Since 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has been committed to improving the lives of those impacted by spinal cord injuries. Inspired by its founder, Craig H. Neilsen, who suffered from a high-level spinal cord injury for more than twenty years (until his death in 2006), the foundation supports organizations that are driving creative scientific research, education, training, and innovative programing for those impacted by spinal cord injuries.
In support of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications through its Psychosocial Research portfolio. Dedicated to addressing the interlaced and complex biological, psychological, and social needs of those living with spinal cord injuries, the program encourages researchers to address the critical gaps of knowledge within the field in order to improve therapeutic interventions and disseminate best industry practices.
In the past, the foundation has emphasized research focused on improving the understanding of psychological and social factors that affect overall health and functioning; testing the capacity of rehabilitation interventions to address these factors; improving measurements of psychosocial risk factors, protective factors, processes and outcomes; and identifying critical gaps within this research area. The program supports both qualitative and quantitative research.
In 2020, a number of research awards will be offered:
PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships — Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded to early-career researchers interested in specializing in spinal cord injuries. Applicants must have a mentor who is experienced in spinal cord injury-related psychosocial research and have attained a terminal degree within the past five years.
PSR Pilot Grants — Grants of up to $200,000 over two years will be awarded to pilot studies designed to test the feasibility of innovative methods, procedures, or data collection with the potential to lead to a larger-scale study.
PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects — Grants of up to $400,000 over three years will be awarded to substantive studies that facilitate, expand, or improve practices that impact those living with spinal cord injuries, including studies that fill critical gaps, open new areas of research, or develop or evaluate interventions.
Eligible candidates must have a doctoral or equivalent terminal degree such as an MD, DVM, or PhD and be conducting research at a nonprofit academic and/or research institution or rehabilitation facility in the United States or Canada.
Letters of intent must be received by March 25, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by July 22, 2019.
See the Craig H Neilsen Foundation website for complete program instructions and application instructions.