Michael Geisman Fellowship awards to post-doctoral trainees (that is, those with an MD,
DDS, DO, or PhD) who are currently working on projects with clear relevance to
OI, or who have projects that will enable them to develop expertise in OI
A qualified applicant must hold an
MD, DDS, DO, or PhD, and be appointed at the level of a post-doctoral trainee,
or equivalent, within an academic institution. An applicant should have
completed their Ph.D. or their clinical training within the past five
years. Fellowship awards provide up to $50,000 per year, which can be
used for salary, fringe benefits, and supplies. Research must be done
under the supervision of a mentor with training and experience in Osteogenesis
Imperfecta research or research in a related field. Fellowship awards are
for one year; a second year of funding may be approved based upon satisfactory
performance during the first year of funding. Fellowship applications
require that the mentor submit a copy of his/her NIH biosketch and a letter of
recommendation on behalf of the trainee, which also confirms that the mentor
will supervise the trainee’s research. Fellowship applications also
require two additional letters of recommendation from scientists or clinicians
who can comment upon the applicant’s training, ability, and potential to
develop expertise in OI research.
Applications available here
The OI Foundation also has limited investigator meeting grant funds available
to OI scientists wishing to travel to OI related scientific meetings in the
United States and in other countries. This program is funded on a rolling basis
and each request will be reviewed separately. Those receiving travel grants
will be asked to provide a meeting summary to the OI Foundation to be used in
various OIF publications.
Applications will be available in Fall 2016.
Pulmonary Function Research- Request for
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is an organization
dedicated to meeting the needs of persons living with OI through education,
advocacy, mutual support and research.
In late 2015 the OI Foundation began a multiple pronged effort
to address the issue of the seeming rise in adults with OI experiencing
pulmonary complications after and during “routine” medical procedures;
experiencing severe pulmonary complications while battling a respiratory
illness; and experiencing an increased dependence on supplemental oxygen to
help keep lung function at a productive level.
The OI Foundation and a group of dedicated OIF volunteers have raised
funds to conduct research into this area.
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is currently seeking
applications to conduct research into the cause, diagnosis and/or treatment of
compromised pulmonary function in adults with osteogenesis imperfecta. The OI Foundation is most interested in
funding applications that would answer the following questions:
- How do you best measure true pulmonary function
in a person with OI of varying severity
- How will measurement affect treatment
The grant will be available for one year at $50,000 with the
possibility of renewal for a second year.
Applications will be reviewed by a scientific advisory committee that is
free of conflict of interest and has relevant and appropriate expertise related
to the issue.
Researchers with a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent)
at any stage of their career in any country are eligible to apply.
Proposals are due by December
1, 2016 with a start date of January 1, 2017.
Click here for the formal pulmonary function RFA
Related OI Foundation
Research Gene Patent Policy