2023 MND Research Australia grants round are now open

Posted 5 August 2022

Closing Dates differ – see individual grants below

MND Research Australia (MNDRA) supports high-quality research to discover the causes, improve care and find treatments and ultimately a cure for motor neuron disease (MND).

MNDRA is offering four types of grants in 2023.

Further information is available here.

Daniel McLoone $1 million Major Research Initiative (2023-26) 

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.

Daniel McLoone MND Research Prize (2023-24)

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.

Grant: Up to $500,000 over two years.

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

Postdoctoral research fellowships (2023-2025)

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.

Applicants: Postdoctoral scientists with a track record in areas of neuroscience related to MND and no more than five years postdoctoral research experience.

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.

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 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).

Grant: Up to $100,000 for one year.

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

For all grants, applicants must be 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. Please note that closing dates for applications do vary.

Further information is available here for all four grants.


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