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Association seeks research applications
The CFIDS Association of America is pleased to announce the availability
of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) research grants for pilot projects in the
following general priority areas:
cause(s) and diagnostic markers of CFS;
- Underlying pathophysiology of CFS;
- Efficacious treatments for CFS; and
- Epidemiology, natural history and pathophysiology of CFS in adolescents
Letters of intent are due no later than Dec. 31, 2003.
Investigators proposing projects reviewed as falling within funding priorities
will be asked to submit a complete application. Awards will be announced in June
2004. The earliest date funding may begin is July 31, 2004.
The purpose of the Associationís peer-review Research Grants
Program is to provide financial support for the highest quality pilot CFS
research studies and to enable investigators to collect sufficient data to
expand their studies with support from government or private funding sources.
Since 1987, the Association has provided $3.7 million in grants to CFIDS
Research grants are generally made to cover the direct costs
of such items as salaries for professional and technical personnel, patient
costs, equipment, supplies, travel and other miscellaneous items. These projects
will have a one-year period of performance, beginning on or after July 31, 2004.
Grants typically range from $30,000 to $80,000 per year, including institutional
indirect costs not to exceed 10 percent.
Researchers interested in applying for a CFIDS Association
Research Grant should submit a pre-application letter of intent to the
Association briefly describing the research study, including hypotheses,
objectives and goals; methods to be employed; preliminary studies; estimated
budget; and qualifications of the principal investigator (and key collaborators,
If the research project described in the letter of intent is
determined to fall within the funding priorities of the Associationís Research
Grants Program, the principal investigator will be invited to submit a Research
All applications are evaluated by a
peer-review Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee assesses each
application on the basis of: support for the hypothesis, relevance to CFS,
innovation and originality, appropriateness of the budget, expertise and
experience of the principal investigator and other staff and overall scientific
Grants are awarded to
non-profit research institutions located primarily within the United States and
Please see "Guidelines for Conducting CFS Research Studies" at
www.cfids.org/profresources/association-grants.asp for recommendations on important factors to
consider when writing a CFS research protocol. For more information, contact the
Associationís Research Grants Officer, Kristina Hopkins, at e-mail
or tel. 704-364-0016, ext. 105.