Development Grants

The American Neuromuscular Foundation offers development grants intended as seed money to help launch research into muscle and nerve disorders by promising new researchers. Research that addresses quality issues is encouraged. Applications should directly relate to a muscle and nerve disorder covered by the AANEM.

Development Grant Benefits

  • Up to $50,000 for up to 2 years. Total award $100,000 including indirect costs.
  • Complimentary AANEM Annual Meeting registration in the year the research is presented. This travel award does not need to be included in the grant application. It is paid above in the $50,000 award.
  • Complimentary AANEM membership during funding


To be eligible for a development grant, applicants must:
  • Hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Science (DSc), or equivalent degree (eg. DO);
  • Be a member of a research team at an appropriate institution;
  • Be qualified to conduct a program of original research under the supervision of an Independent Investigator;
  • Have an acceptable research plan for a specific muscle and nerve disease listed
  • Have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project;
  • Have a minimum of eighteen (18) months of post-degree research laboratory training at the time of application;
  • For PhD or DSc applicants: Be engaged in post-doctoral fellowship or be no more than 60 months from receiving their PhD
  • For MD or DO applicants: Be engaged in a residency or fellowship, or be no more than 60 months from completion of their residency or fellowship.

Application Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent: January 10
  • Application: February 21
  • Notification: April 5
  • Funding begins: July 1

Application Submission

Applicants should use the following Submission InstructionsApplication - Part A, and Research Proposal - Part B, to begin the application process. Completed documents must be sent to the American Neuromuscular Foundation via email at

Development Grant FAQs

Review Process

All applications are reviewed by the Foundation Research Committee. Recommendations are brought to the Foundation Board for approval.