Applications Now Open: Basic Research Grants & Microgrants

Posted November 30, 2020

2020 Research Grants. Clinical research takes place in the left hand corner. Hands come together in the bottom left corner, and a microscope sits in a laboratory.

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is now welcoming applications for its second microgrant round and Basic Research Major Grants.


In early 2020 the applications opened for the Spring Microgrants program 2020. The Society was able to award a number of $5,000 microgrants to assist researchers undertaking research, surveys, and data analysis in the areas of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD).

A full announcement of the grants awarded in the Clinical Research Major Grants and Spring Microgrants 2020 is due to be released in December 2020.

In addition to the earlier Spring Microgrants, The Society will be awarding up to an additional nine grants of up to $5,000 each in the next microgrant round. Typically, though not exclusively, these awards are given to assist researchers undertaking small study hypothesis testing, activities such as surveys, or collation and analysis of existing data, for example, in the areas of EDS and HSD.

Online application for the second microgrant round will open on November 30, 2020, and will close on February 28, 2021.

Basic Research Grants

The Basic Research round will award grants ranging between $50,000 to $150,000 from a total fund of $400,000. These grants aim to cover the costs for researchers and study equipment support for studies likely to require one to three years to complete. All research topics that improve our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying EDS and HSD will be considered, for example:

  • Gene and mutation discovery
  • Basic and translational research using different animal and cellular models
  • Genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic  studies
  • Pathophysiological mechanisms of EDS

Online application for the next basic research grant round will open on November 30, 2020, and will close on February 28, 2021.

We are delighted to be able to share these opportunities with you and look forward to receiving applications from researchers across the breadth of the health and social care issues that affect our community.

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