MND Pre-Fellowship Scheme

Up to 4 Pre-Fellowships are available as part of the new virtual MND Research Institute.

These Pre-Fellowships are designed to attract and retain early career researchers wanting to establish a career in MND translational research and become MND research leaders of the future. The intention is to bridge the pre-fellowship funding gap by providing the opportunity to obtain the pilot data required for securing a fellowship.

The MND Pre-Fellowship Scheme provides 12-18 months of “pump priming” funds to non-clinical and clinical researchers. It forms part of the objectives of the new virtual institute to train future leaders in MND research by providing funding and a collaborative research environment that encourages early career scientists to continue their training and careers in MND translational research.

Projects proposed for these Pre-Fellowships should align with the aim and objectives of the virtual institute which are to accelerate the discovery of effective therapies for MND by:

  • developing better tests to measure MND progression
  • improving MND registers so doctors can collect better data about the disease, and understand which patients are most likely to respond to a particular drug and therefore recommend them for the trials most likely to benefit them
  • supporting people to take part in clinical trials more easily
  • developing better and more robust laboratory tests to support a pipeline of potential therapeutic agents that could ultimately be used as MND treatments, and fast-track the most promising therapies to clinical trials

Pre-Fellowship proposals should promote collaboration with partners within the institute network, and can also include industry and charities (e.g. for science communication skills).

As part of these Pre-Fellowships, the researcher will participate in a buddy scheme between researchers and patients. This will allow fellows to understand the disease from the perspective of those affected. It also allows the people affected by MND to understand in more depth the work of the researcher. This mutual relationship will also aim to improve the fellow’s ability to communicate their research to a wider audience, not just their peers.

At the end of the scheme, candidates will be expected to prepare fellowship applications to the relevant funding bodies.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262