apply for grants for Fragile X research

Each year, FRAXA funds $1 million or more in medical research aimed at finding specific treatments and ultimately a cure for fragile X syndrome. Our goal is to bring practical treatment into current medical practice as quickly as possible; so preference is given to projects that have a clear practical application and the results of which will be shared in a timely fashion.

Applications are accepted each year on February 1.

Table of Contents

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Program Grants
Application Process

Research Priorities

Please read FRAXA's Research Priorities before applying. It is advisable to contact Dr. Michael Tranfaglia, CSO of FRAXA, at to discuss any potential application. We always try to steer prospective applicants in the right direction and away from potential pitfalls!

FRAXA offers two types of grants:

  1. Investigator-Initiated Program Grants are for only the most translationally relevant proposals.
  2. Postdoctoral Fellowships may be appropriate for more basic approach, but these grants are still awarded with weight given to therapeutic potential.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

FRAXA offers postdoctoral fellowships at a fixed rate of $45,000 per year. Successful applicants for these grants will likely be working in established labs with secure overall funding, which have funding for supplies and any required animal handling costs. If the applicant proposes to work with a particular fragile X model (KO mouse, drosophila, human neural stem cells, etc.) s/he should demonstrate that this model system has already been established in-house.

  • $45,000 per year for 2 years (for salary, fringe benefits, & consumable costs)
  • Fixed amount and duration
  • 6-10 total fellowships depending on available funds
  • Applicants must be full time and have MD, PhD, or MD/PhD
  • Previous grad/postdoc FRAXA grantees are not eligible (previous PI is OK)
  • Limit of one application per lab group (current grantees are not eligible)
  • PIs must demonstrate adequate overall funding to pursue this project; no supplements will be given for supplies or animal care
  • Grants are non-transferable (only good for specified postdoc, PI, and institution)


Program Grants

FRAXA invites investigator-initiated research applications for innovative pilot studies aimed at developing and characterizing new approaches for the treatment and ultimate cure of fragile X syndrome. These are flexible grants, but we expect that this program will be much more competitive than in the past, since fewer grants will be awarded. Successful applicants will be pursuing advanced translational, preclinical, and clinical research in fragile X.

  • No limit to structure of grant (can fund PI, postdoc, grad student, technician, supplies, etc.) or time-frame (though all grants over one year still need yearly renewal)
  • No limit on amount, but please remember that applications are ranked based on relative value, so smaller requests have an advantage!
  • Grants are given based on innovation and translational relevance: clinical trials are our highest priority, followed by preclinical research (i.e. rescue of animal models) and then translational research
  • Any application with low translational relevance will be streamlined out without review; FRAXA is not able to fund basic science applications in this program

apply for grants for Fragile X research


Application Process

Please send a letter of intent by Jan 15, since only those applications which meet the highest standards of translational relevance will be reviewed.

Please provide the following information with your application:

  • Description of the proposed project (8-15 pages recommended)
  • Curriculum Vitae for the Principal Investigator
  • Curriculum Vitae for the Postdoctoral Fellow to be supported under the grant
  • Names of 3 references who are willing to be contacted to provide recommendations for candidate postdoctoral fellow (not necessary for principal investigators)
  • Financial accounting of how the funds will be spent, with dollar distribution into major component items
  • A full accounting of any other current and submitted sources of support for this project and other lab research
  • Requested start date of the project. The earliest possible start date is 3 months after receipt of the application; applicants will be notified of awards in 2 months.

For FRAXA grants of more than one year duration, we require a renewal application be submitted at least 8 weeks before the second year of funding is needed. The renewal application should consist of a detailed progress report for the first year and work plan for the second year, as well as a financial report of how first year funds were spent. Grant Renewal Guidelines (pdf)

Deadline for receipt of applications is 11:59 pm EST on Feb 1, 2017. Email submission is required; please keep the application to a single pdf file of less than 15 MB and email applications to and Please be sure we acknowledge receipt of applications.

