GRANT PROGRAMS

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The 2017 cycle has closed. Please join our email list (info@lipedema.org) to learn about the next grant cycle.

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We encourage applicants to submit proposals that align with the Foundation's Mission, Strategy, and Values.

Mission: To Define, Diagnose, and Develop Treatments for Lipedema

Strategy: The Lipedema Foundation supports collaborative research that addresses the basic biology, genetics, and epidemiology of lipedema

Values: 

  • Transparency, the Foundation strives for an open and active discussion with and amongst grantees
  • Collaboration, the Foundation stresses the importance of collaborative research
  • Community, the Foundation favors research efforts that will build and leverage a patient-researcher community

     

    Application Process

    The Foundation employs a multi-stage process to assess submitted research applications:

    1. Interested researchers that submit a LOI can expect a reply within two weeks of submission.
    2. If the submitted LOI aligns with the Foundation's research strategy, we will schedule a call with applicants to learn more about the proposed work. If the LOI is beyond the parameters of the type of research the Foundation is seeking to fund, applicants will be notified via email.
    3. Successful LOI's will then be invited to submit a Full Application.

     

    Funding Programs

    As the lipedema research field remains to be defined, we request that single and multi-year applications be milestone-driven. The listed programs are meant to be guidelines for applicants, and the Foundation welcomes applications that do not fit strictly into these descriptions. 

    Collaborative Research Award - Designed to foster collaborative research, these awards offer a longer time horizon to accomplish proposed research and requires involvement of multiple institutions or multi-disciplinary researchers

    • Maximum award, $250,000, applicable towards proportional salary, fringe benefits, and research costs
    • Duration, two years, milestone driven award
    • Applications that involve current Foundation grantees receive priority review

    Proof-of-Concept Award - Designed for early stage and established investigators with research hypotheses with potential relevance to lipedema

    • Maximum award, $125,000, applicable towards proportional salary, fringe benefits, and research costs
    • Duration, one year
    • Grantees are eligible for a streamlined renewal process

    Post-doctoral Fellowship - Designed for post-docs at any stage of their training

    • Maximum annual award/stipend, $50,000
    • Duration, two years guaranteed, third year renewable
    • Highly qualified applications are eligible for up to $25,000 in independent research funding

    Pre-doctoral Fellowship - Designed for graduate students at any stage of their training

    • Maximum annual stipend, $25,000
    • Duration, two years guaranteed, third year renewable
    • Highly qualified applications are eligible for up to $10,000 in independent research funding

     

      Lipedema Foundation Grantmaking Provisions

      (1) The Foundation’s maximum allowable indirect costs are 10% of total direct costs. (2) In an effort to build a lipedema research network, by submitting a Full Application, you agree to serve as a potential reviewer of submitted LOI/Full Applications. (3) The Foundation highly encourages collaborations across current and potential grantees, and may facilitate interactions with potential partners. 

      A Foundation letter explicitly stating these provisions can be downloaded here.