Internal Funding Opportunities

December 2019 Application Deadlines

12/15/2019 - Black Family Stem Cell Institute (BFSCI) 2020 Pilot Grant Program

Pilot grants are available to support research projects in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Current BFSCI membership is preferred but not required; successful applicants will be invited to join the BFSCI.

  1. Research Grants (RG) ($20K – $50K) will be accepted from PI’s meeting any of the following criteria:
    • New PI’s (< 5 years from appointment as Assistant Professor) who have not had R01, P01 or equivalent funding
    • Investigators proposing basic/translational collaborations and interdisciplinary research projects
    • Basic research or clinical investigators outside the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine who wish to apply their expertise to this area and/or collaborate with BFSCI members
  2. Transition to Independence Minigrants (TIM) (< $15K):
    • Post-doctoral research fellows with at least 1 year of post-doctoral research training
    • Instructors with at least 1 year of post-doctoral research training
  3. Grants to Support Revised NIH Applications (GSRNA) (< $10K):
    • New or established PI’s lacking other NIH funding who receive a score on a first submission that lies just outside the fundable range.
  4. Graduate Student Travel Awards (GSTA) (< $1.5K):
    • PhD and MD PhD candidates
    • Medical students engaged in research


  1. Proposals that use the Stem Cell Engineering Core
  2. Proposals for basic/translational or interdisciplinary collaborations

RG, TIM and GSRNA applications should include the following elements:

  1. Title
  2. Specific Aims (1 page)
  3. Introduction (0.5 page): should state type of application and the investigator’s eligibility. Please clearly state the relevance of your application to stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine
  4. Research Strategy (2 pages): include Significance, Innovation, and Approach
  5. Bibliography and References Cited
  6. Letters of Support (required for trainee grants)
  7. Budget using the NIH Budget Page PHS398/FP5 and budget justification
  8. IACUC, IRB, or other required documentation (as applicable)
  9. NIH Biosketch
  10. Format according to NIH guidelines

Additional information

TIM: In the Introduction, state how the Minigrant will support a unique line of research (separate from PI of the laboratory) and career independence; a supporting letter from the mentor is required.

GSRNA: Provide NIH grant and summary statement

GSTA: Explain how attendance at a national/international research conference focused on stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine will benefit the student; provide the title, dates and location of the conference and research abstract; abstract presentation is required; a supporting letter from the mentor is required.


Email applications as a single PDF file with your name and type of grant application in the file title to Taylor Stokelin at

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
Anticipated funding start date: January 1, 2020

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