Frequently Asked Questions

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What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine utilizes the body’s own ability to heal. Cell and developmental biology, regenerative pharmacology and immunology, medicine and surgery, biotechnology, bioengineering, and other relevant fields, are brought together to develop ways to replace, restore, or regenerate damaged or malfunctioning cells, tissues, or organs to help people return to better health.

How can I hear about grant opportunities? Can I be put on your mailing list?

What kinds of grants are being offered?

We offer grants for research, clinical trials, and biobusiness development that promote, advance, improve, or enhance awareness of regenerative medicine.

Do I have to be in Minnesota to apply?

Yes. All grant funds must go to research, clinical trials, or biobusiness development within the state of Minnesota.

When will the grant RFPs be released?

Research and Clinical Trial Grant RFPs are released in September of each year.

Biobusiness Development RFPs are released in January of each year.

How do I apply?

See our Apply for a Grant page for RFPs and instructions.

How are the grants reviewed?

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota enlists world-renowned experts in science and medicine to thoroughly review grant proposals to ensure that the best and most promising applications are selected for funding. A list of grant reviewers for each year can be found here.

Reviewers use the nine-point NIH scale to review the grants, with one being the best score and nine the lowest score. Reviewers are excluded from reviewing any grants for which they have declared a conflict of interest.

How can I learn about previously funded grants?

Information about past and current grant awards can be found on this website.

l am having trouble accessing or submitting my application. What do I do?

Sorry you are having this problem! Please contact We will work with you to get this resolved and to get your application submitted.

Research Grants

How much money can be requested?

The maximum amount of funding for a Basic Science or Translational Research grant is $250,000 over two years ($125,000 each year). The maximum amount of funding for a Clinical Translation grant is $500,000 over two years ($250,000 each year).

How is an early-stage investigator defined?

RMM uses the definition established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

How many research grants can a principal investigator apply for? How many grants can a principal investigator hold?

There is no limit to the number of applications a principal investigator can submit. Principal investigators can only hold one research grant at a time, but can concurrently apply for and hold a Biobusiness Development grant.

How many principal investigators can be on a single research grant application?

Only one.

When are grant applications due?

Research grant applications are currently closed.

When will grant applicant awardees be announced?

The Research Grant awards were announced in January 2022.

Who is responsible for obtaining additional approvals to conduct research?

The PI is responsible for obtaining all required approvals from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), etc. as required by their institution and state or federal law.

Do you have a Word file of the budget document?

Yes, download a Word version of the budget form here.

I am applying from the University of Minnesota. Do I need to submit a PRF?

No. Per SPA, if you are awarded a grant, the PRF can be submitted at that time.

What is my indirect cost rate?

You should use the established NIH-negotiated rate if your institution has one (for example, the University of Minnesota indirect rate is 52%). Check with your accountant or your grants/contracts staff. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate, use 10%.

How long is the grant period?

Research grants are awarded for one or two years. Second year of funding (if applicable) is dependent on adequate progress toward aims. Previous awardees can apply for additional funding once their original grant is completed.  

Biobusiness Development Grants

Can a non-profit business apply for a Biobusiness Development Grant?


When are Biobusiness Development grant applications due?

Biobusiness Development grant applications are currently closed.

When will Biobusiness Development awards be announced?

The 2022 Biobusiness Development grants were announced in May 2022.

When is the start date for grant funding?

The RFP will describe the time period during which the grant must start.

How much money can applicants request?

The maximum amount of funding for Biobusiness Development grants is $100,000.

How long is the grant period?

Biobusiness Development grants are for one year. Previous awardees can reapply for additional funding.

How many applications can a Project Director submit?

There is no limit to how many applications a Project Director can submit. If a PI is currently holding a Research grant, they can also apply for, and accept, an additional Biobusiness Development grant.

How many RMM grants can be held at one time?

A PI can hold only one Research grant at a time, but can hold a Research and a Biobusiness Development grant concurrently.   


How many Project Directors can hold a single grant?

Only one person can be the Project Director on a grant.  

Do you have a Word file of the budget document?

Yes, download a Word version of the budget form here.