Apply for funding

The MND Association is a world leader in funding cutting-edge MND research and facilitating international research collaboration. Find out about the research grants we offer and how these are selected below.

Types of grants

The MND Association supports five different types of grants. Find out more about each scheme and how and when you can apply for funding below.

Grant deadlines

See below for upcoming grant opening and deadline dates.

Grant type Applications accepted Deadline for applications
Biomedical Research projects 2020-21 applications round: special arrangements, please see above.
PhD Studentships mid-March 2021 30 April 2021
Non-Clinical Research Fellowships mid-March 2021 30 April 2021
MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships 12 February 2021 7 April 2021
MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowships 12 February 2021 7 April 2021
MRC Senior Clinical Fellowships 1 March 2021 21 April 2021

How do we fund research?

Funding for biomedical research is awarded by way of three types of grant: Biomedical project grants, PhD studentships and Non-Clinical Fellowships. All interested applicants are first required to submit a summary application, and successful candidates are then invited to submit a full application. This is reviewed by external peer reviewers and internally by the Biomedical Research Advisory Panel (BRAP). The highest scoring applications are then recommended to the Board of Trustees for a final decision. For a more detailed explanation of the process read our Biomedical Research Governance Overview.

Applications for Healthcare Project Grants are also subject to external peer review and discussion by the Healthcare Research Advisory Panel (HRAP) and Board of Trustees.  Please also see the Healthcare Governance Overview for more information.


Statements and policies on research

Research funded by the MND Association is guided by our terms and conditions. Terms and conditions of each type of grant can be found within their dedicated section.

We also have a number of statements on research including research involving animals, stem cells, unproven treatments and our research knowledge strategy.

Open access

Grantees of awards are mandated to make their peer reviewed papers directly arising from the grant available through open access. We work with Europe PMC in making our research papers available open-access. To apply for open-access funding, please see below.

For more information please email us at or phone on 01604 611873.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262