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Aetna Offers Grants to Improve Health of Children, Adults

Deadline: Varies  
Funding: $25,000-$50,000  
The Aetna Foundation seeks national and regional nonprofit partners with the vision to help improve the quality and delivery of health services and to improve the health status of the American public. Grant applications that address more than one of these areas receive priority consideration: addressing the rising rate of obesity among U.S. adults and children; promoting equity in health and healthcare for common chronic conditions and infant mortality and improving care coordination and communications among healthcare professionals.

Grant amounts vary based on the quality and quantity of applications received. Regional grant awards generally range from $25,000 to $50,000; national grants of up to $250,000 are awarded (the foundation generally awards only one grant per organization in a calendar year); Deadlines: Feb. 15, May 15, Aug. 15 and Nov. 15.  


American Psychological Foundation

Deadline: December 31, 2014  
Funding: $12,000  
The American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Psychological Association, is accepting applications from mental health clinicians working to improve areas of critical need in society and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to underserved populations.

Through the Pearson Early Career program, the foundation will award one grant of $12,000 to a researcher working on a scientifically-based clinical project in the area of serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance, or adults with serious mental illness.

To be eligible, applicants must hold an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university and be no more than seven years postdoctoral.

For complete program guidelines, a list of previous recipients, and application instructions.  

Applications Sought for Substance-Abuse, Alcoholism Education Grants

Deadline: Christopher D. Smithers Foundation  
Funding: $25,000+  
These grants support efforts to show that alcoholism is a treatable disease from which people recover. The grants fund prevention programs and activities, with an emphasis on high risk populations (such as at-risk youth and minority groups); and to continually fight to reduce and eliminate the stigma that is associated with alcoholism. Eligible programs include: prevention, treatment, research, public education, and creating awareness of alcoholism problems in the workforce.  

Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $75,000-$200,000  
The BMRP provides funds for research that will lead to improvements in the diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition, the BMRP wants to attract scientists who are not currently working in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) to apply their knowledge, expertise, and techniques to IBD research. The BMRP is interested in early stage exploratory innovative research proposals to investigate the similarities and differences between IBD and diabetes mellitus (DM). Proposals should be exploratory in nature designed as pilot projects researching possible commonality in the etiopathogenesis between IBD and DM. Human or animal model studies are welcomed. Preference is given to proposals for work conducted with patients and with strong potential of clinical applicability in the foreseeable future. Research using non-human material should lead to translational benefits to patients with IBD.

Requests for funding must be preceded by a brief letter of interest, which may be submitted at any time. If possible, the letter of interest and all attachments should be sent via e-mail. If the letter and attachments are sent electronically, the applicant should not send a printed copy.
The applicant institution must be a nonprofit, charitable institution, such as a university, hospital, or research organization. Applications are accepted from institutions worldwide. The Principal Investigator can be a postdoctoral fellow or someone with a faculty or equivalent appointment at the institution. There can be only one Principal Investigator for each proposal. Basic and clinical investigators, scientists not currently working in inflammatory bowel disease, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.  


Hanley Family Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000  
Support for organizations whose primary mission is built around addiction,
chemical abuse and recovery. Grants advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chemically dependent behaviors, including support for related research and education.  

Kalliopeia Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $25,000  
Kalliopeia Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the evolution of communities and cultures that honor the unity at the heart of life’s rich diversity. Rooted in this mission, our grantmaking goal is to strengthen a collective recognition of the oneness of humanity.

We work toward this goal through three strategic program areas:

Fostering a Global Consciousness of Oneness: Contribute to a growing awareness of what unifies rather than divides people, and evolve our understanding of what it means to live in harmony with the whole of life.

Indigenous Cultures: Empower, encourage, and protect the flourishing of Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and languages that carry forward ancient traditions of kinship with all of life.

Nurturing the Inner Life: Support cultural transition to an increasingly interconnected world through transformative and contemplative work that reconnects humanity to the essential unity at its core.  

Livestrong Foundation Launches Global Social Innovation Competition

Deadline: May 15, 2014  
Funding: $25,000  

The Livestrong Foundation is accepting applications for a new global competition designed to generate innovations that improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer.

Through the Big C competition, the foundation aims to kick off an international movement in entrepreneurship by collaborating with social innovators to create financially sustainable enterprises that will make the world a better place — not only for the 32.5 million people globally living with cancer, but also for the family, friends, and caregivers of those facing the disease.

Innovations can be submitted to one of five tracks: Rebuilding Financial Health — A Cancer Diagnosis Shouldn’t Equal Financial Catastrophe; Regaining Emotional Well-Being — Finding a Sense of Security After Cancer; Caring for Caregivers — Families, Friends and Caregivers Are Fighting Cancer Too; Improving Access to Quality Care — Helping Cancer Patients Get the Care They Need; Filling the Knowledge Gap — Empowering Patients’ Informed Decisions Through Education; and Open (any innovation outside of the prescribed tracks that helps people affected by cancer).

Teams and individuals who enter will compete for funding, expert mentoring, and exposure to an international community of potential customers and investors. Grants totaling $140,000 will be awarded to sixty projects, with individual awarded based on an innovation’s utility, ingenuity, and benefits to cancer patients and survivors. The grand-prize winner will receive $25,000.

The competition is open to anyone with a bold product, service, or other innovation that helps those facing cancer today.

For complete program guidelines and submission instructions, visit the Livestrong Foundation Web site.


PepsiCo Foundation

Deadline: Rolling  
Funding: $100,000  
The Foundation's focus areas and priorities include:
Health—Food security; improved and optimum nutrition; energy balance
Environment—Water security; sustainable agriculture; adaptive approaches to climate change
Education—Access to education, dropout prevention and skills training for the underserved;
Women's empowerment  

Society for Neuroscience

Deadline: April 30, 2014  
Funding: $15,000  
Founded in 1969, the Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system, with nearly 42,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.

SfN's Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions by a young neuroscientist who has demonstrated scholarly independence. The awardee will receive a $15,000 award and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting.

To be eligible, applicants must be actively engaged in research at the time the award is given; show evidence of heading an independent research laboratory; and have received a Ph.D. or M.D. (or equivalent) within the past ten years.