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It is important that anyone submitting check with the  Office of Research  to ensure that any other internal requirements are met before submitting. Don’t forget to check with the  Office of Technology Management   to make sure your IP is suitably protected.


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is requesting applications for research (see RFA) focused on the impact of diabetes on health disparities and the impact of health disparities on diabetes and its complications.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health disparities are defined as differences in health that are closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

Research Scope

For this funding opportunity, attention must focus on, and hypotheses should reflect, the impact of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health care access, and/or other direct factors that underlie diabetes health disparities, and applications should describe how results of the proposed research will transform assessment and treatment of underserved groups and their potential to significantly improve outcomes in diabetes or its complications. The ADA encourages formative research, intervention development, and pilot-testing of interventions. For the purposes of this funding initiative, interventions may include behavioral, social, or structural approaches, as well as combination biomedical and behavioral approaches that prevent and/or improve clinical outcomes for people living with diabetes.

All applications must be submitted through our online grant portal. Please visit the ADA Research Programs website at for full program details and application instructions for each grant type.Unknown-1.png


Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) Call for Proposals (CFP) to share details about our areas of interest and the timeline for submission of non-confidential pre-proposals this round.  CTI focuses on accessing cutting-edge science and innovative discoveries aligned with Pfizer’s current core research areas of Oncology, Inflammation & Immunology, Rare Diseases, and Internal Medicine.  The specific interests for the 2021 CFP can be found in the attached PDF, or online at our website .

2021 CTI CFP Timeline:  

  • CTI Portal opens for non-confidential pre-proposal submission: March 22nd  
  • Deadline to submit pre-proposals to Pfizer for consideration: June 28th 

Pre-proposals submitted within the timeframe outlined above will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  I will serve as your point of contact for sourcing potential partnering opportunities for CTI and I would encourage you to share pre-proposals with me before formal submission, even in the early days, so I can help direct interest from investigators accordingly. I have attached a copy of the pre-proposal template for your reference.

I look forward to working with you in the coming weeks to identify potential proposals for CTI’s consideration. I am happy to answer questions regarding this round’s topics of interest, the proposal submission process, or partnering with CTI.  Please let me know if a phone call to discuss would be helpful as a next step from your perspective.

Clinical Research Physician Development Pilot Grant Program Spring 2021

In alignment with the goals of the Department of Medicine to increase our clinical research portfolio and the desire of some of our clinical faculty to engage in clinical and translational research, the Department of Medicine is pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Clinical Research Physician Development Pilot Grant Program opportunity.
This Clinical Research Physician Development Pilot Grant Program is intended to support activities necessary to advance competitive research proposals, such as performing preliminary work and collaboration. It is anticipated that this new initiative will result in grant applications submitted to an external funding agency within a year of completion of the pilot grant award. 
The Department of Medicine will allocate up to $240,000 per year to support up to 3 faculty for an initial one-year period that is renewable for one more year depending on productivity.  Each applicant can request up to $80,000 per year for salary+fringe support to offset clinical responsibilities of the applicant to increase their research time.
Practicing physicians in the DOM whose research is or will be funded through UMass DOM are eligible. This funding mechanism is available to all faculty levels. Early career phase faculty will receive high priority. This is not a mechanism to provide bridge funding to established investigators and projects.
The application deadline is June 5, 2021. Funding decisions will be announced on June 21, 2021.
For more information including criteria, application requirements, proposal and budget, click here. For the application, click here 
Applications should be submitted to the attention of Dr. Kate Fitzgerald to