Apply for Research Grants

Apply for a Research Grant

If you are a researcher committed to learning more about GBS, CIDP and variants we encourage you to submit your grant application to the Foundation.

Multiple grants are awarded annually. A grant application may be submitted for all or part of a project.

Schedule to Apply for Elevation and Discovery Awards

  • Letters of Intent are due via website portal November 1
  • Full Application due (Invitation only)  December 1*
  • Announcement of Awards by January 15
  • Funding begins Q2 (June) of award year

To request a brochure detailing application guidelines, please call the Foundation office at 610-667-0131 or email or download a PDF version of application guidelines.

Grants are made possible through the benevolence of many sources, including:

  • The Helen S. Manheimer Research Fund
  • Contributions from individuals
  • Commercial sources

Submit Letter of Intent Online

Applications Being Accepted for Third Benson Fellow

Benson Clinical Research Fellowship

The Benson Fellowship is a three-year fellowship that provides an opportunity for talented scientists to engage in peripheral nerve of study.

The aim of the scheme is to provide funds (up to $150k per year for three years) to enable clinicians or non-clinical scientists in training or having recently completed training to engage in a substantial research project in the field of inflammatory neuropathy at a Centre or Centers of Excellence or an Institution approved by the committee. Preference will be given to candidates who intend to pursue a long-term career in this field.

Applicants should obtain application forms by emailing Lori Basiege at

Benson Clinical Research Fellowship Schedule

Application Process Schedule:

  • Letters of intent due October 1
  • Full Application (Invite only) due November 1
  • Announcement of Awardee December 1
  • Funding begins Q1 (January) to Awardee

*Finalists in the Benson Fellowship application that are not chosen for the Fellowship may revise their application for the Discovery Award and submit a full application (by December 1) without a letter of intent.

Benson Clinical Research Fellowship Letter of Intent Procedure

Applicants should submit a one-page Letter of Intent by September 1. The Letter should contain the following information: a brief CV (one-page maximum), the title of the project, name and title of investigator(s) along with their contact information (department and institution name, address, phone number, and email address), name and contact details of research sponsor and/or mentor, a synopsis of the proposal (not to exceed 300 words), a list of up to 5 key publications with summary of key findings (not to exceed 25 words for each), and a synopsis of future career intentions (not to exceed 100 words).

The letter should be typed in 12 point, Times Roman font, with 1” margins. A PDF file should be submitted to the organization by email. Receipt of the letter of intent will be acknowledged by email.