Carver Trust Medical Research Initiative Grants

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, in conjunction with the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, announces a funding opportunity. Applications are being solicited from Carver College of Medicine faculty for the 2018 Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Medical Research Initiative Grants.


Important new knowledge may be uncovered if scientists have the opportunity to explore new ideas which arise spontaneously or that emerge during the course of ongoing investigations. The purpose of the Medical Research Initiative Grants is to provide seed money for investigators whose developmental research shows great promise, but who needs "start-up" funds in order to take their programs to the level where other outside sources of funding may be pursued. Exciting new ideas and the potential for attracting extramural funding are key factors in the selection process. 

Please note that the Carver Charitable Trust grants must be used to support basic research only.


Principal Investigator must be a primary faculty member in the Carver College of Medicine. Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors in the tenure, clinical and research track are eligible to apply. Associates are not eligible. Co-investigators may be non-faculty members residing outside the CCOM.

Award Criteria

Budgets up to $30,000 will be considered for funding.  Support may be requested for equipment, consumable supplies, development of prototypes, hiring graduate assistants, research-related travel, computer and other supporting services. Each award should be spent or encumbered within two-years of the date of the award letter. Faculty salary is not an allowable budget item. Awards are not renewable.

Faculty rank is not a factor in this program. Applicants may be at the beginning of their research careers or they may be established, with the intent of exploring a new idea in a direction different from ongoing research. Exciting new ideas and the potential for attracting external funding are key factors in the selection process.

Former recipients of funds from this program, or from other CCOM Committee award programs, may apply for a subsequent award, if the new project differs clearly from any project previously funded. In the event of many highly competitive proposals, priority will be given to new applicants and faculty with lesser resources available.



Reporting Requirements

Periodic updates outlining additional progress and receipt of extramural funding may also be requested.


The Research Committee recommends the format that follows as providing the information necessary for appropriate review.  The applicant may include other data considered pertinent.  It is important to recall that the Committee member who reviews the proposal may not be an expert in the field of the investigation being proposed.  Text should be written for a scientific reviewer who is not primarily knowledgeable in the specific field of research being proposed.  Limited use (or careful definition) of abbreviations is encouraged.

Information to be entered via the application submission web site:

  1. Proposal Title
  2. Co-Investigator(s) and/or other key personnel
  3. Proposal Abstract
  4. Budget Justification (justify major expenditures)
  5. Facilities available
  6. Brief statement on how this study may lead to further studies and/or outside funding
  7. A statement by the Principal Investigators regarding current and pending support for this project
  8. List all existing funding sources and amounts for other research projects – PI or Co-PI only.

Required Attachments to be Uploaded:

  1. Proposal with references included

Outline of Proposed Research*:

A.    Name of Principal Investigator(s) & Co-Investigators, Degree, Position and Department

B.   Title of Research Proposal

C.    Specific aims

D.    Background and significance

E.    Experimental design and methods

F.    Description of relative roles and proposed interactions of collaborating Principal Investigators

*Proposal should not exceed five (5) single spaced pages.  Type font should be no smaller than 11 point Times New Roman.  Margins should be no smaller than 0.5 inches. 

References are not included in the 5 page limit.

  1. Principal Investigator(s) biosketch
  2. Co-Investigator(s) biosketch