College of Medicine, Office of Research, Intramural Funding opportunities:

  • Pilot Study Grants designed to support new projects. New investigators or senior investigators entering a new area of research are encouraged to apply. A research description, budget, and budget justification are required for Research Council review.
  • Bridging / Interim Funding Grants provide bridging support to investigators who have been unsuccessful at renewing a federal or foundation grant. A research description, budget, budget justification, funding agency/foundation’s critique and a letter of commitment from the faculty member’s Chair are required for Research Council review.
  • Instrumentation Grants provide a mechanism for researchers in the College of Medicine to obtain relatively small pieces of research equipment for shared use.
  • Hornick Endowment Grants are designed to promote research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of stroke and related disorders.
  • Sturgis Grants are designed to fund short-term (8-month) research projects investigating diabetes or the complications of diabetes.

See below for complete details and guidelines for applying for all these grant types.

Download a complete listing of COM-Faculty-Funding-Opportunities (updated).

College of Medicine Intramural Grant Program

 General Conditions of Eligibility 
Awards are made only to full-time faculty members (including VA appointments) of the College of Medicine who are at the rank of instructor or above. Fellows, postdocs, and individuals in temporary positions are not eligible. Individuals at the level of instructor require a letter from the department Chairperson confirming that the individual is not in a temporary position and that the department intends to develop the individual as a faculty member. Recipients may hold only one College of Medicine intramural Grant at a time. Individual programs have additional eligibility requirements that are described below. Eligible faculty members may submit only one application per deadline on which they are Principal Investigator.

Individual Grant Programs

I. Pilot Study:

Description: The College of Medicine has established a Pilot Study grant program designed to assist and encourage new and existing faculty to develop research programs that can successfully compete for outside funding. The major objective of the Pilot Study program is to provide seed money to initiate a project and acquire the necessary preliminary data for submission of a major extramural grant application to a federal agency or national foundation. Collaborative efforts are encouraged such that investigators may apply for individual awards and the resources from these awards pooled to support new, joint research efforts. In this case, the unique contributions of each applicant to the collaboration must be made clear and the requirement for more than one grant to support the effort justified. Collaborative applications should be explicitly identified in the abstract. Collaborative applications with substantially identical research plans will not be reviewed. Maximum awards are limited to $25,000.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Subject to the restrictions given above, all full-time faculty members of the College of Medicine are eligible for Pilot Study grants. However, because the purpose of the program is to provide seed money to establish new projects capable of acquiring external support, it is expected that applications from new faculty will receive higher priority than those from established faculty. However, established faculty who intend to initiate a new program, individually or collaboratively, and who have been productive in the past in obtaining extramural funding, are encouraged to apply. Such priority will be at the discretion of the Research Council.

II. Bridging/Interim Funding

Description: The pursuit of extramural funding is highly competitive, and it is sometimes unavoidable that a research program will experience a lapse in extramural support for one or more grants. Proposal resubmissions are often necessary and require responses to reviewers’ comments and possibly acquisition of additional supporting data. A lapse in funding can severely affect the productivity of a research program and its long-term viability. The purpose of the Bridging/Interim Funding program is to minimize the adverse effects of this lapse by providing productive scientists with temporary funding. Support for PI salaries, graduate student salaries and travel may not be requested. Key research assistant/associates salaries are allowed, as well as supplies to conduct the research.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Awards are made only to College of Medicine faculty members funded by a major federal agency or private foundation. Extramural funding must have expired less than 12 months from the submission date, but applications can be submitted before the expiration of prior funding, although not before an investigator has learned that a renewal will not be funded. The program is not applicable to investigators who received a 1-year grant from an extramural agency. Funding priorities for this program will reflect past success of the specific research program and the likelihood of continued funding. Thus, programs that have been repeatedly successful in renewing funding in the past, or that appear likely to be funded based on the current agency review, will receive the highest priority. The maximum award amount is limited to $45,000 and additional application requirements of this program are described below.

III. Hornick Endowment for Research into Stroke and Related Disorders 

Description: This program is designed to promote research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of stroke and related disorders. Hornick funds can be used to 1) initiate research into new areas that currently are not funded extramurally; 2) support student research under the supervision of an established investigator; or 3) increase productivity in a currently funded program that has a high potential for scientific or medical impact.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Eligibility is as described above for College of Medicine Intramural Programs. The Research Plan (see below), in addition to the requirements outlined above, should clearly describe how the project relates to stroke or related disorders. Proposals will be judged by the general criteria given above for Pilot Studies and the probability of making a significant contribution to research, treatment, or prevention of stroke and related disorders. Typically only one award will be made per year from the Hornick Endowment. High-quality proposals submitted to, but not funded by, the Hornick Endowment will automatically be considered for Pilot Study funding. Maximum awards are limited to $50,000 per year for up to two years.

