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Grant Opportunities & Awards

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation supports scientific investigations to enhance the quality of life of people living with myotonic dystrophy and advance research focused on finding treatments and a cure for this disease. As a part of this effort, the Foundation offers a number of funding opportunities for DM researchers. Visit this page regularly or subscribe to the DM Research News to stay current on funding opportunities from MDF and the Wyck Foundation.

Current Funding Opportunities

Request for Applications

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2020 Fellowship Request for Applications is now open. MDF has expanded the scientific research endeavors eligible for Ph.D. Trainee and Postdoctoral Fellowship awards to include research focused on improving treatment, care and support of the DM patient and his/her family, as well as molecular biology and basic and translational science. Trainees working in academia, research institutes or drug development companies are eligible.

Applications are due by September 6, 2019, with a start date for successful applicants of January 2020. Applicants are encouraged to contact the MDF Chief Executive Officer, Molly White, with any questions about this RFA or the scientific content of their proposals. Technical issues should be directed to MDF Research Coordinator Elizabeth Habeeb-Louks.

Click here to read the full Request for Applications; Access the RFA Cover Sheet.

MDF Grant Projects and Awards

Click here to view a list of current and former grantees, grant projects and Fellows. Click here for the 2018 Genome Editing Workshop Report.

Grantwriting Training for Researchers

MDF annually hosts a grant writing training at the MDF Annual Conference. In 2016, the session was presented by Tom Cheever, PhD, Program Director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). In 2017, the session was presented by MDF Chief Science Officer John Porter, PhD, former Program Director at the National Institute of Neuromuscular Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). View the presentation slides from Dr. Cheever (presentation slides) and Porter (presentation slides) from those training and access best-in-class grantwriting tips.

Professional Newsletter

Subscribe to MDF's research news publication, DM Research News, for updates about MDF and other funding opportunities. If you are not signed up for and receiving the DM Research News, complete this form with your name, degree, institution and current work or interest in DM care, research and/or drug development and we will enroll you in the monthly newsletter.


Email MDF's Grant Manager, Elizabeth Habeeb-Louks.

For more information on MDF grantmaking policies, click here to read the MDF Request for Proposals Award Policy manual.





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