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 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:

2022 Research Grant submissions are due by January 31, 2022.

2022 Grant Application (Word Document)
2022 Grant Application (PDF)

Submission: Please submit the application via electronic file in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to the grant application website HERE.  

Grant Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Criteria:

  • Applicants must be employed by an institution engaged in health-related research.
  • They must hold an advanced degree (MD, DO, PhD or international equivalent) and 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. 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.
  • If the applicant changes institutions, while applying for, or utilizing funds from the NPF, they 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

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.