How to Apply

The Research Grant Program began in 1997 out of a desire to fund research toward diagnoses, treatments, and cures for mitochondrial disease. Since the program began, the UMDF has funded more than $13.5 million of research.

Click here for more information about UMDF grants, including revised grant critera.

Awarded funds are disbursed over the one, two, or three year life of the grant. Proposals are considered during a one-year grant cycle.

Click here for a complete list of funded research through 2013.

2015 Grant Cycle:

Please be advised the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation is working on improvements to the submission, review and administrative process for the UMDF Research Grants program. The improvements will enable us to increase the efficiency in the overall process, making it easier for applicants, reviewers and UMDF staff. We anticipate that the notices for LOI requests for the 2015 grant cycle will be emailed by early fall.   Thank you for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you!



The 2014 Grant Cycle is now CLOSED.

 In addition to our general grant categories, the UMDF and its Grant Review Committee would welcome applications toward the following new grant categories this year: 

·  Creatine project: Private funds are available for a worthy creatine-focused project, not to exceed $100,000. 

·  Small clinical study/project, not to exceed $25,000. Funding available for up to 4 worthy projects. Suggested topics may include diagnostic testing, natural history studies, imaging, genomic sequencing, novel mechanisms, tissue studies, etc.
Submit via the PI LOI Form. Small clinical grants are not available to post-doctoral fellows.

Please do not hesitate to contact the UMDF if you have any questions concerning these new grant categories. 

All grant applicants are now required to register with the UMDF online.
Click here to provide us with your information. In the “affected loved ones” box, put “grant applicant.”

Please note the following dates:

July 1, 2013 Grant cycle opens
September 13, 2013 Letters of Intent deadline
Early January 2014 LOI decision letters mailed; DO NOT contact UMDF for results
Mid-February 2014 Solicited proposals due
July 2014 Projects funded

If you have any questions, would like additional information or are unable to download the Letter of Intent, please contact Jean Bassett at 1-888-317-UMDF (8633) or email We look forward to receiving your Letter of Intent.