Hope Through Research

At MDA, we take a big picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover scientific and medical breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures. The power in our research approach is that we can often apply learnings from one disease to progress in others to bring urgently-needed answers to our families.

Grants at a Glance

MDA’s research program awards grants to the world’s best scientists investigating promising theories and therapies that may accelerate treatments and cures for families living with muscle-debilitating diseases.

In 2017, we awarded 75 new research grants worth $18.2 million. We’re now supporting more than 180 research projects worldwide. 

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Learn more about the research projects MDA is currently funding thanks to our supporters:

Research Across Diseases

On Aug. 1, 2017, funding began for MDA’s latest round of grants, comprised of 13 projects targeting the neuromuscular diseases in MDA's program.

As part of MDA's basic research program, these grants focus on advancing basic science and generating ideas for potential drug therapies through projects initiated by the researchers themselves. Through the projects they fund we will learn more about the processes that drive the neuromuscular diseases MDA covers. We’ll identify, validate and optimize biological targets at which to aim future therapies. We’ll test potential therapeutic strategies, develop drug development tools and make other advances that will help pave the way to more clinical trials.

Twice a year these grant applications are reviewed by MDA’s Research Advisory Committee, which recommends the best projects for approval. Funding is approved by MDA’s Board of Directors.

Grants at a Glance Archive