training and mentorship to health care workers in low-resource settings. Proposals are due by Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:30 am Pacific Time. Read more about these funding opportunities.

PCORI Engagement Awards

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award $20.5 million in FY 2018 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. Letters of intent are due September 29, 2017 by 5:00 pm EST.Read more about this opportunity. View more open funding opportunities from PCORI.

The Johns Hopkins NIOSH Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health Announcement and Request for Proposals

Pilot Project Research Training Awards, 2017-2018

- Proposals Due November 6, 2017 -


The objective of this program is to enhance occupational research training through direct support of research activities. Supplemental funds have been awarded by NIOSH to support student and new investigator (junior faculty) research projects with awards up to $15,000 each. The budget period is from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.  A one year no-cost extension may be granted for completion of funded projects; no additional extensions are permitted.


Applicants must be doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows (including Occupational Medicine residents), or full-time faculty affiliated with a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC), Training Project Grant (TPG), or other related university-based program within NIOSH Region 3. Faculty applicants must be new investigators, not above the rank of Assistant Professor, who have not established support for their research through traditional mechanisms of funding. For student applicants, a faculty member must write a brief letter of support and be willing to be listed as the Principal Investigator for the project budget. Applications must be received by COB on Friday, November 6, 2017. Prior to the release of funding, investigators must demonstrate approval of the research project by their Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee, as appropriate.

Deadline for Applications:

Submit applications electronically to Dr. Peter S.J. Lees at by COB on November 6, 2017. Direct all questions to Dr. Lees at 410-955-3009 or

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