Research we fund

Our Current research portfolio*

grants in our research portfolio with a total value of approximately £20m
rearchers are involved in our research grants
was awarded to new research grants in 2022

The MND Association has over 30 years of experience identifying and funding the most promising MND research. We are a leader in the funding and promotion of cutting-edge MND research, both within the UK and across the world. All of the research projects that we fund have clear clinical relevance and/or therapeutic potential.

For the first time ever our total research portfolio has topped £20 million.*

*This information is correct as of 31 December 2022. Our research portfolio is the lifetime value of all our current and committed grants.

What projects do we fund?

Our research projects are categorised into the four themes shown below. Click on each of the four themes to find out more about the projects we are funding in each area.


We are a leader in the funding and promotion of cutting-edge MND research, both within the UK and across the world. All of the research projects that we fund have clear clinical relevance and/or therapeutic potential.

How do we decide what research we fund?

Decisions to award research grants are made following rigorous peer review and guidance from the MND Association’s Biomedical Research Advisory Panel (for biomedical and clinical research) and Healthcare Research Advisory Panel (for healthcare research). Peer review is essential in research and is used to ensure that all of the projects we fund are of the highest calibre and can realistically achieve the aims of the project.

What type of research do we fund?

  • Project grant
    Grant for up to 3 years. Allows an in-depth investigation of an area of biomedical or healthcare research.
  • PhD Studentship (Biomedical and Healthcare)
    Grant for up to 3 years. A cost-effective method that allows high calibre graduates to undertake PhD training in MND-related projects.
  • Small grant
    Grant of variable amounts for up to 4 years to facilitate the rapid follow-up of important new findings; small pump-priming grants are considered on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis.

The Lady Edith Wolfson Fellowship Programme

Our Lady Edith Wolfson Fellowship programme aims to attract and develop outstanding young clinicians wishing to pursue research into the pathogenesis and treatment of MND.

  • Clinical Research Fellowship
    Grant for up to 5 years. Jointly funded by the MND Association and Medical Research Council (MRC), these grants support clinicians wishing to pursue scientific research and aim to strengthen the links between laboratory and clinic.
  • Non-Clinical Fellowship
    Grant for up to 4 years. Aim to retain and develop early and mid-career MND researchers conducting biomedical or clinical research.

You can download the full 'Research we fund' document as a pdf below which includes more details of the grants we are currently funding. You can also download the 'Research awarded in 2022' document which includes information on the new research we awarded funding to last year.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

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