Psychosocial Research - Studies And Demonstration Projects Grant

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $400,000

Next deadline: Mar 25, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jul 29, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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About this funder:



About the Foundation

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was established in 2002 as a private foundation dedicated to spinal cord injury (SCI) research and quality of life programs for people living with SCI. Mr. Neilsen lived with a high level spinal cord injury for 21 years until his passing in 2006. He was a visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit who led his companies with inexhaustible passion. Craig Neilsen wanted his foundation to contribute in a significant way to SCI research and to offer those with SCI the quality of life they deserve.


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury.


Individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities. 

Psychosocial Research (PSR) Portfolio

The Psychosocial Research (PSR) portfolio supports research that addresses the interrelation of behavioral, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury. Areas of interest include:

  • aging,
  • caregiving,
  • employment,
  • health behaviors and fitness,
  • independent living,
  • self-management and
  • technology access. 

There are three funding categories in the PSR Portfolio:

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowships
  2. Pilot Grants
  3. PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects (more details below)

PSR Studies and Demonstration Project Grants

This funding is intended to support substantive studies that fill important gaps in the SCI field, that open new areas of SCI psychosocial research, or that develop and evaluate interventions to address psychosocial issues after SCI.

Proposed submissions in this category should facilitate, expand or improve the translation of knowledge and/or the adoption of interventions and practices that will have a positive impact for those living with SCI. Based within a psychosocial framework, PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects can range from SCI epidemiological studies to interventions that will enhance clinical treatment, rehabilitation, habilitation and/or other related quality of life subsets.

Criteria for these grants include the innovative nature of the proposed psychosocial research, the likelihood that success will move the field forward, and a history of productivity and significant contributions by the investigator and collaborators.

The total amount requested for the three-year grant cannot exceed $400,000, which includes :

  • personnel (salary/fringe benefits combined),
  • subcontracts, supplies,
  • equipment,
  • travel,
  • indirect costs, etc.

While yearly budget totals may vary over the three-year period, the justification and distribution of the budget should reflect the costs needed to complete the scope of work within the proposed timeline. Details on Allowable budget can be found here.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree or other equivalent terminal professional degree and demonstrate appropriate experience to serve as an independent PI.
  • PIs must be independent investigators, actively employed at the grantee institution at the time of FGA submission, and can be at any stage of their research career.
    • Criteria for funding junior investigators include evidence of a research background that is relevant to the proposed study and the mission of the Neilsen Foundation.
    • To establish independence, PIs who hold a non-tenure track position (Instructor, Research Assistant, etc.) may include, with their biosketch, a letter of support from the institution’s Director or Department Chair at the LOI and FGA stage.
    • Such a letter should confirm the applicant’s position as independent and that all needed space and equipment are available to the PI.


  • Neilsen Foundation grants are not awarded to individuals, private foundations or certain 509(a)(3), Type III supporting organizations. 
  • The Neilsen Foundation does not allow Co-Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators on its research grants. If two or more investigators are working together on a research project, one must serve as the PI; the other(s) should be listed as collaborator(s). 
  • The Neilsen Foundation discourages Postdoctoral Fellows and their mentor(s) from submitting concurrent applications with overlapping Aims to multiple funding categories within this portfolio.