ATTENTION: Our Funding Cycle is Currently Open
Letters of intent are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Within each funding cycle/call for proposals, there will be two stages to the application process.

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Full Proposals

The first step to be considered for a grant, is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) which is a brief document outlining the research project. Please refer to the Instructions and Guidelines for Submitting a Letter of Intent and use the LOI form provided. Members of our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) review the LOIs and selected applicants are invited to send a full proposal. A proposal is a longer, more in-depth project description which includes methods, justification, goals, and detailed budget. Only applicants with high potential research projects will be invited to submit a full proposal; instructions will be forwarded along with the invitation.


The INADcure Foundation is currently accepting Letters of Intent for our Research Grants Program.

Our funding is open to:

  1. Researchers, clinicians, and postdoctoral fellows.
  2. Existing, private, early-stage pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries (if a clear need for non-profit funding to support the project is demonstrated and justified).
  3. Projects based in the U.S. and worldwide.
  4. Teams working together from different institutions as well as within pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are strongly encouraged.

Our Research Goals

The INADcure Foundation was formed to fund scientific research for treatments and a cure for INAD and other forms of PLA2G6-related neurodegeneration (PLAN). The Foundation works to identify and fund the most promising INAD research projects while forging partnerships with academic institutions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of treatments. In addition to traditional scientific research grants, the Foundation is open to funding innovative small scale projects investigating new ideas and approaches to advance the understanding of INAD (and potentially accelerate treatment options) with the hope to generate results that may attract larger scale funding.

The first step in the process of a grant application to the INADcure Foundation is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Applicants with high potential research projects will be invited to submit a full proposal if necessary; instructions will be forwarded along with the invitation.

Instructions for the LOI: 

Please provide a brief summary of the project, enabling the Foundation to assess how well the proposed research fits with the Foundation’s interests. Letters will be evaluated to determine the relevance of the proposed project to the Foundation’s mission and to provide advice when submitting a full proposal.  The information provided in the letter of intent should be written in lay terms. The LOI should be 3-5 pages in length (12-point font) and include as much of the following information as possible (please only include the information you feel is relevant to your specific research project):

  1. Project Title
  2. PI and Co‐PIs, and associated institutions
  3. Abstract/Summary of project
  4. Major objectives
  5. Hypothesis and/or specific aims
  6. Impact or expected outcomes
  7. Methodology/Research Plan (brief)
  8. Clinical Impact/Research Significance (INAD specific)
  9. Timeline with anticipated milestones (brief) (1 year or 2 year)
  10. Budget/Funding Amount (1 year or 2 year)

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Leena Panwala, INADcure Foundation President, at with any questions prior to submitting an LOI.

Please submit your LOI along with any relevant attachments to:  A representative from the Foundation will respond to your email to confirm receipt.

PDF- Instructions and Guidelines for Submitting a Letter for Intent

Instructions and Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal – coming soon