HIRN Catalyst Initiative (2021)

The Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) announces a new funding initiative to support investigators developing bold, innovative, and challenging projects that will catalyze the field and provide  important advances in topics of interest to the network. To be considered  “catalyzing”, the proposed research must address significant and currently intractable problems by employing approaches or ideas that are currently outside the mainstream of contemporary research. The program is not intended to expand a current research program’s funding in the area of the proposed project, but instead must reflect a fundamental new insight or understanding that will revolutionize the field.  Catalyzing advances may emanate from the application of exceptionally innovative approaches and/or from testing radically unconventional hypotheses. Applicants must propose aims focused on an original scientific idea or question that is distinct from current HIRN funded research. However, the scientific focus of an application to the HIRN Catalyst program must fall within the purview of one (or more) of the current HIRN consortia.

Key Dates:

Posted Date:
Letter of Intent Due Date:
Application Due Date:
Scientific Review:
Start Date:
Expiration Date:

December 1, 2021
March 1, 2022
May 2, 2022
May – June, 2022
August 1, 2022
May 3, 2022

A User Guide for Applicants can be downloaded here.
HIRN. Catalyst Award. Applicant User Guide.pdf (354 downloads)

For more information please review the attached grant proposal document.
HIRN. RFP. Catalyst 2021. Dec 2021.pdf (1316 downloads)

Click here to access the Frequently Asked Questions regarding this funding initiative. This webpage will be updated throughout the submission process.

Please contact the HIRN Enhancement Center with any questions.



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