AA&MDSIF Seeks Applications for 2016 Grant Award Program

The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF) 2015 Research Grant Program is now open for bone marrow failure research that advances the understanding and treatment of aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH).

Topic areas considered for funding include:

  • Promoting understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of aplastic anemia, MDS, or PNH
  • Improving symptom management and quality of life for aplastic anemia, MDS, or PNH patients
  • Discovering new treatments for aplastic anemia, MDS or PNH
  • Understanding and preventing complications of bone marrow failure conditions (e.g., blood clotting/thrombosis in PNH, iron overload in MDS, etc.)
  • Research regarding inherited bone marrow failure disorders, provided a strong case is made for pertinence of the research to acquired disorders as well.

The following criteria will also be considered by reviewers:

  • The likelihood that the goals of the proposal are attainable with the funding from AA&MDSIF
  • The project is independent research and not part of a large, multi-funded study
  • The translational nature of the research and whether the findings can be rapidly applied to benefit patients
  • For New Investigators, the likelihood that the project will contribute toward the professional development of the researcher

Applications are due by Friday, February 27, 2014 and must be submitted via the online grant application on the AA&MDSIF Website where you will find more information about the program. Notices of awards are expected to be sent on June 1, 2015 with funding to begin on July 1, 2015.

To be eligible to apply for a research grant, an applicant must hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science, or other doctoral level degree (e.g., PharmD). There are no nationality restrictions. Research may be carried out in the United States or abroad but not at a for-profit laboratory in the private sector. The project must represent independent research conducted by the applicant.

Successful applicants can be funded up to $60,000 for two years ($30,000 each year, with second-year funding pending approved progress in the first year).

For more information, visit the AA&MDSIF Website or contact Ellen J. Salkeld, PhD, Senior Director of Research, at +1 301 279 7202, x123 or salkeld@aamds.org.

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