The Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine is consistently one of the top funded anesthesiology departments in the country. A variety of funding opportunities are available throughout the year for faculty and  fellows. Extramural support is available through governmental (NIH, NSF) and private foundations, and intramural support is available via departmental programs such as the StAAR awards.  Anyone interested in applying to a granting agency should contact the Research and Grants Office to coordinate the submission process.

The Stimulating and Advancing ACCM Research (StAAR) Awards aim to allocate departmental investment funds that promote the career and program development of its faculty. StAAR awards are administered to faculty through a comprehensive, peer-reviewed process to support innovative research proposals that have a high likelihood of being leveraged into extramural funding. There are two grant submission deadlines each year (November 1st and May 1st) for awards that fund a period of 12 months.

For full details and proposal types, please see the complete StAAR Request for Applications.

To submit a proposal, please click here.

Federal Resources:

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  • GrantForward, a searchable funding database:
  • COS: Community of Science Database:
    COS is a database that enables individualized searches (including automatic updates) of approximately 400,000 funding opportunities and $33,000,000,000.00 in funding from federal and private sources.

Internal Funding Opportunities

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Funding Sponsor Program Title Program Amount of Award
Blaustein Pain Research Fund Grants Blaustein Pain Research Fund Grants support clinical and basic research in pain conducted within Johns Hopkins Medicine with two grant cycles (Spring and Fall) each year. Grants can be used to empower a junior faculty member to develop a research project; advance a project to a point where it can earn external support; complete a small research project; support core personnel such as clinical outcomes coordinators, computer specialists, and biostatisticians; and keep research activities up and running "between grants.” Varies
Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR)   The Johns Hopkins ICTR provides Johns Hopkins faculty with opportunities to obtain funding for pilot projects through their Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot Program (ATIP). Additionally, they work with other programs throughout the university to coordinate the awarding of pilot funding in related clinical/translational areas. These funding opportunities change regularly, so check their website for current opportunities. Varies
JHU SOM Clinician Scientist Career Development Awards   In an effort to promote the research career development of young faculty physicians in the clinical departments, the School of Medicine has created a fund for the provision of salary and fringe benefits. Allocations from this fund are based on a competitive application process which is tied closely to concurrent efforts to obtain external support of research. This initiative has been developed to address the problem of increasing pressures on young faculty to expend substantial clinical effort in order to generate sufficient funds to support their salaries. The purpose of these awards is to protect the research time of qualified young faculty. Eligibility: M.D. degree (or equivalent); Full-time primary appointment as instructor or assistant professor in a clinical department, salaried by the University at the time of initiation of the award; Nomination by the department director and commitment to permit at least 75% research effort if an award is made; Submission of an existing, pending or draft application for external research support – especially career development/ mentored awards (e.g., NIH K08, K23) or other career awards for new investigators obtained through a competitive peer review process (federal or non-federal); Active role as a clinician and evidence that the award of a CSA will in fact result in protection of research time which otherwise would be devoted to clinical practice Up to $80,000/yr
Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research The Fund provides seed funding for vital proof-of-concept and validation studies of valuable technologies at Johns Hopkins. The technology should be unique and novel in its approach to solve an important commercial problem relative to other approaches in the scientific literature and other commercial products. Recipients are awarded $25,000 to $100,000 to conduct work over a period of up to nine months. Eligibility: At least one investigator must have a full, joint, or courtesy faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins University. Up to $100,000
Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs Team Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity For the award, diversity is broadly defined and includes issues related to underrepresented minorities, women, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities. The prize acknowledges faculty efforts across a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as international affairs, business, education, science, health, public policy, the arts, and other fields. Eligibility: Current full-time Johns Hopkins faculty members in any discipline with bodies of work focused on diversity and inclusion are eligible.  Faculty members are invited to nominate a colleague, or self-nominations are encouraged. $50,000
Office of the Vice Provost for Research Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awards These grant awards of up to $75,000 support the promising research and creative endeavors of our early career faculty with the goal of launching them on a path to a sustainable and rewarding academic career.
Eligibility: Applications from early-career faculty in any academic or professional discipline at the university are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have been appointed to a full-time faculty position at any institution within no less than 3 years and no more than 10 years as of the March 31 deadline.
Up to $75,000
Office of the Vice Provost for Research Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards: Category 1 These grant awards provide up to $100,000 to cross-divisional teams who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. These awards are not intended to support already established projects or minimal extensions of ongoing research or professional programs. Eligibility: Applications must include at least two faculty members and/or APL staff members representing at least two separate schools/divisions or affiliates of the university. Up to $100,000
Office of the Vice Provost for Research Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards: Category 2 Cross-divisional faculty teams interested in preparing themselves to apply for an externally funded, large-scale grant or cooperative agreement (e.g. U54, P01, STC) may apply for up to $150,000 in project planning funds. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. Eligibility: Applications must include at least two faculty members and/or APL staff members representing at least two separate schools/divisions or affiliates of the university. The team must describe a credible plan to achieve their goals and include a description of funding agency and specific research program that they will target for later submission. Up to $150,000
The Science of Learning Institute 2017 Science of Learning Institute Research Grant Competition We invite proposals for innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that will generate new insights in the science of learning. The Institute supports research at all levels of scientific inquiry, from changes at the level of synapses to the nature of cognitive change over the life-span, connections between these and technological innovations, and the implications of these for education and learning in formal and informal settings. Eligibility: The grant program is open to full-time faculty members of JHU. Up to $200,000 for 2-year research projects
The Science of Learning Institute 2017 Science of Learning Institute Workshop Grant Competition We invite proposals for workshops that will bring together scholars from across different disciplines and different units of the University who will generate novel insights into existing topics and issues or address wholly new questions in the science of learning. The Institute supports workshops focused at all levels of scientific inquiry, from changes at the level of synapses to the nature of cognitive change over the life-span, connections between these and technological innovations, and the implications of these for education and learning in formal and informal settings. Eligibility: The workshop grant program is open to full-time faculty members of JHU. Up to $20,000
Women’s Board   Each fall, grant applications are solicited from the Chairmen of the Clinical Departments of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Each Clinical Department may submit only ONE grant application per year. Varies

