A stagnant NIH budget and lack of career development mechanisms for young HD researchers has led to an environment where the funding opportunities for young HD researchers are limited. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) believes we must ensure that the pipeline of passionate and bright HD scientists and clinicians remains full, a vision that is shared by the Berman and Topper families. With that in mind and with their support, HDSA is committed to sponsoring innovative lines of scientific inquiry into HD biology by young researchers with a desire in making HD part of their career plan. The goal of this new program is to develop the next generation of passionate and innovative HD scientists. HDSA is proud to announce the 2018 request for proposals for this unique program.

What is This Project?

  • A three year grant mechanism to provide support for young scientists to work collaboratively with their mentors and other committed HD health professionals to help develop the fellow into an independent HD leader.
  • Awards up to $80,000/year ($75,000 salary and research support, plus $5,000 travel/education budget)

Who Can Apply?

  • Applications are welcome from young scientists/clinicians who are interested in a career in Huntington’s disease research or care.
  • Applicants should be no more than 5 years removed from obtaining their PhD or completing their residency/fellowship.
  • Applicants cannot have their own laboratory and must identify an individual who will serve as his or her mentor and supervisor.
  • Open to researchers from around the world.

Please use these document as a guide and check this page for submission details in January.

Please click here to Download RFP.

Please click here to download the application.

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions will be accepted through a new application portal, which will become available in early 2020.  

Completed applications must be received by HDSA no later than Friday, March 20, 2020, at 5:00 pm (EDT).

If you have additional questions, they can be directed to George Yohrling, PhD, HDSA Senior Director, Mission and Scientific Affairs at gyohrling@hdsa.org.