Grant applications for spinal cord injury or disease now open from Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Paralysed Veterans of AmericaParalyzed Veterans of American (Paralyzed Veterans) has announced the launch of its 2018 Education and Training Foundation grant cycle. Applications for awards up to US$50,000 (£38,000, €43,200) for projects that aim to improve the lives of veterans and all people living with spinal cord injury or disease will be open until 10 January 2018.

“For more than three decades, Paralyzed Veterans of America has invested in projects that educate and inform communities and healthcare professionals about living with spinal cord injury or disease,” says David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans.

Grants will be available in six eligibility categories: consumer and community education, research utilization and dissemination, professional development and education, assistive technologies, consumer guides and conferences and symposia. The maximum award in 2018 will be US$50,000 for a grant project, and US$15,000 (£11,400, €13,000) for a conference or symposium.

As well as spinal cord injury, Paralyzed Veterans grants may be awarded to research or conferences/symposia on multiple sclerosis, amytrophic lateral sclerosis, and diseases of the spinal cord.

“We proactively support improvements to the health, independence and quality of lives of our veteran members, as well as contribute to the greater disability community,” says Zurfluh.

“We greatly anticipate this year’s grant submissions.”

Each year, Paralyzed Veterans funds research and education projects with the aim of improved care for those with spinal cord injuries or diseases, with a focus on veterans. Paralyzed Veterans represents veterans in accessing benefits, monitoring care in VA spinal cord injury units, providing health and rehabilitation services, and advocating for improved accessibility in public spaces.

Paralyzed Veterans is the organiser of the Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open and jointly runs the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Submission applications are open at pva.aibs.org until 10 January 2018.

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