Muscular Dystrophy UK Grant Round Calls

Muscular Dystrophy UK Grant Round 2020


Muscular Dystrophy UK’s  call for applications to the 2020 grant round is now closed.

This year we are delighted to announce our SMA PhD Partnership with SMA UK. SMA UK is providing up to £30,000 a year to support up to two 4-year PhD studentships in SMA research as part of our Grant Round 2020. Applications for this partnership funding will be considered in competition with all other applications to our Grant Round 2020.

The deadline for submission of all online applications is 5pm Monday 20 January 2020. We will also require a signed copy of your application to be emailed to us at by Monday 10 February 2020.  

All applications will be sent for international peer-review and will be reviewed by our Lay Research Panel and Medical Research Committee. The Medical Research Committee will sit in early summer. Its recommendations are discussed by the charity’s Board of Trustees, which meets several times a year. You will be informed of the decision as soon as possible after the Board of Trustees meeting. For more information please see Applying for a Research Grant.

External Jointly- Funded Calls- Doctoral Fellowships

The call for applications for MDUK-NIHR jointly funded Doctoral fellowships is now open. The closing date for submission of the online application is 17 December 2019 by 1pm. For more information please see the National Institute for Health Research application pages.

Guidance For Applicants

To apply you will need to submit the following:

1. An application using our online application form, by the given deadline
2. A signed copy of the scientific application by email, which can arrive up to three weeks after the above deadline

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

The following points should be considered when submitting your application:

  • If you wish to apply for a Muscular Dystrophy UK research grant please be aware that the principal investigator must hold a contract which extends beyond the duration of the grant at an institution approved by Muscular Dystrophy UK. Muscular Dystrophy UK generally only funds UK-based research although international collaboration is encouraged; when there is an exception to this it will be announced in the grant call.
  •  If you currently hold a Muscular Dystrophy UK-funded project or studentship grant, you may still apply. Each applicant can submit up to one application per grant type in a grant round. Multiple applications for the same grant type will not be accepted.
  •  We welcome project and proof of principle applications from early career researchers. Researchers should have a research degree e.g. PhD, MD or the equivalent for non-UK countries OR, if an allied health professional, should have a post-graduate degree (PhD, mPhil or Masters degree) and/or demonstrate significant experience with trial procedures, conducting research and monitoring its progress.
  •  A single resubmission of previous MDUK grant application is allowed and should be indicated as such in the relevant field in the application form.



  •  Muscular Dystrophy UK welcomes applications that will have a benefit for individuals with any of the muscular dystrophies or related neuromuscular conditions. We are looking to support research across the breadth of conditions supported by the charity, and welcome applications for rare and ultra-rare conditions as well as the more common ones. Please refer to the list of conditions supported by Muscular Dystrophy UK.
  •  It is important for applicants to view their research strategically and explain how this proposed research fits with the charity’s Research Strategy in the relevant question in the application form.
  •  In the development of diagnostic tools, there must be clear evidence of the exploitation route and pathway to adoption.
  •  Research to develop animal models must demonstrate a clear route to a therapeutic application. We will only fund the creation and phenotyping of new animal models when there is no alternative available
  • Research projects collecting natural history data should be multi-centre and of sufficient duration and size to collect relevant and useful data. It is important that there is a harmonised approach across the field and applications should include international communication and/or collaboration. They should include multiple outcome measures (and where possible include multi-system measures) to be of maximum value to researchers and funders. The application should include a plan for financial sustainability in the longer term.
  •  Applicants looking for support for an infrastructure grant, such as a patient registry, please contact Muscular Dystrophy UK to discuss potential funding opportunities outside of the grant round.

Before applying, please also see our:

Grant FAQs

Research Strategy

-Terms and Conditions (project grant or PhD studentship)

-Guidance for completing the online application form (project grant or PhD studentship)

If you are unsure whether your research fits within our strategy and current criteria, please contact us on 020 7803 4812 or

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