The ADDF works with the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to provide additional funding opportunities for applicants and grantees.

1. The ADDF provides funding to US-based companies that were awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants from the NIA and need bridge funding to obtain additional data in support of an SBIR/STTR-Phase 2 grant or for other NIH grants. Receiving interim funding from ADDF will also enable investigators to continue to generate data as SBIR/STTR funding decisions are being finalized.

Companies are encouraged to review ADDF's current funding priorities for drug development, clinical trials and neuroimaging and CSF biomarkers and apply to the appropriate RFP in our core funding programs following the instructions below.

2. Additionally, the ADDF will consider funding for relevant grant applications from academic groups and biotech companies that were submitted to the NIA or the NINDS and were scored but not funded. The proposed work should fall within the ADDF’s mission and current funding priorities for the core funding programs.



For new SBIR/STTR bridge funding requests, please review the Application Instructions for steps on applying to one of the RFPs in our core funding program.

For NIA and NINDS proposals that were scored but not funded, email with a brief summary of your project.

If invited, eligible investigators may submit their original NIA or NINDS applications and a copy of the study section review directly to the ADDF. In addition, NIA and NINDS staff may identify eligible investigators whose applications were scored but unfunded, and will notify them of this opportunity thrice yearly in conjunction with Institute funding decisions. The ADDF will attempt to support parts or all of applications that fall within the foundation’s mission and funding priorities.





The ADDF considers its application process an iterative one and would be happy to talk to you about your program.

For program-related inquiries, please contact:
Alessio Travaglia, PhD, Scientific Program Officer

For application submission inquiries, please contact:
Grants and Mission-Related Investments Team

For SBIR/STTR program-related inquiries at NIA, please contact:
Zane Martin, PhD, Program Director, Translational Research, Division of Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging

For other NIA program-related inquiries, please contact:
Suzana Petanceska, PhD, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience National Institute on Aging

For NINDS program-related inquiries, please contact:
Roderick A. Corriveau, PhD, Program Director, Neurodegeneration
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke