Without research, there is no hope for finding answers to what causes or may cure interstitial cystitis (IC). This is why the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) not only funds IC research, but also informs researchers of new funding opportunities. Many of the application deadlines are fast approaching – be sure to check out the current funding opportunities available for IC researchers:

Send a note to NIH Director Frances Collins
Urge him to dedicate more dollars to IC research, encourage him to maintain the momentum. NIH funding streams are ending and we do not yet have the answers. If you’d like to also share your comments with the ICA, please send them to icamail@ichelp.org.

National Institutes of Health

Limited Competition of the MAPP Research Network (U01) Grant

Last day to apply: Nov. 27, 2013
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=240673

Expansion of the MAPP Research Network (U01) Grant

Last day to apply: Nov. 27, 2013
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=240674

Limited Competition: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Biomarkers Consortium Data Coordinating Center (U01) Grant

Last day to apply: Nov. 27, 2013
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239075

NINDS Cooperative Program in Translational Research (U01) Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-022
Last day to apply: Aug 20, 2014
For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=207674

NINDS Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research (R21) Grant

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-023
Last day to apply: Jan 07, 2015
For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=207693

NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25)

Last day to apply: Jan 07, 2015
For additional information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=132473

NIDDK Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Last day to apply: Jan 07, 2015
For additional information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=131133

Pilot and Feasibility Clinical Research Grants in Kidney or Urologic Diseases (R21)

Last day to apply: January 7, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization
For additional information: www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=125833

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team Science in NIDDK Research Areas (R24) Grant

Last day to apply: Nov 17, 2015
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239099

Research Project Grant (Parent R01) Grant

Last day to apply: Sep 7, 2016
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239080

NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03) Grant

Last day to apply: Sep 7, 2016
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239082

NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21) Grant

Last day to apply: Sep 7, 2016
For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=239083

Biomarkers for Diabetes, Digestive, Kidney and Urologic Diseases Using Biosamples from the NIDDK Repository (R01)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-228
Last day to apply: September 07, 2016
For more information: http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=234796

DoD Peer Review Research Program

This program makes awards to support studies that make an important contribution to research and/or patient care in congressionally directed topic areas that are responsive to the health care needs of the Armed Forces, their family members, and/or the U.S. Veteran population. All applications must specifically and clearly address the military relevance of the proposed research. Collaboration with military researchers and clinicians is encouraged. Research projects may focus on any phase of research from basic laboratory research through translational research including preclinical studies in animal models and human subjects, as well as correlative studies associated with an existing clinical trial. Observations that drive a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, population-based studies, or a clinician’s first-hand knowledge of patients and anecdotal data.

DOD to Fund IC Research – Apply Now!

As a direct result of the Interstitial Cystitis Association’s (ICA’s) advocacy efforts, the Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) has included interstitial cystitis (IC) as one of the congressionally directed disease areas for fiscal year 2013. Recently, this program has funded:

  • Sonia Planey, PhD, Commonwealth Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, $750,000 to potentially develop a definitive diagnostic test for IC (fiscal year 2012).
  • Michael Chancellor, MD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, MI, $1.6 million to potentially develop a new bladder drug delivery system for anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) IC therapy (fiscal year 2011).

IC researchers – we encourage you and your colleagues to apply for this funding! Fiscal year 2013 PRMRP mechanisms for the Clinical Trial Award, Investigator-Initiated Research Award, and Technology/Therapeutic Development Award have been released. The pre-application deadline for each award is June 24th, 2013; final applications are due October 8th, 2013. Information on the PRMRP Discovery Award mechanism will be released at a later date.

For more information on this funding opportunity, go to the DOD’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program website.

Please let us know if you decide to apply. Also, check out new NIH funding opportunities available to IC researchers.

ICA Pilot Research Program

Often researchers with novel IC research proposals are unable to receive funding from the NIH because they lack the preliminary data needed for NIH grant approval. The ICA Pilot Research Program provides researchers with the initial funding to get their projects literally “off the ground.” The ICA Pilot Research Program, funded largely by ICA patient contributions, has “opened the door” for many researchers and enabled them to obtain large government grants to further pursue their explorations into the causes and treatments of IC. Learn more.

ICA/American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Research Grant

ICA is pleased to announce a joint research grant with the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation (ANPF). One (1) $10,000 grant will be awarded to a nurse practitioner interested in the following research topics:

  • Advancing the understanding about the underlying mechanisms, optimal treatments and clinical practice models, and epidemiology of IC.
  • Research involving treatment clinical practice models across the multidisciplinary IC treatment team is encouraged.

Last day to apply: September 26, 2013
For additional information: Visit ANPF’s website.

AUA Research Scholars Program

The Research Scholars Program provides support to young men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in urologic research.

AUGS Foundation Research Grant Program

The 2014 AUGS Foundation Research Grants Process Timeline is as follows:

Application opens: October 2013
Last day to apply: December 2013
Grant notification: February 2014
Funding begins: March 1, 2014

For additional information: Visit the AUGS Foundation Research Grant Program website

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface: Advancing the careers of physical, chemical or computational science researchers and engineers whose work addresses biological questions.
Last day to apply: September 3, 2013
For additional information: www.bwfund.org

Career Awards for Medical Scientists: Five-year $700,000 awards for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Proposals in health services research or involving large-scale clinical trials are ineligible. Awards are made to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada on behalf of the awardee.
Last day to apply: October 1, 2013
For additional information: www.bwfund.org

Investigators at the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease: Awards for assistant professors to study infectious disease pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and pathogen biology. The program is intended to shed light on the overarching issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge.
Last day to apply: November 1, 2013
For additional information: www.bwfund.org

Other Funding Opportunities

Revised Tuesday, May 12th, 2015