Grant Applications

The FSH Society offers grants, research fellowships and postdoctoral fellowships to support research relevant to understanding the molecular genetics and cause of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD).

Letter of Intent

Please submit a single-page introductory cover letter plus a one- or two-page descriptive summary of the proposed research—enough for a decision from the Scientific Advisory Board. The letter of intent may be submitted at any time to the FSH Society, Attention: Dr. David Housman, Scientific Advisory Board Chairman, FSH Society, 450 Bedford Street, Lexington MA 02420. Email the letter to daniel.perez@fshsociety.org.

Award Size

The FSH Society awards grants for predoctoral fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and research grants to senior investigators. Awards have ranged from $5,000 to $125,000 per year. Strong preference is given to excellent, early-career and early-stage proposals in the range of $30,000-50,000 per year. Smaller and larger awards will be considered. Grants are usually for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, subject to satisfactory progress reports. We expect successful projects to be able to attract future funding from other organizations.

Grant Application Forms

FSH Society Research Grant and Fellowship Application (PDF or Word)

Budget

Generally, awards do not include salaries of the principal investigator. Indirect costs are not allowed, but fringe benefits are considered part of personnel costs and are included.

Letters of Reference/Support

Each applicant for a graduate or postdoctoral fellowship must submit at least three references who are acquainted with the applicant’s relevant experience. Please use the reference sheet included with each grant application form. Senior researchers should provide letters of collaboration or support.

Submission Deadlines

February 28/29 and August 31 of each year. Grant applications and supporting materials should be submitted by email to daniel.perez@fshsociety.org.

Review Process

Grant applications are reviewed by the Society’s volunteer Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The Chair of the SAB assigns teams of two or more members of the SAB to critique each proposal. SAB members who may have a conflict are not assigned to review, and do not vote on, the particular proposal. Initial critiques are due within three weeks of the assignment and a full meeting of the SAB is held around two weeks thereafter. Grant applications are reviewed and voted upon by the entire SAB. Applications recommended for approval by the SAB are sent to the Society’s Board of Directors for a vote. When the SAB declines an application, it provides the applicant with a detailed description of the reasons, and the applicant may be invited to resubmit the application for consideration in a later round.

Notification of Award

The Scientific Advisory Board reviews applications within six months of the submission date. The Society will notify the applicant about the funding decision by letter only.

Payment of Award

Payment for each year of the award is made in two equal installments—the first on the activation date (or the anniversary thereof) and the second six months after the beginning of the award period (or the anniversary thereof). A five- to 10-page progress-to-date package will be sent by the grantee at the end of nine months to the SAB for review. The subsequent year(s) of funding will not be activated prior to a review of the nine-month progress report and an explanation of any changes that the work necessitates or changes in specific aims for the next year. The progress report is required at nine months after the start of each award year.

Sharing Policy

Propagatable reagents and biomaterials, including monoclonal antibodies, recombinant DNAs, cell lines, propagatable cells, and animal models created using FSH Society funds are to be made freely available to other investigators following publication of the relevant paper. Please review our policy on intellectual property (Section 15 of FSH Society Policies on Fellowships and Grants).