Information for Applicants

The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), solicits proposals on an annual basis for research projects in health promotion, and disease prevention.  Please share the “Portes Foundation Call for Proposals” with colleagues who may be interested.

Historically, the Portes Foundation has funded grants in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.  Grants are awarded for one year projects.  We invite proposals that explore research or implementation ideas important in health promotion and disease prevention. These projects may be investigative in etiologic factors, preventive measures, primary and secondary prevention screening, and education. Projects in patient education or health professions education will also be considered.

The principal investigator must be a MD, DO or PhD; have an appointment at a medical school or other health science school, or a medical school affiliated hospital and must have the endorsement of the Dean or the principal research officer.

No indirect costs will be allowed. Travel costs may be requested up to $1,000 and reasonable publication and page charges may be covered. Portes/IOMC grants cannot be used toward capital equipment. The proposed budget should not exceed $30,000.

The project must have the approval of the appropriate institutional review board and, where relevant, the human subjects review board. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a scientific committee of the Portes Foundation and the IOMC.

While there are no restrictions on publication, the Portes Foundation and the IOMC ask that any publications resulting in whole or in part from a Portes Foundation/IOMC grant include an acknowledgement of support or partial support.

The review of proposals submitted for consideration in 2021 with awards to be granted in 2022 is currently in progress.  Full proposals from selected projects were due on December 17, 2021. If you were asked to submit a complete proposal for consideration in the current cycle and have questions, please contact the IOMC staff at

Letters of interest for proposals to be considered in 2022 with awards to be granted in February of 2023 will be accepted during the open period between June 1 and August 1, 2022.  Letters of interest (LOI) must be submitted electronically to by August 1, 2022. Upon submission of a LOI, the Portes Foundation and IOMC will consider the intended concept within the scope of the Portes Foundation mission and determine whether to request submission of a complete and more detailed proposal.  In September of 2022, LOI submitters will be notified of this initial determination.  If applicable, a complete formal proposal will be requested and will be due December 1, 2022. The formal proposal should be limited to about 25 pages and must include a succinct review of relevant literature explaining the rationale and purpose of the study; a description of the population or other cohorts to be studied; the research design and methodology; and the evaluation methodology. The evaluation methodology of the proposal is important and should follow program evaluation guidelines and include evaluation of outcomes.  Applicants who have been requested to submit a formal proposal will be notified regarding the final determination of awards in February 2023.

Submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI)

The Portes Foundation accepts proposals following their annual RFP (Request For Proposal) announcement. Those interested in applying for an award must respond to the announcement by submitting a letter of interest (LOI) to  This letter should not exceed three pages and should succinctly describe the purpose, rationale, objectives, and expected outcomes.

To receive notification of the annual call for proposals, please provide your name and email address in our “Sign up for Updates” form below. Do not include your proposal in this form. The information you provide on this form will be used only to distribute announcements from The Portes Foundation. It will not be given or sold to any other organization.