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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Medical Research and Fellowships

Research Grants and Fellowships


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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/05/23 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit institutions and organizations for medical research projects. Funding areas include laboratory and clinical research, design and development of technology, and fellowships for postdoctoral researchers. The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury and disease.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis, secondary health effects and technologies associated with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). These projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis and support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, as well as to train post-doctoral fellow investigators and encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord research.  

The Research Foundation supports innovative research and fellowships that improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D). The grant funds the following categories:

  • Basic Science - laboratory research in the basic sciences to find a cure for SCI/D
  • Clinical - clinical and functional studies of the medical, psychosocial and economic effects of SCI/D, and interventions to alleviate these effects
  • Design and Development - of new or improved rehabilitative and assistive technology/devices for people with SCI/D to improve function, which also includes improving the identification, selection and utilization of these devices.
  • Fellowships - for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research

Grant funding for design and development projects may be used to develop drawings, schematics, or prototypes, and for the testing necessary to further the design of assistive technology devices. 

For allowable costs, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications are accepted from fiscally responsible organizational entities in the name of the Principal Investigator (applicant). Entities should be not-for-profit academic institutions, healthcare providers, associations, and/or organizations in the United States or Canada.

Eligible grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, investigators and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. All grant applicants must have a professional degree: Ph.D. or M.D. preferred.

Senior fellows are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Post-doctoral scientists are eligible to apply for fellowship support within four years of receiving a Ph.D. or completing M.D. residency. Graduate students can participate in Foundation-related research and be paid from a Foundation award. However, graduate students cannot apply for a Foundation grant as a fellow or as a principal investigator.

For more information about eligibility, see

PVA does not make grants to for-profit companies.

The Foundation does not fund undergraduate or pre-doctoral students.

Unallowable Costs:
- Computers, office equipment, and furniture.
- Dues and memberships in professional societies or associations.
- Registration or tuition fees for a professional meeting/conference for someone other than the PI or for a meeting not related to the funded project, where the PI does not make a presentation about the grant.
- Cost of patient care or services not directly related to the project.
- Construction, alteration, maintenance, or rental of buildings or building space.
- Tuition remission or reimbursement for any project personnel.

The Foundation prohibits the use of grant money for the expenses of bringing a product to market (e.g., patent attorney costs, mass production, promotion and marketing, etc.).

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submitting applications is July 5, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time [EDT], without exception. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Application Process:
- Application Period Opens: April 3, 2023
- Application Period Closes: July 5, 2023
- Award Notification: December 1, 2023
​- Grant Start Date: January 1, 2024

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to start a submission in the system by May 1, 2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Basic Science: Grants funded up to $200,000 for 2 or 3 years.
- Clinical Applications: Grants funded up to $200,000 for 2 or 3 years.
- Design and Development/Assistive Technology: Grants funded up to $200,000 for 2 or 3 years.
- Post-doctoral Fellowships: Grants funded up to $150,000 for 1, 2 or 3 years.

Term of Contract
The Research Foundations now supports one, two or three-year grants in the four areas of emphasis.

Contact Information
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For technical assistance with the online application submission process, contact Customer Service at Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm, EDT.

Grant application or administration questions should be directed to:
Lindsay Perlman
Associate Director, Research & Education
Phone: (202) 416-7611

Policy or program questions should be directed to:
Cheryl L. Vines
Director, Research & Education
Phone: (202) 256-5526 or (805) 439-2804

Paralyzed Veterans of America
1875 Eye Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006

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