Ataxia Research Grants

The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is committed to funding the best science relevant to hereditary and sporadic types of ataxia in both basic and translational research. NAF invites research applications from U.S.A. and International non-profit and for-profit institutions. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a research grant from NAF. Funding for Ataxia-Telangiectasia research proposals will receive a lower priority unless they lend themselves to an overall better understanding of the ataxia disease process. A Letter of Intent is REQUIRED prior to submitting any research grant applications by the deadlines listed below. Grant Applications submitted that are not preceded by a Letter of Intent, will NOT be reviewed.

Research applications are to be submitted in a single pdf as an attachment in an email to susan@ataxia.org. Hard copies of applications are no longer required. Electronic signatures will be accepted.

Email all correspondence and questions to Sue Hagen at susan@ataxia.org. Please include the last name of the principal investigator as the first word in the subject line of any email you send.

Below are descriptions of NAF’s research programs:

 

Index

 

NAF Research Grants

Research Grant: One-year seed money grants of up to $15,000 but promising proposals up to a maximum of $30,000 will be considered for early or pilot phases of studies and ongoing investigations. Applicants for seed-money grants need to be faculty members.

July 15, 2015 - Date the Letter of Intent is due with a ½ to one-page abstract with specific aims of your research.

August 17, 2015 - Full application due

Application: Research Grant (Word) (PDF)

 

NAF Young Investigator Awards

Young Investigator (YI) Award: One-year grants* of $35,000 to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in the field of any form of ataxia research.

 

Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research: One-year grants of $50,000 will be awarded to encourage young investigators to pursue a career in spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) research.

For both Young Investigator award programs, candidates must have attained an MD or PhD 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. Clinicians must have finished their residency no more than five years prior to applying. PhDs must be no more than five years from end of the completion of their post-doc training.

The sponsoring institution must agree in writing to the following provision: the young investigator (MD or PhD) must be free to allocate approximately half time (50%) for ataxia related research.

August 3, 2015 – Date the Letter of Intent is due with a ½ to one-page abstract with specific aims of your research

September 1, 2015 - Full application due

Application: Young Investigator (YI) Award (Word)

Application: Young Investigator (YI-SCA) Award for SCA Research (Word) (PDF)

 

NAF Fellowship Awards

Research Post-Doc Fellowship Award: One-year grants* up to $35,000. Applicants should have completed at least one year of post-doctoral training, but not more than two at the time of application, and should have shown a commitment to research in the field of ataxia.

August 17, 2015 – Date the Letter of Intent is due with a ½ to one-page abstract with specific aims of your research

September 15, 2015 – Full application due

Application: Research Post-Doc Fellowship Award (PDF) (Word)

 

NAF Pioneer SCA Research Award Awards

Pioneer SCA Translational Research Award: One-year grant of $100,000 focusing on research investigations that will facilitate the development of treatments for the Spinocerebellar Ataxias (SCAs) will be awarded.

August 17, 2015 - Date the Letter of Intent is due with a ½ to one-page abstract with specific aims of your research.

September 15, 2015 - Full application due

Application: Pioneer SCA Translational Research Award (Word) (PDF)

 

*For the Research Seed-money, Young Investigator and Research Post-Doc Fellowship Awards, the number of grants awarded is dependent upon funds available. 70 research applications in those three grant programs were submitted in 2014. NAF funded 16 of those grants.

 

CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING FELLOWSHIP IN ATAXIA

The American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and the National Ataxia Foundation will co-fund a fellowship to support clinical research training in ataxia. Each fellowship will consist of a commitment of $55,000 per year for two years, plus $10,000 per year for tuition to support formal education in clinical research methodology at the applicant’s institution or elsewhere.

IMPORTANT DATES

October 1, 2015 – Application deadline

January 2016 – Notification of recipients

July 1, 2016 – Funding begins

Click this link for more information and application materials.