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Eating Disorders Research Grants Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and Israel Investigators at Academic
Institutions for Research into the Biological Causes of Anorexia Nervosa

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Klarman Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/14/19 1:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and Israel academic institution faculty members for research related to anorexia nervosa. Funding is intended for research that has the potential to reveal the underlying biological factors of anorexia. Previous experience and qualifications of the applicant in conducting innovative research are important grant selection criteria.

Research must directly address the underlying biology of the human psychiatric disease anorexia nervosa, and the questions of how and why it develops and persists. The Foundation seeks to fund well-controlled, sufficiently powered studies asking important questions about the interface between behavior/cognition and neurobiology. They encourage approaches that incorporate neurobiology with an up-to-date understanding of the symptoms and dysfunction associated with anorexia nervosa psychopathology.

Both human and animal imaging studies that are directly relevant to the biology of anorexia nervosa are invited.

Research project criteria:
- Clear hypothesis based on sound precedents and supported by relevant literature
- Research methodology, data collection, and data analyses that are feasible and
appropriate to the proposal’s aims
- Objectives that are well thought out and technically feasible
- Appropriateness of grant duration, budget, and Dissemination Plan.

The Foundation wants to fund bold, imaginative, game-changing research, and is willing to take strategic risks. In some cases these studies may not match the scale or form of the grant offering, and they are willing to consider ideas for proposals with budgets and/or duration that exceed the limits of this grants program. Applications for such studies must have exceptionally high potential impact, importance, and relevance to anorexia nervosa, should be conducted by strong research teams, and must be pre-approved by KFF before submission.

In addition to hypothesis-driven research, KFF encourages proposals to develop large-scale scientific resources that will address a major unmet need in this research field. This may include studies that aim to combine some combination of prevention research, epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics, and the identification of biomarkers and behavioral correlates of early stage disease. If you have an idea for an exceptional opportunity project and would like to request approval to submit a full application, please contact the Foundation for an initial discussion.

Indirect costs may not exceed 10% of direct costs, unless specified otherwise in an award letter or the Grant Agreement. Indirect costs include: facilities costs, such as depreciation and use allowances, interest on debt associated with certain buildings, equipment and capital improvements, operation and maintenance expenses and library expenses; and administrative costs, such as general administration and general expenses, departmental administration, sponsored projects administration, and student administration and services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131754

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 1-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD, inclusive of up to 10% indirect costs
- 1-3 year research projects of up to $250,000 USD per year, inclusive of up to 10% indirect costs

Term of Contract:

- The Foundation funds grants to academic researchers for 1 – 3 year projects. The Funding Period should begin on the first of one of the next four months after Foundation approval of the Grant.
- The Grant Recipient may request a one-time no-cost extension of up to 12 months to extend the end date of a Grant without the Foundation providing additional funding

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An investigator must hold a faculty appointment at a nonprofit, non-governmental academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel in order to qualify. A visiting or adjunct faculty position is acceptable at an institution in the above countries as long as this appointment is in place at the time of application and will be retained throughout the grant period. The letter from the department or division chair must confirm the duration of the appointment. If the position is considered a faculty position and you are an independent investigator, you are eligible for this program.

Applications may be submitted by two or more equal multiple-Principal Investigators who are jointly leading collaborative projects where success depends on the involvement of two or more labs. Any application involving multi-PIs must be discussed with and approved by The Klarman Family Foundation staff before submission. Such proposals must involve meaningful collaboration between participants to perform research in a synergistic manner.

Only one application may be submitted by a PI and, therefore, s/he must decide whether to submit a pilot study or a multi-year grant.

While the Foundation appreciates the value of the following topics, research into obesity, normal feeding behavior and/or negative energy balance, sickness-induced anorexia, PANS/PANDAS, other types of anorexia distinct from the psychiatric disease anorexia nervosa, behavioral therapy, the medical complications of eating disorders, and clinical trials are currently outside the scope of the program.

Indirect costs may not be charged on equipment.

Previous recipients of a Klarsman Family Foundation grant may not renew their current grants, but may may submit an application which will be competitively reviewed with all other submissions. Any outstanding reporting requirements for previous grants must be complete prior to submission of a new application.

If applicable, a Grant Recipient may carry forward unexpended Grant funds from one funding year to the next. A carry forward of an amount in excess of the lesser of $50,000 or 15% of the Grant amount budgeted for that year or more requires a formal request and prior written approval.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant timeline:
- Online submission begins January 15, 2019
- Application deadline: February 14, 2019, 1:00 PM EST
- Decisions by July 2019
- Grant Start Date by November 1, 2019

Download the application forms and budget template, complete, and save these and other requested documents as one PDF file. Submit online through the Foundation’s online portal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Return to after January 15, 2019 to submit the proposal through the Foundation’s online portal.

Director of Medical and Scientific Research:

Please contact the above email address for any questions relating to policies, requests for reallocations, carry-forwards, no cost extensions, report templates and/or submissions, or any other pre- or post-Grant inquiries.

Klarman Family Foundation
95 Berkeley Street, #208
Boston, MA 02116

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