Foundations and Private Funding Opportunities

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Grant Sponsor Grant Title Description Amount ($)
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation General Request for Proposals The ADDF is interested four different categories of research: Drug Discovery, Early Detection, Clinical Trials, and Prevention. Averages 300,000 over 2 years
American Asthma Foundation Strategic Program for Asthma Research Looking for highly original thinking from investigators willing to step away from their current areas of research and tackle the riddle of asthma. Innovation and risk are strongly encouraged. Preliminary results are not required. 450,000–750,000
American Cancer Society Several types The American Cancer Society focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals.
American Diabetes Association Core Research Program Funds research with novel and innovative hypotheses in any area relevant to the etiology or pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications that hold significant promise for advancing the prevention, cure or treatment of diabetes. Basic, clinical, translational and epidemiological or health services research approaches are encouraged.
American Epilepsy Association Seed Grant Program Provides support to established investigators to pursue new and innovative directions in epilepsy research, bring new research methods to their research programs, or begin new collaborations with other investigators in epilepsy or in different, complementary disciplines. These small awards are designed to enable preliminary investigations that will lay the groundwork for subsequent substantial grants from government, industry, or other funding sources for research to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of epilepsy.
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) AFAR Research Grants The goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in aging research. The applicant must be an independent investigator with assigned independent space. Up to 100,000 for one or two years
American Heart Association (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate) Clinical Scientist Training Program To support cardiovascular and stroke research training to post-baccalaureate clinicians who are not yet independent. The applicant must be embedded in an appropriate research group with the mentorship, support, and relevant scientific guidance of a research supervisor. Stipend depends on years of experience
American Heart Association (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate) Postdoctoral Fellowship Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems. Stipend depends on years of experience
American Heart Association (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate) Scientist Development Grant To support highly promising beginning scientists in cardiovascular and stroke research between their initial research training and their complete independence. 77,000/yr
American Heart Association (Mid-Atlantic Affiliate) Grant-in-Aid Supports independent investigators with innovative and advanced projects related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. 77,000/yr
Beckman Foundation, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. $750,000 over 4 yrs
Beckman Foundation, Arnold and Mabel AOB Postdoctoral Award This program supports postdoctoral scholars in chemistry and the life sciences, to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral projects to an independent, tenure-track position. Two years with possibility for renewal for a third. Not specified
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Various RFAs Global Health funding Priorities:
Diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal, newborn & child health, neglected diseases, nutrition, pneumonia & flu, polio, tobacco, tuberculosis, vaccines
Not specified
BrightFocus Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Standard Award For researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data but still require substantial progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies. 300,000/3 years
BrightFocus Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Postdoctoral fellowship awards are intended for young researchers in their final stages of mentored training. 100,000/2 years
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists For physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. 700,000/5 years
Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation CCF Research Grant Program Supports innovative basic, clinical, or translational studies relevant to the cause or treatment of cardiomyopathy in children under the age of 18 years. 25,000–50,000
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Research Grants Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum Focuses on research designed to improve understanding and advance the current treatment of acute and chronic spinal cord injury. The goal of the portfolio is to address gaps in the field and advance novel approaches to improving function and developing curative therapies after spinal cord injury. The scope of this program is broad, encompassing mechanistic, preclinical modeling, translational and/or clinical research. Three categories are available: 2-yr postdoctoral fellowships, 2-yr pilot research grants, and 3-yr senior research grants Postdoc: $75,000/y
Pilot: $150,000/y
Senior: $200,000/y
Dana Foundation Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program Dana invites grant proposals for “first in man” studies of patients with devastating brain diseases for which there currently is no effective treatment. 300,000
Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuroimaging Grant Program Supports research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions. Since immune cells are often integrally involved in the development of, protection against, or responses to brain diseases and injuries, funded research also can focus on immune cell interactions with brain cells. 200,000
