How Can I Get Bioengineering Grants and Where Can I Find Funding for Women's Health Research?


How Can I Get Bioengineering Grants?

Where Can I Find Funding for Women's Health Research?

Dear GrantDoctor,

Where is the best place for a new investigator to find information regarding grants in bioengineering and cardiovascular research? Many thanks.

--Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dear Assistant Prof.,

Bioengineering, cardiovascular research, and interdisciplinary studies that bridge these two fields are rapidly expanding areas of scientific research. So funding should be easy enough to come by for each discipline--even for a new investigator. (Congratulations by the way!) So here we go:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web pages are a good place to start. The Biomedical Engineering at the NIH home page provides excellent information on meetings, news, a calendar of upcoming NIH bioengineering events, and of course the subject you're most interested in, funding opportunities. The NIH site contains general bioengineering information and the section titled "Bioengineering Research Grants" offers helpful advice and contact information for NIH officers involved in the grants process.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES) Web site houses specific information on programs and areas of interest that include "fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems and new approaches to the design of structures and materials for eventual medical use." The division rates highly those applications that develop new technologies or describe the novel application of existing technologies, rather than projects that involve product development. In the past NSF has made Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program awards in bioengineering research and education to new investigators.

You could also turn to the Whitaker Foundation for biomedical engineering grant information. And the Biomedical Engineering Network maintains an up-to-date list of meeting dates, as well as a list of organizations that fund biomedical research.

The American Heart Association supports beginning investigators with their Scientist Development Grants aimed at "full-time faculty members initiating independent research careers." As you mention cardiovascular research, this may also be an avenue of funding opportunities you could explore.

As always, I suggest you search GrantsNet, Next Wave's sister site, to track down the latest grants and programs--the dynamic world of research funding changes rapidly, but this database keeps track of all the latest developments in funding news. GrantsNet is a continually updated searchable database of over 500 programs. You will find additional information on grants, profiles, and application criteria there.

Good luck!

--The GrantDoctor

Dear GrantDoctor,

I have done some research aimed at exploring why women are spared from coronary heart disease. My question is, What foundations would sponsor research directed at women's health? Also, where might I obtain the Transitional Award in Women's Health Research sponsored by the NIH?


Dear TPJ, There are a number of places, organizations, and Web sites that focus on women's health and funding opportunities for research in this area. The first that comes to mind is NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, whose Web site includes a section on inclusion of women in research projects. There is also contact information for program staff and officers who can guide you more specifically.

NIH's Transitional Career Award is a "career development program" for investigators within the environment of NIH itself. Such Intramural Research Programs are designed to "support career development experiences leading to independence for clinical investigators interested in patient-oriented or population-based research related to women's health." Read more about applying at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Information about this award is also provided in GrantsNet Funding News highlights. You could contact the Office of Intramural Research for more information, and be sure to check out each of NIH's intramural labs participating in the award for ideas of on-going studies.

I found a great set of links regarding women's health research through this Medline source.

The Women's Health Initiative Trial is the first randomized clinical trial to "examine the relationship between hormones and heart disease and breast cancer." Their information could be useful to you.

The University of Maryland has a comprehensive list of resources located in their Women's Health Research Group. Their Navigation Bar provides links to funding sources and opportunities.

And finally the Women's Health Research Coalition encourages and promotes financial support for women's health research. I hope you find these links and Web pages useful--or at least a springboard from which you can network.

Good luck!

--The GrantDoctor

Due to the high volume of questions received, The GrantDoctor cannot answer all queries on an individual basis. Look for an answer to your question in this column soon! Thank you!

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