With the goal of saving more lives, the Myocarditis Foundation is dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information to medical professionals, patients, and their families, and to the scientific advancement of both the diagnosis and treatment of myocarditis, a disease marked by inflammation and damage of the heart muscle. Although the exact incidence of myocarditis is not known, it is estimated that several thousand patients per year are diagnosed in the United States. Myocarditis usually attacks otherwise healthy people, and it is believed that 5 percent to 20 percent of all cases of sudden death in young adults are due to the disease.
As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its research grants fellowship program.
One-year grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for innovative basic, clinical, or translational research relevant to the cause or treatment of myocarditis. The program is designed to provide seed funding to investigators for the testing of initial hypotheses and collecting preliminary data to help secure long-term funding by the National Institute of Health and other major granting institutions. Funding is for salary only.
To be eligible, applicants must apply no later than ten years following receipt of an MD, PhD, or an equivalent degree and plan to perform the funded work in the United States or Canada. All applicants must select a preceptor with a proven track record of research in myocarditis. In addition to providing a letter of recommendation, the preceptor is expected to assist in preparing the application.
For complete program guidelines and application procedures, see the Myocarditis Foundation website.