Each year FARA puts out a request for proposal for research to be funded by funds from rideATAXIA. This research grant is focused on translational research - research that will help bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinic. Last year the rideATAXIA named award went to a team at the University of Minnesota who is analyzing the anatomical and functional connectivity of the central nervous system in FA using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This work is critical to understanding when and which neurological pathways are compromised in FA and will be a building block for future therapies. The Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) also contributed to the funding of this initial grant.