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.
To help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications through its Psychosocial Research portfolio, which supports research that addresses the interrelation of behavioral, social, psychological and other quality-of-life factors with the potential to benefit people living with spinal cord injury. Emphasis will be placed on research focused on increasing understanding of psychological (behavioral, emotional, cognitive) and social (interpersonal, community, environmental) factors that affect health, functioning, and quality of life; testing the effectiveness and/or feasibility of rehabilitation and habilitation interventions to improve psychological and social functioning, including participation in work, school, and other community activities; improving measurements of psychological, social, and environmental risk factors, protective factors, processes, and outcomes; and identifying critical service gaps, needed data, and/or new areas of exploration within a psychosocial or socioecological context as defined by or with input from people living with SCI. Areas of interest include aging, caregiving, employment, health behaviors and fitness, independent living, self-management, and technology access.
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 in support of 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 in support of 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 3. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by July 13, 2021.
See the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation website for complete program instructions and application instructions.