Research Funding Opportunities

DMRF Canada has encouraged and supported research related to the causes, mechanisms, prevention, and treatment of all forms of dystonia. The DMRF Canada’s major funding mechanism is based on requests for applications focusing on selected research areas, formulated after scientific meetings and workshops.

As it has done in the past, the DMRF Canada will remain open to new investigator-initiated ideas and approaches, which will be accepted throughout the year.  Opportunities will be posted throughout the year, along with information on guidelines and application deadlines.

Note: The Dystonia Coalition has resources that are easily accessible to the whole dystonia research community. These resources include educational materials, clinical data, video recordings of clinical exams, and DNA. To read more and access these resources through the Dystonia Coalition and Global Dystonia Registry visit


Current Funding Opportunities:

DMRF Canada and Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award - $30,000. Deadline for NOI: November1, 2023, 9 pm ET. If invited to submit a full proposal, applications will be due January 24, 2024.

DMRF (USA) accepting Letters of Intent for the below. Deadline for LOI: October 10, 2023. If invited to submit a full proposal, applications will be due November 20, 2023.
(1) CFA: Basic and Clinical Aspects of Dystonia - $95,000; and
(2) RFA: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - $65,000

Previous Funding Opportunities:

Dystonia Coalition - Career Development Program - (April 1, 2023)

Dystonia Coalition - Pilot Projects Program – (April 1, 2023)

6th Samuel Belzberg International Dystonia Symposium - Call for Abstracts - Deadline Extended: March 17, 2023

Travel stipends for fellows, trainees, and junior facultyDeadline Extended: February 20, 2023

DMRF Canada Clinical and Research Fellowship/Deadline for Applications: January 2, 2023

Department of Defense Peer Review Medical Research Program Funding Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2022

DMRF Canada & RDMM - Gene application proposals utilizing a model organism approach. Deadline May 31, 2022.

DMRF (USA) - Noninvasive Brain Modulation of Dystonia. LOI due April 25, 2022.

Click here for information on previously funded opportunities and research in Canada







Last update: Sep 2023