DMRF Canada and The Banting Research Foundation - Funding New Dystonia Research

DMRF Canada is pleased to announce our continued support of the Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award Program for 2024.

The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award, supported by DMRF Canada, is a one-year grant of up to $30,000 per year that will support research related to the causes, mechanisms, prevention, and treatments which could potentially enable medical breakthroughs and transformative health care advances to find a cure for dystonia.

Eligible applicants must be in the first three years of an academic appointment at a university or research institute in Canada. 

Only applicants that submit a NOI by November 1, 2023, 9 pm (eastern) will be eligible to submit a full application. Deadline for this application January 24, 2024. The start-up funding limit is now increased to $200,000 (previously $150,000).

Eligible candidates must be focused on research that will address one or more of the core directions necessary to advance the field of dystonia.  These core directions include furthering our fundamental understanding of dystonia, uncovering the mechanisms in the nervous system that lead to symptoms, creating experimental models of dystonia, and discovering targets for new and improved therapeutics designed specifically to treat dystonia.  This includes hypothesis-driven research projects at the generic, molecular, cellular systems or behavioral levels that may lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology or to new therapies for any or all forms of dystonia.

For more details on criteria, funding requirements, guidelines and application instructions, click here

Learn About Our Previous Discovery Award Grant Recipients:

August 2022 - Luka Milosevic, PhD, Scientist, Clinical and Computational Neuroscience, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network; Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto.

August 2019 - Nicholas Strzalkowski, PhD. Department of Biology at Mount Royal University. 

June 2018 - Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD. Neurology, from the Hospital for Sick Children. 

Last update: Sep 2023