Jerome Lejeune Foundation expands call for grants

Jerome Lejeune Foundation expands call for grants

The main target of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, a non-profit foundation, is research into intellectual disorders of genetic origin.

If you are a researcher investigating Down syndrome and other intellectual disorders of genetic origin appearing in early childhood, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation invites you to submit your research project aiming at deciphering the pathophysiology of the cognitive deficits of patients, especially those (up to 50% of the total amount of the global grant) with Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and linked pathologies, as well as knowledge of the chromosome 21.

The calls for proposals have been changed!!

Spring call for proposals will be dedicated to both Down syndrome and other rare intellectual disabilities from genetic origin such as Fragile X, cri du chat, Rett, Williams-Beuren, Prader-Willi, Angelman, Smith-Magenis, and other syndromes, and will not exceed 50% of the total amount of the annual global grant. Autism not linked to above diseases is out of this call for grants.

Applications could cover fundamental, translational, epidemiological, clinical research, neurobiology, and pharmacology including animal pharmacology, genetic, genomic, iPSCs, and neuropsychology techniques or data analysis. Priority will be given to clinical research projects.

Two types of research projects may be submitted and will be separately evaluated by the scientific board experts or external reviewers if needed for each call:

  • Advanced grants will be dedicated to larger breakthrough projects with preliminary data. The maximum funding will be 80,000.00 € for a maximum of two years (i.e. 40,000.00 € per year for a maximum of two years. Two to four projects could be funded per call.
  • Pilot or exploratory grants will be dedicated to initial early stage experiments built on preliminary data, or to ancillary projects to primary larger projects. The maximum funding will be 40,000.00 € for a maximum of two years (i.e. 20,000.00 € per year for a maximum of two years. The number of funded projects will depend of the annual global budget allocated by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation to the calls. Clinical projects could benefit from more funding.

Through this call the Jerome Lejeune Foundation will also support the organization of conferences, workshops and courses. Such projects will also be reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board.

For further details, here is the sample.

Please know that Autumn call for proposals (submission from mid-June to early August 2019) will be exclusively dedicated to Down syndrome research with Advanced and Pilot/exploratory grants.

Practical information

For the current spring call for proposals, please fill in the online application form on “JLF Call for grantsfrom January 7 to March 5, 2019 at midnight.
Date of provisional Scientific Advisory Board decision: second fortnight of June 2019
Board of Directors final decision: early July 2019

For any further information, please contact:

Conseil Scientifique – Fondation Jérôme Lejeune
37 rue des Volontaires, 75015 Paris, France
[email protected]
+33 (0)1 5658 5638


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