Funding Opportunities

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Creating Infrastructure Discovery Translational CIRM 2.0 Awards Education

The path from cell therapy development to life-saving treatments can be challenging, but here at CIRM we have developed a series of programs that together are poised to improve the efficiency by which much-needed therapies reach patients in need.

We began by first building a strong infrastructure and educational training for young scientists. And with the launch of CIRM 2.0, we have streamlined the process by which we award grants. In January of 2015, we opened up our Clinical Programs initiative to qualified applicants. And in the Fall 2015, we launched our Discovery and Translational programs. Follow the links below to apply for funding.


Funding Opportunities


  • Apply for our current Infrastructure Projects
    • Applications for the Partnering Opportunity to Create a CIRM Translating Center RFA (INFR2) are due July 15, 2016.


  • Apply for our Partnering Opportunity for Discovery Stage Research Projects
    • Applications for the current round of Inception Awards (DISC1) are due January 20, 2017.
    • Applications for the current round of Quest Awards (DISC2) are due September 15, 2016.
    • Applications for the current round of Challenge Awards (DISC3) are due September, 2016.


  • Apply for our Partnering Opportunity for Translational Research Projects 
    • Applications for the current round are due July 15, 2016. It is anticipated that applications under this program announcement will be accepted at approximately six-month intervals. Critical changes have been made to the Program Announcement. Please use the current version (05.20.16).


  • Apply for our Clinical Trial Stage Projects Applications due on the last business day of each month
  • Read about our Partnering Opportunity for Clinical Trial Stage Projects in this Brochure



Future Funding Opportunities


Previous Funding Opportunities

View all past Request for Applications (RFA's) and summaries of review reports.


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List of CIRM-Funded Institutions
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