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. Does not support animal-based research. Up to $495,000 over 3 yrs
Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc. Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards in Neuroscience This award supports, in the early stages of their careers, young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Focus can be cellular and molecular neuroscience, neural systems, or clinical research 225,000 over 3 yrs
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Mentored Research Training Grant Helps anesthesiologists develop skills and preliminary data for subsequent grant applications needed to become independent investigators. It is available for basic science (MRTG-BS), clinical or translational research (MRTG-CT) or health services research (MRTG-HSR). Requires 75% protected non-clinical time for research. 175,000 over 2 yrs
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Transition to Independence Grant Intended for primary investigators (not co-investigators) who have completed work on a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant within the past 2 years, and are in the process of revising and resubmitting an application for new independent research funding (R01/21, VA Merit, AHRQ or equivalent). 75,000 for 1 yr
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) Intended to provide anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods. The RFG is a 1-year grant for anesthesiology trainees after the CA-1 year. It is awarded in conjunction with clinical training in an anesthesiology residency or fellowship program. The RFG requires 80% research time 75,000 for 1 yr
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Research in Education Grant (REG) Intended to advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in improving the concepts, methods, and techniques of education in anesthesiology. The REG is focused on developing innovative approaches for anesthesia education. It requires 40% research time. 100,000 over 2 yrs
Greenwall Foundation Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics This is a career development award to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences. 50% salary for 3 yrs
Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award Supports early stage biomedical research that benefits children. The university nominates four individuals. Award recipients must be US citizens.
Must undergo JHU internal competition first.
100,000/yr for 3 yrs
Hartwell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to a highly promising young scientist in medicine, biomedical engineering, or a closely related field and engaged in innovative biomedical research with the potential to benefit the health of children. Recipients must be US citizens.
Must undergo JHU internal competition first.
50,000/yr for 2 yrs
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award
Intended to foster innovation and creativity by an individual researcher in the anesthesiology field. Competitive applications of FARA must address one of the following areas of research:
-Fundamental Neuroscience Unknowns (including anesthesia safety in children)
-Immune and Metabolic Consequences of Trauma, Surgery and Critical Care
-Best Use of Systems-Based Practice to Enhance Patient Safety & Quality
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) IARS Mentored Research Award
Supports investigations that will further the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology and related sciences. Principal applicants for IMRA must be members of IARS who have yet to establish substantial independent research funding or who are initiating a new area of research. Candidates should present a clear research plan, propose work that is pertinent to anesthesiology, and have both a senior mentor and an appointment in a successful principal investigator’s group. 175,000
International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) SCA-IARS Research Grants Supports cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia research projects. Grants are awarded to investigators with ranks of Associate Professor or less. 100,000 for Mid-Career Grant
50,000 for Starter Grant
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) IASP Early Career Research Grants Program The IASP Early Career Research Grant facilitates a development of young researchers just starting their careers as independent investigators. Must be an IASP member and within 6 years of having received final degree or completed professional and specialty training 20,000
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship Supports training in all aspects of pain research
-Mentors must be IASP members for at least 1 year at the time of applying.
-The mentor must not have served as a mentor for a John J. Bonica Fellowship trainee within the last 3 years.
50,000/yr for 2 yrs
Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program LSRF awards fellowships across the spectrum of the life sciences: biochemistry; cell, developmental, molecular, plant, structural, organismic population and evolutionary biology; endocrinology; immunology; microbiology; neurobiology; physiology; virology. 60,000/yr for 3 yrs
L’Oreal L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Recognizes and awards 5 US-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. The award must be put toward post-doctoral research Up to 60,000
Mallinckrodt Foundation, Edward Jr. Mallinckrodt Scholar Award Each year 30 institutions are invited to submit one or two candidates to compete for the Mallinckrodt Scholar Award. The institutions are selected by the Mallinckrodt Board based on their history of quality grant applications and award selection. Candidates should be in their fifth to eighth year of a tenure track faculty position. 100,000/yr for 4 yrs
Mallinckrodt Foundation, Edward Jr. Mallinckrodt Grants Each institution is allowed to submit one proposal. Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding. 60,000/yr
