This section is dedicated specifically to researchers. You will find here the information about the opportunities of rare diseases research funding at the national level in  "National RD funding initiatives" and "Next generation sequencing facilities database" that groups sequencing platforms from Europe and Associated countires.

Blackswan Foundation
Swiss Foundation for Research on Orphan Diseases

The BLACKSWAN Foundation was founded by Dr Olivier Menzel and born of the efforts of the Division of Pediatric Surgery of the University Hospitals Geneva. Dr Menzel has based his career on advancing our understanding of rare and orphan diseases. However, he promptly realized that there was a dire lack of support from private and public funding sources in Switzerland. This is in contrast to the fact that there are 8000 rare diseases and that as many as 5 new conditions are reported weekly in the medical literature. It is estimated that as many as 500'000 Swiss residents suffer from a rare or orphan disease. The Foundation’s mission started in 2010 thanks to the efforts and help of a multi-talented Board of Directors comprised of experts in the fields of finance, law, and the health sciences. The Foundation’s mission is to encourage therapeutic research for rare and orphan diseases.

Its goals are:

  • To collect funds directed toward research in rare and orphan diseases
  • To support translational and clinical research by allocating resources to investigators working on rare and orphan diseases
  • To collect funds directed toward research for a specific rare and orphan diseases (e.g. liver metabolic diseases)
  • To promote and encourage therapeutic trials aimed at developing curative drugs for rare and orphan diseases
  • To inform the public on rare and orphan diseases.

Title of the programme: no title
Type of the programme: thematic call for proposals
Recurrence of the programme: yearly

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