2023-2024 PFIC Network Small Grant Award

Small Grant Funding Opportunity

The current funding cycle for our Small Grant is now closed. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about current awardees and stay informed about future funding opportunities.

Key Dates

Cycle Opens: October 2nd, 2023

Application Deadline: January 2nd, 2024 

Award Announced: March 2024

Earliest Start Date: May 2024


The PFIC Network Small Grant Program provides funding to qualified applicants for scientific and/or clinical research. The 2023-2024 announcement invites applications that address any impact PFIC and PFIC-related diseases and/or PFIC diagnosis or treatments may have on patients and/or the patient environment. Studies that include patient-reported outcomes (PRO), measures of health-related quality of life, or that otherwise incorporate the patient and caretaker perspective are especially welcome. 


PFIC Network is committed to facilitating accurate diagnoses, improving treatment options, slowing disease progression, and finding a cure for PFIC diseases. The Small Grant Program is designed to contribute to this mission by funding research that ultimately leads to improvements in the lives of PFIC patients and their caretakers. The 2023-2024  Small Grant Opportunity is focusing on projects that improve the understanding of disease impact. Including the patient experience in this endeavor can support progress toward a better understanding and integration of research results within the PFIC community.

Award Information

In 2024,  PFIC Network will award one proposal  with a budget limit of $30,000. The award period is one year. A virtual progress report meeting will be scheduled 6 months after the starting date, and a written report detailing outcomes is expected at the end of  the year. PFIC Network invites proposals for independent studies, pilot research, or studies that extend (aspects of) ongoing or recent research.

Eligibility Information

PFIC Network requires all applicants to have a full or part-time position at an academic, non-profit, or government institution and a PhD, MD, an RN or a comparable certification. We encourage individuals from historically underserved or underrepresented communities to apply.

Application Submission

Required elements of an application include: 

  1. Research Plan (4 page limitation)
    The research plan should include
    – A brief (200 word) lay abstract
    – Background and study aim(s)
    – Research strategy describing the study design, methods, and planned analyses. If the proposed research involves human subjects it is necessary to include the participant demographics, recruitment plan, and IRB approval from the applicant’s organization
    – Deliverables describing the endpoints and impact of the proposed study
  2. Applicant Biosketch (2-page limitation)
  3. Budget
Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed according to the following patient/caretaker and scientific criteria:

  • Relevance for PFIC Network’s mission and grant program
  • Benefit for PFIC patients and community
  • Burden for Study Participants
  • Scientific innovation and impact
  • Research Approach and feasibility
  • Applicant/Environment
  • Budget
Notification and Award Conditions

PFIC Network will notify all applicants electronically via email after the review cycle has concluded and an award decision has been made. The award funds will be disbursed upon receipt of the signed regulatory documents (“Terms and Conditions”).

Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found here. Compliance to terms and conditions is a condition for the disbursement of funds.

Questions and Additional Information

For any questions please contact us.

Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis Advocacy and Resource Network, Inc. (PFIC Network, Inc.) is a registered non-profit organization with the mission to improve the lives of patients and families worldwide affected by PFIC.