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Funding Possibilities

Types of funding (contracts, RFA’s, PA’s…)

SBH Funding- MERF (history/overview)

In 2006, a group of medical staff members under the leadership of Dr. Rubin Silverman and the senior administration organized the St. Barnabas Hospital Medical Education and Research Fund to further medical science by investigative pursuits, and the advancement of knowledge in medicine and dentistry.

The mission of the St. Barnabas Hospital Medical Education and Research Fund (SBH-MERF) is to promote medical education and research efforts designed to improve the health of the community by St. Barnabas Hospital. SBH-MERF provides external funding support for research or development of innovative approaches that will enhance medical education. The services of the SBH-MERF are made available to all physicians, medical and dental residents, and other medically and scientifically recognized and qualified investigators by the Medical Board of St. Barnabas Hospital.

There are many projects that do not need funding. However, if you are doing some testing, or need some equipment or supplies, you can write a short request to the Medical Education Research Fund (MERF). The application is available on the SBH wiki. For larger studies, you can check out the grants section of this site. In general outside grants take a substantial amount of time to go through the grant and award process.

To inquire about the SBH-MERF funding opportunities, please email Diana Loubriel at

Outside Sources

There are many other outside sources for funding. New York City Health Department, New York State, and private organizations list grants in various online sources.  Additionally, there are national centers (NIH and CDC) which continually post funding opportunities.  These are extremely competitive and time consuming to complete.  For information about finding grants, and grant opportunities you may contact Deborah Bonelli in the SBH Medical Library.  She will be able to direct you to our online resources.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

For over 60 years, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC awards nearly 85 percent of its budget through grants and contracts to help accomplish its mission to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Each year, the CDC awards approximately $7 billion in over 14,000 separate grant and contract actions, including simplified acquisitions. Their resourceful website provides information on grants and business opportunities with the CDC.

Links to State and Federal Granting Agencies

Resources for Writing and Budgeting your Grant Proposals