Muscular Dystrophy Association: Various RFPs

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is accepting letters of interest for two programs: Investigator-Initiated Research Grants and Young Investigator Development Grants. Award amounts vary depending on the program. LOIs are due June 15.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunities: 

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Various RFPs
http://www.mda.org

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Investigator-Initiated Research Grants
Award amount up to $100,000 per year for up to three years
MDA is accepting applications for basic research projects that will hopefully accelerate progress against muscular disease. MDA defines “basic research” as research that investigates the fundamental biological processes of nerves, muscles and what awry to cause disease. Research projects must align with a disease in MDA’s program (full list found here).

Applications should focus on accelerating therapy development for the disease(s) in question and such projects could include:

  • New target discovery
  • Target validation
  • Screening for new therapeutic molecules that hit validated targets
  • Addressing a need of the neuromuscular research field (e.g., developing a novel animal or cell model of the disease, developing new technologies, etc.)

Applications must hold an MD, PhD, D.Sc, DO or equivalent degree and be a professional or faculty member (professor, associate professor or assistant professor) and be qualified to conduct and mentor a program of original research within his or her own laboratory. 

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Young Investigator Development Grants
Award amount up to $60,000 per year for up to three years
MDA is accepting applications for development grants that will support young researchers on their way to becoming independent investigators. The seed money will help launch the scientific programs of promising new neuromuscular disease researchers. MDA will accept applications from young researchers who are members of a research team in the laboratory of an independent investigator under whose guidance the applicant will be given the flexibility to conduct a neuromuscular research project. Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, DSc, DO or other equivalent degree and be a member of a research team at an appropriate institution. The applicant must have a minimum 18 months of post-degree research laboratory training at the time of the application and be no more than five years from receiving their most advanced degree. They cannot have been funded under the Development Grant program in the past.

LOI Deadline: June 15, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. Invited full proposals due July 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Funding decision made in November/December 2016. Project start date is February 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the awards. 

The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. Email cfr@unc.edu or phone (919) 962-3423. 

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