For Researchers

Today’s research can lead to tomorrow’s breakthroughs. In this section, you’ll learn about research funding opportunities, new AFTD initiatives, and more.

AFTD Pilot Grants

AFTD Pilot Grants provide seed funding for innovative research projects in the preliminary stages of development, with an emphasis on early-career investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program. Projects funded through the Pilot Grant program are intended to generate data to support a follow-on grant application to the NIH, another public agency or a nonprofit organization.

AFTD funds three types of Pilot Grants:

  • Basic Science Pilot Grants – These grants support projects focused on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying FTD.
  • Susan Marcus Translational Research Pilot Grants – Funded by a generous donor, these grants support projects using human subjects or biofluid/tissue samples to answer questions about FTD pathology or to advance clinical practice.
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grants – These grants support nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions or state-of-the-art technologies with the potential to positively impact the daily quality of life for persons with FTD and their families.

Award Details (All Pilot Grant Categories)

  • Funding period: 1 year
  • Amount of award (USD): $60,000
  • Application of funds: Direct costs only

Who can apply?

  • New or early-stage investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program who
    • Have a faculty appointment or are serving a medical residency at an academic institution, teaching hospital, or other not-for-profit research institution; OR
    • Are employed in an equivalent position at a for-profit biotechnology start-up organization
  • U.S. and international researchers
  • Postdoctoral fellows cannot be Pilot Grant PIs, unless confirmation of a faculty appointment that will start within 3 months of the beginning of the funding period

Timeline: 2019 Basic Science/Translational Research Awards

  • August 2019: RFPs posted
  • September 13, 2019: Application deadline
  • December 2019: Funding decisions announced
  • January 1, 2020: Funding period begins

View the 2019 Pilot Grant for Basic Science Research RFP here.
View the 2019 Susan Marcus Translational Research Pilot Grant RFP here.

AFTD Application Submission Portal

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General Instructions for Applicants

Click here to download instructions that will help you as you apply for a 2019 AFTD Basic Science or Translational Research Pilot Grant.

Timeline: 2020 Well-Being in FTD Awards

  • March 2020: RFPs posted
  • April 2020: Application deadline
  • June 2020: Funding decisions announced
  • July 1, 2020: Funding period begins

For more information, contact Debra Niehoff, PhD, AFTD Research Manager, at [email protected].