RFP: Grants of Up to $100K for Ataxia

Ataxia can be seriously bad news. The root of the world comes from the Greek “a taxis,” which means without order or communication. People suffering from ataxia are often victims of pronounced, sudden tremors or erratic movements that are impossible to cure.

Ataxia makes working, walking, even living independently a challenge, and thankfully, the National Ataxia Foundation is working to find cures for both hereditary and sporadic types of ataxia. To that end, they’re announcing an ambitious roster of available funding for 2015. Read on for a full run-down.

Research Grants: Through this program, NAF will award seed grants of up to $15,000 for ataxia-related research projects. Grants of up to $30,000 will be considered for early or pilot phases of studies and ongoing investigations. LOIs must be received no later than July 15, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications, which must be returned by August 17, 2015.

NAF Young Investigator Awards: The foundation offers two funding tracks through its Young Investigator Awards program. The Young Investigator Award provides grants of $35,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue careers in any field involving of ataxia research. The Young Investigator Award for SCA Research provides one-year grants of $50,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue careers in spinocerebellar ataxia research.

To be eligible, candidates for both programs must have attained an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and have an appointment as a junior faculty member, senior post-doc, or clinical fellow. Individuals at the associate professor level are not eligible to apply. In addition, clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying, while Ph.D.s must be no more than five years from completion of their post-doc training. LOIs must be received no later than August 3, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by September 1, 2015.

NAF Research Post-Doc Fellowship Award: This program provides one-year grants up to $35,000. Applicants should have completed at least one year of postdoctoral training but not more than two at the time of application, and should be able to demonstrate a commitment to research in the field of ataxia. LOIs must be received no later than August 17, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications, which are due by September 15, 2015.

NAF Pioneer SCA Research Award Awards: The Pioneer SCA Translational Research Award provides a one-year grant of $100,000 for research designed to facilitate the development of treatments for spinocerebellar ataxias. LOIs must be received no later than August 17, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications, which must be returned no later than September 15, 2015.