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Opportunity profile: Joining up spinal injury research

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Basic, translational and clinical research into spinal injury are all covered by Wings of Life

Top tips

  • Wings for Life funds basic, translational and clinical research, but its fields of interest are quite tightly circumscribed.
  • The charity does not assess bids against strict criteria, and novelty is valued but not supremely so.
  • Preliminary data is highly valued.
  • Don’t plan the entire project at the preliminary application stage; it’s a short document, designed to save everybody time.

Founded in 2004, Wings for Life is a private research charity based in Austria that funds basic and clinical work into a cure for spinal cord injury. The charity was founded by two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, after Kinigadner’s son Hannes was left tetraplegic following a motocross accident.

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