Valued Friends, Colleagues and Partners,
From everyone at the Neilsen Foundation, we hope you and your families are staying safe, that you continue to protect your health and you use your voice to effect change in your community. During this crisis, which continues to evolve, we have remained committed to our grantees and appreciate your ongoing efforts to move the field forward in the face of so much uncertainty.
In April we announced that all active SCIRTS and PSR portfolio grants could use Neilsen Foundation funds to pay trainee stipends and staff salaries, even if progress on the project has been temporarily impacted. No-Cost Extensions were adjusted as needed for grantees affected by institutional closures. And, now that we are beginning to carefully re-engage, it is time to address the additional costs of these delays and the measures that will need to be taken to ensure the safety of personnel as researchers return to laboratory and clinical activities.
In an effort to help ensure that our research grantees have the capacity to complete the projects the Foundation has already invested in, our Board of Directors generously approved that supplemental funding will be made available. In late June, current research grantees will be notified how they can request additional support. Each request will be reviewed by the Foundation and, if a researcher is approved for the additional financial support, an additional year will also be granted to complete the project.
Re-opening will not be easy. Establishing a new normal may take more time than we’d hoped for. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is doing its best to understand the concerns of everyone in the SCI community and recognizes it is important that you remain focused on the critical work you were doing to help people living with SCI before the pandemic.
Please, be safe.
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
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Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Grant Funds Organization to Enable People with Spinal Cord Injuries to Advance Their Careers While Advocating for Others
SHORT HILLS, NJ (christopherreeve.org) - A grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation supporting RespectAbility's virtual National Leadership Fellowship will provide four exceptionally talented adults with spinal cord injuries (SCI) with intensive training to foster...
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Good Morning America) - A teen girl who had both of her legs amputated after a car she was riding in was hit by an alleged drunk driver received a hero's welcome home after spending nearly three months in the hospital.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Engineering News-Record) - This thoughtfully designed rehabilitation hospital is dedicated to patients who have experienced major life-changing health events. The 172,000-sq-ft facility includes 75 patient rooms, two indoor gyms, an exterior...
COLUMBUS, OH (argus-press.com) - The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has secured $800,000 in grants to develop with Battelle the NeuroLife Interface technology for home use. This breakthrough technology will allow people with spinal cord injuries to regain...
Radically Inclusive Dance Group Launches 5th Annual ON DISPLAY GLOBAL in Honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities
NEW YORK, NY (PR.com) - On December 3, 2020, to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) will lead hundreds of individuals online in a performance of ON DISPLAY GLOBAL (ODG).
EAST HANOVER, NJ (eurekalert.org) - A team of experts in disability employment summarized advances in outcomes being achieved in individuals recovering from spinal cord injury.
EAST HANOVER, NJ (eurekalert.org) - Researchers at Kessler Foundation authored a new article, "Employment after spinal cord injury," (DOI: 10.1007/s40141-020-00266-4), published by Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilation Reports on May 24, 2020. Authored by John...
BOULDER, CO (newmobility.com) - The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation awarded its inaugural $1 millin Craig H. Neilsen Visionary prize to SCI community leaders Revecca Torres, Andrea Dalzell and Dr. Brian Kwon, a spinal researcher in Vancouver, Canada.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (healthcare.utah.edu) - University of Utah Health and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation announced the opening of the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital today, transforming the University of Utah into one of the nation's preeminent institution...
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, IL (abc7chicago.com) - For more than a decade, Revecca Torres has worked to build community for people with spinal cord injuries. This week, she got the surprise of a lifetime, a one million dollar prize with no strings attached.