ASF, MACQUARIE, PEDERSEN FAMILY, KFOC
ALPORT SYNDROME RESEARCH FUNDING PROGRAM
2014 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Alport Syndrome Foundation, Inc. (ASF), Macquarie, Pedersen Family and the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) are pleased to announce the availability of funding for basic science and clinical research on the natural history, biochemical basis, and treatment of Alport Syndrome. There are no geographical limitations of this funding.

Background
The objective of this research funding program is to advance the knowledge of, develop effective treatment protocols for, and discover a cure for Alport Syndrome Foundation.

We are seeking proposals for both basic science and clinical research that will enhance understanding of the causes of this genetic disorder to advance the mission of our organizations.

Types of Proposals Sought
Funding will be provided for basic science or clinical research on Alport Syndrome. These funds may be used as seed funding for the testing of initial hypotheses and the collection of preliminary data leading to successful long-term funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), or other major funding institutions around the world.

Funding
It is anticipated that two research projects will be selected for funding, totaling $100,000 USD each, over a one- to two-year timeframe. Funds will be available by July 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2014 in accordance with the ASF, Macquarie, Pedersen Family, KFOC Alport Syndrome Research Funding Program.

Process
Research proposals will be evaluated by an independent peer review process.  Applications should be of 10–15 pages in length and must follow the instructions of the ASF, Macquarie, Pedersen Family, KFOC Alport Syndrome Research Funding Program. In general terms, detailed information about the specific aims, significance, research design and methods, personnel, facilities, and budget will be required, along with evidence of application to the relevant Institutional Review Board for any work involving human subjects or to the Animal Use and Protection Committee for any work involving animal subjects.

Research proposals will be evaluated by a joint peer review committee in accordance with the ASF, Macquarie, Pedersen Family, KFOC Research Funding Program.  Based on the input from the peer review committee, two research applications will be funded.

Deadline
The deadline for submission of completed research funding applications is March 17, 2014 by 5:00 pm Arizona Time/MST (no late submittals will be accepted).

For additional information, please contact:

Sharon Lagas
President, Alport Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
Telephone:  1-480-800-3510
Email:  research@alportsyndrome.org
Website: www.alportsyndrome.org

Or

Wim Wolfs, M.Sc., MBA
National Director of Research, The Kidney Foundation of Canada Foundation, Inc.
Telephone:  1-514-369-4806, ext. 225
Email:  wim.wolfs@kidney.ca
Website: www.kidney.ca