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.

New Award conditions introduced for 2017

  • 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: Applications closed for 2017

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.

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-$70,000 per annum for up to 3 years

Deadline: Applications closed for 2017.

Important Note: In order to increase your chances of funding please also consider applying for a NHMRC Early Career or Career Development award (There is no automatic routeing 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 $250,000 per annum 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: 22 May 2017 (including receipt of external referee letters)

MS Research Australia-NHMRC TRIP Fellowship

Aim: MS Research Australia partners with the NHMRC to offer this Fellowship to health care professionals working towards the provision of evidence-based treatment and care of people with MS. NHMRC TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals (e.g. medical specialists, general practitioners, public health practitioners, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives, radiologists, and other allied health providers), health care personnel (health service managers, hospital department leaders, clinical trial managers) health systems and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.

Funding Details: This two-year part-time Fellowship provides the opportunity to undertake a practical project and to develop a leadership role in the uptake and implementation of evidence in the care and treatment of MS.

Eligibility: Applicants should refer to the TRIP Fellowship Funding Rules for eligibility requirements. Eligible applicants should select MS Research Australia co-funding in their NHMRC application.

Funding limit: Salary support of $66,455 pa (based on $132,911/annum FTE); and $20,000 pa for the professional development in leadership and implementation science training allowance. In addition, the successful candidate may receive up to $30,000/annum project support and/or up to $20,000/annum for salary ‘top-up’ from MS Research Australia through NHMRC.

Deadline: Application through NHMRC only. Closing date 31 May 2017.

Important Note: Changes have recently been made to this scheme and prospective applicants are advised to visit the NHMRC TRIP Fellowship website for further information and to review the funding rules and application guidelines. Note applications MUST be submitted to the NHMRC only.

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

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 2017.

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 – $30,000 per annum for up to three years.

Deadline: Applications close 28 July 2017.

Important note: Applicants are encouraged to also apply for MS Research Australia – NHMRC 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 / Betty Cuthbert 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: Applications close 28 July 2017.

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: Round 1 – Applications closed for 2017

Deadline: Round 2 – Applications close 14 July 2017

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: Applications close 29 September 2017

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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