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2024 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program

The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) is pleased to announce the RFA for the 2024 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program. Launched in 2009 with generous support from the John S. Dunn Foundation, this seed grant program continues to build the collaborative environment of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) and fund projects with high potential for impacting human health.

The purpose of this program is to foster new, exemplary inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional engagement in the quantitative biomedical sciences by providing research seed grants of up to $100,000 total to support research/preliminary work for 2 years.

Funds will be awarded to new collaborative teams in which the PI and co-PI are from different GCC member institutions: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Rice University, University of Houston, UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and The Institute of Biosciences and Technology of Texas A&M.

Dunn List of All Awardees 2009-2023

2024 Dunn Pre and Full Proposal Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Selection Criteria for the Full Proposal

Selection Criteria for the Full Proposal

Three teams from each institution will be invited to submit full proposals  (we anticipate a total of 24 full proposals).  Three full proposals will then be selected to receive a Dunn Collaborative Research Award of up to $100,000 per team for a two-year period.

The selection criteria for the Dunn Collaborative Research Award Program include the following:

  • novelty of the proposed research
  • interdisciplinary nature of the work/integration of the team
  • quality of the science
  • qualifications of the investigators
  • anticipated level of impact/long-term sustainability

Please note: Funds of up to $100,000 per team are provided for a 2-year research project period.  Funds may be used for graduate student or postdoctoral fellow stipend/salary and fringe, limited supplies, limited travel.  No funds are provided for faculty support, F&A/indirect costs, tuition or tuition remission.

The John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Award Program has been renewed for another 10 years (2019-2029). We are deeply appreciative of the Dunn Foundation trustees for their generosity and tremendous commitment to biomedical research and the work of outstanding scientists in our community and for their continued confidence in the GCC.