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NBIA Disorders Association Announces Research Grants for Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA)

Spring 2018 Grant Cycle

The NBIA Disorders Association is accepting applications for two BPAN research grants for our Spring 2018 Grant Cycle. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15 for both categories.

We are looking for clinical and translational research studies related to the early detection, diagnosis or treatment of people with Beta-propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration (BPAN), caused by mutations in the gene WDR45, located on the X chromosome.

The organization is interested in projects that have the potential to generate essential resources for the scientific community, advance knowledge about NBIA disease processes and produce preliminary data so that additional national and international funding can carry the work forward.

Our BPAN research priorities for the Spring 2018 Grant Cycle are:

  • Delineate the molecular cascade that leads to early cellular changes
  • Develop disease models that complement existing models
  • Discover and validate biomarkers
  • Develop rational therapeutics
  • Establish outcome measures to be used in clinical trials
  • Develop other essential resources to substantially prepare for clinical trials

RFA Deadlines

  • Applications due by June 15, 2018
  • Award announcement by August 1, 2018
  • Grant funding to begin September 1, 2018

Category 1

One year, $45,000 grant open to all scientists. This seed grant is meant to produce preliminary data so that additional funding can carry the work forward.

Please see RFA titled 2018 BPAN Grant Application for more details

Category 2

Early-career faculty investigator grant. Applicants must be within five years of their first faculty appointment, or the equivalent. The selected recipient would get up to $75,000 each year for two years, with an option for a third year, depending on progress.

This grant is intended to support highly promising but relatively new researchers as they transition from training to independence. The goal is to engage an investigator who will contribute substantially to this field for the duration of his or her career.

For this award, we are reaching beyond the NBIA community to include scientists in human genetics, neurology, neurobiology and complementary areas of study. It will be awarded only if highly meritorious applications are received. The association may elect not to make an award if no application meets this standard.

Please see RFA titled 2018 Early-Career BPAN Grant Application for more details


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2018 BPAN Grant Application

2018 Early-Career BPAN Grant Application

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