Research

Research is Critical To Serving The Cause and The Community

The GBS|CIDP Foundation International believes in supporting research on GBS, CIDP, and variants by funding grants for projects that contribute to the knowledge of, and towards an eventual cure for, GBS, CIDP, and variants.

To date, we have committed $6.8 million towards basic and translational research.


As part of the GBS|CIDP Foundation International’s mission to provide education and support research, we offer research grants to qualified applicants. Grants are made possible through the benevolence of many sources, including the Helen S. Manheimer Research Fund, contributions from individuals who have been personally touched by GBS, CIDP, or variants, and by several commercial sources. Through the generosity of these contributors, to whom the Foundation is most grateful, we are able to offer a Research Grant Program. The GBS|CIDP Foundation International has worldwide representation, sharing resources with local support group chapters nationally and internationally.

GBS|CIDP Foundation International: Types of Grants Awarded

Foundation funding interests include GBS, both demyelinating and axonal variants, Miller Fisher syndrome, CIDP, Multifocal Motor Neuropathy, and others. Research interests cover a broad range of subjects including development of methods to more rapidly diagnose these disorders, creation of educational and communication programs to inform patients and families of the Foundation’s availability, identification of mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of family disorders, development of more effective treatments to limit the disease process, prevent complications and reduce long-term adverse sequelae.

Discovery Awards

This type of grant awards up to $100,000 per year for a period of two years to intermediate/experienced researchers seeking to answer complex research questions about GBS, CIDP, or variants.

Elevation Awards

This grant awards of up to $50,000 for 1 year may be distributed to fund smaller projects OR portions of projects. This award category is available at the discretion of the Foundation. Please email grants@gbs-cidp.org to confirm the availability of Elevation Awards in any given year before applying.

MMN Elevation Award

In 2022 the Foundation initiated fundraising efforts to support research specifically for better treatments and diagnosis of Multifocal Motor Neuropathy. As a result of these efforts we are announcing the first ever Request for Applications for a MMN specific grant. Please email grants@gbs-cidp.org to confirm the availability of Elevation Awards in any given year before applying.

Benson Fellowship

e Benson Fellowship is a three-year fellowship that provides an opportunity for scientists to engage in peripheral nerve of study. The Fellowship provides funds of up to $150,000 for three years, but only one Benson fellowship is awarded every three year period.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

November 1Letter of Intent
December 15Notification of Grant Status and Full Application
January 31Full Application Deadline by Midnight
March 15Grant Committee Reviews Full Applications
April 15Presentation by Grant Committee to Board of Directors for Approval
May 30Announcement of Awards
June 1First installment payout to Awardee(s)

*If an application is approved for funding the applicant should submit institutional approval for animal or/ and human subject studies prior to disbursement of Grant Funds.*

GBS|CIDP Foundation International launched a patient registry in February of 2019 that can be made available for research projects. Click here to learn more about patient registry.

Apply For Research Grants and Fellows

In 2021, the Foundation will only grant Discovery Awards