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Research Support

Funding Opportunities

To advance scientific knowledge and develop treatments and cures for spinal cord injury (SCI), the Extramural Grants Administration Program will issue requests for applications (RFAs) on behalf of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Board. Check this web site for updates, or sign up for SCIRB eAlerts and indicate RFA as your area of interest.

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Funding Opportunities Pending Review

  • Projects to Accelerate Research Translation (PART) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 3) RFA
  • Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 4) RFA

Recent Awards

  • Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 3) RFA
  • PART and IDEA in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 2) RFA. A total of $6.5 million was awarded for three (3) PART and eleven (11) IDEA awards. These projects are three (3) and two (2) year awards, respectively.
Organization Investigators Funding Mechanism Project Title Recommended Award

Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation

Sub-applicant- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Christopher Cardozo, M.D.,

Dongming Cai, M.D., Ph.D.,

Bin Zhang, Ph.D.

IDEA Role of Synaptojanin 1 in Functional Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury

$344,624

Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation Jill Wecht, Ed.D. IDEA Dose Effect of Norepinephrine Precursor (Droxidopa) on Blood Pressure and Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity in Hypotensive Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury $344,887

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Sub-applicant- Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation

Ona Bloom, Ph.D.,

Ann Spungen, Ed.D.

IDEA

Impact of Walking on the Immune System of Persons with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

$222,870
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hongyan Jenny Zou, M.D., Ph.D. IDEA Enhancing Axon Regenerative Capacity Through Epigenetic Regulation of DNA Methylation Dynamics $360,000
Regenerative Research Foundation
Sub-applicant- Marine Biological Laboratory

David Butler, Ph.D.,

Jennifer Morgan, Ph.D.

IDEA Developing Intracellular Antibodies Against Alpha-Synuclein as Potential Therapeutics in Spinal Cord Injury and Disease $311,921
Regenerative Research Foundation
Sub-applicant- The Children's Hospital Corporation

Sally Temple, Ph.D.,

Larry Benowitz, Ph.D.

IDEA The Role of Zinc in Axon Regeneration Following Spinal Cord Injury $335,000
Research Foundation of CUNY obo City College of New York
Sub-applicant- Columbia University

John Martin, Ph.D.,

Sunil Agrawal, Ph.D.

IDEA Robotic Rehabilitation to Promote Recovery of Forelimb Function after Cervical SCI in Rats $332,738
Research Foundation of CUNY obo College of Staten Island
Sub-applicant- Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation

Maria Knikou, P.T., Ph.D.,

Noam Harel, M.D., Ph.D.

PART Activity-Dependent Transspinal Stimulation for Recovery of Walking Ability after SCI $898,595
Research Foundation for SUNY - SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Sub-applicant- The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Janet Paluh, Ph.D.,

Philip Horner, Ph.D.

PART Healing the Contusion-Injured Spinal Cord Microenvironment with Nanotechnology- and Stem Cell- Assisted Modulation $970,404
University of Rochester Mark Noble, Ph.D. PART Acute Treatment with 4-aminopyridine Promotes Extensive Recovery from Traumatic SCI $990,000
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D. IDEA Combining 4-AP with Motor Training to Promote Forelimb Motor Recovery in Rats with Pyramidal Tract Injury $359,241
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute John Cave, Ph.D. IDEA Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Cell Adhesion in Reactive Astrocytes and Glial Scar Formation Following Spinal Cord Injury $360,000
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute
Sub-applicant- University of Michigan

Edmund Hollis, Ph.D.,

Roman Giger, Ph.D.

IDEA Immune-mediated Nervous System Repair $360,000
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute Jian Zhong, Ph.D. IDEA Investigating Axonal mRNA Translation in CST Axon Sprouting and Regeneration $360,000
Total (14 awards) $6,550,280
  • Translational Research Projects (TRP) in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 2) RFA . A total of $2.8 million was awarded for two (2) TRP awards. Both projects are four-year awards.
Organization Investigators Project Title Recommended Award

Health Research, Inc.

Sub-applicant- Medical University of South Carolina

Johnathan Wolpaw, M.D.,

Gerwin Schalk, Ph.D.

A Spinal Reflex Operant Conditioning System Suitable for Clinical Translation $1,623,620
University of Rochester

Mark Noble, Ph.D.,

Christoph Proschel, Ph.D.

Pharmacological Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury $1,203,455
Total (2 awards) $2,827,075
  • Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 2) RFA. A total of $1.5 million was awarded for two (2) Predoctoral and seven (7) Postdoctoral Fellowships awards. These projects are three-year awards.
Organization Investigators Funding Mechanism Project Title Recommended Award
Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation, Inc.

