Funding Agency:
National PKU Alliance

The National PKU Alliance (NPKUA) works to improve the lives of individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU) and pursue a cure. The NPKUA Fund is a campaign of the NPKUA to advance the science of PKU by funding the most promising research that will lead to new therapy discoveries and a cure. The goals of the Fund are to:

• Have at least one new treatment therapy in the development pipeline in the next five years.

• Make at least two substantial grants to projects each year that focus on new drug development, new treatments and/or a cure. A variety of treatment solutions need to exist for PKU patients because it is not a one-size-fits-all disease.

• Fund fellow placements in labs where additional support will speed up the drug development process.

• Fund the most critical projects that have the potential to raise the quality of life of a PKU patient on a day to day basis so they can live the best life possible.

The NPKUA is seeking proposals that will help us meet the above strategic goals as well as to close existing gaps in the knowledge and science of PKU, and to further support existing PKU-related projects.  

Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2019.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degrees and currently hold a full-time position at any level (post-doctoral, research scientist, assistant/associate/full professor, etc.) at an established academic/research institution. Applicants will be considered from both the United States and internationally. Investigators from centers with a history of research in metabolic diseases are strongly encouraged to apply. The average award is $40,000; however exceptional applications may be funded at a higher amount if the budget request is justified. Initial grants are awarded for one year with potential of renewal based on progress made during the first year. In addition, the Alliance supports some strategic projects on an on-going basis.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 1, 2019