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Mar 1, 2022

Our Call for Research Proposals 2022 is open!

Applications to our 11th Call for Research Proposals (2022) are now invited.

Principal Investigators and post-doctoral researchers are invited to submit proposals for research projects into spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Priority will be given to those that address one of the following topics:

  • Spinal and muscle regeneration
  • SMN-independent pathways relevant to SMA and/or combinatorial therapies for SMA
  • Treatments for patients with milder forms of SMA that might not be as amenable to SMN-restoration therapies
  • The contribution of nutrition to SMA
  • Key functions and roles of SMN protein at different times of development and/or in different cells, tissues and organs
  • Biomarkers that provide readouts on the success (or otherwise) of SMN-restoring therapies in SMA
  • New and improved pre-clinical animal models of SMA
  • The contribution of novel, emerging phenotypes (neuronal and systemic) following SMN restoration in SMA patients and/or animal models


Indicative timeline

  • 1st March 2022 – Launch of Call 11
  • 13th April 2022 – Deadline for applications
  • 1st May 2022 – Eligibility evaluations
  • June – July 2022 – External evaluations
  • August 2022 – Internal evaluations
  • October / November tbc – Meeting of our Scientific Advisory Board
  • November – Feedback to applicants


The application deadline is 13th April 2022, 12:00pm (CET).

For additional information, please contact Vanessa Christie-Brown, our Research Programme Manager.