AFTD Pilot Grant

Funding Agency:
Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

AFTD Pilot Grants provide seed funding for innovative research projects in the preliminary stages of development, with an emphasis on early-career investigators in the process of establishing an independent research program. Projects funded through the Pilot Grant program are intended to generate data to support a follow-on grant application to the NIH, another public agency or a nonprofit organization.

AFTD funds three types of Pilot Grants:

  • Basic Science Pilot Grants – These grants support projects focused on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying FTD. Deadline: Oct. 9, 2020
  • Susan Marcus Translational Research Pilot Grants – Funded by a generous donor, these grants support projects using human subjects or biofluid/tissue samples to answer questions about FTD pathology or to advance clinical practice.
  • Well-Being in FTD Pilot Grants – These grants support nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions or state-of-the-art technologies with the potential to positively impact the daily quality of life for persons with FTD and their families. Deadline: Oct. 2, 2020


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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

    • Have a faculty appointment or are serving a medical residency at an academic institution, teaching hospital, or other not-for-profit 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 2, 2020