Research Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Funding Agency:
Hereditary Disease Foundation

The Hereditary Disease Foundation provides Postdoctoral Fellowships and Grants to researchers around the world to advance the discovery and development of treatments for Huntington’s disease and other brain disorders. Our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of over 30 distinguished international scientists who set the scientific priorities for the Foundation. Each year, the Board reviews more than 100 grant and postdoctoral fellowship applications and selects the most groundbreaking research projects for funding.

The Hereditary Disease Foundation is committed to funding innovative research to cure Huntington’s disease and impact other brain disorders. We have strategies in place for our grant funding programs to maximize our effectiveness. We have been passionate about funding catalytic and paradigm-changing research since our birth in 1968 – including identifying the Huntington’s disease marker in 1983 and the HD gene in 1993, and supporting gene lowering approaches since 2002. We continue to make an impact by funding research that pushes the envelope. 

The Foundation’s current focus is on 1) modifier studies - on DNA repair pathways, protein degradation and other modifiers of phenotype and age of onset; 2) mechanisms of HD neurodegeneration; 3) biomarkers of disease progression; and 4) therapy for HD-induced neurodegeneration.

Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowships: These fellowships are intended to cultivate interest in Huntington’s disease research by encouraging promising early career scientists (postdoctoral fellows or up to 7 years past completion of PhD). HDF awards two-year fellowships of up to $100,000 per year. Beginning with the 2023 funding cycle, fellowships will be funded for a maximum of 2 years in total funding. Postdoctoral researchers cannot reapply for additional funding for a new project.

Research Grants: Grants provide more experienced researchers with the seed funding to enable them to collect the preliminary data needed to obtain major, long-term funding from other organizations, including the National Institutes of Health. The Hereditary Disease Foundation awards one-year grants of $100,000. With (1) evidence of substantial progress and clear, compelling rationales for continuation; (2) a written request by the grantee for a one-year extension of the project as part of the grant progress report; and (3) competitive review by the HDF review committee, a subset of grants will be selected for the renewal for an additional year of funding of up to $100,000 (maximum possibility of one year renewal for two years in total funding).


  • Required Letters of Intent: Nov. 1, 2023

  • Invited Application Due Date(s): Feb. 15, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The Foundation’s current focus is on 1) modifiers of phenotype and age of onset; 2) mechanisms of HD neurodegeneration; 3) biomarkers of disease progression; and 4) therapy development for HD-induced neurodegeneration.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

November 1, 2023