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Osteopathic research funding opportunities

Looking to advance your career and the osteopathic medical profession through clinical research? Apply for an AOA research grant.

The AOA offers grant funding to DOs, osteopathic medical students and PhD researchers conducting studies that address one of five key focus areas. Grant application cycles open on Nov. 1 and end on Jan. 31, with funded projects announced in June. Grants also are available for new investigators and for organizations to present live CME on safe opioid prescribing. Select an option below to learn more.


Grants for physicians & PhD researchers

Obtain AOA grant funding for a research project that corresponds to RFAs in the AOA’s research focus areas.

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Grants for students, residents & fellows

Apply for an AOA Research Training Grant to support a basic science, clinical or health services research project.

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Grants for new investigators

Apply for an AOA and AOF New Investigator Grant to support a basic science, clinical or health services research project.

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Grants for opioid prescriber CME

Apply for an AOA grant that’ll allow your organization to present live CME on safe opioid prescribing.

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Other research funding opportunities:

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse seeks to fund studies supporting research to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

Funding opportunities include up to three research sites and a data coordinating center to participate in the HEALing Communities study. Applications are due by 5 p.m. local time of applicant on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Visit the website for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal will fund projects that examine how emerging technologies could transform infrastructure in ways that improve health equity in the United States. Applications for the next cycle opens Jan. 2, 2019. Learn more.

Federation of State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Foundation has two grant opportunities available to fund research projects.

  • FSMB Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits conducting research and education-related projects designed to improve the quality of health care through effective physician licensure and regulation.
  • The foundation also is accepting grant applications to support projects associated with Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

Visit the FSMB website for more information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Institutional Training Grants to provide institutional research training opportunities to trainees from undergraduate to postdoctoral levels.

Grant opportunities may include:

  • Short-term grants when school session is closed (i.e. summer) to encourage research careers in areas of need.
  • Interdisciplinary research training award and research education grants supporting comprehensive multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs.
  • Continuing education training grants.
  • International research grants.

Visit the NIH website for more information. Once there, select Appointee and Career Level (i.e. graduate/clinical doctorate, postdoctorate/residency, early career, established investigator) to filter results.

IHS Loan Repayment Program

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. Here are the details:

  • 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.

View the application materials and the complete list of eligibility requirements to learn more about the program.

For more information, call (301) 443-3396.

Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is offering funding for research on Zika virus (ZIKV) and its complications.

Areas of research needed include:

  • How the ZIKV infection transmits from mothers to babies (i.e. in-utero, postpartum or breastfeeding).
  • Risks to women planning to become pregnant who have been in areas of infection.
  • Development of a vaccine or other modalities to help prevent and treat ZIKV infection.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement for more information.

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