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AMDF Research and Medical Funding

AMDF Funded Research

AMDF Research and Medical Funding

In 2017, AMDF approved an allocation of $2.5 million in additional funding for research and medical initiatives into mitochondrial disease (mito), as part of its revised Research and Medical Funding Strategy. The funding will bolster existing research grants and has led to the establishment of two new funding opportunities: AMDF Booster Grants and AMDF Research Fellowships.

AMDF aspires to attain inclusion on the Australian Competitive Grants Register by the time its research and medical funding meets the minimum eligible amount (currently $1m per annum for research programmes excluding PhD Scholarships and equipment funding).

Priorities

Improve Clinical Care

AMDF is committed to improving timely access to health professionals and ultimately symptom management, as well as facilitating the establishment of uniform standards of care, for mito patients. Increasing staffing in tertiary care clinics to aid medical professionals who work with mito patients is also a priority.

Increase Rates of Diagnosis

Many patients spend years searching for a diagnosis or being misdiagnosed. AMDF is committed to increasing faster and more accurate diagnoses, via genetic testing and other new techniques. A diagnosis enables patients to have earlier access to specialist care, government support and can assist them in making informed decisions on reproductive options, as well as providing them with the opportunity of participating in clinical trials.

Develop Treatments, Prevention Strategies and Cures

Effective treatments to delay the onset or progression of symptoms are urgently needed. The development of, and access to, prevention strategies and cures, to ultimately reduce the rates of mito and improve reproductive confidence in families, is also an AMDF funding priority.

Opportunities


AMDF Booster Grants

 

AMDF Booster Grants offer an exciting opportunity for those whose research was deemed of a high quality by the NHMRC but were unsuccessful in securing funding.

AMDF Booster Grants provide up to $75,000 worth of funding, and may assist in securing future NHMRC funding.

Funding Round
Open: 11 December 2017
Close: 15 January 2018

Read more about AMDF Booster Grants



AMDF Clinical Trial Support Grants

 

Clinical trials in mitochondrial disease are almost non-existent in Australia. AMDF is eager for more pharmaceutical companies to see Australia as a viable location to conduct clinical trials. For Australia to be a candidate for clinical trials, infrastructure must be in place. This infrastructure can include venues and staff to run the trial, Internet resources, and bio-banking facilities.

AMDF Clinical Trial Grants are up to $75,000 per year for three years.

Funding Round
Open: 1 January 2018
Close: 23 March 2018

Read more about AMDF Clinical Trial Support Grants.



AMDF Incubator Grants

 

Research into mitochondria and genetics only began to take shape during the 1990s, which makes this a very exciting time to be a mitochondrial disease researcher. Many funding bodies require the researcher to have a significant track record of investigation and the research project to have some initial evidence. It is, therefore, difficult to establish some areas of study due to the fact that mitochondrial medicine is a relatively new field.

AMDF Incubator Grants bridge this gap by facilitating preliminary investigation and enabling the researcher to reach a point where they are then eligible to apply to external/independent bodies for funding to complete their research.

AMDF Incubator Grants are up to $25,000 awarded for projects up to 12 months in duration.

Funding Round
Applications for AMDF Incubator Grants are open throughout the year and will be reviewed on the following dates:

4 April 2018
4 July 2018
3 October 2018

Read more about AMDF Incubator Grants.



AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships

 

AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships attract Australia’s best young scientists to the field of mitochondrial disease. By encouraging scientists at the beginning of their career, the goal is that they will continue their careers in mitochondrial disease research.

AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships “top-up” researcher’s existing NHMRC, ARC or similar scholarship for up to three years. AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships comprise two components:

1) a top-up amount of up to $3,000 per year.
2) a travel allowance of up to $3,000 per year.

Funding Round
Applications for AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships are open throughout the year and will be reviewed on the following dates:

4 April 2018
4 July 2018
3 October 2018

Read more about AMDF PhD Top-up Scholarships.


AMDF Project Grants

 

One of AMDF’s key goals is to boost research into mitochondrial disease research. In some instances, this research may not fit neatly into one of the prescribed AMDF research funding opportunities. AMDF will consider all applications for funding to support the highest quality research in the field of mitochondrial disease.

Read more about AMDF Project Grants.


AMDF Research Equipment Grants

 

Research equipment grants are available to researchers who are unable to access certain pieces of equipment that are vital, or would greatly advance their work.

AMDF Research Equipment Grants up to $50,000 aim to supplement the funding provided by the laboratory or other funding sources for the purchase of the equipment.

Read more about AMDF Research Equipment Grants.



AMDF Research Fellowships

 

AMDF Research Fellowships support early career researchers to develop a track record in mitochondrial disease research.

AMDF Research Fellowships are charitable grants of up to $100,000 per year for two years, offered to researchers to assist with their work on mitochondrial disorders.

Funding Round
Open: 1 January 2018
Close: 23 March 2018

Read more about AMDF Research Fellowships.



AMDF Translational Research Grants

 

The aim of the AMDF Translational Research Grants is to rapidly transform research discoveries into clinical practice. AMDF funds exceptional researchers who have the capability to turn around ground breaking research and start to make inroads into treatments.

AMDF Translational Research Grants are up to $150,000 per year for two years.

Funding Round
Open: 1 January 2018
Close: 23 March 2018

Read more about AMDF Translational Research Grants.