Sponsored Programs Office

Find Funding

Research FundingThe Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) can help Aurora Health Care program directors/principal investigators (PD/PI) identify external and internal funding sources for research projects.

Extramural/External Funding

A number of tools and resources are available to aid identifying potential external sponsors. For assistance in targeting external sponsors, Aurora Health Care PD/PIs can

  1. Contact Mary Groce at 414-219-7846 to add their names to the SPO's weekly funding opportunities email list and/or
  2. may use the Funding Needs Form (PDF, 1341 KB) to request a funding search for a targeted/specific project. 

Intramural/Internal Funding

Aurora offers three intramural grant programs to Aurora investigators, which are supported by internal sources such as the Aurora Health Care Foundation. The purpose of these grants is to: a) promote research in key service areas, b) provide pilot funding to investigators, and c) inform investigators on the processes, tools and techniques involved in designing and carrying out research studies. To review detailed application guidelines for each program, click the program names below.

Note: As guidelines for future cycles become available, they will be posted here.

Cardiac Research Award (PDF, 135 KB)

  • Research focus - Facilitate scientific and medical research related to the heart including but not limited to: clinical or any other aspect of cardiology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology.
  • Award - $40,000/year
  • Selection committee - Aurora Cardiovascular Services and a review committee that consists of physicians and scientists across the system
  • 2012 projects selected:
    • Determining the incidence and factors of cariotoxicity in breast cancer patients treated with anthracycline and/or trastuzumab by developing in-house NLP software; PI: Yang (Scarelet) Shi, PhD

Cardiovascular Surgery Research Award (PDF, 147 KB)

  • Research focus - Facilitate research related to cardiovascular surgeries including but not limited to cardiac, cardiothoracic, thoracic and/or transplant surgeries.
  • Award - $50,000/year
  • Selection committee - Aurora Cardiovascular Services and a review committee that consists of physicians and scientists across the system
  • 2012 projects selected:
    • Circulatory biomarkers of extracellular matrix turnover and non-coding RNA as predictor post-op heart failure; PI: Farhan Rizvi, PhD
    • Biomarker-based risk stratification to identify patients at risk of post-operative atrial fibrillation; PI: Mahek Mirza, MD
    • Analysis of HLA antibodies in patients with ventricular assist devices; PI: Martin Oaks, PhD
    • Molecular basis for the prtective effect of diabetes melitus on abdominal aortic aneurysm; PI: Dajun Wang, MD

Aurora Cancer Care Research Award (PDF, 180 KB)

  • Research focus - Advance research that will lead to the eradication of cancer and improve patient outcomes through detection, treatment, education and prevention.
  • Award - $25,000/year
  • Selection committee - Aurora Cancer Leadership Council Research Committee
  • 2012 projects selected:
    • Her2neu phenotype shift as a requirement in the development of LMD in Her2/neu negative MBC patients; PI: George Bobustuc, MD
    • Role of biomarkers/imaging in ID of early cardiotoxicity of trastuzumab/ doxorubicin in breast cancer patient; PI: Rubina Qamar, MD
    • Physician-directed, goal-oriented exercise designed to improve quality of life...after breast cancer treatment; PI: Judy Tjoe, MD
    • Characterization and effects of tamoxifen on triple negative breast cancer cells found in turmor cell lines; PI: John Richards, PhD

Things to Consider when Looking for Funding

  • Understanding whether your project/idea is research or non-research/programmatic will narrow down your search for funding.
  • Thinking about the service area and population affected by your project can help to identify a variety of potential funding sources, groups/locations and focus-specific funders.
  • Google.com can be a great place to start. Enter a keyword (or a phrase in quotes) along with the words "grant" or "funding".

Helpful Links

Subscribing to LISTSERVS is an excellent way to stay on top of funding opportunities as they become available.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Other Federal Grant Agencies
Non-Federal Grantors


Funding References

  • Grants.gov - Primary listing for all program announcements for Federal agencies and sponsors (E.g. NIH, DoD, NSF, AHRQ)
  • ScanGrants - A public service listing of grants and other funding types to support health research, programs and scholarships
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)– Contains detailed program descriptions for Federal assistance programs.
  • Community of Science (COS)– A global source for funding opportunities available to visitors at the Marquette University Raynor Library.
  • GuideStar – Published information about nonprofit organizations.
  • Foundation Center – Maintains the most comprehensive database on grant-makers.


Please contact SPO for further information and assistance.