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Applications for 2021 MND Research Australia grants are now open. Please read on for general information and for application forms and guidelines. Please note that there have been some changes to the grants structure for 2021. 

General Grant Statement
As we are all aware, 2020 has seen unprecedented disruption to society in general. For MNDRA this has meant a significant impact on our fundraising activities with many events cancelled and economic strains placed upon many of our donors. This means we will be offering less Innovator Grants than in previous years. In recognition of the disruption that researchers have experienced we will also be offering “Bridge-Funding Grants” for 2021 to enable researchers to supplement salary for previously funded grants where progress has been disrupted by COVID-19.

Please see below for details of the grant offerings for funding for 2021. 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.

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 will not be permitted to apply for both a Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research Prize and a Bridge-Funding grant for their 2020 project. 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. The number of fellowships offered will depend on our final fundraising outcomes.
  3. MNDRA Bridge-funding Grant - This will be provided on a case-by-case basis through an application form. Funding will support up to 4-months of salary for any position detailed in the original grant budget for grants funded for 2020. Other costs will not be covered except in extenuating circumstances (such as critical mouse experiments). Applicants will not be eligible to apply for 2021 Innovator Grant or Betty and John Laidlaw Research Prize funding given they should be focussing on finishing up their delayed 2020 projects.
  4. 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). Applicants will not be permitted to apply for both a new Innovator Grant and a Bridge-Funding grant for their 2020 project.
  5. PhD Scholarship Top-up Grants – these will be announced early 2021 as in previous years.
Grant Review Criteria
We have updated our grant review criteria to be more closely aligned with that used by the NMHRC.

Please click on the links below:
MND Research Australia Grant Review Criteria and Relative to Opportunity Guidelines
MND Research Australia Detailed Grant Score Criteria

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.

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

Grant

Description

Application details

The Betty and John Laidlaw MND Research Prize 2021 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 is for an innovative 2-year project to advance the understanding of **classical MND with a clear potential for effective treatments. It aims to support research commencing in the calendar year 2021.

*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 2020, 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
Friday 28 August, by 6pm. 

Application downloads
(updated 20/08/2020)

Postdoctoral research fellowships (2021 – 2023)

The 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 three 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.

Deadline
Friday 28 August, by 6pm. 

Application downloads
(updated 03/07/2020)

MNDRA Bridge-funding Grant Bridge-funding grants are being offered in 2021 to assist 2020-funded researchers to finish up their projects.

They will be provided on a case-by-case basis through an application form. Funding will support up to 4-months of salary for any position detailed in the original grant budget for grants funded for 2020.
Applicants
Researchers who have been funded by MND Research Australia in 2020, and whose projects have been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Grant
Up to 4 months of salary. 

Deadline
Friday 28 August, by 6pm. 

Application downloads: 
(updated 03/07/2020)
Innovator Grants 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 2021. 

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
Friday 28 August, by 6pm. 

Application downloads
(updated 03/07/2020)

PhD Top-up Grant 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 2021 will open late in 2020.  

Application downloads (these forms are for the 2020 round, and will be updated later in 2020). 

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