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The ODC MDBR Pilot Grant Program provides a one‐year grant to support research related to a rare disease represented in the 2023 Million Dollar Bike Ride. Number of awards and dollar amounts vary per disease based on fundraising totals by each disease team.
This RFA is open globally. International applicants are invited to apply. All individuals holding a faculty‐level appointment at an academic institution or a senior scientific position at a non-profit institution or foundation are eligible to respond to this RFA.
 This one-page LOI is due no later than Friday, October 6, 2023 by 8pm (EST).


The MDBR Grant Program is a confidential process and all content of the LOIs and Full Applications will be kept confidential by the ODC; our expert reviewers sign a CDA in advance of the review process. In order to encourage sharing of new techniques and findings to advance science, after funding decisions are made, the ODC will share a non-confidential lay summary of the research proposals received (required with your letter of intent), including those that were not funded, with each participating funding organization upon request.

Please review the RFA Guidelines before submitting your LOI.  

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.