NORD's Research Grant Program provides seed money in small grants to academic scientists studying new treatments or diagnostics for rare diseases. The clinical researchers supported by NORD's research grants provide preliminary data indicating that a treatment (drug, device, or medical food) may be safe and effective when used for a larger number of patients. Researchers can then use the preliminary data to apply for larger multi-year government grants or to attract a commercial sponsor who will manufacture an orphan product and get it approved for marketing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Read NORD's Research Program Policy to learn how NORD helps individuals, families, groups, or organizations sponsor research.
NORD’s research grant program began in 1989. Since then, more than 150 grants have been administered. Learn about the Past Research Grant Recipients
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View current Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from NORD and our member organizations.