COM Internal Funding Opportunities

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Funding OpportunityEligibilityAward Amount and DurationLOI DueFull application Due
COM Bridge FundingThe College of Medicine bridge funding program is designed for researchers who have an unexpected gap in their NIH research funding portfolio. It is open to full-time COM-Gainesville faculty members who have submitted an application to the NIH and received a score within 20 percentile points of the Institute's funded percentile. Applicants must have a scored, pending application in the most recent cycle to be eligible for this program.A maximum of $50,000 can be requested.N/A11/13/2023
Research Opportunity Seed Fund (ROSF) College of Medicine internal selection competitionThe total number of faculty allowed on a proposal is 3, a PI and 2 co-PIs. A faculty member can serve as a PI on only one ROSF proposal. A faculty member may serve as a co-PI on only one other proposal. If not serving as lead PI on any ROSF proposal, a faculty member can serve as co-PI on a maximum of 2 proposals.

» Faculty members eligible to submit a proposal to an external funding agency (see Principal Investigator Eligibility - UF Research ( are eligible to apply for ROSF award.

» Courtesy, Adjunct, Visiting, OPS faculty, Assistant In, Associate In, Senior Associate In, Research Associates and Postdoctoral associates are not eligible to be PIs on ROSF. They may participate as co-PIs or co-investigators.

» To avoid potential conflict of interest, Deans at all levels (Assistant, Associate, etc) are not eligible.

» Faculty who have previously received ROSF award (either as PI or co-PI) are not eligible to submit another proposal for 2 years after the completion of the first award. For example, FY2018 ROSF PI or co-PI recipients may not submit another proposal until FY2023 competition (RFA-23-ROSF-COM, October 2022)
Up to $100,000 for up to a two-year period.OctoberNovember
Thomas H. Maren Research Excellence Program - Faculty Award» Must be an Assistant Professor (tenured, non-tenured, Research Assistant Professor and Clinical Assistant Professor all acceptable) with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine

» Must be a principal investigator of a currently active nationally peer-reviewed grant (i.e., NIH, NSF, FL DOH, ACS, JDRF, etc.)
$40,000 per year for two years (2nd year contingent on 1st year progress)SeptemberNovember
Thomas H. Maren Research Excellence Program - Postdoctoral Award» Must be a postdoctoral fellow (with a PhD and/or MD) with a full-time research assignment in a College of Medicine department

» Must have no more than three (3) years of cumulative postdoctoral training at the time of LOI submission (including postdoctoral training at other institutions)

» Must have demonstrated productivity as a postdoctoral fellow (e.g., awards, presentations, publications)

» Mentor must have research funding in the amount of one R01 equivalent or more
$20,000 per year for two years (2nd year contingent on 1st year progress)SeptemberNovember
ARPA-H Seed FundingProposals are invited from teams across all UF Colleges. To remain responsive to ARPA-H, teams need to include faculty from UF College of Medicine and/or UF Scripps. The contact PI must:

» Be UF faculty or faculty equivalents, including tenured, tenure-track, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure- track research scientists.

» Be eligible to apply for external funding.

» Have experience and track record of leading high-risk high reward innovative team projects (previously funded P, U or NSF program grants will be considered as competitive advantage).

» Will commit to undergo a tailored training and feedback on their responses to the Heilmeier Questions.

» Collaborating teams of faculty from multiple units and colleges are highly encouraged.
Up to $25,000N/A11/13/2023
AI2Heal Catalyst GrantThis catalyst grant opportunity will adopt a team science approach to multidisciplinary research that is expected to result in future extramural grant proposals or career development awards. Applicants must propose innovative AI approaches involving one or more real-world medical datasets, including but not limited to:
» Clinical Text
» Electronic Health Records (EHR)
» Medical Imaging (Radiology, Pathology, Cellular)
» Multi-Omics
» Bio-Signals