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Media Room February 01, 2024

FARE Relaunches Successful Investigator Awards Program, Poised to Fund 5+ Awards to Develop the Next Generation of Food Allergy Researchers

MCLEAN, Va. – Feb. 1, 2024 – FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), a nonprofit organization dedicated to driving research toward new therapeutics and a cure for life-threatening food allergies, today announced the relaunch of its Investigator Awards Program that began in 2015 to develop the next generation of food allergy researchers and support highly innovative, broadly impactful food allergy research projects. FARE will fund a minimum of five investigators in 2024, building on the eight awards that were granted between 2015 and 2017.

To date, the initial eight grant awardees have driven more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and millions in additional funding.

“We know that this program is a force multiplier that advances research and focuses a larger swath of the research community on food allergies. While it may seem counter-intuitive, funding five awards will drive more funding that will serve FARE’s core objectives on behalf of the 33 million people in the US who face life-threatening food allergies every day,” said Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, CEO of FARE.

The Investigator Awards Program is being supported by generous donations from Talia and Andrew Day as well as an anonymous donor.

Poblete continued, “We are delighted to announce the relaunch of the Investigator Awards Program and offer a special thank you to Talia and Andrew Day as well as an anonymous donor whose generosity supports this entire, important initiative.”

Talia Day said, “As a family with three food-allergic children, we felt compelled to support an Investigator Award and advance this disease towards potential treatments and options for all people who suffer with food allergies. We are honored to once again partner with FARE on this transformational program and are excited about what can be accomplished.”

FARE is now accepting applications in two areas for the 2024 funding cycle:  

  • The New Investigator Research Award: designed to further emerging scientists by funding two-year studies that could lead to the launch of larger-scale research, will confer at least three awards of $150,000 each.
  • The Mid-Career Investigator Research Award: designed to foster scientific discovery by established investigators who are currently researching food allergy or transitioning to food allergy research. This program will confer at least two awards of $750,000 each. 

For more information and to submit a proposal for consideration, please visit https://www.foodallergy.org/investigator-awards-program. Mandatory letters of intent are due April 18, 2024. 

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FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy and the largest food allergy charity supporting research. FARE’s innovative education, advocacy and research initiatives transform the future of food allergy through new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation, and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more, visit: foodallergy.org.

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