McCormick Science Institute (MSI) The MSI is dedicated to funding research that advances scientific knowledge of the potential health benefits of culinary spices and herbs. Does not support animal-based research.
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience McKnight Scholar Award Established to encourage neuroscientists in the early stages of their careers to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Awards support young scientists who hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree. 75,000/yr for 3 yrs
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorder Awards These awards support innovative efforts to solve the problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. Collaborative projects between basic and clinical neuroscientists are welcomed, as are proposals that help link basic with clinical neuroscience. 100,000/yr for 3 yrs
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Technological Innovations in Neuroscience These awards support scientists working on new and unusual approaches to understanding brain function. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques. 100,000/yr for 2 yrs
National Patient Safety Foundation Research Grants Program Promotes studies leading to the prevention of human errors, system errors, patient injuries and the consequences of such adverse events in the health care setting. 100,000
Partnership for Cures Partnership for Cures solicits research projects designed to create a direct patient impact in two years or less. Funds projects that "repurpose" FDA-approved drugs, non-drug therapies, or other compounds for new uses in different patient populations. 25,000–250,000
Pew Charitable Trusts Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences Supports young investigators in the basic and clinical sciences related to the advancement of human health. Especially encourages researchers to pursue creative, innovative, and risk-taking approaches. Gives considerable weight to the candidate’s history as an independent investigator and to significant published work. Must undergo JHU internal competition first. 60,000/yr for 4 yrs
Pfizer, Inc. Numerous Pfizer supports:
Clinical studies of approved and unapproved uses, involving approved or unapproved Pfizer drugs
Observational studies, such as epidemiology studies and certain outcomes research studies where the primary focus is the scientific understanding of disease
Other types of independent research on disease states, including novel diagnostic screening tools and surveys where Pfizer has no direct commercial interest
In vitro or animal studies which include funding.
Not specified
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Various RFAs change all the time. Check the site periodically. Areas of focus include health care cost, quality, and coverage, as well as public and community health. Various
Searle Scholars Program Searle Scholars Program The Searle Scholars Program makes grants to selected universities and research centers to support the independent research of exceptional young faculty in the biomedical sciences and chemistry. Awards are made to individuals who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position at a participating academic or research institution.
Nomination for the 2018 competition will be open to participating institutions on or after June 1, 2017.
100,000/yr for 3 yrs
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) SCCM-Weil Research Grant Funds an SCCM member conducting basic, translational, or clinical research related to improving patient care in the ICU and after ICU discharge. 50,000
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) THRIVE Research Grant Funds an SCCM member conducting research aimed at improving patient and family support after critical illness. 50,000
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) DISCOVERY Awarded annually to SCCM members as new pilot grants under the auspices of the SCCM-Weil Research Trust. 100,000
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Norma J. Shoemaker Grant for Critical Care Nursing Research Supports the research studies of an SCCM nurse member. The goal is to encourage research in critical care nursing and to provide funding for the continuation of research endeavors. 15,000
Thrasher Foundation E.W. "Al" Thrasher Awards The purpose of these awards is to improve children’s health through medical research, with an emphasis on projects that have the potential to translate into clinically meaningful results within a few years. Hypothesis-driven research is preferred over exploratory, hypothesis-generating research. The Fund awards grants two times per year, with no fixed number of awards given in each funding cycle or in each year. Not currently accepting studies that will be primarily conducted in animal models. Median is ~100,000/y
Thrasher Foundation Early Career Awards The purpose of this program is to encourage the development of medical research in child health by awarding small grants to new researchers, helping them gain a foothold in this important area. The goal is to fund applicants who will go on to be independent investigators. The Fund will make up to 30 awards total with two funding cycles (15 awards each). 25,000
W. M. Keck Foundation Medical Research Program Seeks to advance the frontiers of medicine to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. Note: the application must undergo internal JHU review.
W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Heart Research Grants Specific basic, medical research projects dealing with cancer, heart disease, or AIDS.
Must undergo JHU internal competition first.
Whitehall Foundation, Inc. Grant Programs Research Grants Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. 30,000 – 75,000/yr
Whitehall Foundation, Inc. Grant Programs Grants-in-Aid Designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. 30,000 for 1 yr
Whitney Foundation, Helen Hay Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Supports postdoctoral research training for young biomedical scientists. Provides stipend and small research allowance. 52,000 +1,500

