Funding Opportunities

Infrastructure
Discovery
Translational
Clinical
Education

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

CIRM Funding Opportunities

Discovery

Apply for our Discovery Stage Research funding opportunities

  • The application for the Foundation Awards (DISC 0) is closed. DISC 0 opportunities recur annually.
  • The updated Quest RFA is available to access on the Discover Stage funding opportunities page. Applications for the Quest Awards (DISC 2) will be made available by April 12, 2024.
    • Submission Deadline: Applications are due by 2pm on May 14, 2024.
    • Application Availability: The application for Quest Awards (DISC 2) is available in the CIRM Grants Management Portal.
  • The RFA for ReMIND-L Awards is available.
    • Submission Deadline: Applications for ReMIND-L  Awards (DISC 4) are closed.

Translational

Apply for our Translational Research funding opportunities

  • The applications for the Translational Stage Research Awards (TRAN 1, 2, 3, and 4) are closed. TRAN 1, 2, 3, and 4 opportunities recur biannually.

Clinical

Apply for our Clinical Trial Stage funding opportunities

  • Applications for the Clinical Stage Research Program (CLIN 1 and 2) are available in the CIRM Grants Management Portal. CLIN opportunities recur monthly.
  • The Funding Opportunity for Late Stage Development Projects (CLIN 4) PA is available to access on the Clinical Trial Stage funding opportunities page.
    • Application Availability: The application for CLIN 4 is available to access in the CIRM Grants Management Portal.
    • Submission Deadline: Applications are due by 2:00 pm (PDT/PST) on the last business day of each month (except October).

UPDATE: In response to the large volume of clinical grant applications and resulting review and budgetary issues, CIRM will not be accepting new CLIN1 or CLIN2 applications through the June ICOC meeting, at which time circumstances will be reevaluated to determine the course of action going forward.

This action will not impact the review and approval of applications submitted on or before January 31st or the processing of any Tier 2 resubmissions, or to our previously issued or approved awards. In addition, CLIN4 applications will be accepted in April as previously scheduled. Click here to read the public memo. Click here to read FAQ’s regarding this action.

Education

Apply for our Educational Program funding opportunities.

  • The application for the Conference Grants (EDUC 1) is available in the CIRM Grants Management Portal. EDUC 1 opportunities recur quarterly.
    • Submission Deadlines: Applications are due by 2pm on May 31, August 31, November 30, 2023. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the first day of the conference.
  • The application for the 2024 SPARK Annual Meeting (EDUC 1.5) is closed.
  • The application for the 2024 CIRM Annual Trainee Network Conference (EDUC 1.12) is closed.

Infrastructure

Apply for our Infrastructure Program funding opportunities 

  • The application for the Shared Resource Laboratories (SRLs) for Stem Cell-Based Modeling (INFR 6.1 and INFR 6.2) is closed.
  • The application for the CIRM Patient Support Program Services (INFR 7) is closed.
  • The RFA for Community Care Centers of Excellence is available.
    • Application Availability: The application for the Community Care Centers of Excellence (INFR 8) will be made available in the CIRM Grants Management Portal no later than May 31, 2024.
    • Submission Deadline: Applications are due by 2pm on August 15, 2024.
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