Research Funding Opportunities

PRF Medical Research Committee Summit to Optimize Grant Program

The Progeria Research Foundation is currently planning the 6th Medical Research Committee Summit, to be held in late Fall of 2017.  The purpose of this meeting is to optimize PRF’s grant program.  Therefore, the previously announced grant submission date will be postponed until after this summit meeting.   Please stay tuned for the announcement of our updated Progeria research grants program.  Together, we WILL find the cure!

The Progeria Research Foundation has brought Progeria to the forefront of research efforts, engaging large, reputable institutions in Progeria research.  This has resulted in major discoveries and over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.   In addition, NIH has co-sponsored  8 scientific workshops with PRF, and Boston Children’s Hospital has partnered with PRF on 4 Progeria Clinical Drug Trials.

Proposals are accepted in three categories of differing type, funding levels, and length of time:

  • Innovator Awards: 2-year awards of up to $75,000 per year. The aim of the Innovator Award is to allow an investigator to embark on new lines of investigation, and to produce enough preliminary data to be competitive for longer-term funding by NIH and/or other agencies.
  • Established Investigator Awards: for senior investigators established either in the field of Progeria or a field that can be directly applied to Progeria. These grants are for up to 3 years and up to $100,000 per year. Renewal for the third year will require that:
    • a. The Principal Investigator demonstrate substantial progress and commitment to the field, for example by applying for at least one major grant to continue Progeria work. Examples of major grants include NIH RO1 or Ellison Senior Scholar funding.
    • b.The Principal Investigator has submitted a manuscript on the Progeria work accomplished in the first two years.
  • Specialty Awards: for smaller, more technology-driven projects, e.g., sequencing, screening potential drugs, obtaining cell lines (including IPSCs,) and preparation of antibodies. Funding amounts will range from $5,000-$50,000 and the length of the project must be 1 year or less. Funding amount and duration may increase for a project that addresses a very high and immediate need to The Progeria Research Foundation. Please click here for the grant application, deadlines and more detailed guidelines.