We are committed to supporting high quality scientific and translational research as we pursue our strategic goal of accelerating the path to treatments and ultimately cures for neuromuscular conditions.   We will continue to identify and invest in the most promising science and fund world-class pioneering research to pursue the strategic aims set out in our research strategy.

We now offer a number of funding schemes for individual researchers and investigators who are part of a team or group and these are set out below:

  • a competitive annual call for research grant applications for project grants of one to three years duration that also includes pump-priming grants of up to one year and support for PhD studentships
  • infrastructure grants to help accelerate the translational path to clinical trials, including support for patient registries, natural history databases and clinical trials coordinators
  • new approaches to support research for a number of the very rare conditions (fewer than 500 patients in the UK) which may include establishing international research partnerships – please contact us if you wish to discuss an approach for a very rare condition
  • a small number of Clinical Research and Training Fellowships are available through our partnerships with the Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office, Scotland – please contact us for more information
  • as part of our competitive annual call we also accept applications for clinical research to improve understanding of the progression of neuromuscular conditions, establish best practice in symptom management and develop a clearer understanding of the conditions and their impact on the quality of life of patients and families

Further, we may put out a highlighted call identifying a specific condition or topic for which applications are being sought.  If, after discussion with our Medical Research Committee or Lay Research Panel, it appears that an area of research requires further investment, there may be a specific opportunity to explore a research question or we may have received restricted funds to develop research in a specific condition.

We also encourage researchers to contact us should they have specific proposals that would require programme grant funding over a longer period or for a larger project than would fit within the normal project grant funding.  If this were to lead to a full programme grant application this would be subject to a rigorous peer review process similar to that of the annual grant round.

Please contact our Research team with any queries about our grant schemes, funding available or your grant application.

It is an interesting question: where would we be without the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign funding? The basic answer is we wouldn’t be anywhere.”

Professor Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle


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