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Crnic Grand Challenge Grants Program


Purpose of the Crnic Seed Grant

The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome is a part of the University of Colorado, housed on both the Anschutz Medical and Boulder campuses.  One of the mail purposes is to eliminate the ill effects of Down syndrome.  The current leadership of the Institute plans to accomplish that goal by supporting research likely to aid in the understanding of the syndrome and in reducing its adverse consequences.  There is no question that exciting new technologies in genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, genetics, stem cell biology, gene knockouts, microscopy, etc. will enable novel powerful approaches to some age-old and important questions, and should enable our Down syndrome community to make significant strides towards our goals.
Generous gifts from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation and donors to the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, as well as significant support from the CU-Boulder and CU-Denver Chancellors’ Offices, provide for seed grants to initiate research projects on the mechanisms whereby three copies of chromosome 21 lead to Down syndrome and on ways to ameliorate the ill effects in those who currently have Down syndrome. These research grants will be available to University of Colorado faculty on either campus who now study Down syndrome or who are interested in initiating projects to do so.  Faculty members are limited to a total of two years of support up to a maximum of $200,000 from this program.  Our purpose is to create a vibrant, exciting and active research community dedicated to solving the key DS-related issues outlined on pages 3 - 5 in the Application Overview Requirements. We will be working together, with the aim of making the University of Colorado a powerhouse in this area.

Grand Challenge Grant Program Leadership and Management

For questions or assistance with the Grand Challenge Grants Proposals, please contact: