MRF Grants

The Medical Research Foundation supports promising biomedical exploration and the development of research careers in clinical investigation in Oregon through a program of competitively awarded research grants. MRF grants are awarded three times per year.

MRF Grant Applicants: Application guidelines are subject to change between deadlines. Please carefully review the guidelines each time you submit an application. OHSU applicants should seek guidance on OHSU's internal requirements from their appointed department and must have university approval prior to submission.

Please note new maximum grant amounts and new deadline dates. Beginning with the August 2019 deadline, application forms will need to be submitted through our Competitive Application Portal system at The Infoready site launched June 14, 2019.

Applicants from outside OHSU will need to create a free registration account to log on to the portal and submit. OHSU applicants can log on using their institutional credentials.


For MRF grant application questions, please email

For questions about the Competitive Application Portal system, please contact

For questions about funds and grant extensions, please contact

Important update to Spring 2020 MRF grants

In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the complications it has caused for researchers, the MRF will allow applicants to this competition up to two weeks (April 29) to revise their applications and/or include OPAM approvals that couldn't be obtained by the initial April 15 deadline.

This means all revised applications must be emailed to in a single, complete PDF by April 29, 5 p.m. PDT; however, to be considered you must submit an application packet draft and answer all administrative questions in the CAP application by April 15, 11:59 p.m. PDT. Reviewer assignments will be made using the application submitted by the April 15 deadline, so this version must include draft, if not final, versions of the abstract, background/significance, specific aims, biosketch and, if applicable, collaborators.

Revised applications submitted after the April 15 deadline will be added to the CAP manually and replace the applicant’s draft application.

Please note that chair/mentor letters are still due one week after the app deadline (April 22) and must be submitted via the CAP.

Questions about these new guidelines can be sent to and questions about the CAP application can be sent to

New Investigator Grant

Maximum grant award: $50,000
Application deadline dates: April 15, Aug. 15, Dec. 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.

Apply for the New Investigator Grant

Early Clinical Investigator Grant

Maximum grant award: $30,000
Application deadline dates: April 15, Aug. 15, Dec. 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.

Apply for the Early Clinical Investigator Grant

Emergency Interim Support Grant

Maximum grant award: $50,000
Application deadline dates: April 15, Aug. 15, Dec. 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. 

Apply for the Emergency Interim Support Grant

Important dates

Application dates, MRF Committee meetings and effective dates of grants
Application Deadline Date* MRF Committee Meeting Effective Date of Grants
April 15 June Aug 1 - July 31
August 15 October Dec 1 - Nov 30
December 15 February April 1 - Mar 31

*If the 15th day falls on a weekend or a holiday, grants are due the following workday.