Applying for a Grant

The goal of the fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental AD research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.

Annually, the CART Fund invites interested applicants from within the United States only to submit a LETTER-of-INTENT that includes sufficient detail to communicate the importance of the study as well as information on its feasibility.

Applications may encompass a project period of up to two years with a combined budget for direct cost up to $250,000. No indirect costs are allowed. Eligible applications may come from full time faculty (or equivalent status) at U.S. based public and private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories. This is for NEW projects only. Applications will be deemed ineligible from for-profit organizations and those outside of the U.S., as well as those already supported by regular or program grants. At least one award up to $250,000 will be made each year.

Dr. John Trojanowski of the University of Pennsylvania chairs a scientific review group that will triage the letters-of-intent and select a maximum of fifteen finalists deemed to have the highest merit. Those selected will be invited to submit a subsequent standard grant application from which the final recommendations will be made by the review group. The final selections will be made by the CART Fund Trustees Executive Committee.

The Letter-of-intent must be submitted as a PDF file. The Letter should include the following: (1) Contact information; (2) a statement (two page limit) containing: the hypothesis of the project; the specific aims; a description of the experimental design, methods and model systems; (3) a statement (one page limit) giving future directions this research could lead to including a reference to the health relationship of the project and (4) a biographical statement of the principal investigator ( two page limit, and only one principal investigation maybe listed). Letters-of-Intent should emailed to

See application deadlines and notification dates listed below.

CART Schedule for Grant Application processing for 2018-19:

Monday, December 3, 2018: Deadline for Letter of Intent (Letters must be sent electronically. Receipt of letters will be acknowledged electronically)

Monday, January 14, 2019: Notification of applicants of selection of finalists.

Friday, February 22, 2019: Deadline for submission of full grant applications by finalists.

Monday, April 1, 2019: Date by which finalists will be given notice of grant recipients.

Submit e-mail questions and Letters of intent to Dr. Gary A. Goforth, M.D., Vice President for Research Grants,