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 next research grants round will be for Non-Clinical Fellowships and PhD studentships (Biomedical and Healthcare).
We will start accepting summary applications on 13 March 2020, with a deadline of 1 May 2020.
The BMA Foundation for Medical Research provides approximately £900,000 of research funding annually, this year across 13 different grants. Details of the 2020 grants available can be viewed in the poster below or on the BMA Foundation website here. Including the Vera Down grant (£65,000) for research into neurological disorders, and the Lift into Research grant (up to £20,000) to support early stage researchers with innovative ideas at their inception that may progress to an application for funding to support a research project.
Applications for the 2020 grant round are now open on the BMA Foundation website – www.bmafoundationmr.org.uk The deadline for applications is 6 March 2020.
Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research. All grants are funded by generous donations made to the BMA Foundation.
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Have you published a piece of outstanding research with 3Rs impacts in the last three years? Wherever you are in the world, you can apply for our 2019 3Rs Prize, sponsored by GSK and worth a total of £30k.
Submit your application by 4pm (GMT) on Friday 6 March.
Research Grant Awards (Project & PhD) aim to stimulate and increase high quality research projects into MND. Grants will be awarded for a limited duration up to a maximum of three years.
- Applications for MND Scotland Research Project Awards should not exceed £75,000 per annum and £225,000 in total.
- PhD studentships will be awarded up to a maximum of £25,000 per annum (£75,000 in total over three years).
Prospective researchers associated with UK institutions should submit an application by Friday 27th March 2020 (midday close).
Researchers working in areas relevant to improving the translation of, or progressing the development of potential therapies for MND are invited to apply for funding to support research projects commencing in 2020. Grant schemes include: Clinical Trial Grants, Drug Development Grants, IMPACT grants.
Full applications required by 1 April 2020
The International Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.
Prize money: US $25,000
Entry deadline for the 2020 Prize: 15 June 2020
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.
The goal of the foundation is to provide research grants for the study of the understanding of the basic causes of the disease. These awards are not directed to clinically related projects for patient care. There is no geographical limitation to the recipients of these grants. Investigators active in ALS research or in broadly related fields are encouraged to submit proposals relevant to ALS.
Applications can be sent by e-mail before the deadline: 30 June 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.
Meetings and awards
See below for information on events that might be relevant to you.
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.
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. The 31st International Symposium will take place in Montreal, Canada on 9 - 11 December 2020.