Funding Programs

Dystonia is a Movement Disorder

Since the first year of operations, the DMRF has supported research investigations related to the causes, mechanisms, prevention, and treatment of all forms of dystonia. DMRF’s major grant funding mechanism is based on requests for applications focusing on specific research areas informed by the Medical & Scientific Advisory Council and scientific meetings and workshops. The DMRF simultaneously  remains open to new investigator-initiated ideas and approaches, which are accepted throughout the year.

The DMRF also collaborates with investigators and research entities to address a specific question or knowledge gap through research contracts.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is seeking scientific proposals on noninvasive brain modulation for dystonia that will address the most significant and immediate needs in this field with special emphasis on innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by muscle contractions causing abnormal movements and postures. Despite substantial progress made in understanding various aspects of dystonia, there has been limited success in both revealing the basic mechanisms of dystonia and implementing existing knowledge into clinical practice. To accelerate development of novel approaches and transformative research, the DMRF continues to support studies that will fundamentally change our understanding of brain dysfunction in dystonia and will offer new modalities for treatment and prevention.

DMRF intends to support innovative, hypothesis-driven research that develops novel or existing noninvasive brain modulation tools and techniques and integrates underlying brain network pathophysiology of dystonia. Research proposals that attempt to identify and capitalize on fundamental mechanisms of brain network changes in dystonia will be given preference. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects that combine noninvasive brain modulation with brain imaging and neurophysiological methods are encouraged.

Conditions of Award
Individuals with appropriate scientific credentials employed by a non-profit or for-profit institution, domestic or foreign, are eligible to apply. Collaborative research proposals that transcend individual disciplines and levels of analysis are strongly encouraged. The awards will provide support up to three (3) years with a budget not exceeding 100,000 USD per year. Applicants should demonstrate commitment and potential to obtain a major grant to support their research project after it is completed.

A letter of intent is required and should be submitted electronically to DMRF by April 25, 2022. Letters should be no more than one (1) page and include a descriptive title and summary of proposed research, as well as names and affiliations of participating researchers. If invited to submit a full proposal, applications will be due June 6, 2022.

This grant is supported by the DMRF's Cure Dystonia Now Fund.

Address for Submissions and Inquiries
Jeane Emily DuBose at or 312.755.0198
DMRF’s commitment to support the award is conditional on the availability of funds

For information on funding opportunities through the Dystonia Coalition contact Gamze Kilic-Berkmen at


The FY21 Defense Appropriations Act is anticipated to provide funding to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program to support research that will improve the health, care, and well-being of all military service members, veterans, and beneficiaries by encouraging, identifying, selecting, and managing medical research projects of clear scientific merit and direct relevance to military health. As directed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency J9, Research and Development Directorate manages the Defense Health Program (DHP) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. The managing agent for the anticipated Program Announcements/Funding Opportunities is the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC).

FY21 PRMRP Program Announcements and General Application Instructions for the following award mechanisms are posted on the website.

Congressionally Directed Topic Areas: Applications submitted to the FY21 PRMRP must address at least one of the FY21 PRMRP Congressionally directed topic areas. As of the release date of this pre-announcement, dystonia is included in the FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas have not been finalized. This pre-announcement should not be construed as an obligation by the Government to include any of these Topic Areas or others in the FY21 PRMRP.

Dystonia is among the potential FY21 PRMRP Topic Areas.

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