Carson Family Telomere Biology Disorder Research Award

The primary goal of the Carson Family Telomere Biology Disorder Research Award from Team Telomere, Inc. is to support research initiatives that address critical gaps in our understanding of Telomere Biology Disorders. This grant seeks to fund interdisciplinary, translational, and/or clinical research efforts that will lead to the development of therapies and strategies that better diagnose, manage, treat, or cure Telomere Biology Disorders. 

Investigators are invited to apply for the Carson Family Telomere Biology Disorder Research Award from Team Telomere. A single award of up to $100,000 total costs will be given for a one-year project.

What this Award Means to the Carson Family

From the words of Heidi Carson

After my amazing husband, Chad, died in 2019 from complications resulting from his Telomere Biology Disorder (TBD), I was struck by the notion that I never wanted another family to endure the medical odyssey and trauma of loss that ours did. I started volunteering with Team Telomere with the goal of doing whatever I could to advance science toward better treatments for this horrific disease. As I became more involved with Team Telomere and witnessed the power of this small but mighty organization, my vision shifted: I didn’t just want improved treatment options, I wanted science to find our community a cure.

My goal in funding the Carson Family Telomere Biology Disorder Research Award is to empower us to dream big and bold: what is possible when we combine the most promising initiatives in TBD research with an award of this size? I also want this award to set a precedent: Team Telomere is an organization that is more than capable of granting transformational awards with a robust review process premised on fairness and objectivity.

I’m excited to welcome applications for the Carson Family Telomere Biology Disorder Research Award and can’t wait to see what advances it unlocks!

Important Dates:

September 1st, 2023 – Letter of intent (LOI) opens to interested applicants
September 30th, 2023 at 5:00pm ET – LOI period closes
October 16th, 2023 – LOI submitters hear a decision regarding being invited to submit a full application
December 18th, 2023 at 5:00pm ET – Deadline to submit full application
February 9th, 2024 – Applicants are informed of final decisions


Applicant Eligibility:

To be eligible for research grant funding from Team Telomere, individuals or teams of applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The primary Principal Investigator must possess a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree.
  • Principal Investigator(s) must currently hold full-time position(s) at a qualified academic, government, non-profit, or for-profit research institution, and show evidence of dedicated support and resources that enable execution of the research project.
  • Applications may be submitted from qualified international institutions, but all proposals must be submitted in English.

Funding Guidelines and Limitations:

Applicants may request up to $100,000 USD in total costs for a research project up to one year in duration. Indirect costs are limited to ≤ 10% of the total grant funding. (Direct and unallowable costs are defined in our application portal.) 


Contact Information:

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