Welcome to the researcher noticeboard. Here you can find information on the latest MND-related news, grant deadlines, awards and meetings. To receive updates on current grants, awards and events relating to MND straight into your inbox, you can subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter 'The Researcher'.
Grant deadlines and awards
See below for information on MND Association grant deadlines and other grants and awards available to MND/ALS researchers.
The award is granted annually to young researchers that investigate issues associated with ALS, particularly those dealing with the causes and treatment of this disease. Candidates must have relevant publications in scientific journals with a high impact factor, within the two-year period preceding the application.
The PG Prize includes:
1) A gold medal,
2) USD 10,000,
3) Free registration for the 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND,
4) Free registration for the ENCALS 2021 meeting.
Deadline for application: 30 August 2020
NC3Rs Training Fellowships support the development of promising early career researchers with less than 3 years’ post-doctoral experience at the time of applying (may also be final year PhD students), focusing on developing new skills and gaining a breadth of research experience.
Application form opens on 15 July 2020 and closes on 15 September 2020.
Closing date: 16 Sep 2020 16:00
Research should address gaps in our understanding of the causes, progression and treatment of human disease through experimental intervention, or challenge, in humans.
Researchers at eligible organisations can submit proposals for academically-led projects.
There will be an annual budget of £10million and we will support a range of award sizes
The Cullen Eduction and Research Fund has decided to promote research into aspects of muscle atrophy and loss of functionality associated with MND/ALS with a prestigious award and a prize of €1M. The €1 Million Cullen Education and Research Fund Prize aims to facilitate a more normal lifestyle for people with MND/ALS while - ideally - extending life expectancy.
Deadline for initial application - September 30th 2020
Full Submission Deadline - 31st December 2020
The Frick Foundation is looking for talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader. Two researchers will receive 100,000 Swiss francs each that can be used over 2 years.
Researchers of any nationality with 5 years of experience since completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI).
Applications can be sent by e-mail for the deadline of 30 September 2020.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites researchers to submit applications for support of clinical projects that address critical needs for clinical trial readiness in rare diseases. The initiative seeks applications that are intended to facilitate rare disease research by enabling efficient and effective movement of candidate therapeutics or diagnostics towards clinical trials, and to increase their likelihood of success through development and testing of rigorous biomarkers and clinical outcome assessment measures, or by defining the presentation and course of a rare disease to enable the design of upcoming clinical trials.
Applications are now invited with the next application due dates on 8 June 2020, 26 October 2020, 7 June 2021, 25 October 2021.
Events and meetings
See below for information on events that might be relevant to you.
The key to defeating MND lies in fostering strong collaboration between leading researchers around the world, and sharing new understanding of the disease as rapidly as possible. This was the MND Association’s rationale behind the creation of the International Symposium on ALS/MND.
Each year, the Symposium attracts around 1,000 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community. It is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to MND/ALS and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.
As a result of the continuing global uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s International Symposium on ALS/MND will be held virtually on Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 December 2020.
Registration for the event will open in August (exact date to be confirmed) and the fees will be substantially reduced to £45 for all attendees. Further information will be available on our Symposium website. Please save the date and we hope you will be able to join us.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic situation we have decided that we must postpone this event. This is not a decision we have made lightly, but we feel that we must safeguard the health of people affected by MND as a priority.
Location: The Exchange, Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook, Bedford
This year sees the launch of our Early Career Researcher Workshop & MND Conference, a two-day event set in the beautiful surroundings of Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire.
We want to recognise the important work being carried out by early career researchers who have chosen MND as their area of investigation. This event is for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers within five years of their PhD (career breaks will be taken into account). It will bring together the brightest minds in MND research with their peers, respected researchers, clinicians and scientists, and people living with or affected by MND, for two days of inspirational talks from keynote speakers and engaging activities.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
The European Network for the Cure of ALS (ENCALS) aims to develop a European trial network and initiate collaborations in Europe. Membership is open to Universities/Hospitals in Europe with ALS clinical/research activity.
Their next two-day meeting in 2020 will be held in the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall. Local organisers are Prof. Sharon Abrahams and Prof. Siddharthan Chandran on behalf of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research.
Hosted by St Christopher’s and King’s MND Care and Research Centre, this popular annual one day conference will focus on topics including clinical trials update and symptom update.
The conference is aimed at:
- dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists,
- clinical nurse specialists, community and district nurses and qualified care home staff
- social workers, counsellors, psychologists and chaplains/spiritual care providers
palliative care practitioners
- other professionals involved in the care of people with MND.
Abstract submission deadline: 14 May 2021
Early Registration Deadline: 16 July 16 2021
Building on the collaborative research and discussions that were at the center of the 2017 and 2019 meetings, the goal of this symposium is to explore the interface between the nervous and immune systems during development, homeostasis, and disease. The meeting will examine the mediators, mechanisms, and implications of neuro-immune crosstalk in the central and peripheral nervous systems. It will also cover emerging areas such as neuro-immune interactions in plasticity within the brain, complex social behaviors and cancers. This meeting will bring together researchers from across the fields of neuroscience and immunology to facilitate discussion of exciting new concepts and developments in both fields.
- Development, synapses, and behavior
- The Gut-Brain connection
- Infection and Inflammation
- Intestinal neuroimmune interactions
- Neuro-immune crosstalk in cancer