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
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 2020 AFTD Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant.
UPDATE: 2020 Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant Application Deadline Postponed
Public health measures enacted to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have disrupted not only daily life but also professional activities. Recognizing that many investigators may have limited access to their academic institutions or workplaces at this time, The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration has postponed the application deadline for the 2020 Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant until Fall 2020. A new date for application submission will be announced in the near future and a revised RFP that includes this information will be posted to the AFTD website.