As a researcher you can help us create a world without motor neuron disease (MND) and improve the lives of those living with the illness today.
We welcome research applications that address issues related to:
- Improve standards of care for people affected by MND
- Enable a pipeline for taking potential treatments into people, including clinical trials
- Understand the mechanisms underlying MND and identify new targets for therapies
Hear about our funding calls
If you are a researcher and want to hear about our latest funding calls and research news, you can sign up to our researcher’s newsletter or if you would like to discuss a research proposal please email us.
Our funding schemes
Applications for our PhD Studentships and Clinical Fellowships are now open.
For more information and to apply, please click on the relevant scheme below.
*The Clinical Fellowship is co-funded by the Chief Scientist Office.
**The Gordon Aikman Scholarship is co-funded by the Scottish Government and is administered by The University of Edinburgh.
We are committed to making time count for people affected by MND. Our 2022 – 2024 research strategy sets out how we plan to do this.
Latest research news
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Our scientific advisory panel
Our Scientific Advisory Panel is responsible for peer review and setting MND Scotland’s research strategy, amongst other responsibilities.
Prof. Scott Bryson
Professor Bryson has worked in a variety of roles in the pharmacy profession, both in Scotland and in Canada, including his position as Pharmacy Lead for Clinical Governance in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
Prof. Julia Edgar
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel
Professor Edgar is a Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, with an interest in myelinated axons. Julia has received numerous awards from the MS Society and Medical Research Council.
Dr. Mandy Jackson
Dr. Jackson’s lab at the University of Edinburgh focuses on a group of inherited diseases (spinocerebellar ataxias) where patients lose the ability to coordinate their movement due to changes to and death of cells.
Dr. Judith Sleeman
Dr. Sleeman has a background in cell biology and cellular and molecular pathology. She is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews where she is investigating whether protein changes are causing cellular damage in MND.
Prof. Simon Parson
Professor Parson’s research is focused on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Simon has a PhD in developmental neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh, and was appointed Chair in Anatomy at the University of Aberdeen and Regius Professor of Anatomy.
Andrew is an MND Clinical Nurse Specialist for NHS Highland, caring for people with MND and co-ordinating community and health services for families affected in the area.
Dr Ian Morrison
Dr Morrison is a Consultant Neurologist in NHS Tayside and an Honorary Reader at the University of Dundee. He is Clinical Lead for MND in Tayside and a Principal Investigator for the clinical drug trial, MND-SMART.
Debbie, who lost her mother to MND, brings significant experience having successfully delivered strategic and operational marketing, communications, and brand management for a range of leading organisations.
Frequently asked questions for applicants
Principal Investigators/Grant Holders must be based at a UK HE institution or Hospital. You must also have a contract that exceeds the end date of the project for which you are applying for funding (unless you are applying for a fellowship, in which case your institution must agree to host you for the duration of the award). Please see specific funding call information on the MND Scotland website for any additional eligibility requirements
MND Scotland award research funding via open competition funding calls. We will only accept applications to our funding schemes when a call is live and inviting applications. For more information, please see here. You can also sign up to our newsletter here or follow us on social media to ensure you are the first to know when one of our funding schemes is open.
Yes. Some of our research funding schemes are co-funded – this information will be made available in the individual funding calls
While we do not require matching funding to be made available by the applicant’s institution at the time of submission, we welcome any attempt made to augment the project proposal via additional funding sources.
No. As MND Scotland is a charity, indirect costs are not covered by us. Indirect costs include those expenses which are not explicitly associated with a given research project, such as heating and lighting buildings such as libraries, laboratories, etc. We will cover direct costs – such as salary and consumables. In the case of PhD Studentships, we will also cover the cost of stipends at UKRI rates and matriculation fees
A letter of support is needed when a partner is essential for the delivery of the project outlined in your grant application. If your proposed project involves translation to people affected by MND, it will be necessary to demonstrate how the findings from the project will be carried over into practice and letters of support will be essential. You may want to consider involving your partner as a coapplicant. Whether they are a formal co-applicant or a partner, you will need to clearly indicate which elements of your project your partner(s) have agreed to deliver and whether they have the staff and funding in place to do so.
All applications are subjected to a rigorous peer-review process. This involves external peer review by experts and review by our Scientific Advisory Panel, who are also researchers and experts in MND-related fields. Based on these reviews and discussions, the Scientific Advisory Board will recommend projects for funding to the Board of Trustees who make the final decision on which applications we will fund.
We aim to reach a decision on which grant/s to award in a given funding round 8 weeks from the closing date. Due to the nature of the peer review process, this may not always be possible. In the event that it will take longer, this will be made known to you.
External peer reviewer feedback will be shared with you but please note that this may not be representative of the Scientific Advisory Panel discussion.
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If your funding application is successful and your research proposal requires input from people affected by MND, MND Scotland will provide you with assistance in developing appropriate materials and engagement plans to ensure your research is as successful as possible. To enable us to assess the level of input required, all funding applications where the proposed research requires input from people affected by MND must complete an additional ‘Involving People in research’ form here.
We support the AMRC principles on the use of animals in research as outlined in this statement. Only where there is no alternative and where the outcomes of the research will be of benefit to those affected by MND, will MND Scotland provide funds which involve the use of animals. Those institutions that are supported by a grant from MND Scotland must demonstrate that they are adhering to the 3Rs principles of Reduction, Replacement, and Refinement.
From 2022, MND Scotland operates a ‘profiled payment’ system whereby the annual budget is delivered in quarterly payments. The amounts to be paid, and the dates on which that takes place, are agreed in advance. Adjustments can be made to this, such as including the consumables budget upfront to allow for necessary large purchases early on in the research.
MND Scotland Grant Holders are expected to promote the dissemination of the results of their research by a) publishing in appropriate scientific journals; b) providing reports to MND Scotland; and c) Knowledge Exchange events.
We encourage MND Scotland funded researchers to publish their findings as open access publications, however, this is not mandated. All MND Scotland Grant Holders are entitled to publish in AMRC Open Research.
We are currently looking into the development of a small budget for Knowledge Exchange activities which our grant holders can access. In the meantime, we are open to suggestions. Throughout the calendar year, MND Scotland will organise their own Knowledge Exchange events and grant holders will be invited to participate. In such cases, expenses will be covered.
No. MND Scotland does not currently use Research Fish.
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Hear about our funding calls
If you are a researcher and want to hear about our latest funding calls and research news, you can sign up to researcher’s newsletter or if you would like to discuss a research proposal please email us.
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