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.

The Treat FTD Fund

AFTD, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) launched the Treat FTD Fund in 2016 to address the unique challenges of developing effective treatments for FTD disorders. Early-stage clinical trials supported through the Treat FTD Fund will build on our growing understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying FTD and will complement other AFTD grant programs such as the FTD Biomarkers Initiative and the Accelerating Drug Discovery for FTD program by leveraging progress in biomarker development and preclinical research.

Program Goals: 2020–2021 Funding Cycle

The December 2020 RFP for the Treat FTD Fund seeks to support clinical trials of drugs or devices with:

  • Biological mechanisms that have a sound scientific rationale for FTD
  • Suitable clinical trial designs, which may include basket trials, adaptive study designs or other novel approaches
  • Biomarkers that can indicate target engagement and/or downstream pharmacologic effects
  • Biomarker endpoints that can provide a deeper understanding of the drug mechanism and disease progression

Guidelines for Proposed Trials

Target population

Genetic or sporadic forms of any FTD disorder:

  • Behavioral variant FTD
  • Primary progressive aphasia
  • Corticobasal syndrome
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • ALS with FTD

As well as

  • Asymptomatic individuals at risk for developing FTD
  • Healthy individuals (for phase 1 studies)

Therapeutic Focus

  • Disease-modifying or symptomatic treatments
  • Experimental and repurposed drugs, including small molecules, peptides, antibodies, gene therapies, antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), and others
  • Non-pharmacologic interventions, such as devices will also be considered

Drugs should have completed or be in the process of completing IND-enabling studies at the time of application.

Clinical Phase

Phase 1 or phase 2 studies, including:

  • Single ascending dose (SAD) and multiple ascending dose (MAD) studies
  • Exploratory phase 1b or phase 2a trials designed to assess pharmacologic effects with shorter treatment durations and fewer patients than a traditional phase 2 study
  • Smaller studies that address one critical question or can further de-risk a clinical program
  • Other studies that fit the goals of the fund

The inclusion of biomarkers that can measure pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationships and evidence of target engagement is strongly encouraged.

Resources

Leveraging of existing resources, clinical coordination centers/networks, and patient registries are highly encouraged.

Relevant resources include:

Award Details

Up to $2,000,000 based on stage and scope of the trial. For studies requiring additional support, co-funding from other funding agencies or investors is encouraged.

Who can apply?

Researchers and clinicians worldwide at:

  • Academic medical centers, universities or non-profits. Industry partnerships are encouraged.
  • Biotechnology companies. Funding is provided through mission-related investments that require return on investment based upon scientific and/or business milestones. Existing companies and new startups are eligible

Timeline: 2021 Awards

  • December 2020: RFP posted
  • February 5, 2021: LOIs due
  • March 19, 2021: Invited full proposals due

Applications should include:

  • Confirmation of drug supply
  • IRB-ready clinical trial protocol
  • Explicit plan for data sharing and/or making trial results publicly available

Applications are reviewed by a Joint Steering Committee appointed by AFTD and ADDF. Applications from biotechnology companies will also be reviewed by ADDF’s Business Advisory Board.

Click here to view the RFP and access the application portal.

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