Find Funding

There is no one definitive source to use in locating funding information. So we have compiled a list what we think are the most helpful to basic and clinical science researchers. If you have one to recommend, please let us know and we will add it.

VCU Subscription Source to find external funding:

  • COS Pivot (formerly Community of Science):
    Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. Its algorithm compiles pre-populated researcher profiles unique to VCU, and others, and matches them to current funding opportunities in the COS database. We recommend that you create or update your COS profile/account in order to manage your searches.

VCU Internal Sources of Support

  1. Quest Innovation Fund
  2. Presidential Research Request Fund
  3. CCTR Endowment Fund
  4. CCTR KL2 Fund
  5. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants
  6. School of Medicine Bridge Grant Award

Other Sources to consider

  • Vice President for Research's "Finding Funding" Website
    the VPR provides a list of workshops and other outreach activities specifically geared towards those seeking research funding
    Lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others -- in other words, all the most important public funders of research in the United States.
  • NIH Commons LIKE THIS (thesaurus-based search tool)
    LikeThis is a new search tool to aid Principal Investigators in finding and learning about other research projects that have similar goals and objectives as their own. By entering specific scientific terms or accessing their own grant applications or grants and clicking on LikeThis, investigators will be provided a listing of similar funded projects and/or publications.

Junior Faculty Sources of Support

Burroughs Wellcome Fund-Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

  • Supports:  "opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases."
  • Size of award:  Five-year awards ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  MD, DVM, or PhD degree; established record of independent research and hold a tenure-track position as an assistant professor or equivalent at the time of application; must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Annual Deadline:  November 1
  • URL:

David and Lucille Packard Foundation-Fellowships for Science and Engineering

  • Supports:  "the nation's most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements.  Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering."
  • Size of award:  five-year award ($875K total award)
  • Eligibility:  faculty who are eligible to serve as principal investigators, and within the first three years of their faculty careers
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (two nominees per institution)
  • Annual Deadline:  March 15 (Nominations Due)
  • URL:

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation-Clinical Scientist Development Awards

  • Supports:  "grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers."
  • Size of award:  three-year awards ($225K/year)
  • Eligibility:  physician-scientist (MD or equivalent) conducting clinical research in any disease area; no citizenship requirement; must hold a full-time faculty level position not higher than Assistant Professor; have been appointed to their first full-time faculty level position within the previous five years
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Annual Deadline:  October 31 (pre-proposals due)
  • URL:

Ellison Medical Foundation-New Scholars in Aging Program

  • Supports:  "new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging."
  • Size of award:  four-year awards ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  must be in the first three years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience; must hold regular, full time faculty appointments (tenure or non-tenure); time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit.
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (two nominees per institution)
  • Annual Deadline:  February 25
  • URL:

Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences

  • Supports:  candidates with "outstanding promise as contributors in science relevant to human health. Strong proposals will demonstrate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Risk-taking is encouraged."
  • Size of award:  four-year award ($60K/year)
  • Eligibility:  junior faculty members holding a full-time assistant professor position on the submission deadline, and who on the subsequent July 1 (start date) had not held that position for more than three years
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Annual Deadlines: 
    • July 15 (nominations)
    • November 1 (application for accepted nominees)
  • URL:

 Searle Scholars

  • Supports:  "the independent research of outstanding individuals who have recently begun their first appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is a tenure-track position."
  • Size of award:  three-year award ($100K/year)
  • Eligibility:  junior faculty members in their first full-time appointment on or after July 1 of the year preceding the submission deadline.
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Annual Deadline:  Last Friday in September
  • URL:

W. M. Keck Foundation-Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program

  • Supports:  "early career development of individuals conducting distinguished, innovative biomedical research in emerging fields at the forefront of science. The Foundation is continuing that tradition by identifying and fostering the careers of some of the nation’s brightest young scientists, those with the promise to become our nation’s research leaders."
  • Size of award:  five-year award (total:  $1M)
  • Eligibility:  first full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment and have held that appointment for at least one year and for no more than four years; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; may have applied or may plan to apply for other career development awards, including the HHMI Early Career Scientist, as well as for NIH support
  • Restrictions:  must be nominated by the institution (limited number per institution)
  • Deadlines:  May 1 for application/August 15 for full proposal and November 1 for application/February 15 for full proposal
  • URL:  

Note:  For sponsors limiting the number of submissions for the institution, VCU will follow the Limited Submissions Policy, which may be found here.