Research Grants2019-02-22T14:21:10+00:00

Research Grants

For more than 20 years, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation has been the largest non-governmental funder of research focused on the development of treatments and cures for mitochondrial disease.  In that time, through the hard work and dedication of our patients, their families, and donors, UMDF has enabled nearly $12 million in scientific research that demonstrably advanced the knowledge and understanding of mitochondrial biology while also seeding follow-on funding in excess of $100 million.

Roadmap Project focused on Leigh’s Syndrome

Listen to Beth Whitehouse, UMDF’s Director of Development, as she introduces exciting information on our multi-year, international collaboration focused on Leigh’s syndrome.    Beth is joined by UMDF’s Science and Alliance Officer, Philip Yeske, PhD and Dr. Bruce Cohen, Leigh’s Syndrome Project Chair who will provide updates on the International Steering Committee and plans for funding mechanisms and projects focused on improved diagnosis, therapeutic development and optimized patient care.

2019 Cycle of the UMDF Research Grant Program
The program opens on Monday, January 21, 2019 and will remain open until March 15, 2019 at 5PM east.

The following are key highlights of the current cycle:

  • Prize structure
    • A single award will be made in May 2019 in 3 categories: Postdoctoral Fellow, Young Principal Investigator, Experienced Principal InvestigatorTotal funding of 350,000 USD with fixed budget amounts:
      • accelerator Prize (Postdoctoral Fellowship) – 50,000 USD for up to two years
      • Early Stage Investigator Prize – 100,00 USD for up to two years
      • Experienced Principal Investigator Prize – 200,000 USD for up to three years
  • Submission Process
    • Applicants will be invited to directly submit a Full Proposal- there will not be a Letter of Intent round
    • Applicants have 8 weeks to respond to the RFP

Peer Review, the hallmark of UMDF’s Research Grant Program for the past twenty years, will remain a critical component of the process.  The UMDF Scientific and Medical Advisory Board in conjunction with select external experts will assist the Foundation in making award selections.  In addition, a new post-peer review accelerators Program has been developed to involve the UMDF donor community in selecting the Postdoctoral Fellowship award (see below).

As per in previous cycles, all proposals will be created and submitted via our online portal.  The RFP is immediately available on the FluidReview link and is attached here.

acclerators Program

The accelerators program funds  innovative projects that move our community fast toward diagnosis, treatments and cures.  From the submitted projects, 3 to 5 finalists will be selected by the UMDF Grant Review Committee. Those selected will present their projects, with accompanying slides, at ‘The Big Pitch’.  The pitch will occur on Friday, June 28, 2019 during the opening session of the UMDF Symposium in Washington, D.C.   Donors who are accelerators will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the project they feel the most passionate about, and ultimately see the difference their contribution makes.  See more about the accelerators program here.

Grant Program Updates

The Science and Alliance Office will provide regular updates on the UMDF Research Grant Program.    For the latest information about the grant program, click here and add your name to our e-communications list.

Funded Projects