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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 typically open in October and extend through January, with funded projects announced in June. 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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Other research funding opportunities:

Leading Edge Acceleration Projects

The Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology seeks to address well-documented and fast emerging health IT challenges.

LEAP is specifically interested in research exploring innovative solutions and breakthrough advances in:

  • Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of APIs for population-level data.
  • Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care.

One recipient will be selected in each area of interest. Application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the LEAP website.

Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Consortium

The Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (PASA) seeks to fund studies for developing new medications that can be brought to therapeutic use to improve treatment outcomes for alcohol and substance use disorders, especially those related to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Requests for proposals include:

  • Planning grants.
  • Full study implementation grants.

Letter of intent for a full study application and the full application for a planning grant are due Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Visit the PASA 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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