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Cardiovascular Center Funding Opportunities

The Cardiovascular Center (CVC) and Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (DOM-CV) at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin are pleased to offer three different funding opportunities:

  • The Translational Cardiovascular Award, a new multistage funding mechanism, must address research topics along the T0-T5 continuum. In Phase I, the CVC and DOM-CV have jointly committed to support a one-year Translational Cardiovascular Research Award (TRA) of $50,000 (current RFA). For Phase II, the successful awardee will be eligible for the CTSI of Southeast Wisconsin’s one-year “Relay” Translational Cardiovascular Research Award (TRA) of $50K in FY23 (the next year), which offers a competitive synergistic funding opportunity crafted to enhance ongoing translational cardiovascular research and encourage moving the science/results through translational stages. A separate RFA will be issued by the CTSI later in FY22 for the “Phase II” TRA. Funding for this year’s award is made possible by generous donations of community members and select business sponsors of the 2018 and 2019 MCW and Froedtert Heart of the Matter Food and Wine Event, the CVC and DOM-CV’s signature summer fundraising event.

  • The Michael Keelan, Jr., MD, Research Foundation Award for eligible junior or mid-career investigators without previous or current R01-equivalent funding. This award is made possible by a generous gift to the Cardiovascular Center by the Tendick Family in honor of Dr. Michael Keelan. One award is available. This is a one year, $50,000 grant. Previous Keelan Scholars include Caitlin O’Meara, PhD, Jacquelyn Kulinski, MD, Brian Smith, PhD, Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, Oleg Palygin, PhD, and Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD. Over the last five years, the Keelan Award has leveraged over $10 million in funding!

  • The Cardiovascular Center Research Pilot Awards to allow a postdoctoral fellow (sponsored by CVC member), clinical fellow or resident (sponsored by CVC member), or faculty to acquire pilot data. Funding is made possible by generous donations of community members and select business sponsors of the 2018 and 2019 MCW and Froedtert Heart of the Matter Food and Wine Event, the CVC and DOM-CV’s signature summer fundraising event. Up to 5 one year awards are available for $5,000 to $10,000 each. **The application materials and review process for pilot awards is expedited and thus has a separate application and template from the TRA and KEE awards.**

The RFA with application instructions are available on Box.

Application materials are due to the Cardiovascular Center (cvc_grants@mcw.edu, that is cvc underscore grants at mcw dot edu) June 28, 2021 and eBridge applications are only created if an application is awarded.

Not currently a member of the CVC? Apply to become a CVC member. Not eligible for membership or need a sponsor? We encourage you to reach out to a CVC Faculty Member to form a partnership and submit an application together.

Also, remember to apply for the Therapeutic Accelerator Program (TAP) award sponsored by the Cardiovascular Center (made possible by a generous donation by the Smith Family) using this link. The deadline for TAP applications is May 14 at 12:00 p.m..

For questions regarding the Keelan, TRA, or pilot awards, contact Allison DeVan, PhD, MA or Erin Theriault, MS at cvc_grants@mcw.edu.

The CVC looks forward to receiving your applications!

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Allison DeVan, PhD

Academic Program and Research Consultant

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Not eligible for membership?

We encourage you to reach out to a CVC Faculty Member to form a partnership and submit an application together.