Each year, MND Australia's Research Committee meets to assess and allocate grants for the following year. In October 2016, $3.75 million was awarded for 32 new projects. The national MND Australia Research Meeting is held each year following the Grants Allocation Meeting. Current recipients of MNDRIA grants are invited to report on the outcome of their funded project to an audience comprising their peers, MND Research Committee members, other leading MND scientists and researchers and the wider MND community.
The MND Australia Research Meeting has been held annually since 2005 and has been integral to the development and funding of MND research in Australia. The meetings have been held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to facilitate participation for researchers in different states. With more projects funded each year, the research meeting has grown to become an important event in the MND calendar with attendees from all over Australia.
The objectives of the MND Australia Research Meeting are:
- To promote sharing of expertise amongst MND researchers in Australia
- To enable interaction of researchers to foster the development of research collaborations
- To provide feedback to a wide audience about the latest developments in MND research
- To demonstrate the value of the funded research to donors to encourage their continuing support.