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Deadline looming to seek BPAN research grants

May 2018

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.

For this award, we are reaching beyond the NBIA community to include scientists in human genetics, neurology, neurobiology and complementary areas of study. It will be awarded only if highly meritorious applications are received. The association may elect not to make an award if no application meets this standard.

For more information go to https://www.nbiadisorders.org/research/grants-program-funding-opportunities.

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