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.

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.

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.

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.

Revised Tuesday, May 12th, 2015