Application details

Researchers working in Australia in fields that are relevant to motor neurone disease (MND) are invited to apply for funding to support research commencing in the calendar year 2017.  

MNDRIA research grants are listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register. This enables universities receiving grants from MNDRIA to receive additional funds from the Australian Government Research Block Grants which contribute to infrastructure costs associated with the funded research projects. All MNDRIA research grants (except travel grants and student scholarships) are eligible.

 


 Grants-in-aid for research into MND

The MND Research Institute of Australia regards its role as one of providing seed-funding for research that is innovative and having a clear relationship to the causes, treatments and cures of MND or the support of people living with MND.  Accordingly, the majority of funds available through the Institute are for grants-in-aid of MND research in Australia.
2017 will be an exciting year for MND research in Australia, providing support to drive research in the quest for providing the best possible outcomes for people with MND. 
 

Application for grants-in-aid
Proposals should be written so that:
  • The aims of the research are clear to the MND Australia Research Committee
  • The aims are relevant to the development of an understanding of the causes, treatments or cures of MND.  Causes, treatments and cures will be interpreted broadly and may include proposals studying palliative care and the epidemiology of the disease
  • The hypotheses on which the research is based are explained in terms of the current theories about the causes, treatments or cures of MND
  • The people who will be doing the research are identified:
    1. By their role in the research, and
    2. By a brief (no longer than two A4 pages) but adequate CV for each person (including the principal investigator). Selected publications included in the CV should be restricted to the past five years.  This list should not include publications 'in preparation' or 'submitted'.
  • The proposal is brief (maximum four pages) and to the point
  • The reference list is no longer than two pages
  • Adequate justification is provided for the requested funding (no more than one page).  Please note that grant awards must be used to cover direct costs of the project and may not be used for indirect or overhead costs. If part of the funding is requested to support travel to the International Symposium on ALS/MND, this must not exceed $4,000.
  • Other proposed sources of funding to support the project are disclosed

If the applicant is named as an investigator on other proposals for MNDRIA funding for 2016, list the project title and principal investigator for those other applications.

If the applicant has received previous funding from MNDRIA in the past five years, reports on this previously funded work must be sent with the current application.

Researchers should not apply if they are unable to provide a financial acquittal for previously funded work before 30 June 2016.

For all grants-in-aid except the Cunningham Collaboration Grant and the Cure for MND Collaborative Initiative, applicants are asked to complete this application form and save in Word or PDF format (do not scan). Font must be at least 10 pt and the completed file must not exceed 1 MB in size. The proposal should be forwarded by email to Janet Nash, Executive Director Research, at research@mndaust.asn.au.  

Applications will close 6.00pm EST on Friday 26 August 2016. 

Successful applicants will be expected to publish their findings in an appropriate professional journal and to provide six-monthly progress reports during the year. Brief lay reports are also required for inclusion in the Research Institute’s website and newsletter which provide feedback to the MND Associations and their members, people with MND, carers, and donors who provide the funds.

 

MND Travel Grants

Susie Harris Travel Fellowship

This grant of up to $15,000 is funded by the Susie Harris Memorial Fund in memory of the late Susie Harris.  It  will provide funds for attendance at the 27th International Symposium on ALS/MND in Dublin, Ireland in 7–9 December 2016 in addition to investigating and establishing collaborative projects with ALS/MND researchers. Application details and cover sheet.

Applications closed 6 pm EST 31st January 2016.
Applications should be sent by email to Janet Nash, Executive Director Research, at research@mndaust.asn.au.

Jenny and Graham Lang Collaboration Travel Grant 

This grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support travel and associated costs in 2016 for a postdoctoral fellow or final year PhD student to investigate and establish a collaborative project with other ALS/MND researchers. This may include a period working in a research facility overseas and can be combined with other grants.

The recipient must prepare a report to MND Victoria on the impact of the funding and the outcomes of their travel.  The Jenny and Graham Lang Collaboration Travel Grant must be recognises as a funder of the travel in all publications and reports.

Applications for the Jenny and Graham Lang Collaboration Travel Grant should include:

  • Brief description of the proposed collaborative project.
    • Briefly describe the overall aims and expected outcomes and also explain how the collaborative research might provide benefit and improve our understanding of MND.
  • Proposed dates for the travel.
  • Budget outlining the costs to be covered by this grant (maximum $10,000).
    • This can include travel and associated costs but cannot include salary.
  • Short CV (no more than 2 pages) for the applicant.
  • Letters from the applicant’s institution and the host institution confirming their agreement to provide time/space for this project
  • Completed cover sheet.
Applications closed 6 pm EST 31st January 2016. 
Applications should be sent by email to Janet Nash, Executive Director Research, at research@mndaust.asn.au.

