The "FightSMA and Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Emerging Investigator Awards" program (EIA Program) is funded by a grant provided by the two organizations. The purpose of the program is to attract a new generation of investigators into the SMA field.
In 2013, the inaugural year of the EIA Program, the organizations awarded $250,000 in research grants; five $25,000 grants were awarded
to five investigators ("Award Grantees") and two $62,500 follow-on grants were awarded
to two of the initial five investigators ("Finalist Grantees.").
The organizations are excited to be continuing the EIA Program in 2014.
In April 2014, a grant selection committee will award five $27,500 grants to the five most promising proposals. After six months of validation, the five recipients will compete for two additional $62,500 grants covering one-year research projects. The $62,500 awards will be announced in December 2014.