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MRF Grants

The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) supports promising biomedical exploration and the development of research careers in clinical investigation in Oregon through a program of competitively awarded research grants. Most MRF grants are awarded quarterly.


MRF Grant Applicants: Application guidelines are subject to change between deadlines. Please carefully review the guidelines each time you submit an application. August 2014: New naming conventions are required; see guidelines for specific instructions.

 

New Investigator Grant

Maximum grant award: $40,000
Two to three grants awarded quarterly
Application deadline dates: Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15, Nov. 15.


Through this award, the MRF supports promising new investigators in biomedical research. Principal investigators must be at the beginning of an independent career with a faculty position at one of Oregon's colleges or universities. A letter of support from the department chair or division head must accompany each application describing the independence of the principal investigator and the commitment of the unit to that investigator and their research program.

Before beginning to fill out the NI grant application, remember to read the important general instructions at the very bottom of this page for completing all MRF applications.

 

Early Clinical Investigator Grant

Maximum grant award: $20,000
Two to three grants awarded quarterly
Application deadline dates: Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15, Nov. 15.

Through this award, the MRF supports promising biomedical exploration and the development of research careers in clinical investigation in Oregon. Principal investigators must be a post-doctoral trainee or clinical fellow with specific plans for a career in clinical research. A letter of support from the department chair or division head and from the director of the training program must accompany each application. The Applicant Qualifications Form should be completed by the applicant's mentor and included with the application and support letters.

Before beginning to fill out the ECI grant application, remember to read the important general instructions at the very bottom of this page for completing all MRF applications.

ECI grant guidelines and application

Early Clinical Investigator Applicant Qualifications Form for Mentor

Letter of support instructions 
 

 

Emergency Interim Support Grant

Maximum grant award: $40,000
Two to three grants awarded quarterly
Application deadline dates: Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15, Nov. 15.


Through this award, the MRF supports established investigators who are in need of bridge funding. The grant provides funding for research programs that have lost national grant funding, enabling investigators to develop data supporting application renewals. The application must contain a clear explanation of current grant funding and the status of grants in revision. 

Before beginning to fill out the EIS grant application, remember to read the important general instructions at the very bottom of this page for completing all MRF applications.

 

Oregon Scientist Development Award

Maximum grant award: $75,000
One grant awarded per year (may not be awarded every year)
Application deadline: Feb. 15

Through this award, the MRF supports highly promising, biomedical scientists seeking to develop their research careers in Oregon. The Oregon Scientist Development award (OSDA) is designed to support exceptional but not yet fully independent young investigators seeking to make the transition from an intermediate rank to scientific independence. This includes investigators currently at the level of staff scientist, research assistant professor, instructor or similar transitional appointments. Applicants must be in a rank that is eligible to submit independent R01s and similar grant applications. Because this award is meant to foster development of an independent research program, a minimum 25% FTE must be put to the project. Tenure track or new investigators with start-up packages are not eligible for this application.

Criteria for the award include exceptional quality of the applicant, strength of the research plan, strength of the career development plan, the research environment and degree of institutional/mentor commitment. Letters of support from a mentor and department chair need to accompany grant applications.

Before beginning to fill out the OSDA grant application, remember to read the important general instructions at the very bottom of this page for completing all online MRF applications.

OSDA grant guidelines and application

Letter of support instructions  

 

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS for working in all MRF applications in PDF format

PDF-based applications that you access from this page were designed to be filled out online in one sitting. You must enter your answers in one sitting and print. Once you exit the PDF, the information will not be saved.

For best results, initially print out the application as a guide. Formulate your answers to the grant questions in a Word document first.  When you have all the information needed to fill out the application in its entirety, cut and paste from Word into the PDF application file and save according to specific naming conventions designated in the Preparation of Proposal section of the guidelines.

Please note that instructions and guidelines are on pages one and two of the application documents. The application itself begins on page three. Fill in each field and tab to the next field. To double-check your work, either scroll up or arrow back.

 


Contact:

Amy Von Jenef

MRF Coordinator
503 220-8348
vonjenef@ohsu.edu

Cheryl Durant
Board Manager
503 552-0752
durantc@ohsu.edu


M. Susan Smith
MRF Chair
503 690-5300
smithsu@ohsu.edu