Following the Advisory Committee meetings, MDA’s Research Department ranks the proposals by their overall scores. Proposals whose scores put them above the budgetary cut-off line are recommended to MDA’s Board of Directors for funding. Those below the line will not be offered support.
In recent years, approximately 25% of all proposals have been offered MDA funding. For applicants who don’t make the cut, it is a disappointing reality, but they are provided with detailed reviews as to how to improve their applications for future funding rounds. This system assures donors that their contributions will go only to the very best research, and to projects most likely to bring medical advances.
MDA’s research grant program does not target funding toward any specific disease or therapeutic strategy. The quality of the science in the submitted proposals is what drives the direction of funding toward any particular research area. To MDA, all of the more than forty neuromuscular diseases in our program are important. MDA supports the very best science that comes our way, regardless of where, among the diseases in our program, that science is focused.