Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me Some Money

There’s a new funding mechanism in town, and they want your rejected NIH applications.  OnPAR (the Online Partnership to Accelerate Research) is a public-private partnership established to offer a second funding opportunity for unfunded NIH research applications. OnPAR works to match research applications to non-government funding sources.


The process still relies on research applications being subject to the NIH peer-review processes. Unfunded applications that have scored within the 30th percentile (or scored well in programs that do not provide percentiles) will be invited to participate in the OnPAR review and funding process. Applicants submit abstracts through the OnPAR website; here, abstracts are reviewed and provided to OnPAR funding members if/when they meet an organization’s research priorities. If priorities align, applicants are then asked to upload their full NIH application, scores, percentile, and summary statements (NIH will not provide any application material to OnPAR ; that’s all you). Each OnPAR member will review their chosen applications, may select some for funding consideration, and will negotiate final terms with applicants.


This concept is still in pilot stage, with high hopes to expand in the near future.  Non-governmental funders participating in the pilot include: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, JDRF (previously Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Melanoma Research Alliance, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.  For more information about OnPAR, check out their website.  Happy funding!


Guess who’s back, back again..?

Calling all Tips & Tools attendees!  It’s time again for our quarterly live meeting in Scott Hall, taking place this coming Wednesday, April 20.  As usual, we will be meeting in Scott Hall room 1358.  Not so usual: we will have a guest presenter in Marty Kuznia, speaking about the ins and outs of putting a project to bed in the waning months of grant support.  The presentation is entitled, “Race to the Finish: Effective Post-Award Management in the Final Months of a Sponsored Project and Beyond;” the agenda for the meting can be found HERE. We look forward to seeing everyone again!