Media release

Seed funding available to medical researchers

Faculty at academic institutions or hospitals in Rhode Island who have been assistant or associate professors for no more than five years are eligible to apply. The deadline is Oct. 28.

The Rhode Island Foundation is seeking applications for grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research projects. The seed money is intended to help early-career researchers advance studies to the point where they can compete for major national funding.

“Thanks to the generosity of our remarkable donors, we have the means to advance medical breakthroughs,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “These investments aim to help Rhode Islanders lead healthier lives and prime one of the economy’s most promising sectors.”

Faculty at academic institutions or hospitals in Rhode Island who have been assistant or associate professors for no more than five years are eligible to apply. The deadline is Oct. 28.

These one-time grants can be used as start-up support for laboratory, clinical or population-based research. In addition to general medical research, eligible subjects include infectious diseases, cardiac research, coronary artery disease, cerebral accidents, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, allergies and performance-enhancing substances.

A review panel made up of scientists and physicians will assist the Foundation in reviewing the proposals.

In its most recent round of funding, the Foundation awarded researchers more than $400,000 in seed funding. The recipients include The Miriam Hospital, which received $24,994 to study barriers to health care among recently incarcerated high-risk women; Rhode Island Hospital, which was awarded $24,914 to investigate better ways to treat opioid use disorder in its emergency department; and the University of Rhode Island, which received $25,000 to study oxygen use by the muscles of children with cerebral palsy.

The Foundation’s funding comes from the Alice Newton Fund, Alice W. Bliss Memorial Fund, Anne Elizabeth Chase Fund, Charles Goss Memorial Fund, Charles V. Chapin Fellowship Fund, Colonel Lee Walton and Xenia Roberts Memorial Fund, Edythe K. and Jane E. Richmond Memorial Cancer Fund, Esther S. Phillips Fund, Eva and Boris Frankfurt Fund, Foundation for Health Fund, Frieda Dengal Fund, Gilbert J. Clappin Jr. Memorial Fund, Haire Family Fund, Herbert E. Hopkins Fund, John O. Strom, M.D., Memorial Fund; Marquise d'Andigne Fund, Mary A. Young Cancer Fund, Phebe Parker Fund, Richard N. and Beverly E. Carr Fund, United Welfare Committee Fund and Samuel J. and Esther Chester Medical Research Fund.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.