Not-for-profit and philanthropic funders - MS Research Australia

Not-for-profit and philanthropic funders

Name Description Relevant Grants Timing
Brain Foundation The Brain Foundation is dedicated to funding Australia-wide clinical research into neurological disorders, brain disease, and brain injuries. Research programs are open nationally and include general project support in the form of grants-in-aid, in fields of key research priority. The Foundation also offers people support for one Neurology trainee and one Neurosurgery trainee. Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant-in-aid in priority areas, varies yearly
People Support:
  • Fellowship for Neurology trainee and Neurosurgery trainee
Annual funding round June
BUPA Health Foundation The BUPA Health Foundation is committed to improving the health of the Australian community and ensuring the sustainability of affordable healthcare. The Emerging Health Researcher Award recognises the valuable contribution of emerging health researchers to health outcomes for all Australians. The Foundation funds innovative replicable interventions and projects that empower people to prevent or better manage health conditions, and empower people to use health education and engagement to tackle health risk factors and promote healthy lifestyle habits. People Support:
  • Emerging Health Researcher Award
Project or Infrastructure
  • Foundation Grants Program
Annual funding round August/September
CASS Foundation The CASS Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation, established to support and promote the advancement of education, science and medicine, and research and practice in those fields. The CASS Foundation provides annual grants for research and development in science and medicine in Victoria. The travel awards program is open nationally and provides support for early career researchers to attend international conferences, with two application rounds each year. People Support:
  • Travel Awards
Project or Infrastructure
  • Medicine/Science Grants
Annual round of Project grants, biannual travel awards
Equity Trustees Equity Trustees manage over 400 charitable trusts for scientific research, children’s charities, and many other causes. The Trustees administer a range of granting schemes including the William Buckland Foundation Grants (Victoria), the Hazel Peat Perpetual Trust, as well as Fellowship opportunities such as the Queensland Medical Research PhD Scholarship, the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Clinical Investigatorship, and the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Senior Research Fellowship (see more below).  Project or Infrastructure:
  • William Buckland Foundation Grants (Victoria)
  • Harold and Cora Brennan Trust (Victoria)
  • Hazel Peat Perpetual Trust (Victoria)
People Support:
  • Queensland Medical Research PhD Scholarship
  • Viertel Clinical investigatorship (see more below)
  • Viertel Senior Research Fellowship (see more below)
Annual funding round (varied)
Financial Markets for Children Foundation The Financial Markets Foundation for Children receives both corporate and individual donations to fund research programs and a wide range of other projects designed specifically to promote and improve the health, welfare and well-being of Australian children. The Foundation has allocated in excess of $17 million to over 220 projects. Grant applications are considered via an Expression of Interest process and are generally awarded for one or two years. The Foundation intends these grants to support pilot studies to encourage subsequent competitive grant applications. Project or Infrastructure
  • Project Grants
Annual funding round
Ian Potter Foundation The Ian Potter Foundation prioritises funding for innovative programs that enhance the lives of people with disability or chronic illness and promote the health of the community. Grants are awarded to promote research and development in public health and preventative medicine initiatives aimed at improving the health of the Australian community. Programs offered include Project Grants for Medical Research and Health & Disability, as well as Travel Awards for early career researchers. People Support:
  • Travel Awards
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grants
Annual funding round
MS Research Australia MS Research Australia is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding and coordinating MS research. The organisation offers a wide range of grants, fellowships and scholarships to support research into finding better treatments, triggers, and a cure for MS. Funding includes both investigator-driven applications and collaborative platform funding. In addition to major project grants and salary support in form of scholarships and fellowships, MS Research Australia also funds one-year Incubator Grants that provide seed funds for new projects. See more on our How we Fund Research page. People Support:
  • Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Vacation Scholarship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Research Fellowship
  • TRIP Fellowship
  • Travel Award
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant
  • Incubator Grant
Annual funding round - biannual incubator round April/May
Neurological Foundation of New Zealand The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to progress research so that significant advances can be made in the prevention and cure of neurological disorders. The organisation offers a wide range of grants, fellowships, and scholarships to support research to alleviate suffering from diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system. People Support:
  • Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Summer Studentship
  • Chapman (Clinical) Research Fellowship
  • Repatriation Fellowship
  • Senior Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Travel Grant (existing grantees only)
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant
  • Small Project Grant
Annual funding round (varied)
New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust The New Zealand MS Research Trust has been established to stimulate, coordinate and support New Zealand-based research into the cause, prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of MS, and to obtain and disseminate research findings. The Trust was newly established in 2015, and at the time of writing had not yet published a grants portfolio. Newly established trust – grants portfolio not yet  available. Not yet available
Perpetual Trust Perpetual Trust distributed more than $83 million in the 2014 financial year on behalf of the charitable trusts and endowments that they manage. Non-profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants through their annual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program. The grants generally range between $10,000 and $100,000 per year. National organisations can submit up to three applications in total. Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant awarded to organisations
Annual funding round (varied)
Ramaciotti Foundation The Ramaciotti Foundations are collectively one of the largest private contributors to biomedical research in Australia, and have granted almost $55 million to research projects since 1970. They contribute to individual investigators and organisations via three categories of grants in biomedical research, including the biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, and the annual Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research and Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants. People Support:
  • Biomedical Research Award
  • Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Health Investment Grant
Biennial funding round for Research Award Other awards annual
Rebecca L. Cooper Foundation The Rebecca L Cooper Foundation prioritises areas of medical research that are not widely funded by other funding bodies, and currently supports six areas of medical research including brain sciences (Psychiatry and Neurology) and vision sciences. The Foundation awards grants for purchasing of equipment and consumables, as well as the Al and Val Rosenstrauss Research Fellowship. One highly scoring grant applicant is awarded a PhD Scholarship to support a student under their supervision. People Support:
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Postgraduate Scholarship
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant
Annual funding round September
Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation Established to alleviate hardship for people suffering chronic illness, the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation offers a Senior Medical Research Fellowship and a Clinical Investigatorship. The Fellowship is intended to provide both salary and project grant funding for mid-career researchers. The Clinical Investigatorship aims to assist the balance between the investigator’s research and clinical position.
  • Clinical investigatorship
  • Senior Research Fellowship
Annual funding round April
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