For further information contact Michael Tranfaglia

Eligibility for Grants/Fellowships

University labs receiving grants must be recognized as nonprofit. In the US, this means that institutions are exempt from federal income taxes.

Individuals nominated by applicant institutions for the postdoctoral fellowship should have training and experience at least equal to the PhD or MD level.

Acceptable Costs

FRAXA reserves the right to cover any item if explicitly authorized by FRAXA's Board of Directors. However, FRAXA is unable to pay for indirect costs under any circumstances.

Fellowships and grants are awarded for the period of one year and may be renewed for a second year, based on satisfactory progress. A financial report and progress report are required at the end of each year.

Amendment of Policies

FRAXA Research Foundation reserves the right to modify its policies governing grants at any time. The grantee agrees to abide by any changes or to terminate the grant at the time when such changes become effective. Failure to abide by the policies governing grants shall be considered sufficient grounds for cancellation of a grant or refusal to consider any pending application by the grantee.

Prohibition of Discrimination

No person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any program or activity receiving financial assistance from FRAXA because of race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

Human and Animal Subjects

Human subjects studied in the course of research conducted under a grant are under no circumstances a responsibility of FRAXA. Human subjects in a program supported by FRAXA shall be volunteers in any survey, study or procedure. Research involving human subjects must have Institutional Review Board approval.

If animals are used in the proposed study, written certification must be provided to FRAXA indicating that proper treatment, care, and humane conditions have been provided. Research involving animal subjects must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval.

Obligations of the Grantee

In accepting a grant, the applying institution undertakes that at its conclusion it will Submit promptly to FRAXA a complete final report on the work pursued.

> On awards of more than one year duration, a yearly report will be expected.
> Supply an accounting of funds received from FRAXA and expenditures made in such detail and in such manner as may
meet Internal Revenue Service procedures.
> Recognize the support of FRAXA in any published article resulting from the work pursued with a credit line reading
"Supported in part by a grant from the FRAXA Research Foundation"
> Recognize the support of FRAXA in any presentation of the work at professional meetings and conferences.

Publication and Dissemination of Results

FRAXA's purpose in providing grants is to accelerate progress towards treatment for fragile X. Therefore, in accepting an award, the Principal Investigator undertakes to publish the results of the work pursued in the primary literature in a timely fashion. Once published, the reagents, methods, materials, and products of the work must be made available immediately to other qualified researchers.

"Invention" means all discoveries, improvements, inventions, new concepts and ideas arising from the study together with all related data, results and information. Title to any Invention shall reside with the grantee institution. The grantee institution will notify FRAXA promptly after identifying any Invention that the grantee institution believes is patentable, and will supply FRAXA with copies of that Invention. For a patented Invention conceived and reduced to practice that is subsequently licensed under this grant, FRAXA and the grantee institution will negotiate in good faith to enter into a licensing agreement consistent with the grantee institution's policies and procedures solely for the equitable distribution of net income from the invention, taking into consideration the level of funding provided.

Grantee institution shall make diligent efforts to license the invention for commercial development to a third-party. Unless otherwise agreed to by FRAXA, the institution or other title holder shall agree that, if it or its designee or licensee has not taken effective steps to bring the invention to practical or commercial application through licensing or otherwise on terms that are reasonable in the circumstances within three years after issuance of the patent, FRAXA shall receive an automatic grant of a non-exclusive, indefinite, fully paid-up, royalty-free, transferable, irrevocable world-wide license (with the right to sub-licenses) to advance such invention within the field of fragile X research, diagnosis, and treatment.

Publicity on Work Under Grant

The grantee institution and Principal Investigator will cooperate fully with FRAXA in announcement through the news media of grants awarded and in materials prepared to publicize work under the grant. FRAXA will publish periodic descriptions and updates on funded projects on

For further information contact Michael Tranfaglia