Funding For Projects that Improve Lives

From coordinating workshops for health professionals to producing educational materials to sponsoring fellowships in spinal cord medicine, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation helps develop tools that share spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) knowledge and improve the lives of those with SCI/D. Since inception in 1986 we have funded 260 grants totalling $9,597,518. The Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides funding in six project categories:

  • Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with SCI/D
  • Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs
  • Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice
  • Assistive technology—Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices
  • Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community
  • Consumer Guides to develop companion consumer information guides based on PVA SCI Consortium Clinical Practice Guidelines.


Funded Program Highlight: Everlasting Love

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist Dr. Marcalee Sipski Alexander has seen that after spinal cord injury/disease or a life-altering diagnosis, sex and sexuality are often the last things on her patients’ mind. Frustrated by the medical community’s disregard of the importance of sex and sexuality for people with disabilities, and armed with a PVA Education Foundation grant, Dr. Alexander is making a 40 EPISODE YouTube series all about sexuality and love for people with SCI/D. Watch episode 1 below!


Before You Apply

The Education Foundation is focused on funding educational projects that benefit and serve individuals with SCI/D, their families and caregivers.  The Education Foundation has six topic categories for funding consideration which are: Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education; Professional Development and Education; Research Utilization and Dissemination; Assistive Technology; Consumer Guides; and Conferences and Symposia.  These projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D health care professionals and to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.  

Before submitting a grant application, carefully read the Education Foundation’s Policies and Procedures as policies may change from year to year.

Application Process

  • Application Period Opens: September 1, 2021
  • Application Period Closes: December 3rd, 2021
  • Award Notification: April 30, 2022
  • Grant Start Date: June 1, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants should be members of academic institutions, health care providers and organizations, or consumer advocates and organizations. Grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, project directors and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens.

All applications must be submitted in the name of the project director by the fiscally responsible organizational entities. Each application must be endorsed by the organization’s signing official (the person responsible for organizational approval). 

Review Process

Foundation staff will review applications for compliance with Foundation guidelines. The Education Foundation Board of Directors will evaluate applications for merit and relevance and make the final funding decisions.

Contact Us

For questions on the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation, contact: 

Lindsay Perlman
Associate Director, Research and Education

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