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 $7.3 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Discovery Awards will be granted for the first time in 2021.

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 to confirm the availability of Elevation Awards in any given year before applying.

Benson Fellowship

The 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.

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 to confirm the availability of Elevation Awards in any given year before applying.

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.

In 2021, the Foundation will only grant Discovery Awards