All NBDF social work grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NBDF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. A panel selected by the Research Working Group, a volunteer group of scientific and lay leaders, reviews applications received. The NBDF Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) and the NBDF Board of Directors grant final funding approval.

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The purpose of the Social Work Excellence Award is to  is to provide support for clinicians who demonstrate a commitment to the bleeding disorders community supporting NBDF's goal to develop outcome related data.  The Excellence Fellowship Grants seek applications from any of the three main disciplines of treatment centers. To be eligible for the fellowship the applicant must be an MSW or DSW from an accredited school of social work or be a student in a DSW program.

It is expected that the project will: (1) promote the integration of psychosocial care with biomedical components of comprehensive care; (2) promote the delivery of quality services to patients and families; (3) contribute to the literature on the psychosocial aspects of bleeding disorders; (4) demonstrate social work outcomes of the research or clinical project.

Areas of research interest might include some of the following topics: impact of social work practice on coping with chronic illness and/or disability; impact of case management on patient care; improved clinical practice; research skills and goals for psychosocial providers; mental health issues of those affected with bleeding disorders or bleeding disorders/HIV; development and use of media projects and/or learning tools for professional or patient evaluation. A focus on cultural diversity is welcomed.


NBDF is now accepting Letters of Intent for the Social Work Excellence Award.

Starting in 2024, NBDF is only accepting proposals for research through Altum/Proposal Central.

Click the link below to create an account. Search "National Bleeding Disorders Foundation" and click Apply Now next to the program you are applying for.

Instructions will be emailed with submission requirements and instructions.

Letters of intent are due May 6 at 11:59PM Eastern.

Applications due June 3 at 11:59PM Eastern.

Awards will be announced no later than July 31 at 11:59PM Eastern.

Submit Your Letter of Intent



NBDF awards one new research fellowship per year of $15,000.


A letter of intent should be submitted to NBDF. This should be a brief letter identifying the applying researcher and organization and the intended area of research.


Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.


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