Available Grants

Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation Offering Research Fellowship

The Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation is pleased to offer a research fellowship to support the training of exceptionally qualified physicians or scientists who wish to focus on blepharospasm with and without oromandibular dystonia. Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of up to $75,000 per year for two years.

The BEBRF also offers funds of up to $150,000 annually to fund research into new treatments, pathophysiology and the genetics of benign essential blepharospasm BEB) and Meige Syndrome (cranial and oromandibular dystonia). Research into photophobia, dry eye and apraxia of eyelid opening as they relate to BEB and Meige and their treatment will also be considered for funding.

Deadline to apply for a fellowship is June 30, 2014. Deadline to apply for a research grant is August 31, 2014.

Fellowship applications and grant guidelines may be obtained by email: bebrf@blepharospasm.org or downloaded from: www.blepharospasm.org

National Parkinson Foundation Accepting RFAs for Funding of Clinical Investigations

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is pleased to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) with the goal of funding clinical investigations in several specific areas of Parkinson's disease research.  This RFA will provide support for well-designed clinical research that addresses comparative effectiveness of treatment, current unmet needs, and/or clinical controversies.  This RFA will fund programs based on scientific merit in three focus areas:

  • Focus area one: Cell to cell transmission studies.
  • Focus area two: Database studies.
  • Focus area three: Cognitive change in Parkinson's disease.

All proposals must include data-driven evaluation of the study topic, and proposals without data collection and statistical evaluation will not be considered. NPF anticipates funding approximately $1-2 million over a two-year period.  As always, funding is dependent upon the quality of applications received and an assessment of their impact on the field.

For further details, view this pdf.