Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund Research Grant Program

Activity Based Therapy RFA - FY2019

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The overall objective of this program is to foster and encourage activity-based therapy programs for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques, and neuronal recovery. The initiative for funding activity based therapy programs consists of two funding mechanisms: 1) an RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity based” approaches for traumatic spinal cord injury persons, and 2) an RFA for programs providing rehabilitative clinical care and employing “activity based” approaches for traumatic brain injury persons.

Applications for each RFA may be submitted for up to a maximum requested amount of $150,000 for the total duration of the project. Programs must be conducted in compliance with all state and federal laws. Final funding decisions for all proposals submitted under this program will be made by the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Board, consisting of eleven members as defined in section 5(b) of IC 16-41-42.2. The board will make these decisions after receiving input from an independent scientific advisory panel comprising scientists and clinicians who are not members of the board. This advisory panel will review proposals and make recommendations to the board.

Research RFA - FY2019

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This application process is designed for all researchers, including post-doctoral, wishing to submit proposals for research projects / programs to be funded under item 3 noted above. Final funding decisions for all proposals submitted under this program will be made by the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Board, consisting of eleven members as defined in section 5(b) of IC 16-41-422. The board will make these decisions after receiving input from an independent scientific advisory panel comprising scientists and clinicians who are not members of the board. This advisory panel will review proposals and make recommendations to the board.

Because the nature and scope of the research proposed may vary, it is anticipated that the size of each award may also vary. Awards pursuant to this RFA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Applications to this program are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $80,000 (per year, including indirect costs). All applications should be limited to a two-year duration. (Note: Second year funding dependent upon adequate progress report for first year.) The fund is willing to provide salary support for post-doctorate fellows for up to two years.

Information about the Fund and Grant Program

The State of Indiana established the research fund known as the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund effective July 1, 2007. This fund, established under Indiana Code (IC) 16-41-42.2, will consist of appropriations, gifts and bequests, fees deposited in the fund under IC 9-29-5-2, and grants received from the federal government and private sources. These funds will be utilized to 1) establish and maintain a state medical surveillance registry for traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries; 2) fulfill the duties of the board; 3) fund research related to treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries; 4) fund post acute extended treatment and services for an individual with a spinal cord injury or facilities that offer long term care activity based therapy services at affordable rates to an individual with a spinal cord injury that requires extended post acute care; 5) fund post acute extended treatment and services for an individual with a brain injury or facilities that offer long term care activity based therapy services at affordable rates to an individual with a brain injury that requires extended post acute care; and 6) develop a statewide trauma system. The fund is expected to generate approximately $1.6 million per year, with the majority of money generated to be allocated to research projects.

The Indiana State Department of Health is a partner with the Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Board, which was created in 2007 by the Indiana General Assembly. Funding for the grants comes from non-commercial motor vehicle registration fees.

 

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