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Notice of special opportunity to support small grants of up to $50,000 for 1-year projects. All qualified investigators within Missouri who are employees or staff members of any public or private educational, health care, voluntary health associations or research institutions are eligible to apply. This opportunity is particularly suited for postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers.

  • Proposal deadline: March 22, 2024. Awards announced approximately April 22, 2024.
  • Current recipients of active SCIDRP awards are not eligible for additiional SCIDRP funding.


I. Spinal Motoneuronal Resiliency During Aging

William Arnold, MD
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NextGen Precision Health
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000

The function of ZPR1 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 (ALS4)

Laxman Gangwani, MSc, MTech, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000

Injectable Hydrogels for the Treatment of SCI Inflammation & Sublesional Osteoporotic Fractures

Bret Ulery, BS. BSE, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000

Autonomic cardiac function in subacute spinal cord injury: a quantitative study in real-world settings

Mihaela Carmen Cirstea, MD, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000

Understanding the role of TNF-alpha for spinal respiratory neuroplasticity and
ventilatory function over the course of respiratory motor neuron loss

Nicole L Nichols, PhD
Biomedical Sciences
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000

Feasibility and Acceptability of the Spinal Cord Injury Self-Management (SCISM) Program

Bridget Comparato Kraus, B.S., MSOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
University of Missouri
Total funding: $100,000


I. Genetic Underpinnings of Chiari Malformation with or without Syringomyelia

Gabriel E. Haller, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Washington University School of Medicine

Total funding: $75,000

Cerebrospinal fluid drainage to reduce the inflammatory response after acute
spinal cord injury

Camilo Molina, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

Total funding: $75,000

III. Longitudinal Organization of Spinal Circuits

Martha W. Bagnall, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Washington University

Total funding: $75,000


Reviewed 2023-09-19