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Fellowships and Grants to USA and Canada Researchers at Qualified Institutions and Facilities for Spinal Cord Research

Psychosocial Research (PSR) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 182500
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/02/23
Deadline: 07/11/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships and grants to USA and Canada researchers at qualified institutions and facilities for spinal cord research. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Certain applicants are required to pre-register before submitting an application. Research should focus on psychological, biological, and social factors affecting individuals living with spinal cord injuries (SCI).

The PSR portfolio supports studies that develop and disseminate sound data that inform best practices and produce better outcomes and improve quality of life for people living with SCI. PSR explores the interrelation of behavioral, social and psychological factors that influence participation, health practice, lifestyle, and support systems in community and clinical settings. 

Emphasis is placed on research directed towards:

  • Increasing understanding of psychological (behavioral, emotional, cognitive) and social (interpersonal, community, environmental) factors that affect health, functioning and quality of life;
  • Testing the effectiveness and/or feasibility of rehabilitation and habilitation interventions to improve psychological and social functioning, including participation in work, school and other community activities;
  • Improving measurements of psychological, social and environmental risk factors, protective factors, processes and outcomes; and
  • Identifying critical service gaps, needed data and/or new areas of exploration, within a psychosocial or socioecological context, as defined by or with input from people living with SCI.

PSR topics can address issues that reflect the diversity of people with SCI across the lifespan, including targeted SCI subgroups or specific aspects of psychological, environmental and social support factors that impact health, functioning or quality of life. The PSR portfolio areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to, research on aging, caregiving (formal and informal networks), employment/work, health behaviors and fitness, independent living/lifestyle, self management/selfcare, and technology access. Research can involve qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies. 

For examples of relevant research topics, see

This Application Guide is intended specifically for the following grant funding categories:

  • PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • PSR Pilot Grants
  • PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects 

For more information on each funding category, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility - The following applies to all funding categories:
- Applicants must have a doctoral degree or an equivalent terminal professional degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM). Non-fellowship applicants must demonstrate appropriate experience to serve as an independent Principal Investigator (PI). The Neilsen Foundation encourages submissions from eligible PIs who represent a wide range of disciplines; however, it is required that relevant SCI expertise is represented on the proposed research project team.
- The grantee must be a nonprofit academic/research institution or rehabilitation facility located in the United States or Canada with the capability to conduct grant-funded research.
- The Applicant is not required to be a citizen of the United States or Canada; however, the Applicant must be employed by an eligible grantee institution.
- Neilsen Foundation grants are not awarded to individuals, private foundations, or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations.
- The Applicant named in a grant application must be deemed eligible by his/her organization to apply for a grant, and is expected to be responsible for conduct of the research. Each application must include the appropriate endorsement of an institutional official who is responsible for the administration of grant funds (hereafter known as the “Grants Administrator”).
- The Neilsen Foundation does not allow Co-Principal 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). Collaborators and/or consultants do not need to be affiliated with the same institution as the PI; a subcontract may be used to support a domestic or international collaborator or consultant.
- Multiple PIs from an institution may submit concurrent, independent applications in a given grant cycle. In such cases, each project must be distinct, with non-overlapping Aims.
- The Neilsen Foundation discourages Postdoctoral Fellows and their mentor(s) from submitting concurrent applications with overlapping Aims to multiple funding categories within this portfolio.

For category-specific eligibility information, see

Pre-Application Information
- March 2, 2023 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time): Letter of Intent (LOI) Due via ProposalCentral
- May 2023: Notification of LOI Results
- July 11, 2023 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time): Full Grant Application (FGA) Due via ProposalCentral
- December 2023: Notification of FGA Results
- April 2024: Awarded Grants to be Funded

For each cycle, the application process begins with an LOI. FGAs will only be accepted from Applicants invited through the most recent LOI competition.

It is strongly recommended that you begin the application process in ProposalCentral well in advance of all deadlines.

All application materials and communications (including IRB/IACUC approvals, where applicable) must be in English and budgets must be in U.S. dollars.

Human interventional studies funded by the Neilsen Foundation are required to register on

A PI may submit only one application in a given cycle in this portfolio.

Estimated Size of Grant
- PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships: Funding for each year of the two-year project is up to $100,000 for a maximum total cost of $200,000.
- PSR Pilot Grants: Funding for PSR Pilot grants is for up to two years, $300,000 total costs.
- PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects: Funding for PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects is for up to three years, for a maximum total cost of $550,000.

Term of Contract
Grants from the Neilsen Foundation may be multi-year awards. Funding for each subsequent year will be contingent on a favorable review of an annual progress and expenditure report.

- PSR Postdoctoral Fellowships: Two-year projects
- PSR Pilot Grants: Funding for PSR Pilot grants is for up to two years
- PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects: Funding for PSR Studies and Demonstration Projects is for up to three years

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions regarding an application’s submission status, contact Ehrica Hernandez, Grants Management Associate, at

For questions regarding the PSR portfolio, contact Constanza Svidler, Program Officer, at

For technical questions regarding the online submission process, contact ProposalCentral Customer
Service at (800) 875-2562 or via email at

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
16830 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 352
Encino, CA 91436

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