Competitive Medical Research Fund Grant Application

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS) is pleased to solicit applications for fiscal year 2024 grant support from the UPMC Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF). The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, January 12, 2023 (5pm EST), and successful applications will receive funding effective July 1, 2023.

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. To learn more about the CMRF policies, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, please visit InfoReady Review.

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 the 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 they can demonstrate that their independent research activities have only recently begun.
  • Standard CMRF awards are $30,000. If a compelling case for need can be made, up to $50,000 may be requested. Funds awarded may be expended over a period of up to 24 months.  
  • For the past five years, the success rate for applications has averaged 32%.
  • The potential for receiving research funding is not the only benefit of applying to the CMRF. The experience of completing an application and learning from the written reviews of that application is sufficiently valuable that many applicants (even those who are unsuccessful in obtaining funding on first submission) have made explicit comments attesting to the value of the CMRF experience.

If you have questions relating to the CMRF, please contact
Dr. Anthony Brickner
Office of Research, Health Sciences

We look forward to your participation in this rewarding program.