Clinical Innovation Fund

Mid-America Transplant Foundation Accepting Applications for Clinical Innovation Fund

The Mid-America Transplant Foundation is excited to announce it is now accepting clinical research proposals for up to $450,000 in funding over three years. Through its Clinical Innovation Fund, the Foundation will award up to $450,000 this year to qualifying research. To initiate the application, download the Letter of Inquiry and submit to Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Mid-America Transplant Foundation at by Friday, February 1, 2019.

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Area of Interest
The Clinical Innovation Fund is focused on supporting innovative research that will address clinical issues in the area of organ and/or tissue transplantation that will have a measurable impact in the field. Research proposals submitted should address the following: reduce the need for organ and tissue transplantation; increase the availability of organs and tissue for transplantation; and achieve better health and financial outcomes for transplant recipients. For the 2019 awards cycle, special consideration will be given to applications addressing an increase in organ utilization, specifically: deceased donor management research and DCD organ utilization; decreasing kidney discard rates; the transplantation of hepatitis C infected organs; and increasing the utilization of marginal or extended criteria organs. The Foundation is also interested in applications focused on bioengineering and regenerative medicine initiatives that will impact the field of organ and tissue transplantation.

At this time, the Foundation is not accepting applications in the following areas: national, multi-centered studies, living donation, or applications from outside the donation service area (DSA) of Mid-America Transplant.

Types of Research
The National Institutes of Health defines “clinical research” as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. Clinical research includes:

  • Patient-oriented research – This type of research involves a particular person or group of people, or uses materials from humans. This research can include 1) mechanisms of human disease, 2) therapeutic interventions, 3) clinical trials, and 4) development of new technologies
  • Epidemiological and behavioral studies – These types of studies examine the distribution of disease, the factors that affect health, and how people make health-related decisions.
  • Outcomes and health services research – These studies seek to identify the most effective and most efficient interventions, treatments, and services.

To initiate the application, download the Letter of Inquiry and submit to Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Mid-America Transplant Foundation by Friday, February 1, 2019 at

Award Amounts
Grants will be made up to $150,000 per year for three years. Total awards will not exceed $450,000 over a three-year period.

Nonprofit corporations that are exempt from Federal income tax under provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code are eligible to participate. At this time, nonprofit corporations must be located in Mid-America Transplant’s designated service area (DSA) which consists of 84 counties and the City of St. Louis. 

Costs Allowed
Permitted costs include salary and fringe benefits for Principal Investigator, key personnel, and other essential personnel, equipment and supplies, publications and miscellaneous costs, contract services, consortium costs, and travel expenses. Indirect costs of 15 percent are permitted. These are defined as facility and administrative costs.

Letter of Inquiry
To initiate the application process please submit the Letter of Inquiry by Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5 pm CST to Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Mid-America Transplant Foundation at

Applicants will be notified of their status in February 2019. Full applications will be due March 15, 2019. Award notifications will be issued in June 2019.