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for Research to Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities

Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund

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Health Resources in Action (HRiA) - Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 12:00 PM ET


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in eligible locations for research that will improve the lives of children with disabilities. Funding is intended to support research studies conducted by applicants that serve children with physical or developmental disabilities and associated health-related complications. Eligible organizations and target populations must be within the Fund’s geographic area of interest of Greater Boston.

Target Population

  • The target population includes children and adolescents (birth - 23 years old) with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional diagnosis who require a combination of special and or interdisciplinary services, individualized supports, therapies, or other forms of services or supports that are of lifelong or extended duration.
  • The majority of research participants must reside within the Fund’s geographic area of interest.
  • Statewide health services research projects for which the majority of participants are within this area will also be considered eligible.
  • Consistent with current NIH policies, funded clinical research must include a study population inclusive of women and minority groups as well as a rationale that speaks to composition of the study population. Any exclusions within the study population need to be described and scientifically justified. 

The Fund’s target population includes infants, children and adolescents with chronic health conditions or impairments, either continuous or episodic, which result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the areas of major life activity (listed below): 

  • Self-care
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-direction
  • Capacity for independent living
  • Capacity for economic self-sufficiency

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192749

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $160,000 (including 20% of indirect costs)

Term of Contract:

Two-year grants: September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Noonan Research program welcomes research proposals from both nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in Greater Boston.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
-The Noonan Program supports all investigators irrespective of seniority and/or area expertise, this includes members in community settings that work with or have programs that serve children and adolescents with disabilities (YMCA, therapeutic or educational settings, etc.) seeking to conduct research projects, established investigators in other research areas who wish to apply their expertise to childhood disability research, and early-stage investigators. Applicants must hold a position at a nonprofit institution or organization within the Fund’s geographic area of interest.
- The Institutional Contact responsible for the oversight of the project is required to sign off on the application form and will be required to have an additional online account to complete the submission.
- Neither an academic faculty position nor an advanced degree is required nor considered
preferentially in the face of a compelling proposal and appropriate plan for analysis. Investigators may be advanced practice providers, registered nurses, educators, allied therapists, social workers, and or other community members that work with children and adolescents with disabilities.
- U.S. citizenship is not required.

For information about project key personnel and collaborations, see:

Proposals for basic science research will not be considered, nor will applications for capital costs such as buildings, renovations, or major equipment items. The Noonan Fund does not support direct service, primary prevention projects, or primary medical conditions such as obesity or device development. Drug trials are not supported by the Noonan Research Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Initial proposals are due by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12 pm EST.

Full proposal invitations will be made in February 2022.

Notification of funding status will be made by email on or before July 15, 2022.

There are no institutional limitations on the number of applications.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Kimberly Lezak, PhD
Managing Director, The Medical Foundation

Health Resources in Action
2 Boylston St. 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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