Grants & Programs

Get involved to help build a better world for people with Down syndrome.

The Alana Down Syndrome Center aims to provide opportunities for scientific research, partnerships, collaborations, and training, with a goal to increase knowledge and resources for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Learn more below about Technology to Improve Ability grants and fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Innovations to Improve Quality of Life

The Technology to Improve Ability Program at the MIT Desphande Center for Technological Innovation (DCTI) will engage and encourage creative and ingenious minds across the MIT community to develop groundbreaking ideas and technologies to improve quality of life and autonomy for people living with disabilities. Teams of faculty, researchers and students will be invited to develop innovations that can be developed into commercially available products.

For more information contact DCTI Executive Director Leon Sandler.

Becoming a Fellow

Fellows will work side by side with faculty members in Center labs on novel and innovative scientific research directly related to the center’s mission to improve knowledge about Down syndrome and to advance potential therapies or treatments.

The program provides support for up to five fellowships at one time. To be chosen as an Alana Fellow, candidates must submit, together with the support and nomination of a faculty mentor, an outstanding proposal in the scope of Down syndrome research.

To learn more about becoming a fellow, contact Emily Niederst, Director of Scientific Initiatives.