Research Grants and Awards


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 124 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:

2021 Research Grant submissions are due by January 31, 2021.

2021 Grant Application (PDF)

2021 Grant Application (Word)


Grant Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Criteria: Applicants must be employed by an institution engaged in health-related research.  Be a physician or hold an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or international equivalent) working in any country within 10 years of obtaining his/her medical degree (by 2010) at the time of grant submission. In cases of a change in institutions, while applying for, or utilizing funds from the NPF, applicants must notify the NPF, and will be subject to review based upon the change in circumstances. Collaborations with more senior scientists in an advisory or mentorship role during this project are viewed favorably during the review process.

Research/Grant Criteria: 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.

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. Investigators should be in the early stages of their career. Studies more closely related to diabetes will not be accepted. It should be clearly specified how the funds/research will be used to leverage additional funding.

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. The scope of work must be commensurate with the funding amount (PI’s should not be sending in RO1 type applications). Overlap with existing sources of funding should be clearly identified in the Other Support document


Please submit the application via electronic file in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the grant application website HERE.  We will only accept applications electronically please do not mail a paper copy to the NPF office. 

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 2021.

Questions? Please email Ms. Brooke Campbell, National Program Coordinator at