Noam Harel, M.D., Ph.D.,

Yu-Kuang Wu, P.T., Ph.D.

Postdoc EMG Triggered Closed-Loop Stimulation for Spinal Cord Injury Individuals $187,440
Columbia University

Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D.,

Dario Martelli, Ph.D.

Postdoc Improving Locomotor Function After Spinal Cord Injury with a Perturbation-Based Balance Training $193,482
Cornell University

Chris B. Schaffer, Ph.D.,

Yu-Ting Chen, Ph.D.

Predoc In Vivo Three-Photon Excited Fluorescence Imaging of Spinal Cord Neural Activity in Awake, Locomoting Mice after Spinal Cord Injury $135,600
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Ona Bloom, Ph.D.,

Nawshin Kutub, Ph.D.

Postdoc Biomarkers in Adult and Pediatric Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury $168,414
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hongyan Zou, Ph.D., M.D.,

Shalaka D. Wahane, Ph.D.

Postdoc Epigenetic Modulation of Immune Response to Enhance Neuroprotection in Spinal Cord Injury $176,550
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ryan J. Gilbert, Ph.D.,

Anthony D'Amato, Ph.D.

Predoc Estrogen Based Biomaterials Promote Astrocytic Growth Factor Production and Provide Neuroprotection Against Glutamate Excitotoxicity

$135,600

University of Rochester

Christoph Proschel, Ph.D.,

Jennifer Stripay, Ph.D.

Postdoc Novel Pharmacological Approach to Promoting Myelin Preservation, Neuronal Regeneration and Preventing Muscle Atrophy Following SCI

$176,454

Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Caitlin E. Hill, Ph.D.,

Ying Dai, Ph.D.

Postdoc Improving Axonal Growth Through Schwann Cell Transplant by the Activation of Integrin Following SCI $174,090
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Edmund R. Hollis, Ph.D.,

Yue Li, Ph.D.

Postdoc Motor Learning Mechanisms During Rehabilitation from Spinal Cord Injury $168,414
Total (9 awards)

$1,516,044

 

  • Institutional Support for Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 6) Solicitation of Interest: Twenty (20) eligible organizations received letters of support for the expansion of spinal cord injury research within their organizations. These projects are five-year awards.
  • PART and IDEA in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 1) RFA. A total of $6.2 million was awarded for four (4) PART and seven (7) IDEA awards. These projects are three- and two- year awards, respectively.
Organization Investigators Funding Mechanism Project Title Recommended Award
Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation

Hesham Tawfeek, M.D.

IDEA

Role of T Cells in Bone Loss After Spinal Cord Injury

$356,999
Columbia University

Ulrich Hengst, Ph.D.

IDEA Pumilio 1 and 2 Control Axon Regrowth by Shaping the Axonal Transcriptome $360,000
Cornell University

Chris B. Schaffer, Ph.D.

IDEA

Imaging Neural Activity in the Spinal Cord of Awake Mice After Spinal Cord Injury

$350,876

Research Corporation of Long Island, Inc.

Sub-applicant- Houston Methodist Research Institute  

Victor L. Arvanian, Ph.D., D.Sci,

Philip J. Homer, Ph.D.

PART

Neuroplasticity Integrting Human Induced Neuralized Pluripotent Stem Cells (NiPSCs) in SCI Animals

$935,867
Research Foundation for SUNY Stony Brook

Sue Ann Sisto, Ph.D.,

Victor Arvanian, Ph.D.

PART

Effects of Spinal Electromagnetic Stimulation and Locomotor Training on Motor Recovery and Walking in Incomplete SCI

$989,199
Research Foundation for SUNY Stony Brook

Irene C. Solomon, Ph.D.,

William F. Collins, Ph.D.

IDEA

Therapeutic Potential of Mild to Moderate AIH on LUT and Respiratory Function in SCI

$355,111
Research Foundation for SUNY, University at Albany

Ben G. Szaro, Ph.D.

IDEA

Functional Analysis of Genes Implicated in Successful CNS Axon Regeneration

$359,738
Research Foundation of CUNY obo College of Staten Island

Maria Knikou, P.T., Ph.D.

PART

Transspinal-Transcortical Paired Stimulation for Neuroplasticity and Recovery After SCI

$947,004

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Sub-applicant- Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Anthony Sauve, Ph.D.,

Brett C. Langley, Ph.D.

PART

NAD-Augmenting Agents to Enhance Neural Survival and Function Following Spinal Cord Injury

$890,241

Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Sub-applicant- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dylan J. Edwards, Ph.D., P.T.

IDEA

Improving Hand Function in Chronic SCI with Combined Robot Training and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

$359,000
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Jian Zhong, Ph.D.

