Research Grant Awards

MND Scotland is calling on researchers to submit their proposals for funding consideration.

At MND Scotland, our vision is of a world without MND. The only way that this vision can be realised is through progress in MND research. That's why we are inviting researchers from across the UK to apply for our 2021 Research Grant Awards.

Our funding scheme, which aims to stimulate and increase high quality research projects into MND, is now open. Grants will be awarded for a limited duration up to a maximum of three years, and funding requests should not exceed £75,000 per annum and £225,000 in total.

Grants will be made available for scientific or clinical projects and social research designed to generate a strong evidence base. 

A separate call for PhD Studentships will follow later in 2021, with awards up to a maximum of £25,000 per annum (£75,000 in total over three years).

Our research strategy seeks to build partnerships, involve people affected by MND, and to monitor the impact of our investment. We’re putting an extra £1.2 million on the table to boost our efforts to beat MND, taking our total commitment to research so far to £2.4 million. You could be part of our movement to end MND and improve quality of life for those living with the disease.

Prospective researchers associated with UK institutions should submit an application by Friday April 2nd (midday close). Decisions will follow within 2-3 months, with a view to appointing grantees for the September term each year, though we are willing to accommodate varied start dates.

Application forms should be sent to Dr. Steven Karlsson-Brown, MND Scotland’s Education and Research Officer, at by the closing date listed above. You can also contact Steven with any informal enquiries you may have.

Please note: A single re-submission of the same proposal is acceptable once only, and only via invitation i.e. explicit permission from MND Scotland. Re-submissions must articulate the differences from the original submission and demonstrate responsiveness to the peer review. Compliance with these requirements does not guarantee success.


About Our Research

MND Scotland is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities and appears on the Chief Scientist’s Office Scotland eligible funders list.

The charity is also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network can now support health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or hospices, or public health research taking place in schools and other community settings. Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local NIHR Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will enable you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more, please visit:

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit:

Our Current Research Portfolio

We have funded, or are currently funding, projects at the major Universities of Scotland including: University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling, The University of Glasgow, The University of St Andrews, and Glasgow Caledonian University.

For more information on research projects currently funded by MND Scotland, please click here.

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