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The application period for 2020 has ended. The next grant cycle will open in 2021.


The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) has a seed grant program to encourage and support patient-oriented research on primary immunodeficiency diseases. The intent of the grant is to support well-defined research projects that have a specified benefit for improving the treatment, health, disease management or diagnosis of people with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI). Consideration will also be given to studies that contribute to the body of medical knowledge in PI.

The program is open to applicants currently based in the U.S.* and will consist of one-year grants. Award Value: $25,000 - $50,000 (a somewhat higher level of support is available for a few exceptional proposals).

*These grants are not open to Federal Government Agencies or Departments

IDF Research Committee

Each research proposal is reviewed by IDF’s Research Committee, which recommends funding for the highest scored proposals. The grant review process is based on the peer review system utilized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Scoring of grants is done individually by each member of the Research Committee and scores are added together to determine the final ranking of each proposal. Any reviewer with a conflict of interest is excused from voting on a specific proposal. The grant selection process is unbiased and independent; awards are based solely on scientific merit.

Application Process

  1. Download and complete the IDF Research Grant Guidelines and Application Form below.
  2. Attach the following: CVs and or biosketches, Letters of support/recommendation, and Letters from collaborators agreeing to participate
  3. Submit the completed application with attachments to:

The application, along with the attachments must be assembled and submitted electronically as a single PDF to

If you have any questions or concerns with the application process, contact

CLICK HERE to Download the Application

More about the IDF Research Grant Program

Since 2013, IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency has raised more than $3 million. Because of the dollars raised by IDF walk teams and their supporters, IDF has established the IDF Research Grant Program, awarding grants to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of people living with PI.

Ranging from research on Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID), XMEN and Selective IgA, these researchers are identifying and understanding the underlying issues of these chronic diseases. With research comes better diagnoses, lives and potentially cures for those with PI.

Click to see the grants awarded in 2018-2019


Click to see the grants awarded in 2016-2017