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The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) is a private, non-profit organization established to support the funding of research related to pancreatic diseases. It also provides support for the men, women, and children who are suffering from diseases of the pancreas. Founded in 1997, the NPF has given over $4 million to fund 127 groundbreaking research projects.

The proposed research must have direct relevance to the diagnosis and/or treatment of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, or other pancreas diseases. Grants are awarded for a period of one year. These and other grant requirements are detailed in the application.

International applicants are able to apply but need to be affiliated with an institution engaged in healthcare-related research.

We are no longer accepting grant proposals for 2014. Please check back in November/December of 2014 for information on the 2015 grant application process. – See more at:

2023 Research Grant submissions are due by January 31, 2023.

2023 Grant Application (Word Document)
2023 Grant Application (PDF)

Grant Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be employed by an institution engaged in health-related research. 
  2. Applicants must hold an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD, or international equivalent).
  3. Applicants must be early-stage faculty within 5 years of their first faculty or staff appointment. Postdoctoral fellows may apply if they will hold a faculty position at the time the grant starts. The position must be confirmed at the time of the application.
  4. An exception to the 5-year window may be granted for interruptions of work experience due to extenuating circumstances and clinical training. Applicants whose time on faculty exceeds the 5-year window and who believe they may be eligible should contact the NPF to confirm eligibility before submitting the application.
  5. Applicants are required to include a mentor or senior scientist collaborator on the project. The mentor/collaborator’s Biosketch should be provided. For international applicants, mentor needs to be a member of a US society or Association (APA, AGA, AAS/SUS, etc). Each applicant should provide an attestation from the mentor that they will be responsible for the conduct of the research.

Research/Grant Criteria:

  1. The research must be in the field of pancreatic diseases. Studies intended to advance knowledge in the areas of pancreatic carcinoma, and all forms of pancreatitis would be the closest to the areas of interest of the NPF.  
  2. Grant research proposals should directly address questions in basic, experimental or translational pancreas disease research, including, but not limited to acute, chronic, & pediatric pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic insufficiency, and pancreatic cancer, including early detection and treatment of these disorders. 
  3. If the applicant changes institutions while applying for, or utilizing funds from the NPF, the applicant or grantee must notify the NPF, and will be subject to review based upon the change in circumstances. 
  4. The funding should be for a pilot project, where the results lead to valuable preliminary data that could lead to a larger grant that could be transformative. It should be clearly specified how the funds/research will be used to leverage additional funding.
  5. The scope of work must be commensurate with the funding amount (PI’s should not be sending in RO1 type applications). 
  6. Overlap with existing sources of funding should be clearly identified in the Other Support document. 

Notification The notification of the decision of the Board of Directors regarding funding will be emailed to the applicant and the Institutional Representative after the Board meets, usually in late April.

Questions? Please contact Carrie Anderson, National Program Manager by email at

Submission: Please submit the application via email to