APPLY FOR AWARDS

Information for Applicants

The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), solicits proposals for research projects in health promotion, and disease prevention.  Please share the "Portes Foundation Call for Proposals" with colleagues who may be interested.

Historically, the Portes Foundation has funded grants in the range of $25,000 to $50,000.  Grants are awarded for one year projects.  We invite proposals that explore research or implementation ideas important in health promotion and disease prevention. These projects may be investigative in etiologic factors, preventive measures, primary and secondary prevention screening, and education. Projects in patient education or health professions education will also be considered. All projects must include a complete and thorough evaluation component.

The principal investigator must be a MD, DO, or PhD, have an appointment at a medical school, other health science schools or colleges, or a medical school affiliated hospital or group practice. The letter must have the endorsement of the Dean or the principal research officer and have appropriate institutional review board where relevant, the human subjects review board approval. We do not fund indirect costs or capital equipment. Travel costs may be requested up to $1,000 and reasonable publication and page charges may be covered.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee of The Portes Foundation and the IOMC. The first phase of this process is a Letter of Intent, which should not exceed three pages. It should concisely describe the purpose and rationale of the study, its expected outcome, as well as the basic methods that will be used for evaluating the success of the project.

The letter of intent must be submitted electronically to iomcstaff@iomc.org by August 1, 2018. In September, letter of interest (LOI) submitters will be notified of the initial determination and, if applicable, a complete formal proposal will be requested. Acceptance of the LOI only means that the Portes Foundation and IOMC consider the concept within their mission and are now interested in evaluating a complete proposal.

If requested, the complete proposal will be due by the end of November (electronic submission). The proposal must include a succinct review of relevant literature explaining the rationale and purpose of the study, a description of the population or other cohorts to be studied, the research design and methodology, and the evaluation methodology. Applicants will be notified in February 2019.

How to Apply

The Portes Foundation accepts proposals following their annual RFP (Request For Proposal) announcement. Those interested in applying for an award must respond to the announcement by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).  This letter should not exceed three pages and should succinctly describe purpose, rationale, objectives, and expected outcomes.

To receive notification of the annual call for proposals, please provide your name and email address in our "Join Our Mailing List" form below. Do not include your proposal in this form. The information you provide on this form will be used only to distribute announcements from The Portes Foundation. It will not be given or sold to any other organization.

The Letter of Intent needs to be received by the date noted in the annual request for proposal announcement.  The Portes Foundation, through the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, will notify LOI submitters of the initial determination and, if applicable, request a complete proposal. Acceptance of the Letter of Intent only means that The Portes Foundation considers the concept within the Portes mission and is now interested in evaluating a complete proposal.

The notification will state the due date for the complete proposal, generally two to three months.  The Proposal need not follow NIH guidelines but must include a succinct review of relevant literature explaining the rationale and purpose of the study, a description of the population or other cohorts to be studied, the research design and methodology, and the evaluation methodology.  Notification of grant awards will be mailed at the end of the year.

The project must have the approval of the appropriate institutional review board and, where relevant, the human subjects review board. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee of The Portes Foundation and the IOMC. There are no restrictions on publication but The Portes Foundation and IOMC require that any publications resulting in whole or in part from a Portes Foundation-IOMC grant include an acknowledgment of support or partial support.

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