Types of grants - MS Research Australia

MS Research Australia offers a range of grants, including Project, Fellowships, Scholarships and Travel Awards to support and accelerate research into finding better treatments and a cure for MS. Whilst eligibility requirements and conditions differ between awards, all applications must have a direct link to advancing our knowledge of MS.

Please note application rules

  • All grant applications to MS Research Australia must be submitted through our online Grant Portal system. A unique grant application number will be automatically generated upon commencing the application process.
  • Applicants may only be named on three applications within any one grant year and only once as the CIA.
  • Maximum funding limits have been set for grants and stipends, see specific award conditions.
  • Each award eligibility requirements and conditions are different, see specific award conditions.

Note: to be eligible for NHMRC funding, or for MS Research Australia-NHMRC top-up funding, you must also submit a separate application to the NHMRC (see below for further information and here for NHMRC closing dates).

Projects

MS Research Australia Project Grants

Aim: These projects require fully developed proposals for research in the MS field.

Funding Details: Grants-in-aid are typically awarded for up to three years and may cover salaries and/or project costs and consumables.

Eligibility: Successful applicants for this award will need to have strong experience in MS research. Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Maximum request $250,000.

Deadline: Please refer to funding opportunities page here.

Important Note: Please also consider applying to NHMRC and NMSS. You must submit separate applications to other funding bodies, there is no automatic routing of applications between funding bodies.

Trish MS Research Foundation – MS Research Australia Translational Research Grants

Aim: To facilitate translational pre-clinical and clinical research by a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team working on a project with a clearly articulated pathway to clinical application.

Funding Details: Up to two 3-year project grants of up to $350,000 may be funded. Eligible expenditure includes salaries, laboratory consumables, clinical assessments, and patient costs.

Eligibility: 

  • Applications must meet the funding rules of the MS Research Australia grant rounds.
  • Applications will need to include at least one collaborator with a strong track record in MS research and/or the clinical management of MS, and the collaborative team will need to demonstrate the required multi-disciplinary expertise to complete all elements of the study.
  • Applications involving commercial partners, where relevant, are encouraged.
  • Applications involving investigators from other disease fields are encouraged.
  • Project Grants must demonstrate direct relevance for the prevention and/or reversal of disability in MS and demonstrate a clear, feasible pathway for clinical implementation.

Funding limit: Up to $350,000, for 3 years.

More information: View the briefing document in the ‘Resources’ section of the  Online Application Portal

Conditions and Expectations: Successful applications will be required to accept and adhere to MS Research Australia’s standard conditions of the award. In addition, the successful applications will be expected to provide written and verbal (as required) updates for the Trish MS Research Foundation and MS Research Australia and may be called upon to participate in additional public engagement activities with the Trish MS Research Foundation and MS Research Australia.

Fellowships

MS Research Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship

Aim: The MS Research Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship provides salary support for early career researchers working in the field of MS.

Funding Details: The duration of the MS Research Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship is typically three years.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens undertaking research at an Australian research institution. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD within the last 6 years (consideration will also be given to final year PhD students).

Funding limit: Stipend $40-$70,000pa for up to 3 years.

Deadline: please refer to the funding opportunities page here.

Important Note: In order to increase your chances of funding please also consider applying for a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants. (There is no automatic routing of applications between funding bodies).

Macquarie Group Foundation Paired Senior Research Fellow/Practitioner Fellow Program

Aim: To facilitate cutting-edge clinical research by funding a Senior Research Fellow and research time for a Practitioner Fellow to collaborate on a shared program of research that will accelerate translation of research outcomes into clinical practice. Within the 3-year period of the grant, identify or validate at least one intervention that will significantly improve the lives of people with MS and demonstrate significant progress towards clinical translation and/or implementation of an intervention.

Funding details: This grant provides a full time salary for a senior research fellow and part-time salary for a clinician researcher.

Eligibility: See details in the online grants portal.

Funding limit: Overall maximum total of pro-rated $250,000pa for 3 years. Typically with split of up to $143,000 for the Senior Research Fellow full-time, and up to $100,000 Clinical Practitioner Fellow part-time.

Deadline: Not available in 2019.

MS Research Australia – NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants

Aim: MS Research Australia partners with the NHMRC to offer this grant to researchers who are ≤10 years post-PhD or equivalent on 1 March of the application year. Investigator Grants provide the highest-performing researchers with funding for their salary (if required) and a research support package for five years. These grants will provide the investigator with flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, rather than being restricted to the scope of a specific research project.

Funding details: Up to two awards may be awarded per year. Recipients of the MS Research Australia Fellowship Awards will be outstanding early to mid-career researchers with a demonstrated commitment and track record in MS research in the areas of biomedical, clinical or allied health research. They will be focused on increasing our understanding of the causes, symptoms or management of MS.

Eligibility: To support early and mid-career researchers entering the scheme. The Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants will be limited to those who are ≤10 years post-PhD or equivalent on 1 March in the year of application.

