AFTD Pilot Grant

Funding Agency:
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

AFTD Pilot Grants provide seed funding for novel research in the initial phase of development across the full spectrum of FTD disorders (behavioral variant FTD, primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, and FTD-ALS) by early-stage researchers. Pilot Grants advance the careers of new investigators focused on FTD and generate data that will be the basis for follow-on funding applications to government funders or other public or private agencies.

AFTD funds two types of Pilot Grants:

  • Pathways for Hope Pilot Grants – These grants support both basic research on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying FTD and translational research to improve clinical practice or advance biomarker and drug development. This new all-inclusive category replaces the previous Basic Science and Translational Research Pilot Grant categories.
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grants – These grants support the development of non-pharmacological interventions for improving the quality of life for people living with FTD and their families, mitigating caregiver burden, or advancing person-centered approaches to FTD care in out-of-home settings.

Deadline for all Pilot Grant applications: October 29, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • New or early-stage investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program who

    • Have a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a research institution; OR
    • Are employed in an equivalent position at a for-profit biotechnology start-up organization
  • U.S. and international researchers
  • Postdoctoral fellows cannot be Pilot Grant PIs, unless confirmation of a faculty appointment that will start within 3 months of the beginning of the funding period



Amount Description

  • Funding period: 1 year
  • Amount of award (USD): $60,000

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 29, 2021