Funding Opportunities

Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation General Grant Program

The Foundation works to improve public health through the advancement and promotion of medicine and pharmacy, making grants in support of medical, pharmacy, public health, and bioengineering research projects. See sample grants below.

$75,000 for one year, direct costs only, with two, one-year renewals possible.

The Foundation does not support projects involving: vivisection or other experiments on or using parts of animal subjects dead or alive, excluding insects; dissertations, tuitions, fees, sabbatical leave or travel funds for Ph.D. or Masters programs; individual graduate student grant or scholarship requests; indirect costs and equipment not used in the Application; delivery of healthcare services; general programs of basic biomedical and cancer research.

Boston University is limited to submitting up to three LOI’s in any grant cycle. To signal intent, interested investigators should send an email to me ( by May 15 with the title of the funding opportunity in the subject line and containing:
• Tentative Proposal Title
• Investigators: include name(s), rank(s), and affiliation(s)
• Submitting Unit: Department, School
If more than three investigators from the University express intent to apply, those who expressed intent will be invited to submit for internal review by June 8:
• Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor;
• A 2-page research summary for a lay audience, highlighting the importance of the proposed project for public health and the strategic importance of this grant to advancing the research, and including a summary budget and a description of the types of items to be funded; and
• A NIH-formatted biosketch, including funding history.
A faculty committee drawn from both campuses will review internal proposals and select three applicants by June 22. The selected applicants will send authorized LOIs to the foundation by the sponsor deadline of July 25.

Intent email to – May 15
Internal proposals due – Jun 8
Nominees notified – Jun 22
Sponsor deadline – Jul 25

DOD Funding Opportunities in Biomedical Research

Are you wondering how to “break in” to the world of Department of Defense (DOD) medical research? Federal Relations consultants Lewis-Burke Associates have put together a DOCUMENT that outlines biomedical research opportunities through DOD, including funding entities and general application procedures.

As is the case with most government (and private) funding agencies, this document stresses the importance of establishing relationships with program managers due to the competitive nature of these funding opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more on how to obtain funding from the DOD, visit our website here.