National Eating Disorders Association

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is committed to providing help and hope to those affected by eating disorders. To this end, NEDA’s Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research aims to support projects that will improve the lives of individuals affected by eating disorders. 

Apply for a Research Grant

In 2016, NEDA will be awarding a total of three research grants. Two will be awarded through the Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research grant program and the third through the inaugural Eating Recovery Center Foundation Early Career Investigator grant program! 

What is the Feeding Hope Fund?

The Feeding Hope Fund raises restricted funds designated for the distinct purpose of providing grants to qualified clinical researchers who have been selected through our very competitive application process. These grants will focus on innovative treatment research, prevention research, and training dissemination research.

Since launching in 2013, NEDA has awarded $1 million in research grants.

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Why support the Feeding Hope Fund?

Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illnesses. Considering 30 million people will have an eating disorder during their lifetime, research funding in this field is negligible, compared to other serious mental illnesses.

What will my investment do?

Your investment will address several key strategic goals of the Feeding Hope Fund. It will support and encourage clinical research in the field, provide models of dissemination and training, and inspire others to step forward, so that treatments are improved and a cure within our reach.

" I have always felt that eating disorders suffer the most persistent discrimination within the mental health community in both insurance coverage and research funding. I commend NEDA for raising awareness to these issues and for setting the stage for progress."

- Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

"...because they have the highest mortality rates of all mental disorders, further research to better understand eating disorders is critical... Research is our best hope for effective prevention and even better treatments in the future."

- Thomas Insel, M.D.
   Director, National Institute of Mental Health


By choosing a level of giving below, your tax deductable donation will widen a path of exploration and discovery into the causes, treatment and potential cure for eating disorders. At the national level, there are very few research dollars set aside compared to incidences of eating disorders. Your gift and our ability to drive research will result in a powerful partnership, sending a signal that significant funds need to be devoted to research.

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At all levels, benefits include: exclusive invitations to research updates and events, Annual Report on research grant updates and recipients, listing on Feeding Hope Fund website and a commemorative pin to wear proudly to show your support.

*More than 90% of all gifts will go directly to research and training grant opportunites.