ADVANCING FA RESEARCH

About the FARA Grant Program

The FARA Grant Program is a competitive funding mechanism that supports research in Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) including basic research, preclinical drug development, and clinical research. The FARA Grant Program aims to advance therapeutic development for FA by supporting established FA researchers, recruiting new investigators to the field, and building the next generation of FA scientists. FARA solicits applications from academic and for-profit investigators that meet the research priorities set by FARA’s Scientific Advisory Board. These priorities include filling gaps in knowledge of disease mechanisms, supporting early development of therapeutic interventions, establishing and advancing tools for drug developers and academic researchers, and supporting clinical research and trials.

FARA promotes collaboration among scientists, facilitates connections among FA researchers both from academia and industry, and helps investigators new to FA engage with experts in the field. FARA funded investigators are invited to participate in the FARA Forum and other FARA-organized workshops to tackle unanswered questions in FA research. FARA co-organizes the International Congress for Ataxia Research (ICAR) where the latest advances in Ataxia research and treatment development are presented.

RESEARCH PRIORITIES

FARA Grant Program Priorities

The FARA Grant Program supports basic, translational and clinical research with the goal of advancing therapeutic development in FA. All proposed research must fall within FARA’s Grant Program Priorities. All investigators interested in FA-related research are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through our submission portal.

APPLY FOR A FARA RESEARCH GRANT

FARA Grant Types, Deadlines, & Budget Limits

Grant TypeLetter of Intent (LOI) DeadlineApplication DeadlineAward NoticeGrant Start DatesMaximum Budget (USD)

General Research Grant

Feb 15
Aug 15

Apr 15
Oct 15

Aug 1
Feb 1

Sep 1 – Oct 1
Mar 1 – Apr 1

$125,000 per year for 1 or 2 years

Award for Innovative Mindset (AIM)

No LOI

Feb 1

May 1

Jun 1 – Jul 1

$100,000 for 1 year

Keith Michael Andrus Cardiac Award

Nov 1

Feb 1

Jun 1

Jul 1 – Aug 1

$150,000 per year for 1 or 2 years

Kyle Byrant Translational Research Award

Nov 1

Feb 1

Jun1

Jul 1 – Aug 1

$250,000 per year for 1 or 2 years

Bronya J. Keats Research Collaboration Award

Nov 1

Feb 1

Jun 1

Jul 1 – Aug 1

$200,000 per year for 1 or 2 years

Postdoctoral Research Award

Feb 15
Aug 15

Apr 15
Oct 15

Aug 1
Feb 1

Sep 1 – Oct 1
Mar 1 – Apr 1

$100,000 per year for 1 or 2 years

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Feb 15
Aug 15

Apr 15
Oct 15

Aug 1
Feb 1

Sep 1 – Oct 1
Mar 1 – Apr 1

Trainee salary up to 2 years

Graduate Research Fellowship

Mar 15

May 15

Sep 1

Oct 1 – Nov 1

$50,000 per year up to 3 years

RESEARCH EVENTS & RESOURCES

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FARA Forum Webinars

The FARA Forum is a monthly webinar featuring investigators who have been awarded FARA grants. The webinar is open to FARA grant awardees and it is held on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information contact grants@curefa.org.

Research Tools & Resources

FARA-funded research has facilitated the discovery and development of research resources such as animal models, cell models, antibodies, biorepositories, etc.

Scientific Conferences

FARA co-organizes the International Congress for Ataxia Research (ICAR) - the largest Ataxia focused research conference in the world.

COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING FA RESEARCH CAREERS

Opportunities for Young Investigators

FARA prioritizes attracting and retaining talented young scientists in the field of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) research and is committed to training the next generation of FA researchers.

The FARA Grant Program offers opportunities for junior investigators to apply for support throughout their early careers, from graduate studies to post-doctoral training and on the way to independence. Moreover, the FARA Fellow Program provides mentorship, training and networking opportunities to young investigators who will commit their early career to FA research. FARA funded young investigators and FARA Fellows are invited to participate and present at the FARA Forum, connect with other FA researchers and with the patient community.

Opportunities for Young Investigators
Picture of the 2023 FARA Fellows at rideATAXIA Philly
RESEARCH WE FUND

Newly Awarded Grants

FUNDED GRANT
| Mar 2024

Treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia using novel ferroptosis inhibitors

General Research Grant, Lead Candidates Brent R. Stockwell, PhD,
Columbia University
FUNDED GRANT
| Jan 2024

Deciphering the neurodevelopmental component in Friedreich Ataxia

Graduate Research Fellowship, Mechanism or Pathway of Disease Lucie Hermet,
Institute NeuroMyoGène, Lyon, France
FUNDED GRANT
| Dec 2023

Modelling Friedreich Ataxia in human iPSC-derived cerebellar organoids

General Research Grant, Cell & Animal Models Esther Becker, PhD,
University of Oxford
FUNDED GRANT
| Nov 2023

Anatomical and functional analysis of corticospinal tract in FRDA mouse model

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mechanism or Pathway of Disease Misa Nishiyama, PhD,
Burke Neurological Institute
FUNDED GRANT
| Oct 2023

Role of the Thromboxane-Prostanoid Receptor in FRDA Cardiomyopathy

General Research Grant, Cardiac Research Mark Payne, MD,
Indiana University School of Medicine
FUNDED GRANT
| Oct 2023

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in FRDA: Proof-of-concept studies using novel conditioning regimen and the YG8s(GAA)>800 mouse

Postdoctoral Research Award, Gene & Stem Cell Therapy Hynmin Cho, PhD,
Stanford University
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

Elucidation of the peripheral immune axis in FRDA and identification of blood-based biomarkers of inflammation

Graduate Research Fellowship, Outcome Measures & Biomarkers Shweta Sahni,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

A tractable vertebrate model that recapitulates key aspects of Friedreich Ataxia

General Research Grant, Cell & Animal Models Robert Wilson, MD, PhD,
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

Population and cellular heterogeneity in Friedreich Ataxia

Graduate Research Fellowship, Mechanism or Pathway of Disease Morgan Tackett,
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

Investigating the effects of frataxin deficiency on the human proteome

Graduate Research Fellowship, Mechanism or Pathway of Disease Angela Xiong,
Boston College
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

Mechanism of neuronal rescue by microglia expressing frataxin and characterization of neuronal defects in Friedreich’s ataxia

General Research Grant, Mechanism or Pathway of Disease Stephanie Cherqui, PhD and Nicole Coufal, MD, PhD,
University of California, San Diego
FUNDED GRANT
| Sep 2023

AAV-mediated therapy for visual impairment associated with Friedreich's Ataxia

General Research Grant, Gene & Stem Cell Therapy Shannon Boye, PhD,
University of Florida