Applying for a Research Grant

IWMF Research Grant Program


Purpose: The IWMF Research Grant Program is pledged to promote and support basic research leading to improved understanding of the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for the disease Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM). Based on this strategy, the IWMF-LLS Research Roadmap Initiative was recently developed to further our knowledge in five specific areas of WM research. The Initiative includes a Request for Proposals, the most recent of which can be viewed here.

Submissions: The plan for the IWMF-LLS Strategic Research Roadmap Initiative is to issue an RFP each year and to award grants for 2-4 new research proposals, depending on funding availability. The specific deadline to receive proposal applications is February 10, 2021. Following a review process that may take up to 4-6 months, funding for successful applicants for each year is anticipated to begin in the 4th quarter. An application should be submitted via email to: Dr. Tom Hoffmann, IWMF Research Committee, at [email protected], and to Robin Tucker, IWMF Finance Manager, at [email protected].

Who Can Apply: Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree and work in domestic or foreign non-profit organizations, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, or laboratories. The IWMF encourages multi-institutional applications, and applicants should have an independent research or academic position. Applicants need not be US citizens, and there are no restrictions on applicant age, race, gender, or creed. Applications from non-academic facilities, postdoctoral positions, and the National Institutes of Health are not eligible.

Range of Grant Awards: The IWMF anticipates funding grants for up to $200,000 per year for each project under the Strategic Research Roadmap Initiative.

Project Length: Research projects shall be up to 2 years in length.

Payment Policy: The IWMF Treasurer will pay a pro rata amount for six months at the start of the project. Future payments will be made at designated six-month intervals after each Interim or Final Report and accompanying Lay Summary has been received, the IWMF Research Committee has reviewed it for satisfactorily meeting the IWMF reporting requirements (see below) and a webinar with the lead researcher has occurred. Payments will be made after all guidelines have been met.

Reporting Requirements: Progress Reports are required to be submitted to the IWMF by the Investigator every six months for the duration of the project. Interim Progress Reports must be submitted no later than 30 days after the six-month period ends. Such Progress Reports will describe the activities and results with respect to each specific Aim that have occurred during the preceding six-month period. Project Aims should not be changed during the research process without prior notification, justification, and agreement of the IWMF Research Committee. The Investigator must show in the reports that he or she is performing the obligations stated in the submitted and approved research proposal for each reporting period. Deviations from the six-month timelines need to be explained to ensure that the project is on track. A Final Progress Report which describes the results and findings as they relate to the stated goals of the project for the full term of the project is required no later than 45 days after the project ending date. The Investigator should expect on occasion to receive requests for clarification of Progress Reports. The requests for clarification may be in writing and/or a webinar. A Lay Summary must accompany each Interim Progress Report and the Final Progress Report. The reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF file format. A final detailed expenditure report must also be sent no later than 90 days after the project ending date.

Request Research Grant Application

Click here to download PDF of application form.  Our deadline to receive project proposals is February 10, 2021.

Review Criteria

Research proposals are reviewed by an independent committee composed of selected members of the IWMF Research Committee, the IWMF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), and other experts in the field. This committee may in turn respond to the research proposal applicant(s) with questions and/or request clarification regarding certain aspects of the proposal itself. The proposals will be ranked using established NIH review criteria. The number of Awards made will be based on funding availability. Applicants will be notified by the IWMF as soon as a decision is made.

An application will be judged on these criteria:

  • The probability of an advance in prevention, diagnosis, or treatment in the near-term.
  • The conceptual basis upon which the proposal rests.
  • The novelty of the concept and strategy.
  • The overall plan for bringing the research findings to clinical application.
  • Experience, background, and qualifications of investigator(s).
  • Adequacy of resources and environment (facilities, data management, data analysis, etc.).
  • Adequacy of provisions for protection of human subjects.

Robert A. Kyle Development Award Program

In recent years we have witnessed substantial progress in basic biomedical research and subsequent clinical management of Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM). In order to achieve its vision of A World Without WM, the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation recognizes that it is vital to provide funding to support the career development of next-generation researchers for WM.

The IWMF is therefore proud to announce the establishment of the Robert A. Kyle Career Development Award Program, which recognizes the 50+ years of impactful contributions by Dr. Robert Kyle to the field of plasma cells disorders and WM.

Under the terms of the Request for Proposals(link is external) for the Robert A. Kyle Career Development Award, the IWMF will confer a research grant to a young investigator in the amount of $75,000 each year for a two (2)-year project. A young investigator is defined as a junior faculty member (instructor or assistant professor) and/or postdoctoral fellow who has a focus in basic research in the field of B-cell or plasma cell malignancies for at least two (2) years. His or her program must have a teaching curriculum and mentoring with well-established investigators with a track record in the B-cell malignancy or plasma cell malignancy field. Our deadline to receive project proposals is January 14, 2021.

Should you have any further questions about the Robert A. Kyle Career Development Award, please do not hesitate to email IWMF Finance Manager Robin Tucker at the following email address: [email protected](link sends e-mail). Also, feel free to share the RFP document with any of your colleagues who may also be interested.

Application and Research Guidelines(link is external) for the Robert A. Kyle Career Development Award.

For more information please contact:

IWMF Office
6144 Clark Center Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34238
Tel: 941-927-4963
FAX: 941-927-4467
E-mail: [email protected]

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