OCRFA runs one grant cycle each year. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued every spring. We use a two step application and peer review process. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due in May and undergo a rigorous peer review by our Scientific Advisory Committee. After LOI review, a subset of those applicants are invited to submit full applications. Full applications are due in July. Final grant notifications are made in October.

The review process—including all meeting deliberations, scores and written critiques of proposals, as well as other materials provided for the review of proposals—is confidential. A confidentiality and conflict-of-interest statement must be signed by each reviewer. Grants for projects selected through this process are then made to non-profit medical institutions on behalf of individual investigators or project directors.

OCRFA grants are extremely competitive. In 2016 we received 165 Letters of Intent and funded 20 grants.

The deadline for submitting grant applications in 2017 has passed. Examples of past guidelines for letter of intent are as follows:

If you would like to be added to our mailing list so you know when RFPs are available (spring 2018), please send an email to grants@ocrfa.org.