MND Australia

Apply for a research grant

Applications for the 2023 MND Research Australia grants round are now open. MNDRA is offering four types of grants in 2023, and closing dates for applications do vary. Please check this information carefully. 

The Daniel McLoone Major Research Initiative (MRI) aims to support an outstanding innovative and collaborative project that has the capacity to make a significant impact on Australian MND research. The grant will be for up to a total of $1M for a 4-year project.

Deadline: Thursday 29 September, 6pm AEST.

The Daniel McLoone MND Research Prize replaces the Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research Prize and is funded from a generous bequest from the estate of Daniel McLoone. This award aims to reward an outstanding mid-career researcher (5-12 years post PhD) with a demonstrated background of excellence in neuroscience research. The Prize will be a grant of up to $500,000 for an innovative and collaborative two-year project to advance the understanding, treatment and care of *classical MND. Applicants can apply for both a Daniel McLoone MND Research prize and an Innovator Grant but will only be eligible to receive one award.

*Classical MND includes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) & bulbar palsies (progressive bulbar palsy and pseudobulbar palsy), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) and primary lateral sclerosis (PLS).

Definition of forms of MND supported by MNDRA

Applicants: Mid-career neuroscience researchers working in Australia. Applicants must be an Australian citizen; have permanent resident status; be a citizen of NZ with Australian work rights; or be a foreign researcher with a work visa extending for a minimum of 12-months after the grant concludes (this is to maximise the opportunity to realise grant outcomes).
Grant: Up to $500,000 over two years

Deadline: Wednesday 31 August, 2022 at 6pm AEST. 

Application download  (updated 21/07/2022)

Three years of support at $100,000/year, plus a one off payment of $50,000. These fellowships aim to encourage young researchers to focus their interest on ALS/MND. The number of fellowships offered will depend on our final fundraising outcomes. 

Definition of forms of MND supported by MNDRA

Applicants: Postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to MND and no more than five years postdoctoral research experience. Applicants must be an Australian citizen; have permanent resident status; be a citizen of NZ with Australian work rights; or be a foreign researcher with a work visa extending for a minimum of 12-months after the grant concludes (this is to maximise the opportunity to realise grant outcomes).
Grant: Salary for a full-time research fellow will be funded at $100,000 p.a. for a period of up to three years, plus a one off payment of $50,000.
Deadline: Wednesday 31 August, 2022 at 6pm AEST. 

‚ÄčApplication downloads (updated 07/07/2022)

Funding for research that is innovative and has a clear relationship to the causes, treatments or cures of MND or the support of people living with MND. Innovator Grants support research of up to $100,00 for one year commencing in the calendar year 2023. Only one Innovator Grant application will be permitted per Principal Investigator (applicants can be Co-Investigators on other applications).

Definition of forms of MND supported by MNDRA

Applicants: MND researchers working in Australia in applied research or fields relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND. Applicants must be an Australian citizen; have permanent resident status; be a citizen of NZ with Australian work rights; or be a foreign researcher with a work visa extending for a minimum of 12-months after the grant concludes.
Grant: Up to $100,000 for one year
Deadline: Wednesday 31 August, 2022 at 6pm AEST. 

‚ÄčApplication downloads (updated 07/07/2022)

Changes to the eligibility criteria for the 2023 MNDRA Funding Round

We have expanded the eligibility criteria for applicants. Applicants must either:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have permanent resident status
  • be an New Zealand citizen or
  • be a foreign researcher with a work visa extending for a minimum of 12-months after the grant concludes (this is to maximise the opportunity to realise grant outcomes).

Additional changes to the 2023 MNDRA Funding Round 

  • The closing date for applications for the Daniel McLoone MND Research Prize (2023-24), postdoctoral research fellowships and Innovator grants is Wednesday 31st August 2022 at 6pm (AEST), not the last Friday in August as has been the case previously.
  • The closing date for the Daniel McLoone $1 million Major Research Initiative (2023-26) is Thursday 29 September, at 6pm (AEST). 
  • For all MNDRA research grants, proposals for work in any classical MND-related field will be considered from basic molecular biology to healthcare and social science.
  • Eligibility for post-doctoral fellowships is up to 5-years post-PhD.
  • For the Daniel McLoone Prize, the scope includes all proposals across the full spectrum of MND research.
  • If a proposed project, or one very similar, has already received funding or has funding forthcoming, this must be disclosed. The additional benefits of the MNDRA funding must be clearly articulated and need for the MNDRA funding justified.
  • For all applications, a clear vision of how this research can be utilised and/or a path to translation is required.
  • Make sure you use the correct forms i.e. for funding commencing 2023. The guideline documents have now been incorporated into the application form so only one document needs referring to. 

Grant Review Criteria

Our grant review criteria are now aligned with those used by the NHMRC, with appropriate adaptation for MND-specific research. 

Please click on the links below (documents updated July 2022):

MND Research Australia Grant Review Criteria and Relative to Opportunity Guidelines 2022

MND Research Australia Detailed Grant Score Criteria 2022

The relative to opportunity guidelines included in the above document provides detail and clarity around eligibility and reviewing considerations for career disruptions, different career paths and availability of resources.

MNDRA reporting requirements

MNDRA requires all funded researchers to submit six monthly progress reports and a final report and financial acquittal at the completion of a research project. Progress and final reports are now required to be submitted through the Researchfish platform. Please contact us at [email protected] if you require login details to submit a report. 

If you need to request an extension or variation to your project then please complete this form and send via email to the address above. 

N.B. Applications for 2023 PhD Scholarship Top-Up grants will open in early 2023.