Types of Grants

MS Australia offers a range of grants, including Incubators, Project, Fellowships and Scholarships to support and accelerate research into finding better treatments and a cure for MS. Whilst eligibility requirements and conditions differ between awards, all applications must have a direct link to advancing our knowledge of MS.

Please note application rules

  • All grant applications to MS Australia must be submitted through our online Grant Portal system. A unique grant application number will be automatically generated upon commencing the application process.

  • Applicants may only be named on three applications within any one grant year and only once as the CIA (the only exception to this rule is the Targeted Call Grant).
  • Maximum funding limits have been set for grants and stipends, see specific award conditions.
  • Each award eligibility requirements and conditions are different, see specific award conditions.

Note: Please consider also applying to the NHMRC separately for funding. For Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships, in the case that you applied to both NHMRC and MS Australia separately, and were awarded Scholarships or Fellowships from both organisations, MS Australia will not award the full amount in addition to the NHMRC award. However, we will consider awarding a portion of the MS Australia award as top-up funding of the NHMRC award.   

MS Australia Project Grants

Aim: These projects require fully developed proposals for research in the MS field.

Funding Details: Grants-in-aid are typically awarded for up to three years and may cover salaries and/or project costs and consumables.

Eligibility: Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Maximum request $250,000.

Application Dates: Opens 4th April 2022. Closes 13th May 2022.

Important Note: Please also consider applying to NHMRC and NMSS. You must submit separate applications to other funding bodies, there is no automatic routing of applications between funding bodies.

MS Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship

Aim: The MS Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship provides salary support for early career researchers working in the field of MS.

Funding Details: The duration of the MS Australia Postdoctoral Fellowship is typically three years.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens undertaking research at an Australian research institution. MS Australia will accept applicants up to 10 years post-PhD (dated from receiving the letter of acceptance). Consideration will also be given to final year PhD students.

Funding limit: Stipend $40,000 – $75,000 p.a. for up to 3 years.

Application Dates: Opens 2nd May 2022. Closes 10th June 2022.

Important Note: In order to increase your chances of funding please also consider applying for a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Investigator Grants. (There is no automatic routing of applications between funding bodies).


MS Australia Postgraduate Scholarships

Aim: These scholarships are granted to students who plan to undertake a PhD or are currently undertaking a PhD at an Australian university, working in the field of MS.

Funding Details: The scholarship stipend is up to $35,000 per annum for up to three years.

Eligibility: Applicants will have completed or entered into an Australian Honours program at the time of application and be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand. Residency criteria must be satisfied. Refer to application form for details.

Funding limit: Stipend $20,000 – $35,000 p.a. for up to three years.

Application Dates:

  • Postgraduate Scholarship Round 1: Opens 7th February 2022. Closes 18th March 2022.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship Round 2: Opens 19th September 2022. Closes 28th October 2022.

Incubator Grant application

Aim: Incubator grants provide seed funding for the early stages of innovative new research efforts, with the aim of generating preliminary data needed to support future grant applications.

Funding Details: The research is expected to be completed within a year from the date that the grant is awarded. There are two rounds of Incubator applications. Assessment of incubator applications is an expedited process with a shorter turn around than major grant applications. Successful grants from Round 1 will commence funding in the second half of the same year.

Eligibility: Applicants must have research experience. Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Less than $25,000.

Application Dates:

  • Incubator Grant Round 1: Opens 7th February 2022. Closes 18th March 2022.
  • Incubator Grant Round 2: Opens 4th July 2022. Closes 12th August 2022.

Before applying for any of the Grant funding awards listed above, please read the MS Australia funding process document, the conditions of award document and the sample peer review document below.

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Types of grants