Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND)

The Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Research UK, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Weston Brain Institute announce a global Request for Applications (RFAs). The main objective of BAND is to stimulate analyses across Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases to increase understanding of pathogenesis similarities and differences. The intent of this RFA is to analyze across existing data; biological samples are not available for use under this RFA. Funding from this program may support but is not limited to projects that aim to develop and/or advance innovative data models, biomarker discovery, assay standardization, genetic profiling, harmonize existing data set phenotypes, analyze cross-disease or longitudinal analyses of existing data, inclusion of other neurodegenerative diseases related to PD and AD, or imaging development. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to translate the research into strategies to increase understanding of the similarities or differences across and between neurodegenerative diseases to help stratify populations and develop possible diagnostic tools or treatments. Applicants may request up to two years and $150,000 in total costs, inclusive of both direct and indirect costs. Exceptions for particularly unique projects or projects that span the globe will be considered, but requests that exceed $150,000 must be well justified in the Available Resources and Budget Justification section of the application – please contact staff for approval. Indirect costs may not exceed 10 percent of direct costs. Applications are encouraged from research laboratories and teams around the world. Researchers with full-time staff or faculty appointments are encouraged to apply. Post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply as a principal investigator (PI) but must collaborate with an administrative PI who serves as the director of the laboratory in which the research will be conducted. Applicants should include study personnel (co-investigator or consultant) with significant expertise and familiarity with the identified cohort/database to support scientific oversight of proposed project aims. The administrative PI will be responsible for assisting in providing all institutional documents required for the project and will be required to sign any award contract. Training or mentoring-only proposals will not be considered.

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