If your research grant application questions are not answered in the FAQs below, please get in touch at researchgrants@musculardystrophyuk.org. Please also check our guidance for applicants and grant funding process for more information.

The remit is to increase ‘understanding of the underlying causes of disease, develop potential treatments and improve the quality of life of people living with neuromuscular conditions’. Please refer to our Research Strategy for more information.

Anyone interested in applying for a grant should refer to the information on the call(s) for that year; these will be posted on our apply now Details of our grant rounds are generally announced in the Autumn. If you would like to be notified of upcoming calls you can contact the Research Team to be added to our circulation list (researchgrants@musculardystrophyuk.org). Applications are made online through our secure online application system.

  • Funding is available for those undertaking research in all disciplines relating to conditions which fall within the remit of Muscular Dystrophy UK conditions. 

Principle applicants must hold a contract which extends beyond the duration of the proposed grant period at an Institution approved by Muscular Dystrophy UK. We are only able to fund research within the UK at the present time, although international collaborations are encouraged. Any exceptions to this will be made known when the grant call(s) are announced – please check the apply now page for more information.
  • 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.

Muscular Dystrophy UK employs a strict international peer review system to ensure that the research we fund is of the highest quality. Muscular Dystrophy UK also utilises an expert committee – the Medical Research Committee – and a panel of people directly or indirectly affected by muscle wasting conditions- the Lay Research Panel- which both sit annually. At the scientific meeting, each member, including two lay research panel representatives, grades applications and the average score for each application is calculated. Funding decisions are made based on the average score of each application and charity’s strategic priorities given the available budget. Read more about our funding process.

  • The types of award being offered may change each year depending upon the priorities of the charity. In the 2020 Grant Round PhD studentships, Project grants and Proof of Principle grants are available. More information can be found on the ‘apply now’ page.
  • If you are looking for support for an infrastructure grant, such as a patient registry, please contact us to discuss potential funding opportunities outside of the Grant Round.
  • If you are interested in applying for a Clinical Research Training Fellowship, please note this can only be done through a joint funding schemes with the Medical Research Council and doctoral fellowships through a joint funding scheme with the National Institute for Health Research. Please contact us for more information.

There is only one application round per year. The number of grants funded each year varies, depending on the amount of free monies available for the year and on the cost of the grants being considered. Muscular Dystrophy UK endeavours to fund as many projects as possible in order to maximise the potential of the grant portfolio.

From 2017 to 2019 the average success rate of grant applications was approximately one in four.

Yes. Muscular Dystrophy UK does not limit the number of grants held by any individual. However, each applicant can only submit up to one application per grant type in a Grant Round. Multiple applications for the same grant type will not be accepted.

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.

One resubmission of a previous Muscular Dystrophy UK grant application is allowed to the Grant Round. This should be indicated, along with the amendments to the original application, in the relevant field on the application form.

We do not cover recruitment costs. These should be covered by the employing institution/university.

Muscular Dystrophy UK does not pay for maternity leave or sick pay. This is the responsibility of the employing institution.

Due to limited funding, Muscular Dystrophy UK does not provide funding for travel to and attendance at conferences.

  • From 1 October 2018 additional requirements are in place for funding clinical research. For all clinical research that needs Health Research Authority (HRA) approval (refer to criteria for HRA approval), a Schedule of Events Costs Attribution Template (SoECAT) will need to be completed, approved and submitted with the grant application.You will need the assistance of a local AcoRD specialist to complete and approve the SoECAT form (find your local AcoRD specialist) before including the approved form in your grant application to us. See more information here.
  • We strongly recommend you contact your local AcoRD specialist as soon as you know you are planning a piece of clinical research, to allow sufficient time for completion and approval of SoECAT before the grant application deadline.

Once the applications have been sent out for peer review, the referee reports are sent to the applicant for comment. The applicant has one week to respond, and the response is considered at the meeting of the Medical Research Committee along with the reviewers’ comments, the full application and the comments of the Lay Research Panel.

  • Project and proof of principle grants should start within six months of the award date.
  • Start dates of awarded PhD studentships for the 2020 Grant Round are for entry no later than October 2021. If it is anticipated that the start date will be October 2021, given the proposed delay in the start of the studentship, applicants should articulate how the project will adapt to possible changes in the field in the interim.
  • It is important that the Senior Grants Manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK is consulted with regards to changes in the start date of the grant. As soon as you know that the start date is changing, please contact us at researchgrants@musculardystrophyuk.org

Muscular Dystrophy UK requires that an ‘End of Project’ report be submitted within two months of termination of the grant. This is specified within the Terms and Conditions of the grant and thus non-compliance may result in payment being withheld. This may also affect the Principal Investigators chances of obtaining another grant from Muscular Dystrophy UK.

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