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04/20/2021 | News release | Archived content

Applications open for W.W. Smith Charitable Trust funding for heart disease, cancer and AIDS research

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is inviting applications for basic medical research in the areas of heart disease, cancer and AIDS for its upcoming July 15 receipt date. Typical awards are for $100,000 each.

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This is a limited submission, and the College of Medicine may submit one application in each of the three grant areas.

To be considered for the limited submission, information as detailed below must be sent to Research Development by noon, May 7, 2021.

The trust strongly encourages new investigators to apply for funding and generally encourages seed funding of unique or high-priority projects. Projects selected for funding will hopefully have an immediate and direct influence upon the fight against heart disease, cancer and AIDS and have the potential to attract NIH or other support from large funding organizations after the Trust's support.

Additional information, including previous awards, may be found here.

Any College of Medicine investigator planning to apply for this funding opportunity must contact Jessica Kiely, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at [email protected] or 717-531-8497. As the foundation relationship manager for the Penn State College of Medicine, Kiely is a resource in philanthropic grant-seeking and is available to work with interested faculty to develop an inquiry for this opportunity.

Note that all proposals must be submitted through the Office of Research Affairs and adhere to review/submission timelines.

How to Apply

After contacting Corporate and Foundation Relations, interested investigators should email [email protected] the following, with the subject line 'W.W. Smith.'

  • A cover page listing:
    • The title of the project
    • The program to which the application relates - heart disease, cancer or AIDS
    • The name and department of the principal investigator and co-investigators
  • The specific aims, significance and a summary of the proposed research plan, not to exceed two pages; one additional page of literature cited
  • A one-page response to the following three questions that are part of the W.W. Smith application form:
    • What problem area(s) is the research addressing, and what specific questions will the research attempt to answer, including long-range benefits in the area of health?
    • What aspect of the work is most interesting in scientific terms?
    • What aspect would be of most interest from the perspective of the general public?
  • Principal investigator's current NIH biosketch and other research support

Information must be received by noon, May 7, 2021.

Individuals selected to be the College of Medicine's applicant will be informed on or before June 14, 2021. The sponsor's deadline for the full proposal is July 15, 2021.

With questions, contact Research Development at 717-531-6949 or [email protected].

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