IV. Equipment 

Description: The College of Medicine recognizes that state-of-the-art instrumentation is essential for conducting modern biomedical research capable of attracting extramural funding. Such instrumentation is increasingly expensive and difficult to acquire through normal extramural grant mechanisms. The purpose of this program is to provide a mechanism for researchers in the College of Medicine to obtain relatively small pieces of research equipment for shared use. Maximum award amount is limited to $30,000.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Applications will be accepted from groups of two or more full-time faculty members, as directed above, in the College of Medicine. One member should be designated Principal Investigator. Two possible situations are envisaged. In the first, a group of investigator’s requests funds to totally cover the cost of a shared piece of equipment. In the second, an investigator is submitting an extramural proposal requesting partial funding for purchase of a piece of research equipment. This investigator would recruit additional investigators for an intramural Equipment proposal to cover the additional funds necessary. Priority will be given to proposals that provide the greatest benefit to the largest number of researchers and that present a viable plan for shared equipment use and for maintenance.

V. Sturgis Grants for Diabetes Research

Description: The Sturgis Foundation grant program provides short-term funding for diabetes and diabetes-related research.   The pathophysiologic effects of diabetes on multiple organ systems is manifold.  Thus, this grant program seeks to fund outstanding research that advances our understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes, and more broadly the molecular-basis for the numerous complications resulting from this disease.  Typical award amounts are $25,000 for a 10-month period, but outstanding applications with well-justified budgets over $25,000 will be considered.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Applications are generally due in early January with projects beginning in February and ending by December. The project proposal must clearly explain how the project relates to diabetes or the complications of diabetes and must be feasible for completion in a 10-month period. Project findings will be reported to the College of Medicine in early October.

VI. Research Scholar Pilot Grant Awards in Child Health

Description: This award, funded by the UAMS College of Medicine, aims to facilitate the discovery of new information that is immediately relevant to improving child health and that can be used as a springboard for the development of larger, extramural grant applications. The maximum is $50,000 over 24 months.

Eligibility and Additional Requirements: Applications are encouraged that create new research resources that are potentially sustainable and/or capitalize on institutional strengths. Letters of intent are due October 1 and April 1 of each year. Reviewers will request full proposals on November 1 and May 1, respectively. Awards will be announced January 4 and July 5 of each year.

The application process for the Research Scholar Pilot Grant Awards in Child Health consists of the following documents:

The Application Process

Submission and Evaluation:

  • For Pilot and Equipment, deadlines for receipt of a completed application in the Office of the Executive Associate Dean for Research are the close of business on October 1 or April 1 of each year (or the next business day if these dates fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday).
  • All intramural proposals submitted for a single deadline will be considered together. Proposals will be evaluated and ranked on the basis of scientific merit, the potential for generation of extramural funding, and need, as well as the stated goals of the specific program. The results of the review process will be communicated to the applicant by a letter from the Office of the Executive Associate Dean for Research, usually within 4 to 6 weeks of submission.
  • Proposals for Bridging/Interim Funding may be submitted at any time. Applicants for Interim Funding are advised that a proposal should be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the Research Council meeting (call 526-5840 for this information) at which the application will be considered. Every proposal for interim/bridging funding must include a letter of support from the applicant’s department chair or division chief indicating their support for the applicant as well as a financial commitment of at least 1/3 of the requested amount from departmental/division funds. Proposals without a letter indicating departmental support will not be considered.
  • Upon receipt, all applications will be referred to the College of Medicine Research Council for evaluation.
  • Applications should be prepared carefully and completely. Incomplete applications or those which do not follow the required format will be returned without consideration.
  • Photocopies of extramural grant applications will not be accepted as intramural applications.
  • For more information, contact the office of the Executive Associate Dean for Research at 320-7360.

Please email PDF of completed Pilot Study, Hornick, Bridging/Interim and Equipment Grant applications to: Suresh Kannan, Ph.D. (

Award Periods: The award period varies by program, and all funds are expected to be spent during the award period. Carry forward of unspent funds is not allowed. If an awardee receives significant funding from an extramural source for the research proposed in the intramural funding application, the unspent funds shall be returned to the College of Medicine.

Final Reports: In order to evaluate the effectiveness of its intramural programs, the Research Council requires that all intramural grant recipients submit a Final Report. This Final Report is due three months after the end of the award period, unless a no-cost extension has been granted. No applicant shall be eligible for further intramural awards without submission of a Final Report. After the conclusion of the award, the Office of the Executive Associate Dean for Research will request a list of pertinent publications and grant applications from the Awardee.