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About FARA's Research Program

 
FARA supports research through funding competitive grants across the spectrum from basic research through drug development and clinical research programs in Friedreich's Ataxia (FA). We promote collaboration among scientists, advocate for public-private partnerships and host open forums for leading scientists to share their insights and ideas to advance therapeutic development for FA.

FARA's Grant types, Deadlines, and Budget Limits are described in the table below. You can view special interest requests for proposals (RFPs) and other grant program updates and announcements here.

All investigators interested in FA-related research are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through our submission portal. All proposed research must fall within FARA's Grant Program Priorities. For more information on how to apply for a FARA grant, click here.

Grant types, Deadlines, and Budget Limits
Grant Type Letter of Intent
(LOI) Deadline
Application Deadline Award Notice Grant start dates Maximum Budget
(in US dollars)
 +  General Research Grant Feb 15
Aug 15
Apr 15
Oct 15
Aug 1
Feb 1
Sep 1 - Oct 1
Mar 1 - Apr 1
$125,000 per year for 1 or 2 years
 +  Award for Innovative Mindset (AIM) No LOI Feb 1 May 1 Jun 1 - Jul 1 $100,000 for 1 year
 +  Keith Michael Andrus
Cardiac Award
Jan 15 Mar 15 Jul 1 Aug 1 - Sep 1 $150,000 per year
for 1 or 2 years
 +  Kyle Bryant Translational
Research Award
Jan 15 Mar 15 Jul 1 Aug 1 - Sep 1 $250,000 per year
for 1 or 2 years
 +  Bronya J. Keats
Research Collaboration Award
Jan 15 Mar 15 Jul 1 Aug 1 - Sep 1 $200,000 per year
for 1 or 2 years
 +  Postdoctoral
Research Award
Feb 15
Aug 15
Apr 15
Oct 15
Aug 1
Feb 1
Sep 1 - Oct 1
Mar 1 - Apr 1
$100,000 per year
for 1 or 2 years
 +  Postdoctoral
Fellowship
Feb 15
Aug 15
Apr 15
Oct 15
Aug 1
Feb 1
Sep 1 - Oct 1
Mar 1 - Apr 1
Trainee salary
up to 2 yrs
 +  Request for Proposals
and Ad-hoc Requests
FARA will issue requests for proposals (RFPs) on an ad-hoc basis.
 
 
 
Grant program updates and announcements

The FARA forum webinars​

The FARA Forum is a monthly webinar featuring investigators who have been awarded FARA grants. The webinar is open to FARA grant awardees and it is held on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information contact liz.soragni@curefa.org

August 9, 2022
  12:00PM ET Stephanie Cherqui, University of California San Diego

September 13, 2022
  12:00PM ET Erin Seifert, Thomas Jefferson University

COVID-19 emergency:
If you have been awarded a FARA grant, we will continue to request progress reports as they are due. If your work has been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency – for example if milestones could not be met or no work at all could be performed – we ask you to provide an explanation of how the COVID-19 emergency has impacted your research. We are also requesting that you inform FARA of what actions and measures are needed to assist you in restoring and reestablishing your research. We realize that there may be requests for re-budgeting and no-cost extensions and these decisions will be made on a case by case basis, FARA is implementing a maximum flexibility approach, to meet the needs of our research community and help its recovery.​

Please contact us at grants@curefa.org or liz.soragni@curefa.org, at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Grant program updates and announcements

View special interest RFPs and other grant program updates and announcements here.

Newly awarded grants

Mechanism or Pathway of Disease​

Shawn Liu, PhD & Joriene de Nooij - Columbia University
Rescue of Friedreich’s Ataxia cells by DNA methylation editing of the FXN gene

David Lynch, MD, PhD - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Understanding ketogenesis in FRDA: Pathophysiology, biomarkers and nutritional therapies

Cell &Animal Models​

Mirella Dottori, PhD - University of Wollongong, Australia
Investigating Proprioceptor Development and Function in Friedreich’s Ataxia

Outcome Measures & Biomarkers

Joseph Baur, PhD & Shana McCormack, MD - University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Detection and enhancement of tissue NAD+ levels in Friedreich’s Ataxia

Ankur Jain, PhD & Ricardo Mouro Pinto, PhD - Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
A New Ultrasensitive Single-Molecule Assay for Frataxin Measurement

Mark Payne, MD & Thomas O’Connell, PhD - Indiana University School of Medicine
Diagnostic and Mechanistic Validation of a Metabolic Biomarker Panel to Guide Therapeutic Interventions in Friedreich’s Ataxia

Improving Clinical Outcomes

Manuela Corti, PhD & Tanja Taivassalo, PhD - University of Florida
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling training to improve motor and cardiac functions in patients with Friedreich’s Ataxia: a feasibility and efficacy study


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