Office of Research, Health Sciences

Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF)

September 8, 2014

Dear Colleague:

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS) is pleased to solicit applications for Fiscal Year 2016 grant support from the Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF). The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, January 12, 2015, and funded awards will begin on July 1, 2015.

The UPMC Health System established the CMRF in 1985 with the intent of providing modest research support across the broad range of the biomedical sciences. Please refer to the current CMRF policies for detailed information about the goals of the CMRF program and eligibility requirements. The program currently provides support to new investigators, as summarized below:

  • The intent of the CMRF program is to provide funds for junior, independent scientists to develop the preliminary data and refinement of procedures and hypotheses that will enable submission of highly competitive applications to national funding sources.

  • Faculty members at the level of assistant /research assistant professor are eligible. In rare circumstances, applications from associate professors will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that he or she has only recently begun independent research activities.

  • Standard CMRF awards are $25,000. If a compelling case for need can be made, up to $40,000 may be requested. Funds awarded may be expended over a period of up to 24 months.

The application instructions and the CMRF policies are posted below. If you have questions relating to the CMRF, please contact Ms. Selena A. Crawford, CMRF Coordinator, in the Office of Research, Health Sciences (Telephone: 412-648-2233; E-mail:

We look forward to your participation in this rewarding program.


Michelle S. Broido, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Research
Director, Office of Research, Health Sciences
Co-Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute