Faculty research grants

Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center

Announcement of request for research proposals from University of Minnesota Faculty

The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC), an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2015 Request for Research Proposals. Applications are being accepted until the deadline of noon on Monday March 16, 2015. These research grants are for new and existing innovative studies that focus on the cause of and novel therapies or treatments to be applied to inherited or spontaneous ataxia and ataxia-related diseases and related disorders including ALS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Submission of applications is restricted to University of Minnesota faculty.

BAARC is allocating $200,000 for grants and anticipates making two to four awards. The awards will be given in the form of seed grants ($50K range) to assist investigators in the early or pilot phase of their studies as well as for more substantive projects ($100K range) either from established investigators or from those whose research will translate into neurodegenerative research.

The aim is for grantees to use this support to secure future multi-year funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other significant funding sources. Projects are to be supported for a one year period with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2015. A second year of funding is anticipated if a research progress report is viewed favorably by a scientific review committee. A final progress report is required.

The format for applications will be electronic. NOTE - If you intend to submit an application, you must notify Abigail Loyd at by Wednesday, February 25, 2015. You must include a tentative title of your research. Applications received without prior notification of intent and tentative title will not be accepted.

Deadline for applications is noon on Monday, March 16, 2015 to