Annual Funding Opportunities - MS Research Australia

Annual Funding Opportunities

21 March, 2017

MS Research Australia offers a range of project grants, fellowships and scholarships to support research relevant to multiple sclerosis. Although eligibility requirements and conditions differ between awards, all applications must have a direct link to advancing our knowledge of MS and/or the treatment or management of multiple sclerosis. Applications will only be consider if they clearly demonstrate a direct relationship with MS.


  1. MS Research Australia has moved its application submission process to an online Grant Portal. All applications to MS Research Australia must now be made through the portal. Your unique grant number will automatically be assigned once you start your application.
  2. Applicants may only be named on three applications in 2017 and only one as a CIA.
  3. Maximum funding limits have been set for grants and stipends. See below.
  4. Please contact Heather Cato on 08 9389 9680 or 04 0144 6843 if you have any queries.
MS Research Australia Grant Type 2017 Opening date 2017 Closing date 2017 NHMRC closing date 2017 Funding limits
Incubator Grant Round 1 Closed Closed for 2017 Less than $25,000
Project Grant April 01 April 28 Various Maximum request $250,000
Postdoctoral Fellowship April 01 April 28 Various Stipend $40-$70,000 per annum for up to 3 years
NHMRC/MS Research Australia TRIP Fellowship NHMRC website only NHMRC website only May 31. TBC According to application
Incubator Grant Round 2 June 16 July 14 Less than $25,000
Postgraduate Scholarship June 30 July 28 Stipend $20-$30,000 per annum for up to 3 years
Ian Ballard Travel Grant September 01 September 29 According to application
The following grants will be unavailable in 2017
Junior Practitioner Fellowship Not available in 2017
Senior Research Fellowship Not available in 2017
Senior Practitioner Fellowship Not available in 2017
Vacation Scholarship Not available in 2017
Please apply through the online grants portal:

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

MS Research Australia & 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 Early Career Fellows and Postgraduate Scholars. MS Research Australia also partners with the NHMRC to co-fund Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships with relevance to MS. To be considered for top-up funding, Fellowship and Scholarship applications must be submitted to both organisations. Application for the TRIP Fellowship is only through the NHMRC.

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. For NHMRC closing dates please see here.

MS Research Resource Portal

For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities, see the MS Research Resource Landscape.

MS International Federation Funding

The MS International Federation offers a range of funding opportunities. This includes the international fellowships offered to young researchers. For full information on the range of funding that is available and the closing dates please see the MSIF website.

International Progressive MS Alliance

Funding opportunities are also available through the International Progress MS Alliance for research into progressive forms of MS. MS Research Australia is a managing member of the International Progressive MS Alliance.

Australian 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.

Funding partners

Grass-roots fundraising organisations such as the Trish MS Research Foundation, CharityWorks for MS and others, work with MS Research Australia to utilise our robust grant review process and allocate funds to, or co-fund, fundable MS research projects.

For MS Research Australia this means that we can increase the amount of funding and researchers working on curing MS.

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


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