PRISMS announces funding for a Postdoctoral Researcher in support of research of Smith-Magenis Syndrome. Funding is available up to $75,000 per year for two years to investigators at academic and research institutions in the United States and at international institutions. Applications from all disciplines/specializations including, but not limited to, basic sciences, behavioral/psychosocial, rehabilitative, and developmental/educational disciplines will be considered. PRISMS is dedicated to the ongoing research of Smith-Magenis Syndrome and supports the efforts of a diversified approach to research.

Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by distinctive facial features, developmental delays, cognitive impairment, and behavioral problems. SMS is most commonly caused by a deletion of 17p11.2 including the RAI1 gene, and less commonly, by a mutation of the RAI1 gene itself.

Highest consideration will be given to projects that investigate novel aspects of SMS and offer possible interventions and treatments promoting the well-being and quality of life for persons with SMS and their families.

The two-year grant will be awarded up to $75,000 per year. The submission process will include the following:

  • Cover page completed including title of the proposal and name of applicant/institution
  • Scientific and lay abstracts of the proposed research
  • Proposal, including aims, hypotheses, background, research plan, and significance of the proposed research; word limits are indicated within application
  • Biosketch of the applicant and of the PI (NIH format)
  • Detailed budget (year 1, year 2, and misc budgetary information)
  • Indirect costs of up to 10% will be allowed (to be included in the total budget amount not to exceed $75,000 per year)
  • Proposals involving human or animal subjects must be approved by institutional review boards before funding is released. Please include approval with the proposal, if possible.

Application deadline: June 1, 2017

If awarded, research must begin in 2017. Grantees must submit to the guidelines provided. Specifically, research updates/reports must be submitted at 6 month intervals, and the awardee must present in person at the PRISMS biennial Research Symposium and the PRISMS biennial International Conference.

All proposals, including cover page, budget and Biosketch, should be submitted as a single pdf. Please download the PRISMS Postdoctoral Funding Submission Form, the budget template and NIH Biosketch template. Please use the forms provided by PRISMS.

PRISMS Postdoctoral Funding Submission form (fillable PDF)

PRISMS Postdoctoral Funding Budget (Excel file)

Questions regarding this announcement or funding inquiries should be directed to: Emily Fields, PRISMS Executive Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please forward this information to interested colleagues and to those interested in conducting research on SMS.