Biomedical Research Grants

Grants are awarded on an annual basis in the areas of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Grants are awarded on an annual basis to programs in the areas of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Those eligible to submit applications include nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, churches or governmental bodies that serve Bexar and the following counties: Frio, Atascosa, Karnes, Wilson, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Comal, Blanco, Kendall, Gillespie, Kerr, Bandera and Medina.

The application is available now through Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


Review the list of 2017 Biomedical Research grant awards

Biomedical Research grants are awarded in the following areas:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

Applications are evaluated on

  • Originality and importance of the research
  • Likelihood that the project can gain competitive funding nationally
  • Project’s benefit to the San Antonio and South Texas community
  • Capability of the investigator to complete the study

Priority is given to

  • Junior investigators initiating pilot projects which, if funded, can be leveraged to gain additional national funding.
  • Senior investigators seeking "bridge" funding or defining new directions for their laboratories
  • Laboratories encompassing teaching components, inter-institutional collaborations or scientific inquiries of particular relevance to our South Texas population

The Area Foundation does not fund

  • Endowments
  • Debt reduction
  • Operating deficits
  • Salaries
  • Travel and printing costs related to publication

Additional information

  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application. Please click here to create your account. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.    
  • Applications must be submitted electronically as outlined in the application. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. No faxes or hard copies will be accepted.
  • When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive a response immediately after submitting, please contact Lydia Saldaña at 210.228.3753.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Any application that is received after that time or is incomplete will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Any Principal Investigator who receives a Biomedical Research grant award in one year is not eligible to apply for the following three years. Therefore, any investigator who received a grant in 2015, 2016 or 2017 is not eligible to submit an application for 2018.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Biomedical Research Community Advisory Committee, a diverse group of community volunteers with expertise and knowledge of Biomedical Research. Funding will be announced early April 2018.
  • For grantees, please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Past grant awards


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