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The Progeria Research Foundation has brought Progeria to the forefront of research efforts, engaging large, reputable institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) to invest their resources in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. NIH has co-sponsored 7 scientific workshops with PRF, CHB is a partner in first-ever Progeria Clinical Drug Trials.
September 2011: PRF Announces New Granting Structure
Since its inception in 1999, PRF has awarded grants to investigators at a maximum of $50,000 per year for up to two years. The funding was intended to allow researchers to produce enough preliminary data to be competitive for greater, longer-term funding by NIH or other large agencies. PRF's Grant Program served Progeria research very well, yielding major advances that have propelled Progeria from a disease about which virtually nothing was known at the cellular and molecular levels, to one that was understood well enough to begin clinical drug trials.
Now, PRF's Medical Research Committee has devised a new granting structure. Beginning with applications for the December 2011 review, proposals will be accepted in three categories of differing type, funding levels and length of time:
Grants are considered twice per year, usually at the Board of Directors' June and December meetings, with applications due six weeks prior.
We will not be accepting applications at the December 2013 Board Meeting.
Are you looking to enter the field of Progeria research?
Please note that The Progeria Research Foundation does not directly conduct research projects, rather, we fund some of the research and it takes place at various institutions and hospitals around the world. Thus we have no control over the personnel involved in this work, including interns, post-docs, etc. However, on our website you will find links to those PRF is currently funding at our Grants Funded page and you are welcome to contact them directly to inquire as to whether or not a position is available. In addition, we suggest you review the published scientific papers that many scientists have written at our Scientific Publications and Whats New in Progeria Research pages. Perhaps you can contact some of these researchers to inquire about a position in their labs.
Best of luck with your search, and we hope you DO end up working in this fascinating field!