Deadline looming to seek BPAN research grants
Hurry! June 15 is the deadline to apply for NBIA Disorders Association research grants to study Beta-propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration (BPAN).
The association plans to award two grants for BPAN research with money raised exclusively by BPAN families.
One is a $45,000 grant that is open to all scientists. The organization is interested in projects that have the potential to generate essential resources for the scientific community, advance knowledge about NBIA disease processes and produce preliminary data so that additional national and international funding can carry the work forward.
The other grant is for an early-career faculty investigator grant — our first such offering. Applicants must be within five years of their first faculty appointment, or the equivalent. The selected recipient would get up to $75,000 each year for two years, with an option for a third year, depending on progress.
This grant is intended to support highly promising but relatively new researchers as they transition from training to independence. The goal is to engage an investigator who will contribute substantially to this field for the duration of his or her career.
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Scientists report on progress of current NBIA research projects
One of the key activities of the NBIA Disorders Association is awarding research grants, most of it with money raised by our hardworking families.
The board of trustees receives invaluable help from our Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, which helps set research goals, evaluates proposals and monitors projects after the board funds them. In evaluating proposals, the advisory board puts greatest priority on new paths of study that could lead to a treatment or a cure.
Throughout the process, the advisory board follows high ethical standards. For example, researcher-advisers who submit a proposal or have a conflict of interest must state their conflict and recuse themselves from decision-making. After the board of trustees approve a grant, it holds grantees accountable for meeting deadlines, delivering the promised work and providing updates to share with families. These recipients must submit regular financial and scientific reports to our SMAB; payments are made in stages after those reports are submitted.
Since 2002, the trustees have funded 33 research grants totaling $1,290,914. The board also has funded research contracts totaling $357,408, Hayflick lab funding at $250,000 in 2009 (when it was in jeopardy of closing) and part of a clinical consensus treatment guide at $16,117. All told, that’s nearly $2 million for research.
Here are updates on recent grants the board awarded:
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