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Research and Fellowships Focusing on Spinal Cord Injuries

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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/18 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit academic institutions and organizations to support research addressing spinal cord disease and injury. Funding will support basic science, clinical and functional studies, rehabilitative device design and development, and post-doctoral fellowships.

Since it’s founding more than 70 years ago, Paralyzed Veterans of America (“Paralyzed Veterans”), has worked to support our members and others living with spinal cord injuries and disabilities in achieving their goals. The Foundation’s mission includes four “pillars” to accomplish this goal these include:

-Quality health care for our members,
-Research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction,
-Benefits available as a result of our members’ military service,
-Civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.

In 1975, the Paralyzed Veterans’ Board of Directors formalized the research efforts by establishing a nonprofit foundation, the Technology and Research Foundation. The following year, the Foundation was legally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. This is the current PVA Research Foundation.

The mission of the PVA Research Foundation is:
-To promote innovative research to find better treatments and cures for paralysis.
-To support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord dysfunction until treatments are found.
-To train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.

Funding Categories:

Basic Science: Laboratory research in the basic sciences related to spinal cord injury or disease.

Clinical Applications: Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial, and economic effects of spinal cord injury or disease, and / or interventions proposed to alleviate these effects.

Design and Development: Design and development of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive devices to improve function for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease.

Post-doctoral Fellowships: Fellowships for postdoctoral students in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development, intended to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Basic Science: Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Clinical Applications: Grants funded up to $75,000 for 1 year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Design and Development: Grants funded up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for 2 years.

Post-doctoral Fellowships: Grants up to $50,000 for 1 year or up to $100,000 for 2 years.

Term of Contract:

In general, grants awarded by November 15, 2018 will be funded for a one or two year grant period beginning January 1, 2018. If you require a grant start date more than 60 days after January 1, please state this in your application or on the Grant Acknowledgement Form.

Two-year awards are made as a single grant. The work plan must cover the entire 24 months of activity.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, investigators and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. All grant applicants must have a professional degree: Ph.D. or M.D. preferred, master’s degree acceptable under some circumstances.

Senior fellows are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Post-doctoral individuals are eligible to apply for fellowship support within four years of receiving a Ph.D. or completing M.D. residency. Graduate students can participate in Foundation-related research and be paid from a Foundation award. However, graduate students cannot apply for a Foundation grant either as a fellow or as a principal investigator.

Eligible Applicants:

Applications are accepted from fiscally responsible organizational entities in the name of the Principal Investigator (applicant). Entities should be not-for-profit academic institutions, health-care providers, associations, and/or organizations in the United States or Canada.

The Foundation does not fund undergraduate or pre-doctoral students.

Applicant Citizenship:

While grantee institutions must be located in the U.S. or Canada, investigators and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Foreign nationals may apply for grant funding. If this individual will serve as Project Director, Principal Investigator, Research Fellow, or a Significant Project Staff member (>20% FTE), he or she must provide verification of a current United States or Canadian Visa. The Visa must reflect sufficient in-country (United States or Canada) time to complete the grant project or fellowship award.

Visa verification is required, by submitting a copy of his or her current Visa that includes the expiration date. This should be submitted with the application as part of the supporting documents.

Special Requirements for Design and Development Projects:

Grant funding for design and development projects may be used to develop drawings, schematics, or prototypes, and for the testing necessary to further the design of assistive technology devices. The Foundation prohibits the use of grant money for the expenses of bringing a product to market (e.g., patent attorney costs, mass production, promotion and marketing, etc.).

Special Requirements for Fellowship Applicants:

Fellowships may be granted in basic science, clinical applications, or design and development. These grants are awarded to the fellow, not to the mentor, sponsor or host institution and may not be transferred.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting applications is July 1, 2018, no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time [EDT], without exception. Only applications submitted online to will be accepted.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to start a submission in the system by May 1, 2018, indicating a title, keywords, abstract, proposal type and creating a person record for the applicant. This information will be used to develop the review panel in a timely manner.

Please be advised to submit full applications early. The applicant will need to create person records for institutional officials (IO) and Mentors (required for Fellowship Applicants only) and then invite them through the system, which will then email them directly with instructions to submit letters (Mentor) or approve the application (IO). Applications are not fully submitted until institutional approval is granted.

Notification of grant decisions will be made to the applicants no later than November 15, 2018. You will be notified via email or first class mail. Please be sure you include the correct mailing address on your application Please do not contact our staff to ascertain status of your proposal.

The PVA Research Foundation has one grant cycle per fiscal year. The anticipated timeline for the 2019 grant cycle is:

-April 1, 2018: Application submission open on
-May 1, 2018: Submission Start deadline (strongly encouraged)
-July 1, 2018: Application submission deadline
-November 15, 2018: Award recipients notified
-January 1, 2019: Grant projects begin

Contact Information:

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

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For questions on the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, contact:

Cheryl Vines, M.S., Director of Research and Education
P: 202-256-5526 (cell) or 805-439-2804 (office)
F: 202-416-7641

Rita Obi, Associate Director of Research and Education
P: 202-416-7611
F: 202-416-7641

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

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