FightSMA and Gwendolyn Strong Foundation today named the first five grantees in their “Emerging Investigator Awards”. The awards, conceived jointly by the two organizations, are designed to draw strong, innovative talent into SMA research.
The Emerging Investigator Awards are designed to provide initial support for an outstanding idea from a junior investigator. This type of seed money can be particularly difficult to obtain in today’s climate, and the EI Awards will help spark transformative ideas into reality.
During the program’s first year, FightSMA and GSF received 24 excellent applications from across the globe (US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and the UK.) Ultimately, five outstanding candidates were identified and were announced during this weekend’s FightSMA Annual Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Here are images of the grantees and details about their research:
Congratulations to our five grantees! Each of them receives $25,000 for their work, and after six months, they will compete for two $62,500 grants that would cover one-year research projects.