External MS funding opportunities - MS Research Australia

External MS funding opportunities

Many funding opportunities exist for Australian researchers to apply for financial support. These fall into broad categories including government funding, private and philanthropic funding, and international funding opportunities.

MS Research Australia and the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

MS Research Australia has a partnership with the NHMRC that provides the opportunity for top-up funding for outstanding NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants and Postgraduate Scholars. To be considered for top-up funding, Fellowship and Scholarship applications must be submitted to both organisations.

For more information please visit the following pages and follow the links to the ‘Co-Funding Partners’ information documents:

An application will only be considered for co-funding or top-up funding if both the NHMRC and MS Research Australia grant review panels rank the applications as fundable. Applicants are also encouraged to apply to the National MS Society of the USA (NMSS) where there is also a potential to consider co-funding.

There is no automatic routing between NHMRC, NMSS and MS Research Australia. Therefore, MS Research Australia recommends that applicants increase their chances of funding by applying to all organisations where appropriate.

Please note that the NHMRC applications close BEFORE MS Research Australia closing dates.

MS International Federation Funding

The MS International Federation (MSIF) offers funding for a range of activities. This includes the international Du Pre Grants offered to young researchers and the International Progressive MS Alliance for research into progressive forms of MS. For full information on the range of funding that is available and the closing dates please see the MSIF website.

Competitive Grants Register

The MS Research Australia funding scheme is listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (Project Grants, Incubator Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships qualify for category one funding, however Scholarships do not). Income that Universities receive from ACGR listed schemes drives the allocation of government Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG) and other block grant schemes for research and research training. These infrastructure grants maintain and strengthen Australia’s knowledge base and research capabilities by developing an effective research and research training system.


MS Research Australia is always looking for partnering opportunities to increase the funding for MS research.

The Trish MS Research Foundation and CharityWorks for MS all work with MS Research Australia and allocate funds or co-fund ‘fundable’ MS research. For MS Research Australia this means that we can increase the amount of funding and researchers concentrating on MS research.

If your organisation would like to explore co-sponsoring MS research, contact us on 1300 356 467.

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