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Synergy Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit and For-Profit
Institutions for Collaborative Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit institutions for collaborative research related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Funding is intended to support innovative, risky research methods that show a potential for a significant breakthrough. Funds are available for research that is rooted in basic science, translational science, or clinical science. Throughout the application, it is essential to demonstrate that the end product of the proposed research could not be achieved without collaboration.

The Foundation supports novel, high-risk research, and they challenge investigators to push boundaries. Their funding approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research could lead to new, transformative discoveries for IBD and other chronic diseases. Grants enable researchers to test ideas and gather data to advance the understanding of IBD.

Providing samples and data will be necessary; however, the basis of the applicants’ success goes beyond this requirement. A clear and essential contribution from each of the groups involved must be clearly explained in terms of:
- Percentage contribution
- Materials shared
- Quality of science achieved as a collaboration that is not attainable individually
- Quantification of milestones upon which the project will be measured after one year
- Potential benefit to the IBD patient as a result of the collaborative efforts

At least one investigator from the team is required to attend Rainin Foundation’s annual grantee convening and Innovations Symposium in July 2020 of the award. Travel costs to attend the Rainin Foundation’s annual meeting must be included in the proposal budget. Eligible costs include: Economy/coach airfare and ground transportation for each investigator. Hotel expenses for grantees will be hosted by the Rainin Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184329

Number of Grants:

One grant and multiple sub-awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budget Amount: Synergy awards are given in increments of $100,000 USD for each investigator, with a maximum value of $300,000 USD.

Investigator Salary: The maximum amount allowed for each investigator salary is $10,000 USD, with a maximum of $30,000 USD. This maximum value does not apply to other research personnel (e.g. post-doctoral fellows, research associates, students) to be funded by the award.

Indirect Costs: The maximum indirect costs (overhead) that can be requested is 10% of total direct costs. In the case of subawards, 10% indirect costs may be charged on the first $25,000 USD of the subaward.

Travel: A maximum of $6,000 can be budgeted for travel to the annual meeting.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2121.

The goals outlined in the proposal should be achievable within a year. Synergy Award recipients may be eligible for additional funding, based on their progress.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open on June 3, 2019 and close September 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT). Awards will be announced in January 2020.

A NIH biosketch from each investigator is required at the time of proposal submission.

Awards calendar:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Laura Wilson, PhD, Director, Health Strategy & Ventures
p. 510-463-6501

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