Research Foundation

Seeking the next big breakthrough to help those with spinal cord injury and disease live better

RESEARCH GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

From transplanting cells and regenerating damaged nerve fibers to designing adaptive canoe seats, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). The Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funds the following categories:

  • Basic Science - laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D
  • Clinical  - clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects
  • Design and Development  -  of assistive technology for people with SCI/D, which includes improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices
  • Fellowships  - for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

BEFORE YOU APPLY

The Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis, secondary health effects and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).  These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis and support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, as well as to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.  

Before submitting a grant application, carefully read the Research Foundation's Policies and Procedures as policies may change from year to year.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Fiscal Year 2020 PVA Research Foundation grant cycle opens April 1, 2019 and will close on July 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of awards by December 1, 2019 for projects to begin January 1, 2020. 
 
Submit a grant application here.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligible grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, investigators and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. All grant applicants must have a professional degree: Ph.D. or M.D. preferred.
 
Senior fellows are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Post-doctoral scientists are eligible to apply for fellowship support within four years of receiving a Ph.D. or completing M.D. residency. Graduate students can participate in Foundation-related research and be paid from a Foundation award. However, graduate students cannot apply for a Foundation grant as a fellow or as a principal investigator.

REVIEW PROCESS

Grant applications undergo a stringent, independent peer review for scientific merit and relevance to spinal cord dysfunction. A panel of reviewers, assigned by the Peer Review Contractor, will evaluate each eligible application.
 
Reviewers will utilize the following criteria to evaluate the applications:

  • Innovation and Significance
  • Approach
  • Feasibility 
  • Investigators 
  • Facilities
  • Budget

The PVA Research Foundation Board of Directors, composed entirely of Paralyzed Veterans of America members, considers reports from the peer review. Final funding decisions rest solely with the Directors.
 
At the close of the grant cycle, upon notification of grant decisions, applicants will receive copies of their grant reviews.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

For questions on the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, contact:
 
Cheryl Vines, M.S. 
Director of Research and Education

Phone: 202-256-5526 (cell) or 805-439-2804 (office)
Fax: 202-416-7641
Email: cherylv@pva.org

For More Information

PUBLICATIONS

From clinical practice guidelines for healthcare specialists to self-help guides for patients and caregivers, Paralyzed Veterans offers a wide range of resources.

FREE access to interactive eBook versions of the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine’s Clinical Practice Guidelines and other publications. Available from the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.