Our Call for Research Projects

Call Number 12

Our 12th call for research projects is now closed

SMA Europe launches Calls for SMA Research Proposals every other year.

Currently, we do not accept additional research projects as that the selection process is now ongoing.

This new Call for SMA research projects is open to research proposals that address the needs of people who live with SMA and demonstrate a clear pathway to impacting those in the short or longer term. In particular, priority will be given to projects concentrating on the following areas: 

  1. Reviving the motor unit in patients with SMA with a specific interest for the role of NMJ (dys)function (including skeletal muscle and development/developmental vulnerability of motor neurons in the spinal cord/brain stem).
  2. Biomarkers within and beyond the neuromuscular system.
  3. How metabolism is affected in SMA and how this might influence peripheral organs.

SMA Europe strives for earlier diagnosis, effective treatments and optimal care for people who live with SMA. We do this by elevating the patient’s voice, by empowering member organisations to advocate and campaign at a national level and through harnessing that network to advance research and influence stakeholders at European level.

For Researchers

Scientific Advisory Board

We are supported by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), composed of neuroscientists and neurologists with particular expertise in spinal muscular atrophy research, our Research Programme Manager and AFM’s Manager of International Scientific Affairs. The SAB identifies current and future priorities and through reviewing our grant applications, ensure that only the best science is funded.


The Call

SMA therapy research
Fundemental research
Outcome measures


Since 2008, SMA Europe has funded or committed to fund €5,478,424 to SMA research through its Call for Research Proposals.


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