Food Allergy Research & Education to Fund 2017 FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Awards

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FARE opens new cycle of FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Awards to support advances in research for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening disease that affects 15 million Americans.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research, today opens a new cycle of investigator awards to support advances in food allergy research by early and mid-career scientists.

“Food allergies are an unrecognized epidemic,” says James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., CEO and chief medical officer of FARE. “Between 1997 and 2011, food allergy rates among children increased by 50 percent. There are now 15 million Americans with food allergy, including 1 in 13 children. Food allergies aren’t an inconvenience; they are a disease that can kill, with no cure and no FDA-approved therapies. FARE’s investigator awards bring talented researchers to an under-resourced field of study, where they can contribute to our knowledge of food allergies and work toward developing effective treatments.”

The objective of the FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Awards is to provide salary and research support over a two- to five-year period, allowing outstanding new and mid-career investigators to direct, or redirect, their career toward the study of food allergy, including developing the theories, tools, methods or approaches to study this area. The following awards are offered:

  •     The New Investigators Award ($75,000 annually for two years) supports the development of an academic research career by providing salary support and laboratory expenses (up to $10,000 per year) for research conducted by individuals (MD, PhD, MD/PhD or DO) who have completed at least two years of allergy/immunology training and who will be entering their third or fourth year of fellowship training. The funding supports investigators involved in education and basic and/or clinical research on the mechanisms and treatment of food allergic diseases. Applicants must be either certified or on track toward certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and must conduct their research at an allergy/immunology training program in the United States. Only U.S.-based researchers will be considered.
  •     The Mid-Career Investigators Award ($150,000 annually for five years) focuses on established investigators holding the academic rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, or the equivalent in non-academic research settings. Recipients must have records of scientific accomplishment and independent, peer-reviewed federal or private research grant funding. These awards are available to investigators who have proven themselves capable of performing cutting-edge research in other areas, but now want to transition to work in food allergy. The purpose of the award is to provide candidates with support for intensive research experiences over a period of up to five years to acquire new capabilities that are within the FARE research mission. It is expected that the proposed career enhancement plan will represent a novel extension of the research of the candidate to the pathogenesis or treatment of food allergy. Such experiences will afford candidate investigators protected time in order to facilitate the introduction of food allergy research into the candidate’s existing research program.

The funds must support at least 25 percent of the primary investigator’s effort and may also be used to support other research staff salaries and lab expenses in addition to other specified expenses. Only U.S.-based researchers will be considered.

The inaugural FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Award recipients were announced on March 23, 2015. The research supported to date encompasses a range of fundamental and applied studies.

For a detailed Request for Proposals and an application, visit http://www.foodallergy.org/research/apply-for-a-grant. The deadline for preliminary proposals, which will be reviewed by a FARE-organized panel of distinguished scientists and biotechnology experts, is Oct. 24, 2016. Following the preliminary review, select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Recipients will be announced in March 2017, and awards will be effective July 1, 2017.

ABOUT FARE
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals safe and included. We do this by investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

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