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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and IHEs for Research
and Fellowships Focusing on Spinal Cord Injuries

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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/24/17 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $75,000 per year to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, health-care providers, and associations for fellowships and research on spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). It is strongly suggested to begin applications by June 3, 2017 to allow enough time for grant administrators to approve the application by the grant deadline.

The Foundation funds the following categories:
- Basic Science: Laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D
- Clinical Applications: Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects
- Design and Development: Design and development of assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which includes improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices
- Post-doctoral Fellowships: Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians, and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research.

The PVA Research Foundation is focused on funding projects that are grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis or the secondary medical conditions, and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).

These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis, to support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, and to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173555

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Basic Science: Up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for two years.
- Clinical Applications: Up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for two years.
- Design and Development: Up to $75,000 for one year or up to $150,000 for two years.
- Post-doctoral Fellowships: Up to $50,000 for one year or up to $100,000 for two years.

Term of Contract:

In general, grants 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applications must be submitted by fiscally responsible organizational entities in the name of the Principal Investigator. Entities should be nonprofit academic institutions, health-care providers, associations, and/or organizations in the USA or Canada.

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.

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

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 such 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. The fellow must write the proposal, although the mentor/sponsor may serve as an advisor. Fellowship applicants must apply within 4 years of receiving a PhD, or within 4 years of completing a formal MD residency program. Applicants with more than 4 years of training should apply for a research grant, not a fellowship. Fellowship applicants must have a designated and identified mentor/sponsor who is a senior-level investigator of the laboratory in which the research is to be conducted.

Pre-Application Information:

The Research Foundation's online system accepts grant applications starting May 1 through July 24 each year. You will be notified via email or first class mail by December 15, 2017. Please do not contact staff to ascertain the status of your proposal.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to start a submission in the system by June 3, 2017, 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) 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.

The anticipated timeline for the 2018 grant cycle is:

- May 1, 2017 Application submission open on
- June 3, 2017 Submission Start (strongly encouraged)
- July 24, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT Application submission deadline
- December 15, 2017 Award recipients notified
- January 1, 2018 Grant projects begin

Payment Schedule:

10% of the total award is retained by the Foundation until a grant successfully completes all requirements.

1st Payment:
45% of the total award is paid to the grantee upon the Foundation’s receipt of the original signed Grant Acknowledgement Form.

2nd Payment:
45% of the total award is paid to the grantee upon the Foundation’s receipt and approval of the grantee’s Interim Expenditure and Progress Reports.

Final Payment:
The 10% retainer will be paid upon the Foundation’s receipt and approval of the Final Expenditure and Progress Reports.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Grant application or administration questions should be directed to:
Cheryl Vines, M.S.
Director of Research and Education
Phone: 202-256-5526 (cell) or 805-439-2804 (office)
Fax: 202-416-7641

Policy or program questions should be directed to:
Barbara Zupnik
Interim Grant Portfolio Manager
Phone: 202-416-7651 or 240-922-0479
Fax: 202-416-7641

For technical assistance with the online application submission process, contact Customer Service at Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.

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

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