Research Foundation

Seeking the next big breakthrough to help those with spinal cord injury and disease live better.

RESEARCH GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

From transplanting cells to regenerating damaged nerve fibers to designing adaptive canoe seats, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). The Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funds the following categories:

  • Laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D

  • Clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects

  • Design and development of assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which includes improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices

  • Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

BEFORE YOU APPLY

The Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis or the secondary medical conditions, and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).  These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis, to support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, and to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.  (NOTE: Before submitting a grant application, carefully read the RF’s Policies and Procedures document found at the link below.)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Before submitting a grant application, carefully read the Research Foundation's Policies and Procedures as policies may change from year to year.

The Research Foundation's online system accepts grant applications starting May 1 through September 1 each year.  Awards are announced the following January.
 
Download a PDF of the Research Foundation's FY2017 Policies and Procedures

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, investigators and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. All grant applicants must have a professional degree: Ph.D. or M.D. preferred, master’s degree acceptable under some circumstances.
 
Senior fellows are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Post-doctoral individuals are eligible to apply for fellowship support within four years of receiving a Ph.D. or completing M.D. residency. Graduate students can participate in Foundation-related research and be paid from a Foundation award. However, graduate students cannot apply for a Foundation grant either as a fellow or as a principal investigator.

REVIEW PROCESS

Foundation staff review applications for compliance with Foundation guidelines. The PVA Scientific Advisory Board evaluates them for scientific/technical merit and relevance to spinal cord dysfunction issues. Final funding decisions are made by the Foundation Board of Directors, all of whom are PVA members.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

For questions on the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, contact:

Cheryl Vines, M.S. 
Interim Director of Research and Education to Director of Research and Education 

Phone: 202-416-7668 or 805-439-2804
Fax: 202-416-7641
Email: cheryllvines@gmail.com

Barbara Zupnik
Interim Grant Portfolio Manager

Phone: 202-416-7651 or 240-922-0479
Fax: 202-416-7641
Email: bazzupnik@gmail.com 

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