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National Ataxia Foundation

2023 AAC

Researcher Resources

NAF works with the most knowledgeable, accomplished Ataxia researchers in the world. We are committed to providing the resources needed to pursue a cure and better quality of life for people with Ataxia.

Research Grants

The National Ataxia Foundation 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 domestic and International non-profit and for-profit institutions. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for some research grants from NAF, please check the PI Qualifications for more information.

The March 1, 2024 to February 28, 2025 funding term will be open for Letter of Intent (LOI) submission on June 30, 2023 on proposalCentral. 

You may contact Aimee Alcott, NAF Research Services Assistant, at with questions.

NAF Research Grant Types

Seed Money Research Grant

Pioneer SCA3 Translational Research Awards

Post-doctoral Fellowship Award

Early Career Investigator Award

Pre-doctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Ataxia Research

National Ataxia Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Additional Eligibility Information: Application acceptance from U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens vary for each grant type. Please check the qualifications for each grant type for more information. Applications from for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, public or private institutions, and institutions both inside and outside the United States will be considered.

Grant Process

NAF utilizes proposalCENTRAL for grant applications.

1. Create a proposalCENTRAL account.

2. Submit a LOI that contains a full title and one-page scientific abstract of your research proposal.

3. Once your LOI is accepted, apply through proposalCENTRAL.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If a letter of support is required for a grant, can I provide two letters of support?

Yes, if you would like to provide additional letters of support, please upload to proposalCENTRAL during the application process. However, only one letter of recommendation is required.

2. I have previously been granted a Early Career Investigator Award, may I apply for another Early Career Investigator Award in this new funding cycle?

No, please check your eligibility for NAF’s other grant types and consider applying for a different NAF grant.

3. When applying for a Early Career Investigator Award, is there a time restriction for amount of years after obtaining my PhD in order to be eligible?

There is no time restriction regarding amount of years after obtaining a PhD. However, applicants must not be an Associate Professor or higher.

Recruit Research Participants

Ataxia Patient Meeting

NAF hosts an annual patient conference each year which is attended by those affected by Ataxia and their caregivers/family members. Attendance is often over 500 individuals. Presentations by leading Ataxia researchers are given during the 2-day conference. Ataxia researchers are invited to participate in the exhibit area of the meeting to recruit patients for IRB approved research studies or share their research findings. 

If you are interested in recruiting patients at NAF’s Annual Ataxia Conference, please contact us at (763) 553-0020 or email

Access Patient Registry

NAF partners with Sanford Research Coordination of Rare Dieseases (CoRDS) to maintain a registry of Ataxia patients. Access the registry to find potential participants for your research studies. 

Additional Resources

CAGC Website

The Centralized Ataxia Genomics Core (CAGC) is a freely accessible resource developed with support from the National Ataxia Foundation and hosted within the Clinical Neurogenomics Research Center based at the University of California, Los Angeles. This application is designed to facilitate connections within the ataxia research community related to shared interest in the same gene(s) and/or genetic variant(s). The goal of the CAGC is to improve collaboration to help solve undiagnosed ataxia cases through a centralized ataxia-specific data repository of genomic data collected from both research and/or clinical sources.

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