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How to apply for a FARA Research Grant

FARA accepts LOIs from investigators from public and private nonprofit universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, government agencies, biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies, other for-profit entities; irrespective of the country of origin. FARA particularly encourages junior investigators to submit LOIs. Junior investigators and postdoctoral trainees who would like support through the application process or general advice on grant writing may contact FARA at

Overview of Grant Program Process

+ Letter Of Intent
All LOIs must be submitted using FARA's grant submission portal. Each LOI is reviewed in detail by the FARA Scientific Research Committee. This is a competitive, peer-review process, as such only a small number of applications are accepted past the LOI phase. The LOI should be sufficiently detailed to allow the reader to understand the validity and applicability of the project. This decision will usually be made within a month of receipt of the LOI. LOIs are accepted from forprofit organizations, non-profit organizations, public or private institutions, and foreign institutions.
+ Application All applications must be submitted using FARA's grant submission portal. This includes a lay summary of the project, budget and a timeline with detailed milestones. The project description, curriculum vitae/biosketch of each of the key investigators, letters of support, and other relevant documents must be submitted as PDF files.
+ Review and Decision Process All grant applications submitted to FARA undergo a rigorous and confidential review procedure that is overseen by the FARA Scientific Review Committee (SRC).
+ Reporting Requirements All FARA grantees must submit semi-annual scientific reports and annual financial reports using FARA's grant submission portal. The required frequency of reports will be stated in the formal funding agreement with FARA. Each report must be submitted as a PDF file by using FARA's Grant program submission portal. Continuation funding will not be provided until all required progress reports are received and reviewed by the FARA SRC, and approved for funding by the FARA Executive Committee.
+ General Policies Click here to learn more about FARA's general policies for research grants.
+ General Guidelines for Junior Investigators Click here to learn more about FARA's general guidelines for junior investigators applying for FARA research grants.
+ General Guidelines for Industry Click here to learn more about FARA's general guidelines for Industry (Biopharmaceutical Companies) applying for FARA research grants.

Grant program updates and announcements

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

Newly awarded grants

Cell & Animal Models

Paola Costantini, PhD - University of Padova, Italy​ Three-dimensional mature cardiac microtissues from human induced pluripotent stem cells to explore mitochondrial dynamics, cardiac function and therapeutic options in Friedreich Ataxia

Gene & Stem Cell Therapy​

Jill Napierala, PhD - University of Alabama at Birmingham​ Regulation of frataxin expression - implications for Friedreich's ataxia therapy​
Helene Puccio, PhD - Institute NeuroMyoGène, Lyon, France​ Defining the therapeutic window and threshold for neuronal gene therapy in Friedreich Ataxia​

Mechanism or Pathway of Disease​

Nadia D'Ambrosi, PhD - University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy Role of iron-dependent dysfunctions in microglia toxicity
Elisabetta Indelicato, MD, PhD - Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria Hepcidin-Ferroportin axis in Friedreich’s ataxia

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