Apply for a Grant

OCRA runs one grant cycle each year. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued every spring. We use a two step application and peer review process. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due in early spring and undergo a rigorous peer review by our Scientific Advisory Committee. After LOI review, a subset of those applicants are invited to submit full proposals. Final grant notifications are made in the fall. (This timeline is subject to change.)

The review process—including all meeting deliberations, scores and written critiques of proposals, as well as other materials provided for the review of proposals—is confidential. A confidentiality and conflict-of-interest statement must be signed by each reviewer. Grants for projects selected through this process are then made to non-profit medical institutions on behalf of individual investigators or project directors.

Have questions about OCRA’s grant cycle and programs? View our FAQs.

OCRA’s 2024 Grant Cycle

Letter of Intent (LOI) OpensMarch 1, 2023Next
Letter of Intent (LOI) DueMarch 29, 2023
Letter of Intent Decisions/Full Proposal OpensEarly May 2023
Full Proposal DueJune 7, 2023
Funding NotificationEnd of September 2023
*all dates are subject to change

2023 Requests for Proposals

Please note, the RFPs listed below are for last year’s (2023) grant cycle; these are for reference only. RFPs for the coming 2024 grant cycle will be available in February 2023.

2023 RFP for Collaborative Research Development Grant

2023 RFP for Collaborative Research Development Grant – AI

2023 RFP for Mentored Investigator Grant

2023 RFP for Early Career Investigator Grant

To apply to any of OCRA’s Grants, please apply through SmartSimple.

*all LOIs and Full Proposals MUST be submitted through SmartSimple. Extensions and late submissions will not be permitted.

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