The Research and Grants Office (RGO) provides a variety of valuable services to ACCM research faculty and staff members with the goals of advancing and publicizing the department’s research endeavors.

The RGO maintains ongoing efforts to promote ACCM research within Johns Hopkins and to the community at large. Through press releases, newsletters, the website, and special events, exciting department news is disseminated internally and externally.

An important part of the RGO’s mission is to assist faculty in finding and procuring grant support. The office provides assistance with identifying federal and private research funding opportunities for junior and senior faculty. In addition, it offers editorial support and tailored, pre-submission peer reviews.

The office makes available faculty training and education, particularly as related to the entire grants process. Writing workshops, presentation technique seminars, and funding resource seminars are examples of the curriculum offered through this initiative.

Research and Grants Office
Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
720 Rutland Avenue
Ross Research Building, Rm 365
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-502-3029
Fax: 410-614-0083

Claire Levine
Scientific Editor

The members of the Sponsored Projects Office assist faculty members from the grant proposal pre-award aspects of grant funding through the post-award process. In the pre-award stage, the highly trained analysts assist faculty in developing the budget proposal and complete the required forms for NIH grants and various foundations. Furthermore, they act as liaisons between the faculty members and the Johns Hopkins Office of Research Administration to ensure that grants are accurately submitted to the various agencies.

In addition, the financial analysts monitor all expenditures for each grant, including salaries, and report to the faculty member on a regularly basis. The office also assists with progress reports, close-out of grants, and various other finance-related activities.

In the post-award cycle, the Sponsored Projects Office is responsible for closing the accounts and assisting the investigators in preparing the final accounting reports, which will be sent to the various foundations and agencies.

To Contact the ACCM Sponsored Projects Office: