Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Research & COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 situation is impacting many industries and efforts worldwide. Below are some frequently asked questions about how The ALS Association will be responding in terms of its 2020 research goals.

For Current Grantees:

Will The ALS Association provide extensions for financial and reporting requirements?

The ALS Association provides milestone-based payments on current grants. If your organization is unable to complete and submit financial and research progress reports by their deadlines due to COVID-19 related issues, please contact our research department at [email protected]. We will ask you to provide a brief description for the delay and an estimated timeline for submission of materials. We will accept late reports but grant payments will be delayed until the reports are submitted and accepted.


Will The ALS Association be able to provide funding for ongoing projects?

Even though The Association staff is working remotely due to COVID-19, we are able to review progress reports and process payments. We currently have more than 170 active projects across the world and are monitoring their progress. We will meet our financial commitments to these projects, if the awardees are able to achieve their milestones.


Will The ALS Association provide extensions for completing the grant project and achieving deliverables?

If your institution or laboratory has closed due to COVID-19 and you or your staff are unable to work on research projects funded by The ALS Association, please contact our research department at [email protected] as soon as you can. On a case by case basis, a no-cost extension (NCE) may be considered.

For Applicants:

Does The ALS Association plan to launch new requests for applications (RFAs)?

The research staff at The ALS Association intends to roll our research RFAs in late April 2020. If there are any delays to this tentative timeline due to COVID-19, we will keep the community informed on the new timelines. The 2020 research RFAs will be posted on this web page.


Will The ALS Association provide extensions in submitting applications?

The ALS Association plans to launch new RFAs by late April 2020 with pre-proposal submission deadlines in early June 2020. We are sensitive to COVID-19 and the effects on laboratories, research offices, and staff. We will keep an eye on the evolving situation and will extend the pre-proposal deadlines if needed.


Is The ALS Association going to cut down on overall research spending due to COVID-19 situation?

As of today, The ALS Association is committed to spend $17M this year of new research and to maintain the pace of scientific discovery.

Need Assistance?

If you are experiencing delays on your project due to lab/office closures or shutdowns due to COVID-19, please complete and submit this form to [email protected]

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