The awarding of MNDRIA research grants is a comprehensive process to ensure that donations and bequests fund only the best research that will have the greatest chance of making a difference for people with MND.
How are MNDRIA funds allocated?
The MNDRIA Research Committee is the expert panel whose members are approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). They are the great strength of the MNDRIA research granting process, giving their time to ensure that donations and bequests received go only to the best research that will have the greatest chance of making a difference for people with MND. The Research Committee comprises eminent clinicians and scientists from all over Australia. Their combined expertise covers all fields of motor neurone disease research.
Each year, new MNDRIA grants in both biomedical and health care research are advertised nationally with closing date for applications at the end of August. Committee members review all grant applications received. Applicants must include reports on previously funded projects to show their results and to demonstrate that previous funds have been used in accordance with the approved grant. Without this reporting requirement there would be no way of knowing how previous grant awards have been spent.
Final decisions about new grants are made at an annual Grants Allocation Meeting, where members of the Research Committee meet in person and/or by teleconference to discuss the relative merit of applications competing for the available funds.
This year's Grants Allocation Meeting will be held in November 2017.