Grant Information


The Columbus Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1957. The purpose of the CMRF is to sponsor medical research and seminars or other educational endeavours, primarily in the field of rheumatology. To this end, the CMRF offers annual grants, typically up to $10,000. If warranted by the project budget, the amount of the grant may be increased up to $15,000.

Project Priority/Time Horizon:

Research/Seminar Objectives:

The research/seminar objectives supported by the CMRF are, in general, the following: (1) to improve clinical practice, (2) to improve patient outcomes, (3) to improve patient access to care, (4) to improve the quality of patient care, and (5) to reduce unnecessary health care expenditures.

Application Procedures:

Applicants must complete and submit the CMRF Grant Application form by May 1. Questions may be directed to:

Review and Award Procedures:

Complete applications will be reviewed by CMRF Board Members. Review criteria for research projects include: (1) originality, (2) significance, (3) scientific soundness, (4) feasibility, (5) qualifications and experience of the Principal Investigator. Review criteria for seminars include: (1) originality, (2) significance, (3) intended audience and (4) qualifications and experience of the speaker(s).

Applicants will be advised of the award decisions in September.

Responsibilities of Awardees:

Awardees must recognize the support of the CMRF in seminars, scientific presentations and publications. Awardees also must provide a brief written progress report 1 year following the award decision. For research projects, the report should contain a brief summary of the results gathered to date and the name of the journal or conference where the results will be presented. For seminars, the report should contain confirmation that the seminar did take place.

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