MSCRF Exploratory

The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund was established by the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly under the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006. The purpose of the Fund is to promote State-funded human stem cell research and medical treatments through Grants to public and private entities in the State. More information at


The purpose of this Exploratory Research Grants Program is to attract and support Investigators who are new to the stem cell field (young Investigators and Investigators from other fields) and for new and/or innovative hypotheses, approaches, mechanisms or models that may differ from current thinking in the stem cell field and have little or no preliminary data supporting the Application. Grants awarded under this RFA will fund basic, translational and/or clinical research involving human stem cells.

Eligible Recipients

Principal Investigators and all other MSCRF-funded personnel must be employed or retained by an eligible Maryland-based research organization while conducting State-funded stem cell research. Such affiliations may be permanent or temporary, full-time or part-time. Applicants from Maryland-based public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit research organizations of all types are eligible for this Award (e.g., universities, colleges, research institutes, companies and medical centers).

Investment Conditions

Applicants for an Exploratory Research Grant may request up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) of direct costs in any single year, for up to two (2) years.

Application Process

Once a year cycle with new RFA coming out in early October:
Letter of Intent due by mid-November
Full application due by mid-January.


Dan Gincel
VP University Partnerships & Executive Director, MD Stem Cell Research Fund