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Grantmaking Glossary

The Biomedical Research grant application closed November 15, 2013.

For information about the Biomedical Research grant
process, contact
Lydia Saldaña
Program Officer-Community & Research Grants

As you are working on your application, to avoid being logged out, click the Save as Draft button every 30 minutes. An applicant will be automatically logged out of the system after 90 minutes of inactivity.

Biomedical Research Grant Process and Guidelines

The Biomedical Research grant application closed November 15, 2013.

The San Antonio Area Foundation accepts applications for grants on an annual basis. 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 surrounding counties.

Biomedical Research grants are awarded in the following areas:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

Applications are evaluated on the following:

  • 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 for grant applications to national funding sources
  • Senior investigators seeking "bridging" funds or defining new directions for their laboratories
  • Laboratories encompassing teaching components, inter-institutional collaborations and scientific inquiries of particular relevance to our South Texas population

What we do not Fund:

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

Additional information:

  • Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The application closed on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. CST.
  • 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 2011, 2012 or 2013 is not eligible to submit an application for 2014.
  • 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 April 2014.

For more information, contact Lydia Saldaña, at 210.228.3753.