Interstitial Cystitis Association Pilot Research Program is Now Accepting Applications

The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) invites investigators from all disciplines interested in studying interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, to submit an application for the $25,000 2014 ICA Pilot Research Grant.

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The ICA Pilot Research Program began in 1985 and remains the first and only IC-dedicated research program funded by a non-profit, charitable organization.

McLean, VA (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) invites investigators from all disciplines interested in studying interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome, to submit an application for the 2014 ICA Pilot Research Grant. The grant is a one-year award of up to $25,000 intended to fund novel and useful basic, clinical, or translational research studies that attempt to solve the many questions of IC. Specific areas of interest are (but not limited to):

  •     Epidemiology/burden of disease (especially in children)
  •     Etiology of IC
  •     Serum or urine markers
  •     Treatment modalities
  •     Neurophysiology
  •     Pain management
  •     Pregnancy and IC
  •     Diet and nutrition

The ICA Pilot Research Program began in 1985 and remains the first and only IC-dedicated research program funded by a non-profit, charitable organization. To date, the ICA Pilot Research Program has funded over 100 IC research projects, totaling more than $1 million.

Scientists with novel IC research proposals are often unable to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) because they lack the preliminary data required for NIH grant approval. That is where the ICA Pilot Research Program comes in—this funding provides researchers with the initial grant monies needed to get their projects "off the ground."

“I appreciate the opportunity to have received funding from the Interstitial Cystitis Association,” says Kristina Allen-Brady, PhD, MSPH, MPT, researcher at the University of Utah and 2012 ICA Pilot Research Program awardee. “The funding provided the springboard for our familiality study of interstitial cystitis and common co-occurring conditions. I look forward to continue investigating the etiology of this devastating condition.”

The deadline to apply for the 2014 ICA Pilot Research Grant is February 28, 2014. The award period is June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. Go to http://www.ichelp.org/ICAPilotResearchProgramApplication to learn more about this funding opportunity and to download the application today.

Please share this funding opportunity with your colleagues and fellows.

About the Interstitial Cystitis Association: The Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) is the only 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization that advocates for interstitial cystitis (IC) research dedicated to discovery of a cure and better treatments, raises awareness, and serves as a central hub for the healthcare providers, researchers and millions of patients who suffer with constant urinary urgency and frequency and extreme bladder pain called IC. The ICA was established in 1984 to put a face on all those affected by IC and is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with IC. To fulfill its mission, the ICA pursues three core functions: advocacy, research, and education.


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