AMDF Funded Research


We believe that funding research is the only way a cure and effective treatments will be developed.
We believe that research will provide treatment options for some of the many symptoms sufferers endure.
We believe that research will uncover methods to stop mitochondrial disease being inherited by the next generation.
We are committed to finding an urgently needed cure for mitochondrial disease and saving lives. The funds raised through the generosity of our donors and sponsors are directed into key research areas that we believe will give us the biggest chance of achieving this goal.

AMDF Research Funding Focus

AMDF’s research funding is focussed on understanding the biology of primary disorders of energy generation and improving their diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.

AMDF Research Funding Opportunities





AMDF PhD 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 Scholarships “top-up” researcher’s existing NHMRC, ARC or similar scholarship for up to three years. AMDF PhD Scholarships comprise two components:
1) a top-up amount bringing the total stipend to $27,000 per year for science graduates and $30,000 per year for medicine graduates
2) a $3,000 per year travel allowance

Read more about AMDF PhD Scholarships.




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 up to $25,000 are awarded for projects up to 12 months duration.

Read more about AMDF Incubator 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.




The aim of the AMDF Translational Research Grants is to rapidly transform research discoveries into clinical practice. AMDF fund 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.

Read more about AMDF Translational Research 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 Infrastructure Grants are up to $75,000 per year for three years.

Read more about AMDF Clinical Trial Infrastructure Support 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 Research Project Grants

Aspirational Research Funding Opportunities

In addition to the existing research funding provided, the AMDF Scientific and Medical Advisory Panel has identified the following opportunities as a high priority should funding be secured:




Postdoctoral fellowships are a key stepping stone for an early career researcher. They provide the researcher with the tools to develop research skills that will assist them in their future career. They also provide them with the independence they will need to succeed in their chosen field, while allowing them the opportunity to make the contacts they need.

AMDF Postdoctoral Fellowships will be up to $120,000 per year for two years. This amount includes up to $100,000 per year for the researcher’s salary and up to $20,000 per year for research costs.




The purpose of the AMDF Clinical Fellowships is to allow talented specialists early in their careers the opportunity to further their skills. By funding clinical fellowships, AMDF will draw gifted clinicians into the field of mitochondrial disease and encourage them into long-term careers.

The AMDF Clinical Fellowships are up to $150,000 per year for two years.




AMDF understands how difficult it can be for researchers to gain a foothold in the field of mitochondrial disease. As it is a relatively new field of study, it can be a problem for researchers to back up their hypotheses with hard data. AMDF Blue Sky Research Grant funding will enable the researcher to undertake high risk research that is typically not supported from traditional research funding institutions such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). From this research often come the clues that lead to new avenues of thought, and eventual treatments or a cure.

AMDF Blue Sky Research Grants will be $150,000 per year for two years.




Large equipment grants will be made available to researchers who require more costly pieces of apparatus to undertake their research. AMDF aims to supplement the funding provided by the researcher’s laboratory or other funding sources for the purchase of the equipment up to $250,000.

Australian Competitive Grants Register

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

To download a copy of the AMDF Research Strategy, click here.