The IFOPA is pleased to partner again this year with the Orphan Disease Center (ODC) at the University of Pennsylvania to expand FOP research grants through the 2021 Million Dollar Bike Ride Pilot Grant Program.
The IFOPA and our dedicated fundraisers – Team #cureFOP – will be raising funds this spring and summer. The amount of the FOP grant will be announced later this year.
The Orphan Disease Center’s application process is two steps – a Letter of Interest (LOI) followed by an invitation to complete a full application. The Million Dollar Bike Ride Pilot Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is open to the international community. All individuals holding a faculty‐level appointment at an academic institution or a senior scientific position at a nonprofit institution or foundation are eligible to respond. The two areas of FOP research focus for grant consideration are:
- Research that seeks to identify biomarkers, including novel imaging techniques, capable of measuring and predicting early FOP disease progression and/or treatment response
- Research that investigates and further elucidates the immunologic mechanism in FOP
Awardees of the research funding may have access to the IFOPA’s FOP Mouse Model (IFOPA will support the cost of animal models with the exception of shipping) or available samples from the IFOPA's FOP Biobank, if needed. Please contact the IFOPA at [email protected] for further details on these resources.