MND Australia

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Applications for the main 2022 MND Research Australia grants round have now closed. 

Applications for the Scott Sullivan MND Research Fellowship remain open. See below for details.

Please see below for details of the grant offerings for funding for 2022. Please read the application forms and guidelines carefully as there are some changes from previous years.

Please also note that we have now published our detailed review criteria that will be used to score the applications, as well as a “Relative to Opportunity” section detailing eligibility and scoring considerations for those with career disruptions and different career paths. These have been updated since the 2021 application round. 

We will be offering

  1. The Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research prize – this has been renamed from the Betty Laidlaw MND Research Prize in memory of Betty and John’s recent passing. It will provide $200,000 in total over 2 years. Applicants can apply for both a Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research prize and an Innovator Grant but will only be eligible to receive one award.
  2. Research Fellowships – three years of support at $100,000/yr, plus a one off payment of $50,000. The number of fellowships offered will depend on our final fundraising outcomes. Eligibility for post-doctoral fellowships has been extended from 3 years post-PhD to 5-years post-PhD. 
  3. Innovator Grants – one year of support up to $100,000. Only one Innovator Grant application will be permitted per Principal Investigator (applicants can be Co-Investigators on other applications). 
  4. PhD Scholarship Top-up Grants (applications for this grant will open later in the year).

Changes to the 2022 MNDRA Funding Round

Please read these changes carefully

  • Closing date for applications is Thursday 26th August 2021 at 6pm, not the last Friday in August as has been the case previously
  • 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 has been extended from 3 years post-PhD to 5-years post-PhD
  • For the Betty and John Laidlaw Prize, the scope has been expanded, from a focus on projects with a clear potential for effective treatments, to 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 2022.

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 June 2021):

MND Research Australia Grant Review Criteria and Relative to Opportunity Guidelines 2021

MND Research Australia Detailed Grant Score Criteria 2021

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. Please use the template forms below to complete your reports and submit via email to [email protected]

MND Research Australia progress report

MND Research Australia final 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. 

For 2022,  MNDRA will be working with MND and ME to offer the Scott Sullivan MND Research Fellowship.

The Scott Sullivan Research Fellowship aims to enhance the existing collaborations between the clinical and basic sciences of MND Research in Queensland. The successful candidate will have a strong record of achievement in the neurosciences, especially in the areas of translational research - experience in areas such as molecular genetics, biomedical sciences, and/or clinical translation may also be an advantage. The person will work closely with the Queensland MND Community and is a vital link between the MND and Me Foundation, those impacted by MND and the Queensland MND Research fraternity.

  • Please note the Fellowship is only open to those currently or planning to undertake their research in Queensland.
  • The Fellowship is directed towards early and mid-career scientists who wish to assume independent leadership roles. The award is intended to support a fellow who is not yet a group leader to take on a group leadership role
  • Applicants must have less than twelve years research experience post higher degree.

Applications close at 6:00pm AEST Thursday 23rd September 2021.

Please note these documents were updated on 8 September to reflect the FTE requirements of this grant. 

Guidelines

Cover sheet and application form 

The Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research Prize aims to reward an outstanding *mid-career researcher with a demonstrated background of excellence in neuroscience research. The Prize will be a grant of up to $200,000 for an innovative and collaborative two-year project to advance the understanding, treatment and care of **classical MND. 

*Mid-career researcher for the purpose of this grant is defined as a person with a PhD or equivalent research doctorate who, at 30 June 2021, has at least five years but no more than 12 years postdoctoral research experience from the date their doctoral thesis was passed.
**Classical MND includes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) & bulbar palsies (progressive bulbar palsy and pseudobulbar palsy), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) and primary lateral sclerosis (PLS).

NB: A power calculation is not needed as part of this application. 

Definition of forms of MND supported by MNDRA

Applicants: Mid-career neuroscience researchers working in Australia. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status.
Grant: Up to $200,000 over two years
Deadline: Applications for this grant have now closed. 

Application downloads (updated 23/06/2021)
Guidelines
Cover sheet and application form

 

Three-year Fellowships that aim to encourage young researchers to focus their interest on ALS/MND.

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 Australian citizens or have permanent resident status.
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: Applications for this grant have now closed. 

‚ÄčApplication downloads (updated 23/06/2021)
Guidelines
Cover sheet and application form 

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 for one year commencing in the calendar year 2022. 

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 Australian citizens or have permanent resident status.
Grant: Up to $100,000 for one year
Deadline: Applications for this grant have now closed. 

‚ÄčApplication downloads (updated 23/06/2021)
Guidelines
Cover sheet and application form 

The PhD Scholarship Top-up Grant is awarded as an incentive to an outstanding PhD student. The grant will provide a $5,000 per annum stipend for a PhD candidate.

Applicants: PhD students who have been awarded a full PhD scholarship for biomedical or public health research in motor neurone disease. The applicant must be an Australian citizen or Australian resident. The applicant has not received PhD top-up funding from other sources.
Grant: Up to 3 years.
Deadline: Applications for grants commencing in 2022 have not yet opened.

Application downloads (please note that these have not yet been updated for grants commencing in 2022)
Guidelines
Cover sheet and application form