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Grant Opportunity ID
Department of Health
Grant Opportunity
Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Stem Cell Research (Rd 6)
Contact Name
Andrea Garavelli
Contact Email
Solicitation Profile
PLEASE NOTE: Addendum #1 dated 3/31/20 has been uploaded for this RFA that extends the due date. Please see the full RFA for further information.

The purpose of the Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Stem Cell Research (Rd 6) Request for Applications (RFA) is to stimulate and support basic, applied (mechanistic, technological), pre-clinical and clinical scientific investigations on any aspect of stem cell biology that will lead to a better understanding of the unique properties of stem cells and allow their utilization to treat disease.

The Empire State Stem Cell Board is interested in supporting established and early career stage investigators from applicant organizations. Investigators can include those new to the field of stem cell research and those in disciplines that have not historically focused on stem cell research. Although collaborations are not required, they are strongly encouraged. Research studies that promote translation of stem cell science to therapeutic applications are encouraged.

The number of awards and total funds awarded per application will be contingent on the quality and content of applications received as well as the scale and scope of the proposed projects. Approximately $50 million is available to support approximately 70 awards from this RFA. In determining final awards, the Department reserves the right to allocate funds between the two funding mechanisms in this RFA as it deems appropriate.

Each eligible PI is limited to one application for each funding mechanism (IIRP and IDEA, see RFA Section III for definitions of the mechanisms).
Full Announcement Details
Applications Due (Date / Time)
June 25, 2020 / 04:00 PM ET
Bidder's Conference(s)/Application Workshop(s)
None available
Anticipated Award DateMonday, February 1, 2021
Anticipated Initial Contract Length3 Years
Total Funding Available$50,000,000.00
Anticipated Amount of Award(s)
NarrativeAnnual direct costs for IIRP awards are capped at $300,000 and IDEA awards at $150,000. Both awards have additional F&A of 20% modified direct costs.
Letter of IntentOptional
Letter of Intent DueTuesday, March 3, 2020
NarrativeThe prospective applicant organization is strongly encouraged to complete and submit a Letter of Intent (see RFA Attachment 1). This form will be used to develop the review panel in a timely manner. Letters of Intent should be emailed to by Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The file name should include applicant organization and PI name. Applicants can also upload a copy of their submitted Letter of Intent to the Pre-Submission Uploads section of their application in the Grants Gateway. This does not need to be done by March 3, but should be included in the submitted application. Submission of a Letter of Intent is not a requirement or obligation upon the applicant to submit an application in response to this RFA. Applications may be submitted without first having submitted a Letter of Intent.
Questions Due DateTuesday, March 10, 2020
Questions and Answers NarrativeAll substantive questions must be submitted in writing to: Andrea Garavelli, Extramural Grants Administration, To the degree possible, each inquiry should cite the RFA section and paragraph to which it refers. Written questions will be accepted until the date posted on the cover of the RFA. This includes Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) questions and questions pertaining to the MWBE forms. Questions of a technical nature can be addressed in writing or via telephone by calling Andrea Garavelli at (518) 474-7002. Questions are of a technical nature if they are limited to how to prepare the application (e.g., formatting) rather than relating to the substance of the application.
Questions and Answers Posting TypeUpload
Questions and Answers Posting Date3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Questions and Answers Link or UploadClick here
Eligible ApplicantsNot-For-Profit, Governmental Entity
Target Population(s)Other
Service Area(s) Health Services
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