Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) Launches New Funding Resource for Researchers: Pilot Grants Program

Published on Tue, 05/21/2024

The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) has launched a new Pilot Grants Program to support groundbreaking, highly innovative, high-risk projects in the field of myotonic dystrophy (DM). Through these small, one-year grants, MDF aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to explore high-risk, high-reward proof-of-concept studies, or novel research approaches without the burden of extensive preliminary data or long-term commitments.

Dr. Andy Rohrwasser, Chief Scientific Officer at the MDF, is thrilled about launching this program, highlighting its role in empowering researchers to pursue innovative avenues of research and bridging gaps towards established funding opportunities. “The Pilot Grants Program is a really exciting opportunity for researchers to explore radically innovative ideas for tomorrow’s grant applications. We believe supporting novel and bold ideas can revolutionize DM research and lay the foundation for emerging treatments”, noted Dr. Rohrwasser.

Open to researchers worldwide at all career stages, from early-career investigators to seasoned scientists, the program provides critical seed funding to kickstart projects and generate preliminary data, laying the groundwork for larger-scale investigations and grant applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that push the boundaries of DM research, addressing pressing challenges or gaps in knowledge. This flexibility encourages creativity, novelty, and risk-taking, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and promising leads for future investigations.

The Pilot Grants Program underscores MDF's commitment to fostering a culture of innovation in DM research. By investing in visionary projects and supporting emerging talent, the program aims to accelerate progress toward improved treatments and outcomes for individuals living with myotonic dystrophy.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to secure funding for your myotonic dystrophy research projects. The deadline for applications is July 12, 2024. For more information about this grant as well as MDF’s other grant programs, and to apply, visit the Research Grants & Funding Resources page or email MDF's Research Grants Manager, Dr. Nadine Ann Skinner, at  Apply today and be part of tomorrow’s transformative impact!

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