MSCRF Investigator-Initiated

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 Investigator-Initiated Research Grants Program is to attract and support Investigators with preliminary data supporting the Grant Application, who wish to conduct basic, translational and/or clinical research involving human stem cells. The results from this application should broaden and advance the knowledge of human stem cell biology and develop clinical applications for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of human diseases, injuries and conditions.

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 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant may request up to six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000), budgeted over a maximum period of three (3) 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