Principal investigators at  URI should consider and explore the variety of opportunities for industry collaborations and sponsorship as well as foundation grants. Some examples are linked below


Please note, to protect confidential information and intellectual property, we strongly advise you to discuss only the published aspects of your research when discussing possible research collaborations with companies or foundations.  While most submission portals will request non-confidential summaries of your research, some may not, and it is prudent for you to contact the Research Foundation, OSP, and possibly export control before submitting a proposal through a company portal. PLEASE DO NOT POST ENABLING WORK.



Company Program Name and Link
Department of Defense (DOD) Lung Cancer Research Program

Career Development Award
Clinical Exploration Award
Idea Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award

Multiple Sclerosis Research Program

Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Pilot Clinical Trial Award

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program

Idea Award with Special Focus
Career Development Award
Translational Team Science Award

Tick-Borne Disease Research Program

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (  All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) ( and (2) application submission through (  Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SBIR Opportunities
Epilepsy Foundation New Therapy Commercialization Grants Program: Up to $350,000 over two years. Supports later-stage development of new, more effective therapies for epilepsy by accelerating the advancement of research from the laboratory to patient. New therapies may include but are not limited to medicines, biologics or devices. Preference given to proposals that already have a commercial partner engaged to assist with development, and proposals that have committed or matched funding from their sponsoring institution, commercial partner, or other third party source.

Due Date: 2/1/2018

Johnson & Johnson Partner with J & J
Sanofi Collaborate-Innovate (Innovation Challenge)
Medtronic Areas of Interest
Coronary metal alloy
Eli Lilly Lilly Research Award Program
Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program
Takeda Independent Medical Education Grants
Abbvie Submit Your Idea
Areas of Interest
Amgen Licensing Opportunities
Areas of Interest
Advinus Partnering/Co-Development (adenosine receptor for IBD, COPD, SCD)
Partnering for Drug Discovery/Drug Development
Alkermes Medical Education Grants
Allergan Medical Education Grants
Almac Discovery Partnering and Collaboration
Amyris Collaboration
Agenus In/Out Licensing
Ariad Grants & Donations
BASF Innovation Award
Baxter Healthcare Bioscience Grants
Other Grants
Bayer Bayer Foundations Thrombosis Research Award
Bayer Foundations Scientific Awards
Genentech Clinical Fellows
Genentech Program: CGN Healthcare-Related Charitable Support
Goal: Supports projects focused on patient education, services and advocacy in the areas of minority health, clinical trial recruitment, personalized medicine, early diagnosis/detection and caregivers.
Amount: 5 awards up to $100,000
Deadline: Executive Summary due September 9, 2016
GSK Discovery Partnerships with Academia
Daiichi Sankyo Partnership
Debiopharm SA In-Licensing and Portfolio Objectives
EMD Serono Partnering
Roche Areas of Interest
Venture Fund
Gilead U.S. Corporate Grants & Giving
Janssen R & D Area of Focus
Kyowa Kirin Licensing and Partnering
Merck Areas of Interest and Partnerships
Takeda Areas of Interest
Partnership Contacts
Otsuka Healthcare-Related Charitable Contributions
Otsuka Grants Application Portal
Pfizer Submission of Opportunities
Areas of Interest
World R&D Partnering
Novo Nordisk Partnering
Teva Teva Sponsored Studies
The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc. 2018 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in the Neurosciences: $225,000 over 3 years. Supports highly promising, early-career investigators engaged in cutting-edge basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. At this critical juncture in an early-career investigator’s career, when funding can be a challenge, the fellowship promotes higher-risk, and potentially higher-reward, projects.

Studies in these areas are of particular interest:
• Cellular and molecular neuroscience – mechanisms of neuronal excitability and development, and of the genetic basis of behavior
• Neural systems – integrative function of the nervous system
• Translational research – designed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and our understanding of the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders

• Hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and have completed all research training, including post-doctoral training
• Are an independent investigator and have a tenure track appointment or equivalent
• Are within 4 years of completing postdoctoral training and the start of first tenure track appointment (between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2018)

Due Date: 2/15/2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs
Targeted for repayment of student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral scientists conducting research funded by non-profit institutions.
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program
LOI due, Full Application due
Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcement. The Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the website (, the CDMRP website ( and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP) (
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Award Foundation Physician-Scientist Training Award 


Disclaimer: Listing of these companies and initiatives does not imply endorsement of University of Rhode Island or its affiliates, nor did University of Rhode Island receive any special privileges in listing these opportunities.