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 novel research in the initial phase of development across the full spectrum of FTD disorders (behavioral variant FTD, primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, and FTD-ALS) by early-stage researchers. Pilot Grants advance the careers of new investigators focused on FTD and generate data that will be the basis for follow-on funding applications to government funders or other public or private agencies.

AFTD funds two types of Pilot Grants:

  • Pathways for Hope Pilot Grants – These grants support both basic research on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying FTD and translational research to improve clinical practice or advance biomarker and drug development. This new all-inclusive category replaces the previous Basic Science and Translational Research Pilot Grant categories.
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grants – These grants support the development of non-pharmacological interventions for improving the quality of life for people living with FTD and their families, mitigating caregiver burden, or advancing person-centered approaches to FTD care in out-of-home settings.

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 the equivalent at a 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

2021 Pathways for Hope Pilot Grant RFP

The RFP for the 2021 Pathways for Hope Pilot Grant is now available; click here to view.

2021 Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant RFP

The RFP for the 2021 Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant is now available; click here to view.

Deadline for all Pilot Grant applications: November 5, 2021, 5:00 pm ET

Timeline: 2021 Pilot Grants (both categories)

  • September 2021: Revised RFP posted
  • November 5, 2021: Application deadline
  • February 2022: Funding decision announced

AFTD Application Submission Portal

Click here to submit an application.

General Instructions for Applicants

Click here to download instructions to help you as you apply for an AFTD Pilot Grant.


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