Attracting Promising Research – Calling for Project Grant Applications

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Autumn is fast approaching which means it’s time to open our online summary application form for our next round of research grant applications.

This round is for project grant applications. The deadline for summary applications is Friday 2 November 2012.

Reaching out for researchers

We currently fund ground breaking projects in a number of would class research institutes in Edinburgh, London, Oxford, Sheffield, Cardiff and New York, among others. This flexible approach allows us to fund the best and most promising research regardless of geographical location.

Good researchers are fundamental to good research and developing the MND research workforce, nationally and internationally, is a key element of our Research Strategy.

Getting the best of the best

As with all of the research projects funded by the MND Association, our rigorous application process allows us to ensure we only fund projects of the highest quality and of direct relevance to MND.

The way that we fund research starts with a summary application, which is a concise outline of the proposed project. After the deadline date has passed a decision is made as to whether the summary is relevant to MND and that the project will help us to move toward the aims set out in our Research Strategy. If the summary doesn’t fit, it’s rejected. If all criteria are met, the summary is reviewed by our Biomedical Research Advisory Panel (BRAP).

The reviewer’s comments and scores are then assessed using a two thirds majority rule. Each reviewer scores the summary application. A score under 50 is classed as unsuitable for funding, if it’s over 50 then the applicant is invited to submit a full application.

We hope this year holds yet another exciting round of project grant applications!

More information:

Apply now for an MND Association research project grant.

Find out  how we fund research.

Find out what research we fund.

The MND Association’s vision is a world free from MND. Realising this vision means investing more in research, further developing partnerships with the research community, funding bodies and industry, while ensuring that advances in understanding and treating MND are communicated as quickly and effectively as possible. Our Research Development team, composed of 11 members, work hard to achieve this. Principally, the Research Information team within this are involved in communication activities including this MND Research blog.