5 Health & Medical Research Grants in Honor of Rare Disease Day

On Sunday, February 28, the challenges and successes in researching and treating rare diseases will be recognized world wide on Rare Disease Day. These challenging conditions currently affect just 3.5% to 5.9% of the worldwide population, but many of these diseases severely affect the quality of life for those who live with them.

It’s important to recognize the importance of research into rare diseases, which affect over 300 million round the world. A disease is considered rare when it globally affects less than 2,000 people world wide. Treating rare diseases is made even more difficult because many of these diseases present different symptoms in the people they affect. In addition, symptoms may be similar to common ailments, making diagnoses tricky for medical professionals. Rare Disease Day seeks to highlight the particular challenges posed by these kinds of diseases.

February 28 is an “opportunity advocate for rare diseases as a human rights priority at local, national and international level as we work towards a more inclusive society,” say organizers promoting the 14th annual Rare Disease Day.

Some people might be surprised that the blood disorder sickle cell anemia is considered a rare disease, alongside little-known Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED). These are just two of the 6,000 rare diseases that have been identified to date. To recognize Rare Disease Day in 2021, here are five grants that focus on medical research that are part of the 1,752 health and medical grants listed on GrantWatch.com.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to Residents, Fellows, and Post-Doctoral Researchers for Pediatric Research in the US, Canada and international countries.

Grants for Research Projects in the Life Sciences are offered to scientist teams to promote basic research through international cooperation. Up to $465,000 may be awarded for a team of four or more researchers, with lesser amounts for smaller teams.

Nonprofits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware can apply for Grants to Promote Health. Up to $50,000 will be awarded for health-based programs, like research and professional training.

In Connecticut, non- and for-profit disease-related programs on sickle cell anemia may apply for up to $50,000 with the Disease-Related Programs Grant.

And, while far from a rare disease, epilepsy is the focus of Grants to Develop Therapies for Epilepsy. Up to $150,000 will be awarded to research faculty based at an academic or nonprofit institution for research studies that address a particular treatment-resistant form of epilepsy.

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