Research Development Grant Program

Research grants are awarded to encourage regional collaboration and to stimulate the development and submission of major multidisciplinary proposals from life sciences researchers to government or private funding agencies.

KCALSI’s approach for achieving this goal is to support research development grants capable of generating critical preliminary data needed to develop competitive proposals for submission to funding agencies. Awards are up to $50,000 for one year and are intended to exploit leverage and institutional strengths leading to highly competitive proposals directed toward future external funding. The specified areas of research and the number of awards are determined by funding sources. Our Request for Proposals process is designed to solicit high quality proposals in specified areas of scientific research and the proposal review process is modeled after that used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The process provides a fair and thorough scientific review by peers, who are expert in the specified area of research.  The reviews from submitted Full Proposals are provided to investigators, regardless of whether they are selected for funding, and are used by them to refine future grant proposals. The number of awards is subject to available KCALSI funds.

Return from Grants:

From 2007 to 2016, KCALSI has managed 69 grants totaling $3.7 million. On average, for every $1 invested in grants, $9.10 has been returned to the region from follow-on funding from federal sources. Importantly, this number should be viewed conservatively as no information is readily available regarding grants made to regional scientists by private foundations and patient advocacy organizations.

Active Programs:

Blue KC Outcomes Research Grants – Grants awarded under this funding mechanism are applied research projects that improve the quality of the healthcare process, reduce healthcare costs, improve effectiveness, efficiency or efficacy of some aspect of the healthcare process, and/or improve access to healthcare.

Patton Trust Research Development Grant Program  – This funding mechanism specifically focuses on the genetic basis of diseases that predominately affect children and do not require inter-institutional collaborations.

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Research Grants – Nexus opportunities represent a broad range of biomedical research activities, ranging from using naturally occurring diseases in animals as a model for assessing human drug efficacy to re purposing human drugs for use in animal disease. Click here for RFP

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Customized Research Grant Programs available through KCALSI:

KCALSI has 15 years of experience soliciting, funding, and administering scientific research projects via the Research Development Grant program. Other organizations frequently find themselves in a position of funding scientific research without sufficient infrastructure and/or expertise to determine the highest quality, most impactful projects.  KCALSI can share our infrastructure and access to expertise to partner with a funding organization to administer a customized grant program.


  • Funder determines size/duration of grants and target disease or research focus area
  • KCALSI negotiates the fee to administer the grant program
  • Although KCALSI facilitates the scientific review process, funder makes final decisions
  • KCASLI monitors and reports project progress and budget to funder
  • Coordinated news releases announce funding awards for each grant cycle
  • KCALSI would work with partners to define the specific focus of grants

Benefits to Partnering Organization and the regional life sciences:

  • Partnering organization and their customized grant program prominently featured at our annual dinner attended by over 500 regional leaders.
  • Funder sponsors research in an important area of health care need.
  • Annual joint news release to announce grant recipients.
  • Seed grants have been identified as adding significant value to KCALSI stakeholders.
  • Research results lead to additional grant applications and future funding in the region.

Please contact Keith Gary if you would like additional information.