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.

The Betty Laidlaw MND Research Prize 

The Betty 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 $250,000 for an innovative 12-month project to advance the understanding of classical** MND with a clear potential for effective treatments. The applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent Australian residential status.

*Mid-career researcher for the purpose of this grant is defined as a person with a PhD or equivalent research doctorate who, at 30 September 2016, has at least five years but no more than 10 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).

The objectives of the Betty Laidlaw MND Research Prize are:

  • To enable an exceptional mid-career scientist to become established as a leader in the field of MND research
  • To initiate a scientific research project which provides new insight into the mechanisms involved in classical motor neurone disease
  • To discover pathways that have potential to lead to effective treatments for MND
  • To participate in the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston USA in December 2017.

Applications should include:
1. Research proposal for a 12-month project 
2. References
3. Curriculum vitae
4. Budget outline
5. Name(s) of institution(s) where the work will be carried out.

Download application form here.

Applications close 5.00pm EST on Friday 30 September 2016. 



 Grants-in-aid for research into MND

The MND Research Institute of Australia predominantly funds grants-in-aid to seed innovative projects. 2017 will be an exciting year for MND research in Australia, providing support to drive research in the quest for the best possible outcomes for people with MND. This year, MNDRIA will provide support for grants-in-aid in three key strategic areas (i) basic scientific research (ii) translational research and (iii) health care research (including social research).

Knowledge creation through research underpins improvements in intervention and health service delivery. Research can be fundamental in nature, known as 'basic research' or it can be 'applied research' directly addressing clinical problems or how health services are provided. Translational research can be defined as the translation of basic research into clinical research and includes i) developing treatments and interventions ii) testing the effectiveness of treatments. Health care research impacts upon patient care as well as translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Each of these "bench to bedside" research categories are vital components of the research pipeline.
 
MNDRIA grants-in-aid are offered with a maximum value of $100,000 for a twelve-month project.
The grants-in-aid will include the following named grants sponsored by major donors:

Alma Grace Holt MND Research Grant for basic scientific research relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND.

Benalla Act to d'feet MND Research Grant for research into the cause, treatment or cure of MND in basic or applied science. Part of the funding must be used to attend and present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston, USA 8-10 Dec 2017.

Dr Paul Brock MND NSW Research Grant for research relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND.

Fat Rabbit MND Research Grant for research that aims to facilitate development of a treatment for sporadic MND.
 
Graham Lang Memorial MND Research Grant for applied research into MND, including social research. Part of the funding must be used to attend and present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston,USA 8-10 December 2017

Jenny Simko MND Research Grant for applied research into MND, including social research. Part of the funding must be used to attend and present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston, USA 8-10 December 2017.

Mavis Gallienne MND Victoria Research Grant for applied research into MND, including social research. Part of the funding must be used to attend and present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston, USA 8-10 December 2017.
 
Mick Rodger MND Research Grant for research into the cause, treatment or cure of MND in basic or applied science. Part of the funding must be used to attend and present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston, USA 8-10 December 2017.

MND & Me Foundation Research Grant for research that aims to facilitate development of a treatment for sporadic MND.

MonSTaR Foundation MND Research Grant for basic scientific research relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND. Read more about the MonSTaR Foundation.

Peter Stearne Familial MND Research Grant for a project investigating familial MND.

Stanford Family MND Research Grants for basic scientific research relevant to the cause, treatment or cure of MND.

Application for grants-in-aid
Proposals should be written so that:
  • The aims of the research are clear to the MNDRIA 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.

The applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status. If the applicant is named as an investigator on other proposals for MNDRIA funding for 2017, 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 2017.

For all grants-in-aid 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.

 



MNDRIA POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS (2017 – 2019)

The Bill Gole MND Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Beryl Bayley MND Postdoctoral Fellowship aim to encourage young researchers to focus their interest on MND.  The fellowships are directed towards postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to ALS/MND. 

The MND Research Institute of Australia invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship for ALS/MND research in Australia.
  • The Bill Gole MND Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Beryl Bayley MND Postdoctoral Fellowship are directed towards postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to ALS/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 applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident 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.
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 ALS/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 MNDRIA Research Committee at a Grants Allocation Meeting on 20 October 2016. 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 6.00pm EST on Friday 26 August 2016. Proposals are to be forwarded to Janet Nash, Executive Director 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.
 
 

NHMRC/MNDRIA CO-FUNDED POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (2017 – 2019) 

One postgraduate PhD scholarship (three years) will be offered commencing in January 2017. Applications must be made through NHMRC.

NHMRC applications closed on 29 June 2016.

The NHMRC/MNDRIA PhD Scholarship for biomedical or public health research in MND is offered thorugh the National Health and Medcial 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 the NHMRC by December 2016.

 


 

MNDRIA PHD SCHOLARSHIP TOP-UP GRANT (2017 – 2019)

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. The applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status.
 
Application for PhD Scholarship top-up grant

Applications will close 6.00pm EST on Friday 27 January 2017. 

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.

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.

 


MND TRAVEL GRANT

Susie Harris Travel Fellowship 

This Fellowship of up to $10,000 is funded by the Susie Harris Memorial Fund, in memory of the late Susie Harris. It provides funds for attendance at the 2017 International Symposium on ALS/MND, in addition to visiting a laboratory, hospital or care centre for training in new techniques, knowledge or conduct of collaborative research valuable for motor neurone disease. The Fellowship aims to promote overseas activities that will enhance the quality of services, management or research for people living with motor neurone disease. The applicant must be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status. Application details and cover sheet.
 
Applications close 6.00pm EST on Friday 27 January 2017 and should be sent by email to Janet Nash, Executive Director Research, at research@mndaust.asn.au.


 

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