A degenerative neuromuscular disease family which shortens life expectancy and is most often diagnose between the age of 5 to 15 years old. It deprives children and teenagers of their mobility and autonomy. Ataxia Canada funds relevant research where Ataxia is the main symptom and is genetic and progressive. This includes conditions such as Friedreich's Ataxia (FA), spinocerebellar ataxia, episodic ataxia and other cerebellar ataxia's.
Academic researchers, academic institutions, private research companies, research centers of the health network, qualified persons or collaborative groups formed from these combinations are eligible for funding.
Ataxia Canada only accepts grant applications for which the principal applicant has his research activities in Canada. The Foundation is however willing to evaluate requests grant to researchers working outside of Canada if their research present an immediate potential benefit for people with ataxia.
Ataxia Canada is a small charitable organization, the following particularities should be taken into consideration:
- The research grants awarded are normally for a period of one to two years and between 15 000 $ and 50 $ 000 CDN as total annual budget allocated, although in exceptional circumstances it may be higher.
- The candidates are encouraged to seek co-funding from other organizations. We also encourage pan-Canadian collaborative research.
- Long-term research projects (more than two years) are normally not supported; Ataxia Canada prefers to fund a variety of seed projects and allow researchers to then seek more substantial funding elsewhere. It may be possible to make exception for a continuation of funding for special projects.
The number of research projects funded annually depends on the number and quality of the applications received as well as the annual budget total granted by the Foundation.