AFAR: American Federation for Aging Research – Since 1981, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has helped scientists begin and further careers in aging research and geriatric medicine.

CanFoundation: Cure Autism Now Foundation – Cure Autism Now is an organization of parents, physicians, and researchers, dedicated to promoting and funding research with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for autism.

Cattell Fund Fellowships: For over half a century, the James McKeen Cattell Fund has provided support for the science and the application of psychology. The Fund offers a program of supplementary sabbatical awards (“James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships”). These awards supplement the regular sabbatical allowance provided by the recipients’ home institutions, to allow an extension of leave-time from one to two semesters. Information on the history of the fund, as well as all application materials, requirements for award eligibility, and a list of previous recipients are available at

Head Start Bureau: – Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

HHMI: Howard Hughes Medical Institute – The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields.

March of Dimes: – The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

NASA Space Grant: – This web site allows immediate access to Research Opportunities currently being offered by the NASA Offices listed below at NASA Headquarters.

National Alliance for Autism Research: – The National Alliance for Autism Research, NAAR, is a national nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to finding the causes, prevention, effective treatment and, ultimately, cure of the autism spectrum disorders.

NIH: The National Institutes of Health is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Here are a few NIH institutes that have funded ISDP members.

NICHD: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information contact: Lisa Freund at [email protected].


Additional institutes may be found at

NSF: National Science Foundation – The Mission of NSF is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

Whitehall Foundation:– The Whitehall Foundation is a not for profit corporation which is focused exclusively on assisting basic research in vertebrate (excluding clinical) and invertebrate neurobiology in the United States.

The DANA Foundation and the DANA Alliance: – This Foundation supports grants in science, health, and education. Find out about their grants & award programs at

The Pew Charitable Trusts: – The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was established as a national philanthropy in 1972 and today it is the largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

The McKnight Endowment Fund: – The McKnight Foundation is a private philanthropic organization founded in Minnesota in 1953 by William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. McKnight.

American Federation for Aging Research: – AFAR administers ten grant programs a year, providing medical students and junior scientists with over $7 million in research funding. Click on the link to learn more about each grant

The Grass Fellowship in Neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory: – These summer fellowships allow researchers, in the late stages of predoctoral training or during their postdoctoral years, to conduct independent research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA.

The Robert S. Morison Fellowship: – This award is given to an M.D. who will have completed a residency in neurology, neurosurgery or psychiatry prior to beginning the fellowship. The Morison Fellowship is designed to support an individual seeking patient-oriented research training in preparation for an academic career.