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Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program

The state of Minnesota established the Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Program effective July 1, 2015. Contingent upon 2017/2018 biennium funding, $500,000 will be available each year to support grants to institutions in Minnesota for research into spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Of this amount, $15,000 will be used for program administration. To supplement Fiscal Year 2018 funding for the spinal cord injury research grants, a $15,000 donation was provided by the Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis Foundation. In consultation with the Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, 50 percent of the state grant funds will be awarded for research involving spinal cord injuries and 50 percent to research involving traumatic brain injuries. Grants will support research into new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for the functional improvement of people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Research topics may include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical, medical device, brain stimulus, and rehabilitative approaches and techniques.

Eligible grant applicants must be institutions/organizations located in Minnesota. Collaborations are encouraged with Minnesota-based researchers and researchers located outside the state of Minnesota. The maximum total request per traumatic brain injury grant will be $121,250 and the maximum for spinal cord injury research grants will be $128,750. Awards will be contingent upon receipt of meritorious grant proposals. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m. on May 19, 2017.

A listing of Frequently Asked Questions will be posted on Mondays on a weekly basis through May 15, 2017.

For questions about the Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program, contact Nancy B. Walters, Ph.D., Program Manager at or 651-259-3907.

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