Applying for a grant
Within the field of SMA, we support a broad spectrum of research with the objective of finding therapies for all people living with SMA, in accordance with our research strategy.
We pride ourselves that the research we fund is both innovative and of a high standard as judged by rigorous peer review.
SMA Europe awards two types of research grants:
Operating grants are available to principal investigators who have the skills, knowledge and resources to carry out the proposed project and coordinate a multi-team project. A principal investigator:
- must be a professional or faculty member at an appropriate educational, medical or research institution or SME (small or medium enterprise) biotech and be qualified to conduct and supervise a programme of original research
- must have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project
- must hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science or equivalent degree
- must have a track record of collaboration with others.
Postdoctoral fellowships are available to applicants who:
- must be a member of a research team in the laboratory of a senior investigator under whose guidance the applicant will conduct the research project
- must hold a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science or equivalent degree and demonstrate an intended commitment to SMA research in the long term.
Applications are made online, via an application portal provided by one of our member organisations, AFM-Téléthon. A link will be provided when a Call is launched.
For detailed information on our application procedure, click the link below
SMA position on animal research
We respect that people have valid concerns about the use of animals in medical research. However, currently for anyone with a diagnosis of SMA, research with any real prospect of an effective treatment will involve the use of animals.
Whilst we do not directly carry out any research on animals, as an organisation, we support laboratory research projects, posts and activities.