Eating Disorders Research

The Klarman Family Foundation is interested in providing strategic investment in translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The Program’s short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of feeding, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and/or binge eating disorder. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients suffering from these conditions.

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; genetic and epigenetic research; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits, and testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments.

Investigators conducting research in the neuro-circuitry of fear conditioning or reward behavior may also apply but must justify the relevance of their research projects to the basic biology of eating disorders.

Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, imaging studies involving humans and research in the medical complications of these disorders are outside the scope of this Program.

Two-year awards of $400,000 USD ($200,000 per year inclusive of 10% indirect costs) and one-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD (inclusive of 10% indirect costs) are made to investigators with a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel.

Please note that the Eating Disorders Research Grants Program is the only area in which the Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals.

We do not currently have any open Requests for Applications. Please check back in the fall of 2016 for information about future application cycles. If you would like to be notified when we launch our next funding round, you may join our eating disorders grants program mailing list by clicking here.


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