Funding Agency:
Jerome Lejeune Foundation

Twice a year, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation launches calls to support fundamental, translational and clinical research projects that will strengthen the understanding, deepen the knowledge and/or will explore new therapeutic approaches for Down syndrome and other genetic diseases with intellectual disability.

The Spring call is dedicated to research in both Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities from genetic origin, while the Autumn call is exclusively dedicated to Down Syndrome research. 

There are two types of funding schemes:

Pilot or exploratory grants: For early stage research projects built on preliminary data or small projects that complement larger primary projects.

Advanced grants: For larger breakthrough projects with substantial preliminary data.

Deadline:  Feb. 24, 2023; Aug. 13, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Spring Call

Opens from mid-January to early March and is dedicated to both Down syndrome and other rare intellectual disabilities from genetic origin, such as Fragile X syndrome, Cri du chat syndrome, Rett syndrome, Williams-Beuren syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome among others, and will not exceed 50% of the total amount of the annual grant budget. Autism not linked to the above diseases is excluded from this call.

Autumn Call

Opens from mid-June to early-August and is exclusively dedicated to research on Down syndrome.

Eligibility Requirements

Principal investigators of any nationality and that hold a long term appointment within an academic institution, at least for the duration of the research project. Applicants must demonstrate an excellent track record and submit an outstanding proposal.

Amount Description

Pilot or exploratory grants
40.000 € over 2 years

Advanced grants
80.000 € over 2 years

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

August 13, 2023