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 are 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.
  • Sturgis Grants are designed to fund short-term (8-month) research projects investigating diabetes or the complications of diabetes.

Download complete details and guidelines for applying for all these grant types.

Download a complete listing of COM-Faculty-Funding-Opportunities (updated).

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

Fund to Cure Stroke – $30,000 maximum with the 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. Download information and guidelines.

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. Download information and guidelines.

Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) COBRE – $50,000 award. Only current UAMS faculty (tenure/non-tenure track) who have never been awarded an 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.

Center for Studies of Host Response to Cancer Therapy COBRE -$75,000 in direct costs/year in support of basic or translational research projects aimed at developing strategies to minimize early and delayed cancer treatment-related toxicities. Only current UAMS faculty (tenure/non-tenure track) who have never been awarded an NIH R01 grant as PI may apply. Designed to assist junior scientists in becoming independent investigators. Applicants should address any questions to the Director (Martin Hauer-Jensen).

Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Inflammatory Responses COBRE – $50,000/year for up to 2 years supporting research focusing on microbial pathogenesis and the manner in which the interaction between diverse microbial pathogens impacts host immunological and inflammatory responses. Only current tenure-track UAMS faculty who do not have R01 funding as PI may apply. Applicants should address any questions to the Director (Mark Smeltzer).

Translational Pathology Grant ProgramFunding 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.

For a comprehensive, college-wide list of funding opportunities for COM faculty, please download COM-Faculty-Funding-Opportunities (updated).

If you know of any additional funding opportunities, please contact Suresh Kannan with updates.