Mid-Career Grants

The foundation offers mid-career grants intended as seed money to help launch exploratory and high-risk, high-reward research into muscle and nerve disorders by mid-career or established researchers. Applications should directly relate to a muscle and nerve disorder covered by the AANEM.

Mid-Career/Established Investigator Research Grant Award



  • Exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
  • High risk high reward studies that may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or result in novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models or applications that will impact biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.
  • Require a high degree of innovation.
  • Project overlap, whether scientific, budgetary, or commitment of an individual's effort greater than 100 percent, is not permitted.

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.


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).
  • Have a minimum of eight years of post-degree experience at the time of application.
  • Be a member of a research team at an appropriate institution.
  • Be qualified to conduct a program as 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.

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 Instructions, Application - 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 foundation@neuromuscularfoundation.org.

Review Process

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