Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund


Important Changes for 2020: The Noonan Research Fund 2020 grant cycle will support two-year/$160,000 projects in a 2-stage application process and is no longer offering one-year/$80,000 funding opportunities.


The Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund, established in 1947 by Frank M. Noonan in memory of his mother, continues its proud tradition of supporting improvements in the quality of life for children with disabilities with two-year grants up to $160,000 (inclusive of 20% indirect costs). Recognizing that children’s health services and supports are provided in a wide range of community settings as well as hospitals, the Noonan Research program welcomes research proposals from both nonprofit organizations and academic institutions that serve children with physical or developmental disabilities and associated health-related complications. Eligible organizations and target populations must be within the Fund’s geographic area of interest of Greater Boston. Neither a faculty position nor an advanced degree is required.

Proposals for basic science research will not be considered, nor will applications for capital costs such as buildings, renovations, or major equipment items. The Noonan Fund does not support direct service, primary prevention projects, or primary medical conditions such as obesity or device development. Drug trials are not supported by the Noonan Research Fund.

The Sara Elizabeth O’Brien Trust Award focused on Blindness will not be offered in 2020 as part of the Noonan program.

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