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 three competitively awarded research grants: Early Clinical Investigator, Emergency Interim Support and New Investigator. Please note that OHSU researchers interested in applying for Emergency Interim Support can apply to OHSU Bridge Funding simultaneuously; this blog post explains the change.

MRF Grants are awarded three times per year; application deadlines are April 15, August 15 and December 15 every year. There are no official start dates for MRF Grants; however, approximate start dates are July 1 for the April 15 deadline; November 1 for the August 15 deadline; and March 1 for the December 15 deadline. When application cycles are open for MRF Grants, they will be posted to the competitive application portal.

If April, August, or December 15 falls on a weekend day, the deadline will be changed to the closest following weekday. For example, August 15, 2021, falls on a Sunday, so the grants deadline will be Monday, August 16, 2021.

If you have questions about the grants, contact MRFsubmit@ohsu.edu and refer to our FAQ page.

Early Clinical Investigator (ECI) Grants are intended to further the development postdoctoral fellows or trainees who interact with human subjects and who are interested in a career in clinical research. Clinical research is defined as research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and/or clinical, cognitive, or behavioral data. Research on animal models will be considered only if there is obvious relevance to human health/disease, and the animal studies have a high probability of leading to research on human subjects or specimens.

The maximum award for an ECI grant is $30,000.

MRF Emergency Interim Support

Through this grant, 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. A letter of support from the department chair or the institute director must accompany each application describing the commitment of the unit to that investigator and their research program.

The maximum award for Emergency Interim Support is $50,000.

OHSU Bridge Funding

Through this award, the OHSU Office of the Vice-President for Research supports established investigators at OHSU 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. A letter of support from the department chair or the institute director must accompany each application describing the commitment of the unit to that investigator and their research program.

The maximum award for OHSU Bridge Funding is $50,000.

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.

The maximum award for an NI grant is $50,000.