In addition to research funding from donors, corporations, foundations and federal sources, UAMS offers internal funding opportunities. Open to research faculty, these funding opportunities have various deadlines.

Funding for College of Medicine Faculty

The purpose of the COM Intramural Grant programs is to advance the research mission of the institution and provide seed money to full-time faculty members to advance/develop their individual research programs and careers. Specifically, intramural grants are designed to: 1) assist the researcher in obtaining extramural funding for new research programs by generating preliminary data; 2) protect and nurture existing extramural funding by providing bridging/interim support between funding periods for productive investigators; 3) assist in the acquisition of shared equipment to improve the position of COM researchers in competing for extramural funding.

The following grants are included in the College of Medicine Intramural Grant program:

  • Pilot Study Grants designed to support new projects. New investigators or senior investigators entering a new area of research are encouraged to apply. A research description, budget, and budget justification are required for Research Council review.
  • Bridging / Interim Funding Grants provide bridging support to investigators who have been unsuccessful at renewing a federal or foundation grant. A research description, budget, budget justification, funding agency/foundation’s critique and a letter of commitment from the faculty member’s Chair is required for Research Council review.
  • Instrumentation Grants provide a mechanism for researchers in the College of Medicine to obtain relatively small pieces of research equipment for shared use.
  • Hornick Endowment Grants are designed to promote research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of stroke and related disorders.
  • For guidelines for all these grant types, click here.
  • Translational Pathology Grant Program - Funding available to Department of Pathology faculty only. Variable awards and amounts; subject to interdepartmental and extra-departmental peer-review process. Grants promote translational research, which generates data supporting extramural grant applications. For more information, contact Steven Post, Ph.D.

Funding for UAMS Faculty

Arkansas Biosciences Institute/Tobacco Funding – Variable Awards. These grants provide support to start new research projects, purchase scientific equipment, fund core facilities and recruit new faculty. A description of the proposed activity, a budget, and budget justification are required for review by the Tobacco Allocation Committee.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute - ACHRI administers competitive funding programs for scientists employed by UAMS and affiliated with Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Fund to Cure Stroke – $30,000 maximum with possibility of extension. These grants focus on stroke and provide seed money to faculty members to advance/develop their individual research programs. Support is focused on developing: 1) new stroke therapies and their translation into clinical care; 2) improved diagnosis, diagnostic imaging and stroke care; 3) improved methods of stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation; or 4) clinical and pre-clinical stroke-related research. Grants for personnel are also considered. For information and guidelines, click here.

Medical Research Endowment Fund - $10,000 to $15,000 maximum. These grants provide pilot research funding that has the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects. Support is focused on new areas of research for young faculty investigators and new avenues of research for mature investigators. For information and guidelines, click here.

Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) COBRE - $50,000 award. Only current UAMS faculty (tenure/non-tenure track) who have never been awarded a NIH R01 grant as PI may apply. Preference will be given to projects involving collaboration between basic and clinician scientists. The Project PI should devote no less than 25%. Requirements are very specific. Applicants should address any questions to the Director ( before submitting a proposal.