New Seed Grant Program Seeks to Support Exploratory ALS Research


The ALS Association has launched a new funding opportunity to support exploratory research that has the potential for a significant impact on the fight against ALS.

The Association’s new Seed Grant Program provides researchers an opportunity to apply for one-year awards of up to $50,000. The grants will fund research projects that are gathering preliminary data that can in turn be used to justify larger grants as the research progresses.

“It’s often difficult for researchers to quickly pivot and explore new ideas or bring ideas from one field to bear in another. We aim to use these grants to fill that funding gap and produce data for early go/no-go decisions on new and potentially high-impact research directions in ALS,” said Dr. Paul Larkin, director of research at The ALS Association.

In addition to projects focused on ALS, projects that investigate the continuum of disease spanning ALS and FTD are in scope. We are especially interested in:

  • Drug target identification
  • Biomarkers
  • Prevention research
  • Clinical tools and techniques
  • Big data approaches
  • Assistive technology
  • Studies to document and reduce the harms of ALS on caregivers and families of people with ALS
  • Any other proposal with the potential to significantly improve the lives of those impacted by this disease

Applications from early career investigators in ALS and investigators from outside the field of ALS are encouraged and Letters of Intent are due May 17.

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