2010 Massachusetts ADRC/Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Call for Applications: Neurodegenerative Disease Pilot Study Grant Program

Publication Date: 
Mon, 11/09/2009

The Massachusetts ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center have joined forces to fund the best novel ideas for pilot projects aimed at understanding and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.  Together, we are pleased to announce a joint call for pilot study applications from investigators within the Harvard community.  Grants with a dollar value up to $30,000 (direct costs) will be awarded for the duration of one-year.  A total of $240,000 is available.

We strongly encourage investigators to examine the shared resources and core facilities available within the ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and to develop applications that make use of these facilities. AD-related projects are also encouraged to be aware of, and utilize data available from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) (www.alz.washington.edu) if appropriate.

Applications will be judged on the basis of scientific merit, novelty and the value of the project in obtaining preliminary data that could lead to sponsored research (investigator-initiated R01 research grants, career development awards, industry or foundation support).  Availability of appropriate facilities and the technical ability to carry out the project are fundamental.  Clinical projects as well as basic research will be considered.  Priority will be given first to junior investigators, then to senior investigators who are new to neurodegenerative disease research, and finally, to established investigators with a new line of investigation that lacks funding.  Use of NeuroDiscovery Center cores and ADRC cores is strongly encouraged.

More information on the program is attached.

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