How to Apply for a Grant

Note: Your organization must be registered with ProposalCentral in order to apply. If your institution is not registered with ProposalCentral, please contact the Grants and Contracts Office or Sponsored Programs Office at your institution and request they visit and set up an account. 

  1. To start a new application, go to and login under the “Application Login” section. If you do not have an account yet, click the orange “CREATE ONE NOW!” button under the Application Login.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to you with a confirmation number. Open the e-mail and copy the confirmation number. Return to and login under the “Application Login” section by providing the username and password you created. Paste the confirmation number and click the ‘Submit Confirmation Number’ button.
  3. To locate an open announcement, click the gray Grant Opportunities tab in the upper right. Click the Filter by GrantMaker button and select BrightFocus Foundation from the drop-down menu. All the opportunities available for BrightFocus will show.
  4. Click the link in the Grant Maker column to open the grant maker’s website in a separate browser window or tab. Click the link and/or download the document in the Program column to see program information. To start an application, click the “Apply Now” button. To start a new application and upload attachments, you must use our ProposalCentral application portal to apply online.

Note: We recommend accessing the application portal using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You may experience some issues with other browsers for accessing or navigating BrightFocus’ application portal. Please note that Microsoft Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser.

(On mobile devices, swipe left to see all of the table columns.)

Fiscal Year Proposal Deadline Calendar Year Funded Award Start Date
FY10 2009 April 1, 2010
FY11 2010 July 1, 2011
FY12 2011 July 1, 2012
FY13 2012 July 1, 2013
FY14 2013 July 1, 2014
FY15 2014 July 1, 2015
FY16 2015 July 1, 2016
FY17 2016 July 1, 2017
FY18 2017 July 1, 2018
FY19 2018 July 1, 2019



September 1, 2020 



July 1, 2021 

FY22 2021 July 1, 2022


Progress Reports

Submission of progress reports related to the current award should be made to For more information on progress report submission, please refer to our current awardees section.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact a representative of the Research Grants office by telephone at 800-437-2423 or email

First published on: October 27, 2021

Last modified on: May 28, 2024