Funding Opportunities

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Regional Funding Opportunities

San Antonio has several grant opportunities available for local life science companies that are seeking biomedical resources. The signature bioscience funding event is BioFest Invest, which brings together potential investors from across the nation and Texas bioscience companies seeking investment funding. BioMedSA connects members seeking funding with potential investors throughout the year. In addition, companies can contact Alamo Angels and BKC Angels to present pitches locally. TechFuel is a pitch competition for all tech-related start-ups.

The San Antonio Medical Foundation awards collaborative research grants each year with Notice of Intent submissions required by Dec. 15. The San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics (SAPPT) calls for applications for collaborative research in their target area. The San Antonio Area Foundation has a biomedical research grant program for non-profits. The City of San Antonio has a general fund to assist companies seeking to create jobs and investment in San Antonio, in addition to incentives. Texas companies working in the area of cancer research, product development, and prevention are eligible to apply for a Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Info

The SBIR federal grant program provides phased funding without an equity cost to small businesses. An overview tutorial on all of the SBIR opportunities is here, including bioscience opportunities from DOD, NIH, and NSF. Several training sessions throughout the year are posted on the Events page.

Free SBIR Proposal Review available to BioMedSA members

BioMedSA members with successful grant experience have volunteered to review SBIR proposals in order to increase the win rate for our community. The volunteers will have signed a confidentiality agreement prior to the review, but entrepreneurs are encouraged to redact any confidential information. Companies will need to plan for the anticipated review process times as shown below, although reviews may be faster.

Step 1 (2 weeks): Interested startups can apply for the review by submitting an attachment (2 pages max.) with the following to info@biomedsa.org with SBIR REVIEW in the subject line: proposal summary, name of funding agency/opportunity, list of executive team and their experience/qualifications, and IP status/trade secret plan. For proposals that have been rejected, please also attach the reviewer comments. The volunteer reviewers will spend up to an hour reviewing the attachment and respond with strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions. Proposals that are accepted for review may proceed to Step 2. Others will be recommended to attend an SBIR preparation course.

Step 2 (2 weekends): For new proposals only (without agency review comments), companies will submit an outline/bullets for the proposal sections and 2-3 volunteers will spend an hour making comments in the document.

Step 3 (2 weekends): Companies will submit their fully written proposals, budgets, and the review form from the funding agency (or a document with the review criteria). A different set of 2-3 volunteers will spend up to 3 hours reviewing the proposal and budget.

Private Funding Links

  • All Disease Areas
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Other
  • Trauma/Regenerative Medicine
All Disease Areas
  • All Disease Areas
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Other
  • Trauma/Regenerative Medicine

Aging Research Pilot Grant

Nathan Shock Center/ Barshop Institute
Date Due: March

Allergic Respiratory Diseases Award

American Lung Association (ALA)
Date Due: December

Alzheimer’s Disease Grant

Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC)
Date Due: December

AMR Action Fund

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations
Date Due: Open
Date Due: February

Cancer Investigator-Initiated Research Grant

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Date Due: January
Date Due: November

Catalyst Award

American Lung Association (ALA)
Date Due: December

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grants

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Date Due: Open

Childhood Cancer Research Scholars

St. Baldrick's Foundation
Date Due: December
Date Due: December

Collaborative Grant

San Antonio Medical Foundation
Date Due: December

Dalsemer Lung Research Award

American Lung Association (ALA)
Date Due: December

Dickson Prize in Medicine

University of Pittsburgh
Date Due: October

Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
Date Due: November

Emergency Medicine Project

Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF)
Date Due: February
Date Due: May

Innovation Award

American Lung Association (ALA)
Date Due: December
Date Due: November

Lloyd J. Old STAR Program

Cancer Research Institute (CRI)
Date Due: January

Michelson Next Generation Grant

Human Vaccines Project
Date Due: June
Date Due: September

MTEC Upcoming Solicitations

Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)
Date Due: Open

Neonatal Research

Little Giraffe Foundation
Date Due: June

Nursing Impact Research Grant

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
Date Due: October
Date Due: December

Seed Award for Product Development Research

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: January

Seed Awards for Product Development Research (SEED)

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: May 2023

Shaffer Grant

Glaucoma Research Foundation
Date Due: July

Steven O. Walfish Psychology Grants

American Psychological Foundation (APF)
Date Due: September

Texas Diagnostics and Devices Company Product Development Research Award (TDDC)

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: May 2023

Texas Life Science Forum

Texas Life Science Forum
Date Due: October

Texas New Technologies Company Product Development Research Award (TNTC)

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: May 2023

Texas Therapeutics Company Product Development Research Award (TTC)

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: May 2023

TX Product Development Research

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Date Due: January

Women’s Cancer Research

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Date Due: June

Subsidized On-The-Job Training Program

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Eligible Company Requirements

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