IDEA

Visualizing New Synapses and Their Activity in the Injured Spinal Cord

$360,000
                                                                                                                                                                  Total (11 awards)  $6,264,035
  • TRP in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 1) RFA: A total of $8,771,302 was awarded for two (2) TRP awards. These projects are five-year awards.

Organization

Investigators Project Title Recommended Award

Columbia University

Sub-applicant- University of Louisville Research Foundation

Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D.,

Susan J. Harkema, Ph.D.

Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) and Epidural Stimulation for Recovery of Standing in SCI $5,033,354

RFCUNY obo The City College of NY/CUNY School of Medicine

Sub-applicants- Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute,

Bronx Veterans Medical Research Foundation

John Martin, Ph.D.,

Jason B. Carmel, M.D., Ph.D.,

Noam Y. Harel, M.D., Ph.D.

Combined Motor Cortex and Spinal Cord Stimulation to Promote Arm and Hand Function After Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury $3,737,948
Total (2 awards) $8,771,302
  • Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research RFA: A total of $822,541 was awarded for four (4) Predoctoral and two (2) Postdoctoral Fellowships awards. These projects are three-year awards. *Denotes that the awardee declined funding due to prior acceptance of National Institutes of Health funding.
Organization Investigators Funding Mechanism Project Title Recommended Award
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ryan Gilbert, Ph.D.,

Christopher Johnson, D.L., B.S.

Predoc Magnetic Alignment of Electrospun Fibers for Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Contusive Injury $135,600
Research Foundation for SUNY, University at Albany

Ben Szaro, Ph.D.,

Rupa Choudhary, M.S.

Predoc Intracellular Modulations of Cytokine Signaling Leading to Successful CNS Axon Regeneration in a Vertebrate Model $85,585
The Research Foundation of CUNY obo City College of New York

John Martin, Ph.D.,

Alzahraa Amer, M.S.

Predoc Modulating Spinal Cord Neural Activity to Promote Recovery of Motor Function After SCI $135,600
*The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

Ulrich Hengst, Ph.D.,

Jose C. Martínez

Predoc Control of the Transcriptome in Regenerating Axons Through mRNA Degradation $127,500
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D.,

Hongguen Park, Ph.D.

Postdoc Dissecting and Strengthening Corticospinal Connections After Spinal Cord Injury Using Advanced Neuroscience Methods $172,902
Winifred Masterson Burke Medical Research Institute

Jian Zhong, Ph.D.,

Mariel Voutounou, Ph.D.

Postdoc Promoting Intrinsic Growth Competency of Injured Neurons Using Genetic and Small Molecule Approaches $165,354
      Total (6 awards) $822,541
  •  Collaborations to Accelerate Research Translation (CART) and IDEA in Spinal Cord Injury Research RFA: A total of $5.7 million was awarded for three (3) CART and six (6) IDEA awards. These projects are three- and two-year awards, respectively. 
Organization Investigators Funding Mechanism Project Title Recommended Award
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

David Sharp, Ph.D.,

Kelvin P. Davies, Ph.D.,

Sylvia O. Suadicani, Ph.D.

CART Harnessing Microtubules to Enhance Urological Function After Spinal Cord Injury $1,197,182
Burke Medical Research Institute Dianna Willis, Ph.D. IDEA Alterations in Extracellular Vesicle Communication as a Cause of NMJ Dysfunction After SCI $448,978
Burke Medical Research Institute Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D. IDEA Delayed Versus Immediate Motor Training Following Brain Stimulation to Enhance Recovery in Rats with Chronic Corticospinal Tract Injury $450,419
CUNY City College of New York John Martin, Ph.D. CART Repairing the Damaged Corticospinal Tract after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury $990,000
Health Research Incorporated, Wadsworth Center Jonathan Carp, Ph.D. IDEA Role of Abnormal Urethral Sphincter Motoneuron Properties in Urinary Tract Dysfunction After Spinal Cord Injury $442,373
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hongyan Zou, M.D., Ph.D. IDEA The Role of HDAC3 in the Epigenetic Regulation of Functional Polarization of Microglia and Macrophages After Spinal Cord Injury $360,000
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Noam Harel, M.D., Ph.D. IDEA Augmenting Hand Muscle Control in Cervical SCI through Paired Cortical and Cervical Stimulation $391,353
Regenerative Research Foundation Sally Temple, Ph.D. CART Sustained Delivery of IL10 and SHH to Promote Spinal Cord Regeneration After Injury $1,097,684
SUNY Downstate Medical Center Joseph Francis, Ph.D. IDEA 24/7 Use of Fully Integrated Bi-Directional Autonomous Brain Machine Interface in Non-Human-Primates $341,559
      Total (9 awards) $5,719,548