Funding Limit:

Emerging Leadership 1 (EL1)

  • Salary support of $75,738pa and a research support package of $50,000pa. In addition, the successful candidate may receive top-up funding of up to $10,000 – $15,000pa (commitment of $50,000 – $75,000 over five years) to be applied to research support or salary from MS Research Australia through the NHMRC.

Emerging Leadership 2 (EL2)

  • Salary support of $107,750pa and a research support package of $200,000pa. In addition, the successful candidate may receive top-up funding of up to $20,000pa (commitment of $100,000 over five years) to be applied to research support or salary from MS Research Australia through the NHMRC.

Deadline: 6 February 2019.

NHMRC Application form (login to the RGMS portal at: www.nhmrc.gov.au).

Note: To be eligible for MS Research Australia-NHMRC top-up funding, you must submit an application to BOTH organisations, for our Postdoctoral Fellowship and a separate application to the NHMRC (as there is no automatic routing between organisations).

Scholarships

MS Research Australia Vacation Scholarships

Aim: These scholarships are granted to undergraduate students of an Australian University. It is expected that the successful applicants will work on a research project supervised and managed by an established MS researcher. Please email for assistance in contacting research supervisors.

Funding Details: The scholarship is for salary over a 10 week period undertaken during semester breaks.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduates at an Australian university or medical institute and be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand.

Funding limit: Maximum request $10,000.

Deadline: Not available in 2019.

MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarships

Aim: These scholarships are granted to students who plan to undertake a PhD or are currently undertaking a PhD at an Australian university, working in the field of MS.

Funding Details:

Eligibility: Applicants will have completed or entered into an Australian Honours program at the time of application and be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. Residency criteria must be satisfied. Refer to application form for details.

Funding limit: Stipend $20,000 – $30,000pa for up to three years.

Deadline: please refer to the funding opportunities page here.

Important note: Applicants are encouraged to also apply for MS Research Australia – NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship in order to maximise the chances of receiving funding. Please note there is no automatic routeing of applications between MS Research Australia and the NHMRC and separate applications are necessary. If you complete a MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarship application form, you will also automatically be considered for a Trish MS Research Foundation Scholarship, MS Research Australia will liaise with the Trish MS Research Foundation if your application is successful.

Trish MS Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Aim: These scholarships are granted to students who plan to undertake a PhD or are currently undertaking a PhD at an Australian university, working in the field of MS.

Funding Details: MS Research Australia will advise the Trish MS Research Foundation on the best candidates. 

Eligibility: Applicants will have completed or entered into an Australian Honours program at the time of application. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand and be a part of an Australian Postgraduate program.

Funding limit: Maximum $30,000 per year for up to three years.

Deadline: please refer to the funding opportunities page here.

Important Note: All MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarship applicants will automatically be considered for a Trish MS Research Foundation Scholarship, MS Research Australia will liaise with the Trish MS Research Foundation if your application is successful.

Incubator

Incubator Grant application

Aim: Incubator grants provide seed funding for the early stages of innovative new research efforts, with the aim of generating preliminary data needed to support future grant applications.

Funding Details: The research is expected to be completed within a year from the date that the grant is awarded. There are two rounds of Incubator applications. Assessment of incubator applications is an expedited process with a shorter turn around than major grant applications. Successful grants from Round 1 will commence funding in the second half of the same year.

Eligibility: Applicants must have research experience. Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Less than $25,000.

Deadline: please refer to the funding opportunities page here.

Travel

Ian Ballard Travel Award

Aim: Ian Ballard Travel Awards are intended to enable recipients to undertake an international travel tour with the aim of extending and collaborating on their MS research specialty.

Funding Details:  Travel is expected to be completed within one year of award.

Eligibility: This award is specifically for MS researchers. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand.

Funding Limit: Maximum $25,000.

Deadline: please refer to the funding opportunities page here.

Ian Ballard

Ian Ballard was an inspirational person with MS who valued the importance of research into multiple sclerosis. He encouraged a group of like-minded people to start fundraising via various means. In November 2005, Foundation 5 Million (F5M) was launched in Sydney, with the idea that if 2,500 people with MS and their families and friends could raise $2,000 each, we could rapidly raise $5 million to fund MS research.

With Ian’s unique personality and leadership, the F5M membership continued to increase as awareness grew throughout the Australian MS community. From street collections, trivia nights, golf days and garage sales, the income began to add up.

Unfortunately Ian passed away from a heart attack in 2008 before he could see F5M achieve its goal of raising $5 million in 2011. It was decided to honour Ian’s superb efforts by offering a Travel Award to an Australian researcher to travel abroad to enhance their training and grow international collaborations. Even without Ian’s presence many of the original F5M group and a growing band of new members are still inspired by his wisdom and continue to ‘Race Towards A Cure’.

Before applying for any of the Grant funding awards listed above, please read the MS Research Australia funding process document, the conditions of award document and the sample peer review document below.

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