Grants for Science & Engineering R&D, Innovation Programs, STEM Education, & Workforce Development

Florida Health FY 2018-2019 Funding Opportunities:

  Letter of Intent due by August 31, 2018

  Application due by October 19, 2018

Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program

Research Priorities:

Reduction of mortality and morbidity as related to health disparities;

Improve screening accuracy and detection in high risk groups;

Resistance to front-line treatments in recurrent disease in the five cancers listed;

Research focused on sarcomas, or leukemia and other blood cancer

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James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program

Research Priorities:

Reduction of mortality and morbidity as related to health disparities;

Improve screening accuracy and detection in high risk groups;

Prevention and treatment research evaluating programs for tobacco use reduction and prevention.

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Live Like Bella Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative

Research Priorities

Significantly expand pediatric cancer research capacity in Florida.

Improve both research and treatment through greater pediatric enrollment in clinical trials networks.

Reduce the impact of pediatric cancer on disparate groups.

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Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR)

Seeking teams to design, deploy, and operate advanced wireless research platforms

Synopsis of Program

The PAWR program aims to enable experimental wireless communications research across devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services conceived by the US academic and industrial wireless research community and deployed in partnership with local communities.  PAWR seeks to accelerate the Nation’s wireless innovation ecosystem, thereby enhancing broadband connectivity; enabling the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), next‐ generation cellular xG standards and heterogeneous wireless connectivity technologies; and sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.  Each research platform conceived under the PAWR program will enable at‐scale experimentation by supporting the geographic size, technical diversity, and user density representative of a small city/community.


Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $9 million in cash from NSF and up to $15 million of in‐kind  contributions


  • Preliminary Proposals due by September 28, 2018
  • Final Proposals due by December 11, 2018


  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) 
  • Non‐profit, non‐academic organizations 

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Federal Grant Opportunities:  1,725 Topics With Cash Award Values Exceeding $12B

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274 1,725

Big Data & Data Analytics>>>

1 15

Centers of Excellence>>>

7 34

Conference & Workshop Support>>>

4 10

Health Software, Devices, Equipment, & Instrumentation>>>

11 71

Life Sciences>>>

163 1,118

Science, Engineering & Technology>>>

53 247

STEM Education & Faculty/Instructor Career Development>

28 214

Workforce Training & Development>>>

7 16


Search For Federal R&D Grant Opportunities By Agency 


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Department of Defense>>>

27 137

Department of Energy>>>

5 8


8 26

National Institute of Health>>> (NIH, HHS, CDC & FDA)

181 1,294

National Science Foundation>>>

27 212

All Other Agencies>>>

26 48

State of Florida Grant Opportunities 

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Program

Funding:  $10,000 per grant

The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Program at the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is working to improve the ability of the public health sector to respond to health effects related to climate variability.  This will be done by incorporating the best available climate science into routine public health practice.  In order to achieve this goal, the BRACE Program is analyzing the current and projected future impacts of climate on health. 

BRACE Framework

As part of the CDC’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative, the BRACE Program is working with internal and external partners to implement the five-step BRACE Framework developed by the CDC.

Step 1: Forecasting Climate Impacts and Assessing Vulnerabilities

Step 2: Projecting the Disease Burden

Step 3: Assessing Public Health Interventions

Step 4: Developing and Implementing a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan

Step 5: Evaluating Impact and Improving Quality of Activities

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Enterprise Florida

International Trade Incentives

Enterprise Florida offers a variety of trade grants to help qualified Florida companies start exporting for the first time, or diversify their existing overseas markets.   Please contact your local Enterprise Florida trade representative for more information about any of the following grant programs.

Target Sector Trade Grants provide reimbursable grants for eligible companies in one of Enterprise Florida’s target sectors to participate in a qualified trade show or exhibition anywhere in the world.  Reimbursement is 50% of exhibition space and basic booth decoration package, up to $6,000.

Export Marketing Plans - Offers qualified Florida manufacturers and services providers the development of a customized Export Marketing Plan to identify overseas growth strategies for the company. Upon completion of the Export Marketing Plan, new-to-export or infrequent exporters can apply for a reimbursable Gold Key/Matchmaker Grant, a Target Sector Trade Grant, or participate in an Enterprise Florida overseas trade mission. The cost to prepare an Export Marketing Plan is $4,000. Qualifying companies are eligible for a $3,500 grant, making the cost to your company $500.

Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants -  Supports small and medium-sized manufacturers and professional services providers generate or increase export sales overseas.  he grant serves as a market development tool for companies that are new-or-infrequent exporters by subsidizing the cost of meeting with prescreened and prequalified buyers, agents, importers, and representatives with an interest in their products or services.  Gold Key/Matchmaker Grants reimburse qualified companies for the cost of a Gold Key or one-on-one business matchmaker service up to $1,000.

Florida Trade & Export Promotion (STEP Grants) program - Enterprise Florida provides reimbursable Target Sector Trade Grants and Gold Key Grants specifically for companies entering markets in Asia.  These grants give qualified Florida manufacturers and professional services providers the opportunity to export to Asia for the first time using Gold Keys conducted by the U.S. Commercial Service or expand into new markets in Asia using Target Sector Trade Grants.  All STEP-funded activities must be completed by 8/31/2015.

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Targeted Industry Incentives

Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) - This incentive includes refunds on corporate income, sales, ad valorem, intangible personal property, insurance premium, and certain other taxes. Pre-approved applicants who create jobs in Florida receive tax refunds of $3,000 per net new Florida full-time equivalent job created; $6,000 in an Enterprise Zone or Rural Community (county).

Qualified Defense and Space Contractor Tax Refund (QDSC) - Florida defense, homeland security, and space business contractors a competitive edge in consolidating contracts or subcontracts, acquiring new contracts, or converting contracts to commercial production

Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC) - The Capital Investment Tax Credit is used to attract and grow capital-intensive industries in Florida. It is an annual credit, provided for up to twenty years, against the corporate income tax. Eligible projects are those in designated high-impact portions of the following sectors: clean energy, biomedical technology, financial services, information technology, silicon technology, transportation equipment manufacturing, or be a corporate headquarters facility.

High Impact Performance Incentive Grant (HIPI) - The High Impact Performance Incentive is a negotiated grant used to attract and grow major high impact facilities in Florida.   In order to participate in the program, the project must: operate within designated high-impact portions of the following sectors– clean energy, corporate headquarters, financial services, life sciences, semiconductors, and transportation equipment manufacturing; create at least 50 new full-time equivalent jobs (if a R&D facility, create at least 25 new full-time equivalent jobs) in Florida in a three-year period; and make a cumulative investment in the state of at least $50 million (if a R&D facility, make a cumulative investment of at least $25 million) in a three-year period.

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Workforce Training Incentives

Quick Response Training Program (QRT) - An employer-driven training program designed to assist new value-added businesses and provide existing Florida businesses the necessary training for expansion. A state educational facility – community college, area technical center, school district or university – is available to assist with application and program development or delivery.

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT) - a program that provides training to currently employed workers to keep Florida’s workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. The program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require skills upgrade training for existing employees.

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Special Opportunity Incentives

Rural and urban core/inner city area Incentives - Provides increased incentive awards and lower wage qualification thresholds in its rural counties.

Enterprise Zone Incentives - Tax incentives to businesses that choose to create employment within an enterprise zone, which is a specific geographic area targeted for economic revitalization.

Brownfield Incentives - Florida offers incentives to businesses that locate on a brownfield site with a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA). The Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus Refund is available to encourage Brownfield redevelopment and job creation. Approved applicants receive tax refunds of up to $2,500 for each job created.

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Florida Translational Research Program   

The purpose of the Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP) is to produce a pipeline of potential new medicines based upon laboratory research discoveries. The Program provides Florida-based scientists with access to experienced professionals and state-of-the-art technological resources for drug discovery to facilitate an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to the establishment of a pipeline of potential new treatments for today’s most challenging and unmet medical needs.

The Program is funded by the state of Florida through the Florida Department of Health and is administered by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona.

The goals of the FTRP are to implement a variety of innovative biochemical and cell-based assays to interrogate biological targets or processes for which there are limited selective and potent small-molecule modulators available; to execute high-throughput screens; and to develop lead compounds suitable for use in vivo.

To meet these objectives the Program seeks three types of early drug discovery project proposals: 

Concept or assay development projects for use in pre-therapeutic discovery via high-throughput screening. This solicitation invites proposals for the development of innovative biochemical and cell-based assays for biological targets, pathways, or processes for which there are limited selective and potent small-molecule modulators available.

High-throughput screening (HTS)-ready assays. This solicitation seeks well-developed, HTS-ready assays suitable for high-throughput screening of the Sanford-Burnham library of compounds for the purpose of identifying small-molecule modulators of the target, pathways, or processes of interest.

Validated hits for the discovery of pre-therapeutic lead compounds. This solicitation invites proposals that aim to further research and development of existing small-molecule chemical scaffolds for use in vivo.

Eligibility:  Researchers from Florida public and private colleges and universities, and established research institutions operating within Florida

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