Child Neurology Foundation: Grants for Brain Research

OVERVIEW: The Child Neurology Foundation invests in early career scientists who examine various aspects of child neurology and neurological disorders.

IP TAKE: This funder accepts unsolicited grant applications. However, grantseekers should note that it does not make a large number of awards each year.

PROFILE: The Child Neurology Foundation was established in 2001 by one of the country’s first pediatric neurologists, Dr. Kenneth Swaiman. The foundation is an outgrowth of Swaiman’s Child Neurology Society, which he founded in the early 1970s as a “collaborative center of education and support for caregivers and their children with neurological conditions.” One way it works toward that goal is through the support of researchers conducting clinical and basic scientific research in child neurology. 

Awards fund early career scientists dedicated to researching various aspects of child neurology. Applicants must be junior or active members of the Child Neurology Society and legal residents of the United States or Canada.

The foundation’s Child Neurology Shields Grant program supports both translational and clinical research conducted by children neurologists and developmental pediatricians. Grants amounts are $50,000 per year for two years.

The foundation awards Child Neurology PERF Scientific grants to researchers who have completed training in child neurology or neurodevelopment disabilities. Grants are for $50,000 per year for two years. Candidates who have approved or pending grants from the National Institutes of Health do not qualify for this grant program.

On a smaller scale, the foundation offers a summer research scholarship of $3,500 for first- or second-year medical students interested in training as a child neurologist.

The Child Neurology Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications, which must be submitted by April 1.

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