06 Feb Unique Funding Opportunity for Pre-Doctoral Researchers
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a unique funding opportunity for students interested in basic or patient-oriented research related to conditions that co-occur with Down syndrome, linked to awards held by ITHS. Predoctoral students at the University of Washington and Montana State University who meet T32/TL1 eligibility criteria can request 2 years of support for stipend and tuition.
The INCLUDE initiative seeks to improve the health and well-being of individuals with Down Syndrome by better understanding risk and resilience factors for co-occurring conditions such as cognitive decline, cancers, and autoimmune disorders. Priorities include targeted, high-risk, high-reward basic research on chromosome 21 as well as patient-oriented research. In addition to funding, successful candidates will gain additional cross-disciplinary mentoring and training in translational science by joining dynamic peer cohorts supported by ITHS.
Wondering if your research project could be a fit? NIH has funded both basic research as well as patient-focused projects.
Funded projects have used mouse, human cell culture, and other models of Down Syndrome to study:
- Protein synthesis dysregulation in cognitive decline
- Role of polyamines in Alzheimer’s
- RNA degradation in induced pluripotent stem cells
- Autophagy deficits in clonal hematopoiesis linked to leukemia
- Susceptibility genes for congenital heart defects
- Immune dysregulation in human tissues
And has funded patient-focused research:
- Epidemiology and social determinants of sleep apnea, dementia, and mortality
- Brain behavior trajectories/development profiles from infancy through school-age
See full NIH funding announcement for details: NOT-OD-22-191
Interested in applying? Set up a meeting with us to discuss a potential research project or to learn more about the application process here.
Submit your expression of interest by February 26th at 5 pm PT.
ITHS will help candidates develop full supplement applications to NIH in spring of 2024. Eligibility and funding details can be found in the EOI form:78 KB2024 Expression of Interest Form – NIH INCLUDE Admin. Supplement
Please note, the ITHS general TL1 request for applications will open in autumn of 2024.