The main target of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, a non-profit foundation, is research into genetic diseases with intellectual disability.



If you are a researcher investigating on Down syndrome and other intellectual disability from genetic origin appearing in early childhood, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation invites you to submit your research project aiming at deciphering the pathophysiology of the cognitive deficits of patients, especially those (up to 50% of the total amount of the global grant) with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and linked pathologies as well as knowledge of the chromosome 21.

Clinical research projects will be also reviewed as a matter of priority.

Other selected projects related to other rare abnormalities such as fragile X, cri du chat, Rett, Williams-Beuren, Prader-Willi, Angelman, Smith-Magenis and other syndromes, will not exceed 50% of the total amount of the global grant.

Autism not linked to above diseases is out of this call for grants.

Every type of research can be considered, e.g. from molecular biology to clinical pharmacology to neuropsychology.

Grants are offered for one or two year(s) within the range of EUR 20 000 per year. Clinical projects could benefit from more funding.

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation also funds the organization of conferences or courses.

Just for information, during the previous years, only 25 to 35% of submitted applications were funded.

For further details, please click on SAMPLE below.



Please fill in the online application form on from 15 January to 5 March 2018

Date of provisional Scientific Advisory Board decision: mid-June 2018
Board of Directors final decision: July 2018



Conseil Scientifique – Fondation Jérôme Lejeune
37 rue des Volontaires – 75015 Paris – France
+33 (0)1 5658 5638



Projects funded by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation

2017b cycle

15 projects funded by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation for an amount of 510,513€

France: 4; Italy: 5; Spain: 1; Israel: 1; United-Kingdom: 2; United States of America: 2

Projects focusing on Down syndrome
Projects focusing on other pathologies (syndromes such as Fragile X; Williams-Beuren; DiGeorge; Cri-du-chat…)

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