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 Basic and Clinical Aspects of Dystonia that will address the most significant and immediate needs in this field with special emphasis on innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research.

Background
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 understanding the basic mechanisms of dystonia and implementing of existing knowledge into clinical practice. To accelerate development of novel approaches and transformative research, the DMRF intends to support studies that will fundamentally change our understanding of brain dysfunction in dystonia as well as innovative clinical studies that capitalize on current progress in the field.

Objectives
DMRF intends to support innovative, hypothesis-driven research at the genetic, molecular, cellular, systems or behavioral levels that may, directly or indirectly, lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of dystonia or to new therapies for dystonia.

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 two (2) years with a budget not exceeding $80,000/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 end of day on October 19, 2020. 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 November 23, 2020.

Address for Inquiries and Submissions
Jody Roosevelt at jroosevelt@dystonia-foundation.org or 312-447-5150.

DMRF’s commitment to support the award is conditional on the availability of funds.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is seeking applications for postdoctoral research fellowships to conduct basic research into the causes and mechanisms of dystonia.

Background
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 understanding the causes and basic mechanisms of dystonia. To accelerate development of novel approaches and transformative research, the DMRF intends to support postdoctoral fellows who will undertake studies to fundamentally change our understanding of brain dysfunction and molecular mechanisms underlying dystonia.

Objectives
A two-year fellowship is designed to assist post-doctoral scientists establish careers in basic research focusing on dystonia.

Conditions of Award
Only individually prepared research proposals that address basic research aspects of dystonia at any level of analysis will be considered. Clinical research is NOT eligible. Individuals with appropriate scientific credentials employed by a non-profit or for-profit, domestic or foreign institution as postdoctoral fellows, or equivalent, are eligible to apply.

The awards will provide support up to two (2) years with a budget not exceeding $55,000/year. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to dystonia research 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 end of day on October 19, 2020.Letters should be no more than one (1) page and include a descriptive title and summary of proposed research. If invited to submit a full proposal, applications will be due November 23, 2020.

Mentorship
If desired, DMRF will facilitate mentoring for applicants that may include professional advice provided by established dystonia investigators as well as fellowship application writing/preparation help.

Address for Inquiries and Submissions
Jody Roosevelt at jroosevelt@dystonia-foundation.org or 312-447-5150

DMRF’s commitment to support the award is conditional on the availability of funds.

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 dystoniacoalition@emory.edu

 

For more information about DMRF’s Funding opportunities, please contact
Jody Roosevelt
312-755-0198
jroosevelt@dystonia-foundation.org

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