Because the KDA is relatively small and funding is limited, our focus in recent years has been to provide “seed-money” to post-doc and other young researchers who do not currently have the funding or credentials to receive funding from larger organizations such as the National Institute of Health or the MDA. This “seed-money” normally provides the researcher an opportunity to further his/her research while giving him/her time to apply for other grants
In recent years, the awarding process takes place in the fall. In the late summer, the KDA announces to all known Kennedy’s Disease Researchers that anyone interested should send in their grant requests as outlined in the proposal notification. The Scientific Review Board reviews all applications with a focus on research projects that are specific to or could be used in finding a treatment or cure for Kennedy’s Disease. The Scientific Review Board recommends to the Board of Directors which applicant(s) should receive research funding. The Board of Directors notifies all candidates and awards the grants normally in October.
"I received a pilot grant from the KDA early in my career at a particularly vulnerable time for young scientists, before receiving my first grant from the NIH. The foundation's support made a big impact, helping enable us to generate a mouse model that we continue to study to understand disease mechanisms and therapeutic targets."
Andrew Lieberman, MD PhD
University of Michigan Medical School