Funding Opportunity for New MedStar Investigators

February 10, 2016

New Investigator - Associate Giving Grant Fund

Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement


For the first time, we are pleased to announce that associate gifts that were designated to the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) during the 2015 MedStar Health Associate Giving Campaign will go towards the funding of the “New Investigator- Associate Giving Grant Fund.”  This grant fund is established to benefit a MedStar Health new investigator and the important research they are conducting to advance health and create new knowledge.


The overall goal of the Associate Giving Grant announcement is to:

1) stimulate support of scientific research for a MedStar Health new investigator that will advance health for patients in the communities we serve and

2) help provide seed funding which may lead to external grant funding.



The request for proposal (RFP) process:


Criteria for selection of successful grant applications include:

  1. The proposal will help fund a new MedStar‐investigator in any research area.
  2. The principal investigator must be at a faculty/attending level (i.e., no longer in a training program) and within 5 years of joining MedStar Health (any MedStar entity or location)


Technical aspects for the Partnership Grant:


1.       This RFP is being issued in February 2016. Submissions will be due on April 1, 2016 and notification of decisions will be made in May 2016  (with an anticipation that funding would be for the academic year July 2016 – June 2017).


2.       Review: A scientific review committee will review all applications on their scientific merit, feasibility, and potential for future funding. The review committee will be members of the MHRI Senior Managers, Scientific Advisory Board and other select experts. All peer reviews will be fully confidential.


3.       Duration: The investigative team is expected to start as soon as possible after the notification, but no longer than 4 months from the time of notification. The proposal should be completed in 12 months (by June 30, 2017) at which time the pilot data obtained should be used for a new external grant application.


4.       Budget:  The proposal budget must not exceed $25,000 direct costs.  There are no indirects charges associated with this grant opportunity. The proposed budget can be used for any study related to expenses necessary to complete the proposed investigation (e.g., salary, supplies, equipment, etc.).


5.       Application Process: Please send applications to as a single pdf file by midnight on April 1, 2016 and include:

1)      your scientific goals and proposed investigation (limit to no more than 5 pages),

2)      a one page explanation of the research proposed and anticipated results or impact

3)      NIH bio sketches for each investigator and

4)      a proposed budget


Questions about the application process should be directed to Michele Lee Clements at 301.560.7303 or



Submissions must be received by no later than midnight on April 1, 2016.

Send submissions to: as a single PDF document.