Research and clinical programs

Grant Program
Types of Grants

General Research Grants

Bronya J. Keats Award for International Collaboration in Research on FA

Keith Michael Andrus Memorial Award

Phillip Bennett and Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award

Requests for Proposals

Scientific Meeting Grants

Specific guidelines for each grant type

General Research Grant

FARA accepts LOIs from qualified investigators for projects that target FARA’s research priorities twice per year (due February 1 and July 15).

For those invited to submit a full application, the deadlines for submission are April 1 and September 15, respectively.

On the Main Grant Page, put “General Research” in the “Grant Type” field.

The applicant may request a budget of up to $150,000 per year for one or two years.

General Research Grant Subtype:
Postdoctoral Trainees and Ph.D. Students


Salaries for all those contributing to the research project (PI, postdocs, graduate students, research associates, etc.) can be requested under personnel costs in the budget of a General Research Grant application.

Additionally, FARA has an application subtype specifically for PIs requesting only salary (plus applicable benefits) to support postdoctoral trainees and Ph.D. students in their laboratory. The PI is encouraged to involve the trainee/student in the preparation of the research plan to be submitted with the application. The name and CV of the postdoctoral trainee or Ph.D. student must be included in the application.

The guidelines for General Research Grants should be followed, but the only allowable budget item is salary for the postdoctoral trainee or Ph.D. student (plus applicable benefits and tuition support) and the requested amount must not exceed the appropriate NIH stipend level.


Bronya J. Keats Award for International Collaboration in Research on FA

FARA accepts LOIs focusing on FA research that relies on international collaboration among investigators in at least two different countries. Special consideration will be given to proposals that bring new scientists to the FA community. The rationale for the collaboration needs to be convincing and must clearly demonstrate that the research goals could not be achieved by just one of the participating groups and that the synergy among the groups is essential for the success of the project.

The deadline for the LOI is May 15. For those invited to submit a full application, the deadline for submission is July 15.

On the Main Grant Page, put “Keats Award” in the “Grant Type” field. The applicants may request a combined budget of up to $200,000 per year for one or two years.



Phillip Bennett and Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award

FARA accepts LOIs focusing on pre-clinical and clinical investigations that will advance treatments for FA. The specific aims must target one or more of the following:

  • Identification of biomarkers for FA that will elucidate disease variability, severity, and prognosis; facilitate drug screening, and/or optimize selection of patients and clinical endpoints for clinical trials;
  • Development of tools and technologies that can (a) be directly used for therapy development; (b) overcome existing obstacles to treatment and (c) be directly applied to, or adapted for, delivery of potential therapeutics;
  • Pre-clinical development and testing of potential therapeutics, biologics, and devices in cells and animals;
  • Clinical studies of patient outcome measures, potential interventions, or devices.

The deadline for the LOI is May 15. For those invited to submit a full application, the deadline for submission is July 15. On the Main Grant Page, put “PB and KB Translational Award” in the “Grant Type” field. The applicant may request a budget of up to $250,000 per year for one or two years.

 Kyle Bryant and Ride Ataxia

 Phillip Bennett

 Previous Phillip Bennett and Kyle Bryant Award Recipients



Keith Michael Andrus Memorial Award

FARA accepts LOIs focusing on advancing understanding and/or treatment of the cardiac involvement in FA.

The deadline for the LOI is January 15. For those invited to submit a full application, the deadline for submission is March 1. On the Main Grant Page, put "KMA Award" in the "Grant Type" field. The applicant may request a budget of up to $150,000 per year for one or two years.

 Keith Michael Andrus

 Previous Keith Michael Andrus Cardiac Research Award Recipients


Requests for Proposals

FARA will issue RFPs on an ad-hoc basis. These RFPs will be targeted to areas of special interest or to solicit proposals to address a question, issue or resource that has priority. All RFPs will be announced through this website and through our e-bulletin list. If you are not a subscriber please sign-up by selecting “Join Mailing List” at the top of this page and follow the prompts.


Scientific Meeting Grants

FARA fosters collaboration and supports the research community through sponsorship and organization of scientific workshops or meetings. We feel strongly that sharing insights, ideas, and expertise is essential for accelerating progress towards treatments for FA and for helping scientists advance their work effectively. Workshops that bring together FA researchers and researchers in related disease and specialty areas will generate new hypotheses, discoveries and collaborations. These workshops are of two types:

  1. International Scientific Conferences that provide the opportunity for the full scientific community involved in all aspects of research related to FA to come together to share findings and insights. The conferences are usually a minimum of three days in length. When necessary, FARA will seek financial support from other organizations to help support the conferences. FARA is also willing to receive requests for grant support from other organizations hosting similar workshops.
  2. Focused Workshops for small groups of scientists that enable in-depth discussions of specific research topics and facilitate ongoing communication and cooperation among the participants. Such workshops should optimize collaboration and minimize costs, and must align with FARA’s scientific priorities and mission.

    Summaries of scientific meetings that have been hosted by FARA are available at:

    http://www.curefa.org/conference.html
FARA will fund direct costs only. Individuals or organizations with a specific interest in organizing a scientific meeting should contact FARA’s Executive Director directly (jen.farmer@curefa.org). An executive summary outlining the goals and objectives of the meeting, intended participants, explanation of relevance to the FARA mission, timeline and budget will be required. All requests will be reviewed by FARA’s scientific review committee and a recommendation will be submitted to FARA’s Board of Directors. The final funding decision will be made by the Board.

 

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