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Internal Funding Opportunities

Large Grant Acceleration Program (LGAP)

An area of promising research growth for UMSOM lies in encouraging PI teams to submit applications for large NIH awards such as P01, P30, P50, U19, U54, and similar awards. In recognition of this need, and of the intense effort and resources required for these submissions, Dr. Reece has initiated the Large Grant Acceleration Program. The LGAP is designed to provide multiple types of support for investigators planning a new NIH center or program grant. This program is only designed to support the submission of new awards and is not available for competitive renewals.

Support is available to select teams via:

1) One time $10,000 seed grants
2) Administrative support for assembling proposals
3) Contingent Institutional Support
4) $30,000 in unrestricted funds for any team that is awarded a new grant that was submitted through the LGAP Initiative within the next 3 years for the PI to use at their discretion.

Further information about the LGAP program, including frequently asked questions, can be found here.

Interested in participating? Please email to begin a conversation.

AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Awards

University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park seek to fund big research initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence and medicine that will contribute to major scientific discoveries, secure sizable extramural funding, and lead to meaningful improvements in patient care and treatment.

Proposals should aim to allow teams representing both campuses to further develop collaborative activities that will lead to major, highly visible research proposals to federal or private institutions. Teams must consist of at least one senior, well-funded faculty member from each campus, as well as at least one junior faculty member from either campus. Awards will be for up to $200K per year for a maximum of 3 years.

Application Due Date: November 15, 2019

Detailed guidelines for this opportunity can be found here: AIM-HI Challenge Awards RFP

Passano Foundation Clinician-Investigator Awards for Career Development

The purpose of these Passano Clinician-Investigator Awards is to help protect the research time, and thereby further the acquisition of experience and preliminary results for qualified young UMSOM faculty clinician-investigators during the time that they are applying for external career development grant support.

Proposals must be submitted by October 2, 2020. Guidelines for this opportunity can be found here:

Passano Award Guidelines

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Dean's Challenge Award to Accelerate Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med)

The School of Medicine will support a Dean’s Challenge Award/ACCEL-Med to encourage senior and junior SOM scientists to catalyze the launch of major, multi-disciplinary, collaborative “Big Science” research programs within the School and across Departments, Centers, Institutes and Programs.

This funding program is intended to support the generation of pilot data for new and ambitious research projects. In addition, the program will provide mentoring to junior faculty on track to securing their first large external research award.

All applications must be received by March 5, 2018 by 5pm. Guidelines for this opportunity can be found here:

Deans Challenge Award RFA

Limited Submission Competition(s)

The Searle Scholars Program Limited Submission opportunity is now open. Interested investigators should email their one page pre-proposal plus NIH-style biosketch to Grace Zhang ( by 5pm on July 22nd.