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Grant deadlines, awards and job postings
See MND Association grant page or view other grants and awards available to MND/ALS researchers below.
ALS Finding a Cure Call for Proposals in Early Diagnostics
This grant looks to award proposals designed to encourage the identification of early diagnostic markers of ALS. Examples of approaches that might be supported include, but are not limited to:
- Digital diagnostics (including video-based)
- Imaging diagnostics
- Biosample-based diagnostics (fluid or tisue)
- Other diagnostic approaches (breath analysis, risk-factor analysis, cognitive/behavioural phenotyping, other modelling etc.)
Award: $500,000 (maximum over 3 years)
Deadline: 01 March 2023 (5pm US ET)
BMA Foundation – Vera Down grant for research into neurological disorders
Grant amount: £65,000
To assist research into neurological disorders.
Applicants must be registered medical practitioners in the UK and a member of the BMA.
The terms and conditions for the Vera Down grant are available now.
EU Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)
The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative has announced an €16.5 million transnational call inviting multi-national research teams to submit proposals for ambitious, innovative, multi-disciplinary and multi-national collaborative research projects that seek to improve the understanding of the complex and multifactorial pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases by applying multi-OMICs and Big data approaches to generate useful information for the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and drug discovery of neurodegenerative diseases.
Proposals submitted under this call must focus on one or several of the following neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and PD-related disorders, prion diseases, motor-neuron diseases, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxia and spinal muscular atrophy.
Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than 12:00 CET on 07 March 2023.
Frick Foundation for ALS research
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 2023.
Marie Curie Research Impact Fund
Marie Curie have opened applications to their research impact fund which is specifically for palliative and end of life care research. The fund is designed to support evidence-based research that could help to change current policy and practices. Applicants can apply for grants up to £10,000.
Application deadline: 16 January 2023
NIH – Clinical Trial Readiness for Rare Diseases, Disorders, and Syndromes
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 date on 15 May 2023.
NIHR - MND highlight notice
The NIHR is inviting research proposals that seek to develop the critical underlying infrastructure to accelerate progress in and learning from MND clinical trials.
Deadline dates vary depending on the NIHR Programme involved in the funding call.
Radala Foundation - Advanced Research Grants in ALS
The Radala Foundation is looking for established, leading principal investigators eligible for 200,000 CHF research funding to pursue a potentially ground-breaking, high-risk project for 2 years in basic research in ALS. One or two grants of 200,000 Swiss francs will be given each year.
Application deadline is on 30 June 2023.
MND Pre-Fellowship Scheme
The MND Pre-Fellowship scheme has been designed to attract and retain early career researchers who are 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 providing the opportunity to obtain the pilot data required for securing a fellowship.
The scheme provides 12-18 months of "pump priming" funds to non-clinical and clinical researchers. It also forms part of the objectives of the virtual MND Research Institute.
Application deadline: 31 March 2023
Please note: While MND Association are providing the funding for these Pre-Fellowships, MND Scotland will be administering this funding call. Please ensure all queries and completed applications are sent to email@example.com.
The Aisling Burnand Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship sponsored by LifeArc
The Aisling Burnand Daphne Jackson Research Fellowship aims to support talented researchers, who have taken a career break, to return to research. Applications are invited for the three-year part-time Fellowship focusing on Motor Neuron Disease or Chronic respiratory infections.
Deadline: 1 May 2023
Events and meetings
See below for information on events that might be relevant to you.
British Neuroscience Association: BNA2023
The British Neuroscience Association are hosting the BNA International Festival of Neuroscience which aims to bring together multiple organisations with an interest in neuroscience at a single, shared event. The meeting enables attendees to exchange ideas connect and develop meaningful relationships among like-minded peers, and interact with industry and community experts from the BNA and its partners.
23-26 April at The Brighton Centre, Brighton
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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.
The ENCALS meeting 2023 will be hosted in Barcelona from 11-14 July.
Local organizer is Prof. Mónica Povedano.
Marie Curie ' Improving End of Life for All' Research Conference 2023
The aim of the Marie Curie 'Improving End of Life for All' Research Conference is to share the latest research and evidence in palliative and end of life care to improve the end of life experience for all. It is hoped to inform and inspire attendees, to help change practice and shape future research.
New to this year’s conference are Spotlight sessions. These are one hour, bitesize sessions designed to shine a light on topics that have been highlighted to the organisers as areas of particular interest and importance in the sector. One of these sessions will be on neurological conditions, including motor neurone disease, which will take place on Thursday 9 February from 13:30-15:30. There will be a talk on:
- The DiAMoND decision aid: Supporting people living with motor neurone disease to make the difficult decision about having a gastrostomy tube with Dr Sally Wheelwright (University of Sussex) & Jennifer Bedford (Motor Neurone Disease Association)
Virtual - Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2023
UK Neuromuscular Translation Research Conference
The UK Neuromuscular Translational Research Conference is designed to promote and share cutting edge clinical and scientific advances in the neuromuscular field, and to encourage new research and collaborations.
29-30 March 2023 at the UCL Gosh ICH, London.
The Pan-Asian Consortium for Treatment and Research in ALS (PACTALS) will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 14-16 September 2023. A global line up of plenary speakers have been announced, including Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi from the UK.
Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2023
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