NOTIFY OF INTENT TO SUBMIT: CDC “Analyze and Evaluate Potential Risk Factors for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)” – RFA-TS-15-001

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released an new FOA intended to allow for investigator-initiated research that will further the understanding of potential risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), while supporting the goals of the National ALS Registry. The Registry’s goals are to estimate the number of new cases of ALS each year, estimate the number of people who have ALS at a specific point in time, better understand who gets ALS and what factors affect the disease, and improve care for people with ALS. ATSDR is seeking investigator-initiated research proposals that will provide a greater understanding of ALS etiology, especially the environmental contribution, that may lead to prevention or a possible cure.


The CDC expects to award between one and three grants in response to this FOA.  The minimum award amount, per award, for the first 12-month

budget period (including direct and indirect costs) will be $250,000. The maximum award amount is expected to be $400,000. The total award for the first year of funding will not exceed $1,200,000.


The campus may submit only one proposal, but we do not anticipate that an internal competition will be needed.   In order to verify this, however, interested applicants must send an Expression of Intent to the Office of Research by Wednesday, January 28th.  This Expression of Intent may consist of an email from the PI(s) with a brief 1-paragraph overview of the proposed project and its participants, and should be sent to

 A campus internal competition will only be held if multiple parties express interest. The deadline for full proposals is March 23, 2015 (LOI due February 4th, but is not required).


For more information about this opportunity please visit Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.



Please note: The CDC is hosting a pre-application teleconference tomorrow January 21st regarding the above FOA, at 11am Pacific Time for prospective applicants.

Participant Access Information:
CALL DATE: January 21, 2015
CALL TIME: 11:00 Pacific Time
CALL DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes
CALL LEADER: Susan Neurath
Toll-Free Number: (855)-644-0229
Passcode: 8636049 #



John C. Hemminger

Vice Chancellor for Research

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