Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 10/19/2023

AFTD Pilot Grant

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 all-inclusive category replaces the previous Basic Science and Translational Research Pilot Grant categories.
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grants – These grants support research to improve the well-being of persons diagnosed, families, and caregivers and to improve access to equitable, high-quality diagnosis, care, support, and research participation options.

Deadline: Dec. 8, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants:

  • Must have a faculty appointment or an equivalent position at a nonprofit/academic research
  • U.S. and international researchers.
  • Postdoctoral fellows cannot be Pilot Grant PIs unless they can confirm a faculty appointment beginning by the start of the funding period in April 2024.
  • Fellows are encouraged to review AFTD’s Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship or the Clinical Research Training Scholarship AFTD supports in partnership with the American Brain Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology.

Pathways for Hope Pilot Grant only:

  • Applicants must be new or early-stage investigators in the process of establishing an independent research career

Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grant only:

  • Investigators at all career stages are eligible; however, early-career investigators are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Collaborations between senior and early-career investigators are also welcomed.
Amount Description
  • Funding period: 1 year
  • Amount of award (USD): $110,000
  • Application of funds: Up to $10,000 of the total award amount can be allocated to indirect costs
Funding Type