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

Funding opportunities for dystonia research are available through the US Department of Defense (DoD) Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). The PRMRP released program announcements for the FY2020 Discovery Award, Focused Program Award, Investigator-Initiated Research Award, and Technology/Therapeutic Development Award. Program Announcements can be found here.

The inclusion of dystonia on the list of conditions eligible for funding through this opportunity was made possible through efforts made by the Dystonia Advocacy Network (DAN), which is comprised of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation (BEBRF), Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA), National Spasmodic Torticollis Association (NSTA).

The Dystonia Coalition is seeking applications for its Pilot Projects and Career Development Award Programs.  More information can be found here.

Questions? Contact Gamze Kilic-Berkmen at


For more information about DMRF’s Funding opportunities, please contact
Jody Roosevelt

Dystonia Community

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