For more information contact Janet Nash, Executive Director Research by email research@mndaust.asn.au


 

MNDRIA PhD Scholarship Top-up Grant (2016 – 2018)

This grant is an incentive for an outstanding PhD student with a top-up for the stipend provided by their University.  One PhD top-up grant (up to three years) will be offered for a PhD student who has been awarded a University PhD scholarship for biomedical or public health research in motor neurone disease. This grant will provide a $5,000 per annum stipend for the PhD candidate and $5,000 per annum project costs for the Principal Supervisor. 
 
Application for PhD Scholarship top-up grant

Applications closed 31st January 2016 

Final proposals should include:

1. Aims of project
List the specific aims and potential significance of the project. State clearly which hypotheses are to be tested. The aims of the research must be clear to the Institute’s Research Committee and relevant to the development of an understanding of the causes, treatments or cures of MND.

2. Background and research plan (maximum two A4 pages)

3. Curriculum vitae of applicant (maximum two A4 pages)

4. Reports from two academic referees must be provided before the deadline.

5. Completed cover sheet, which is to be attached to grant application.
 

Applications closed 6 pm EST 31st January 2016. 

The successful applicant will be expected to provide six-monthly progress reports for inclusion in the MND Research Institute’s web site and newsletters. A full report is required at the end of the funding period.


 

NHMRC/MNDRIA Co-funded Postgraduate Scholarship (2016 – 2018) 

One postgraduate PhD scholarship (three years) will be offered commencing in January 2016. Application must be made through NHMRC

NHMRC applications closed on 24 June, 2015. 

The NHMRC/MNDRIA PhD Scholarship for biomedical or public health research in MND is offered through the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and will be funded jointly by the MND Research Institute of Australia and NHMRC. 

The outcome of applications will be determined by NHMRC by December 2015.


 

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (2017 – 2019)

The Postdoctoral Fellowships of the MND Research Institute of Australia aim to encourage young researchers to focus their interest on MND. 
 
Postdoctoral Fellowships are directed towards postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to MND. Salary for a full-time research fellow will be funded at $100,000 p.a. for a period of up to three years.

The MND Research Institute invites applications for these prestigious research Fellowships for motor neurone disease research in Australia.
  • The Fellowship is directed towards postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to motor neurone disease.
  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residential status.
  • At 26 August 2016, applicants must have no more than three years research experience from the date their doctoral thesis was passed.
  • Applicants who will submit their completed doctoral thesis before the end of 2016 will be considered, but the Fellowship cannot be taken up by the applicant until the thesis has been passed.
  • The Fellowship can commence on 1 January 2017 and must commence before 1 July 2017.
A full-time salary will be funded at $100,000 per year for a maximum period of three years.

Application requirements

Applications should include a detailed research plan for a full-time three-year project (which will be relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND), a full curriculum vitae, including the names of three academic referees who must provide reports before the deadline, and a covering letter from a sponsoring institution confirming that laboratory space and consumables will be provided for the project.

Funding decisions will be made by the MND Australia Research Committee at a Grants Allocation Meeting. The successful applicant will be notified after this meeting.

Proposals should include:

1. Aims of project
In less than one page list the specific aims and potential significance of the project. State clearly which hypotheses are to be tested. The aims of the research must be clear to the Institute’s Research Committee and relevant to the development of an understanding of the causes, treatments or cures of MND.

2. Background and research plan

3. Curriculum vitae


4. Referees
Provide the names of three academic referees who must provide reports (sent to Janet Nash at research@mndaust.asn.au) before the deadline.

5. Name of institution where the work will be carried out
State in which department and which institution this project will primarily be carried out. A covering letter from a sponsoring institution confirming that laboratory space and consumables will be provided for the project is required.

6. Completed cover sheet
Interested applicants are asked to complete this cover sheet and attach it to their
grant application.

Applications close on 6:00pm Friday 26 August 2016. Proposals are to be forwarded to Janet Nash, Executive Officer Research by email to research@mndaust.asn.au Please ensure the application is forwarded in Word or pdf format (do not scan) and its size is limited to a maximum of 1 MB. Font size must be at least 10 pt.

The successful applicant will be expected to publish their findings in an appropriate professional journal and to provide six-monthly progress reports for inclusion in the Research Institute’s web site and newsletter to members, patients, carers, the MND Associations and others who provide the funds. A full scientific report is required at the end of the funding period.

 

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