Research & Grants

Research Grants

The RLS Foundation will beging reviewing proposals for projects that promote research to understand RLS. For this new round of funding, the primary research priorities are:

  • Brain iron homeostasis: Elucidate the genetic/epigenetic, developmental, and biological factors that contribute to RLS-relevant alterations in brain iron homeostasis.
  • Comorbidities: Elucidate the interactions between RLS and comorbid disorders, such as cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea.
  • Non-pharmacologic treatments: Elucidate benefits of non-pharmacological treatments of RLS. Examples include, but are not limited to, transcranial or spinal magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, cognitive behavioral therapy, intermittent compression of the leg.
  • Other topics: Other research areas accepted for funding consideration.

RLS Foundation Research Grant Policies and Application Procedures.

Support the Success of the RLS Research Grant Program

Thanks to generous donations from individuals in the RLS community, the Foundation has funded nearly $2 million in competitive research grants for the study of RLS since 1997.

Every donation makes a real difference in our understanding of the disease, leading us one step closer to a cure. Consider making a donation to the RLS Foundation research program today!


Please read about our most recent grantees and the exciting research that supporters like you have made possible! We THANK YOU!