Grant Guidelines

2014 Grants

For calendar year 2014, the Iacocca Family Foundation will accept grant applications to support innovative and promising research projects that will lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes.  The Foundation will accept novel projects which directly accelerate a cure for type 1 diabetes or inform the understanding of the disease by a related or complementary mechanism of action.  Investigators in traditional type 1 diabetes research, as well as investigators currently working on other autoimmune diseases are encouraged to apply, provided that the proposed project focuses directly on type 1 diabetes and supports the mission of the Foundation.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, January 31, 2014.  All applications must be e-mailed in PDF format to the Foundation by 5:00pm EST on January 31, 2014, as well as postmarked and mailed.  The e-mail and mailing addresses are:

e-mail: info@iacoccafoundation.org
The Iacocca Family Foundation
867 Boylston Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Below are specific grant guidelines for the application process.  These guidelines should answer all your questions, but if you do have a question that is not answered, please e-mail your question no later than Monday, January 27th to info@iacoccafoundation.org to allow adequate time to answer your question before the stated deadline.

At the bottom of this page, you will find the grant guidelines in PDF format, as well as the grant application.

Thank you to all the researchers who continue to share our mission of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.  We look forward to receiving your grant application.

GRANT GUIDELINES & APPLICATION
The Iacocca Family Foundation is accepting grant proposals for 2014.  Please see the guidelines below and note that the deadline for applications is Friday, January 31, 2014.

The Iacocca Family Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation.  The mission of the Foundation is to fund innovative and promising type 1 diabetes research programs and projects that will lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate complications caused by it.

FIELDS OF INTEREST
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the Foundation’s grant making, the Foundation will support qualified non-profit research organizations in type 1 diabetes research programs and projects.

The Iacocca Family Foundation accepts applications from investigators at non-profit academic, medical or research institutions.  Applicants need to provide such IRS documentation of status or the equivalent if applying from outside the United States.

PRIORITY GRANTS
The Foundation will accept grant applications to support innovative and promising research projects that will lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes.  The Foundation will accept novel projects which directly accelerate a cure for type 1 diabetes or inform the understanding of the disease by a related or complementary mechanism of action.  Investigators in traditional type 1 diabetes research, as well as investigators currently working on other autoimmune diseases are encouraged to apply, provided that the proposed project focuses directly on type 1 diabetes and supports the mission of the Foundation.

TYPES OF GRANTS
The Iacocca Family Foundation hopes its’ funding will help catalyze innovative research.  Therefore, the Foundation is accepting applications for projects that have a term of one year.  [The funding year for the Foundation is from July 1st – June 30th (unless otherwise agreed upon).]  Progress reports will be requested for all funded grants.  The Foundation will consider additional funding for worthy projects, yet it should not be assumed that there will be continued funding – and other sources of funding should be sought after.

The Foundation will make grants to support:
Research programs and projects that will lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes (and supplies and equipment
 as it pertains to such projects); salaries; fellowships under the sponsorship of a strong advisor; and international collaborations.

The Foundation does not make grants for:
Projects not on type 1 diabetes; research using embryonic stem cells, human fetal tissue or human embryos; buildings or capital improvements; hospital and university general fund drives; and general operating costs of hospitals, research institutes, buildings, clinical care clinics, etc.

The Foundation has a strict policy of only paying a maximum overhead of 10% indirect costs on all grants; no overhead is paid on equipment.  The Foundation has the right to review all expenditures on grants and has the right to revoke any grant that is mismanaged (i.e. not spent for the intended purpose, used for projects unrelated to the proposed project, etc.). 
 At times, a select subset of recipients will present their data to the Foundation and/or its’ Board members.

GRANT AMOUNTS & NUMBER OF GRANTS
The Foundation is very focused in its’ grant-making by making a few research grants a year.  Accordingly, the Foundation will consider grants ranging in amounts of $10,000 to $500,000.

GRANT PROCEDURES
Grant applicants are encouraged to carefully read this guide to the Foundation’s grant guidelines and instructions.  Only those projects that fall within the Foundation’s program areas and objectives, and those which meet appropriate criteria will be considered for Foundation support.

APPLICATION
All applicants need to send (a) a PDF of their application and corresponding correspondence and (b) eight (8) hard copies (double-sided with 3-hole punch and not stapled) of their application by January 31st.
  Please do not fax applications to the Foundation.

Eight copies of the applications should be sent to:
Iacocca Family Foundation
867 Boylston Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA  02116

The PDF version of the application should be e-mailed to: info@iacoccafoundation.org.

Within fifteen business days of receiving an application, we will send you an e-mail confirmation and in turn, ask that you please do not call the Foundation to inquire about grant status.

Applications should include:
1. Cover Letter and IRS determination letter: Including a statement of authorization, signed by both the applicant and the authorized director of grant management for your institution. Please include a copy of your organization’s IRS determination letter or the equivalent if applying from outside the United States.

2. Title Page: The name of the principal investigator, department, address, and contact information; the name of the organization, address and contact information; primary contact for grant administration; information pertaining to the current IRS tax status; information regarding past funding from the Iacocca Family Foundation; specific proposal information including project title and the amount of grant support requested; information as to specific project area for this grant; and original signatures of applicant and financial officer.

3. Lay Summary of Proposal: No longer than 1500 words summarizing the essential elements of the proposal and is separate from a cover letter.

4. Budget: For the total project, itemize each area using standard NIH accounting expenditure categories.  Indirect expenses may not exceed 10% and should be lower than this if possible.  Equipment carries no overhead.

5. Other Pending Support: 
Include a list of other funding sources approached for this and related projects to date.  The Foundation requests the grantee disclose any funds received for the grant requested and reserves the right to cancel funding and have any duplicated funding returned.

6. Scientific Proposal: 
No longer than two pages that covers the following points in a clear and concise manner:
a. Purpose of the project stated in one or two sentences.

b. Need for project and problems it addresses.

c. Goal of the project, the measurable objectives, the results to be achieved, how the project’s goals meet the problems it addresses, and how the project’s goals meet the stated objective described within the relevant Foundation program area.

d. Project plan and description, which includes project history and past accomplishments; target population to be served including number, age, and location; timeline; specific project activities and how these activities will achieve the project’s goals and objectives and the objectives of the Foundation’s program areas.

e. Not included in two-page limit is an additional one page of references for the scientific proposal.

7. Outline on one page three major scientific accomplishments: 
These past scientific accomplishments should be explained in the context of their impact on science and can be in the form of scientific papers or patent applications.

8. Biography:
 Provide a two-page bio-sketch with publications for the Principal Investigator only.  If the proposal is collaborative, please also provide a bio-sketch(es) of the co-collaborator(s) (no more than two pages).

FREQUENCY OF APPLICATION
Due to the volume of grant applications made to the Foundation each year, applicants may make only one application per year, whether successful in obtaining a grant or not.

FORM OF APPLICATION
Applicants should e-mail the above materials in PDF form to info@iacoccafoundation.org, as well as submit eight (8) hard copies via mail to: Iacocca Family Foundation, 867 Boylston Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA  02116.

Please ensure that the paper copies are double-sided, 3-hole punched and not stapled.

TIMING
Grant applications should be dated no later than January 31, 2014.  Grant applications will be considered once a year, reviewed by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisors and evaluated for a final vote by Board members at the annual Spring Board meeting.  Applicants will receive notification as to the decision of the Foundation by approximately June 30th. Please do not make inquiries as to the status of an application.


2014 Grant Guidelines


Iacocca Family Foundation grant application for 2014