Over a 20 year period, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation has invested ~$10 million into academic research grants that support scientific inquiries related to mitochondrial disease. We are very proud of that track record, and the UMDF Grant Program remains the cornerstone of the Foundation’s commitment to advancing research toward the development of treatments and cures for mitochondrial disease.
As we push into our third decade of existence, much has changed in terms of scientific knowledge in this space as well as the role that foundations such as UMDF play in the therapeutic development process. Our feeling is that a new landscape calls for a fresh approach toward scientific investment.
We want to be thoughtful in developing new funding mechanisms and, unfortunately, that is not possible if we are concurrently running an open grant cycle. We have therefore decided to delay the start of the 2017 UMDF Grant Program until further notice. UMDF remains fully committed to making scientific investments in 2017.
We will communicate updates when appropriate. Thank you in advance for your patience.