Funding Opportunities

Search opportunities funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program (DOE IP) that supports the production, and the development of production techniques, of radioactive and stable isotopes in short supply for research and applications.

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Advancing Novel Medical Isotopes for Clinical Trials

The DOE Office of Science is excited to announce a new Funding Opportunity for up to $2 million to support translational research and development (R&D) of novel, medically relevant isotopes to accelerate evaluation for usage in pre-clinical and clinical trials.

“This funding will advance research to evaluate new isotopes for use in pre-clinical and clinical trials, with potentially enormous benefits to the field of modern medicine,” said Jehanne Gillo, Director of the DOE Isotope Program.

While the DOE Isotope Program introduces novel isotopes to the medical community for evaluation, the support of pre-clinical and clinical trials is not part of the mission of the DOE Isotope Program, or consequently this FOA.

Applications are open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities, national laboratories, nonprofits, and private sector companies. Awards are envisioned for both single investigators and small multi-institutional collaborations. Total planned funding is $2 million, with all funding available in the fiscal year 2022, contingent on congressional appropriations.

Final applications for this funding opportunity are due on July 23, 2021, by 11:59 pm ET. For more information and to read the full text of the Funding Opportunity Announcement, follow the link below.

Read the FOA for Advancing Novel Medical Isotopes for Clinical Trials



Student Bursaries Available for Attending Radiochemistry-Related Symposia at Pacifichem 2021

Financial Assistance: Funds have become available from the US Department of Energy Office of Isotope R&D and Production to help offset costs for students/trainees to attend selected radiochemistry-related symposia at Pacifichem 2021. Those symposia are; #190, Advancements in Isotope Production-Providing Important Materials for Research and Applications; #180, Advancements in the Chemistry of Targeted Alpha Therapy, and #178, The Chemistry of 18F, 11C and Radiometal-based Probes for Molecular Imaging & Precision Medicine. The funds will be provided as bursaries for up to 30 awardees of $1000 per student award. The bursaries will be distributed to awardees after the submission of copies of expense receipts from the meeting.

Eligibility: Financial assistance is available to those who are undergraduate students, graduate students, or Postdoctoral Fellows during the time of the Pacifichem 2021 meeting. The awards will be given to students/trainees from US institutions, and preference will be given to those who submit abstracts for presentation (currently abstract submission is open until April 12, 2021).

Requirements: Applicants must provide: (1) a resume or curriculum vitae, (2) a letter from your supervisor indicating your status as a student or Postdoctoral Fellow at the time of the meeting, and that you will be able to attend the meeting if given the award, and (3) a brief statement of why you want to attend the symposia and how the bursary will help you attend.

Send Applications To: (mail) Pacifichem 2021 Bursary Committee; c/o Prof. D. Scott Wilbur, Department of Radiation Oncology, Box 355016, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105; or (email) Bursary applications should be received no later than July 30, 2021.

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The SBIR and STTR programs are U.S. Government programs, intended to help certain small businesses conduct R&D. At DOE, funding takes the form of grants. Projects must have the potential for commercialization and meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs.

DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in:

  • Energy Production
  • Energy Use
  • Fundamental Energy Sciences
  • Environmental Management, and
  • Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

*Select the Office of Isotope R&D and Production, then select Ethan Balkin as program manager. If the Office of Isotope R&D and Production is not available, select the Office of Nuclear Physics, then Ethan Balkin as the program manager.

SBIR and STTR Information