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About us
This site is dedicated to scientific community working on ALS. Our aim is to optimize researchers time and efforts by providing updated, well organized information on novel findings, available resources and research support.
AriSLA - The Foundation for research on ALS - has been set up to make ALS research investments more effective and efficient, to speed up the clinical research impact e and to provide patients with better care, improved conditions and life expectancy. Its aim is to boost Italian excellencies in basic, clinical and technological research. The Foundation founders are Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione Telethon, Fondazione Vialli and Mauro and AISLA.



2015 AriSLA Grant



Thanks to the contribution of the Ice Bucket Challenge AriSLA Foundation has launched in 2015 two Calls for Projects, one dedicated to clinical projects and one opened to proposals of assistive technology. As in any Call launched by the Foundation, the winner projects have been selected following a thorough peer-review evaluation process of the submitted proposals. Peer-review is an evaluation method accredited in the international scientific community and based on the principles of transparency, scientific merit and impartiality.

The 2015 AriSLA "Ice Bucket Call for Clinical Projects" has been conceived to specifically fund Clinical Research within the following areas:

1.      Experimental clinical research (ie new therapies, palliative care);

2.      Observational clinical research (ie biomarkers, diagnostic and prognostic studies);

3.      Epidemiologic studies;

4.      National registries set-up.

33 project proposals have been submitted to the Clinical Call for Projects for a total economic value of 13,141,619.90 euro. 94 research groups have been involved. Moreover, AriSLA Foundation has provided a methodology support service to help researchers in design clinical trials.

The table below shows the distribution of the proposals in the different funding areas.













The 2015 AriSLA "Ice Bucket Call for Assistive Technology Projects" has been conceived to specifically fund research within the following areas of intervention:


1.      Devices that improve maintaining mobility and patient independence. As an example:

  • Devices that improve motricity (i.e. standing, walking, brace for upper/lower limbs, ...);
  • Devices for personal hygiene and dressing;


2.       Devices that improve communication and social activities. As an example:

  • New technological strategies that support patients communication throughout the progression of the disease;
  • Improved augmentative communication devices;
  • Domotic solutions for enhanced environmental control.


Subject eligible to participate to the Call are:

1.                  partnerships composed by Italian-based non-profit (i.e. non-profit Universities and public or private Research Institutes, social enterprises, social cooperatives, etc.) and profit entities (the "Partnership"). The applicant of the Proposal should be the non-profit entity;

2.                  innovative startup with social purpose (Law no. 221/2012).

In any case, the involvement in the Partnership or in the innovative startups with social purpose - as a partner, shareholder, member - of a "PRESIDIO ACCREDITATO PER LA DIAGNOSI, LA CERTIFICAZIONE E LE DEFINIZIONI TERAPEUTICHE PER LA SLA" (DM no. 279/2001) is mandatory.

To the Assistive Technology Call 21 project proposals have been submitted  for a total of 5,027,453.73 euro economic demand. 76 research groups have been involved.

The table below shows the distribution of the proposals in the different funding areas.


Four winner project have been selected, two from the Clinical Call and two from the Assistive Technology Call.

WINNER PROJECTS 2015: below the projects details.



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