Grants

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. PDFs are preferred for all required documents of the application.

 

For MRF grant application questions, please email mrfsubmit@ohsu.edu.

For questions about awards and post-awards, please contact Nicole Good at goodn@ohsu.edu

 

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 the institute director must accompany each application describing the independence of the principal investigator and the commitment of the unit to that investigator and their research program.

New Investigator Guidelines and Application Form 

Letter of support instructions 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

EIS grant guidelines and application

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.

OSDA Guidelines and Application Form 

OSDA Support Letter Instructions

 

For MRF grant application questions, please email mrfsubmit@ohsu.edu.

For questions about awards and post-awards, please contact Nicole Good at goodn@ohsu.edu