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The Trust awards grants for basic medical research primarily related to heart disease, cancer, and AIDS. Funding is limited to nonprofit institutions such as universities, hospitals, and research centers located in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) or the City of Camden, NJ. Scientists and research faculty with appointments at the aforementioned institutions are encouraged to apply through their associated institution.

The Trust identifies and funds research projects that are unique and meritorious. We invest in promising researchers having the potential to attract larger-scale awards (e.g., NIH, NSF, AHA) subsequent to Trust support.

Research proposals are peer reviewed by a medical advisory committee comprised of prominent scientists at institutions located outside our geographic funding area. These reviews help guide Trust funding towards projects capable of having a direct influence upon the fight against heart disease, cancer, and AIDS.

Application Deadline
July 15 by 11:59 p.m. EST

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Ready to apply? Click here to access our online application for the Medical Research program.

Please Click here to download a PDF of the Medical Research application, including guidelines, eligibility criteria, and allowable uses of grant funds.

Eligibility and Use of Funds
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organizations are eligible to apply.
  • The organization must be located in the five-county Greater Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) or the City of Camden, NJ.
  • Funds must be used for basic medical research in the areas of heart disease, cancer, or AIDS.
  • Grants are awarded for a one (1) year term. Awards typically range from $100,000 - $125,000 (including indirect costs).
  • No funds are awarded solely for equipment.
  • A maximum of one (1) proposal per parent organization may be submitted in each granting category regardless of the number of EINs available under the organization.
  • Unused grant funds must be returned to the Trust promptly. Please contact the Trust for guidance before submitting any refund.
  • Copies of all published material relevant to a proposed research project must be made available to the Trust both before and after a grant is made.

How To Apply
  • Applications must be submitted online through the Trust’s portal. Note: The Trust no longer accepts hard copy or emailed applications.
  • Applications must be for the work of individual investigators and not for the general work of research centers.
  • Applications must include a lay summary of the research objectives and potential future applicability to a clinical setting.
  • Requests to support students, fellows, and postdoctoral candidates must be supported by curriculum vitae.
  • Proposal budgets should include personnel, equipment and supplies needed to carry out the proposed objectives. F&A is allowed and limited to 10 percent.
  • Duplicates of the submitted research to other sources must be acknowledged within the Trust’s application. Contingent funding approvals may be made. Trust funds may be reserved until the status of duplicate or related research proposals is known.
  • Applicants must divulge all outside sources of funding (current and pending) whether federal, state or private.

  • Post-award, lay-language narrative progress reports and detailed financial reports are required to be submitted to the Trust through the portal within 60 days of completion of the project. If a no-cost time extension is approved during the initial project year, narrative and financial reports are also required within 60 days of completion of the extension period.