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Update on MDA Research Funding

Thanks to our committed community and donors we are pleased to report that MDA was able to fully honor its existing 2020 research commitments of over $8M with no specific or across the board cuts required.

Select Funding Opportunities are Open!

Although the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on fundraising efforts prevent us from opening up our full grants program to new applications, MDA is able to offer a few select new funding opportunities this year. All active and committed grants will still be fully funded as well. The traditional Research Grants program will resume in 2022, funds permitting, and we will be in touch when more information is available.

Current Funding Opportunities

MDA Venture Philanthropy Program

MDA is now requesting applications for its MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) program! To be considered for a full application later in 2021, we are asking companies seeking funding to apply to present at our first annual MDA Insights in Research Investor Summit on April 29, 2021 (More Information & How to Apply).

Please contact Elizabeth Habeeb-Louks at if you have any questions.

MDA Idea Awards

A great idea can come from anywhere or anyone at any time! With this in mind, the MDA is requesting brief applications for the MDA Idea Award Program which will seek bold, innovative research ideas that can have an impact in the field of neuromuscular disease. The idea should be supported by a strong scientific premise and include a feasible experimental plan.

  • Applications will be due April 16, 2021
  • Awards will be issued July 1, 2021
  • The awards will be $25,000 for one year of funding

Apply Now
(Application Instructions)

MDA Development Grants

The purpose of MDA Development Grants is to expand the number of scientists conducting meritorious research in the field of neuromuscular disease. Postdoctoral fellows working in the laboratory of a senior investigator under whose guidance the researcher will be given flexibility to work independently or as part of a collaborative effort are encouraged to apply.

  • LOIs will be due March 15, 2021
  • Applications will be due April 16, 2021
  • Awards will be issued July 1, 2021

Apply Now
(Application Instructions)

MDA Conference Grants

MDA supports meetings and conferences focused on the muscular dystrophies and related diseases of the neuromuscular system. These are the muscular dystrophies (including Duchenne and Becker); motor neuron diseases (including ALS and SMA); the peripheral nerve disorders (CMT and Friedreich's ataxia); inflammatory myopathies; disorders of the neuromuscular junction; metabolic diseases of muscle as well as other myopathies. Conference grants are awarded to encourage scientific meetings for researchers and/or clinicians to exchange ideas and to establish collaborations. Meetings focused on therapy development will be considered a priority.

  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a continual rolling basis

Contact our Grants Management team for further information about the program and how to apply: