Michael J. Fox Foundation: Target Optimization Awards 2015

Target Optimization Awards support collaborative, multi-institutional teams to build more robust datasets that can validate targets within a specific, prioritised biological pathway as defined by MJFF scientific staff.

Teams should develop and execute systematic, milestone-driven projects using complementary experimental strategies and, where appropriate, cross-team replication. For the Fall 2015 funding cycle, MJFF has identified targets involved in cellular protein handling as a priority for further validation and optimization.

Examples of targets appropriate for this program include: LAMP-2A, NEDD-4, TFEB and VPS35.

Funding & Duration

US $200,000 (approx. AUD $255,000) for 2 years.


Applications may be submitted by:

  • U.S. and non-U.S. biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit entities, either publicly or privately held.
  • U.S. and non-U.S. entities, public and private non-profit entities, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and eligible agencies of the federal government.
  • Post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator (PI) to the Target Validation Pilot Awards program only and must collaborate with an Administrative PI who directs the laboratory in which the fellow will conduct research. The Administrative PI will be responsible for assisting in providing all institutional documents required for the project and will be required to sign any award contract. Training or mentoring-only proposals will not be considered.

Related Schemes

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

  • 27 May 2015 – Pre-Proposals submitted directly to Sponsor
  • Copy of Pre-Proposal forwarded to the Research Branch ASAP.
  • 29 July 2015 – full applications (by invitation only) submitted to the Research Branch for internal review.

Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster


Further Information

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