The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) works to improve the quality of life of people affected by FTD and drive research for a cure.
To that end, AFTD is inviting applications for its AFTD Pilot Grants program. The program provides seed funding for innovative research in the preliminary stages of development, with a focus on early-career investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program. Projects funded through the Pilot Grant program are intended to generate data to support a follow-on grant application to the NIH, another public agency, or a nonprofit organization. Through the program, three types of grants will be awarded:
Basic Science Pilot — Grants will be awarded in support of projects focused on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying FTD.
Susan Marcus Translational Research Pilot — Funded by a generous donor, these grants support projects using human subjects or biofluid/tissue samples to answer questions about FTD pathology or to advance clinical practice.
Well-Being in FTD Pilot — Grants will be awarded in support of non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions or state-of-the-art technologies with the potential to positively impact daily quality of life for persons with FTD and their families.
Awards of up to $60,000 over a year will be awarded in each category.
Eligible applicants include new or early-stage investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program who have a faculty appointment or are serving a medical residency at an academic institution, teaching hospital, or other not-for-profit research institution, or who are employed in an equivalent position at a for-profit biotechnology start-up organization.
See the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.