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Mito Foundation Research and Medical Funding

The Mito Foundation Funded Research

The Mito Foundation Research and Medical Funding

In 2017, the Mito Foundation 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: The Mito Foundation Booster Grants and the Mito Foundation Research Fellowships.

The Mito Foundation 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

The Mito Foundation 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. The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation funding priority.

Opportunities


The Mito Foundation Booster Grants

 

The Mito Foundation 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.

The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Booster Grants



The Mito Foundation Clinical Trial Support Grants

 

Clinical trials in mitochondrial disease are almost non-existent in Australia. The Mito Foundation 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.

The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Clinical Trial Support Grants.



The Mito Foundation 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.

The Mito Foundation 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.

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

Funding Round
Applications for the Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Incubator Grants.



The Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships

 

The Mito Foundation 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.

The Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships “top-up” researcher’s existing NHMRC, ARC or similar scholarship for up to three years. The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships.


The Mito Foundation Project Grants

 

One of the Mito Foundation’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 the Mito Foundation research funding opportunities. The Mito Foundation will consider all applications for funding to support the highest quality research in the field of mitochondrial disease.

Read more about the Mito Foundation Project Grants.


The Mito Foundation 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.

The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Research Equipment Grants.



The Mito Foundation Research Fellowships

 

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

The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Research Fellowships.



The Mito Foundation Translational Research Grants

 

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

The Mito Foundation 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 the Mito Foundation Translational Research Grants.



The Mito Foundation Partnership Grants

 

The Mito Foundation engages in partnerships with other funding bodies in order to fund ground breaking research and medical projects.

Our Partnership Grants enable highly experienced national and international researchers and medical professionals to carry out initiatives that will effectively either improve clinical care for mitochondrial disease (mito) patients, increase the rate of diagnosis or develop treatments, prevention strategies and cures for mitochondrial disorders.

Read more about the Mito Foundation Partnership Grants



The Mito Foundation Clinical Fellowships

 

The Mito Foundation Clinical Fellowships aim to provide Australian clinicians with the opportunity to develop specialty skills allowing them to provide the best possible care for Australian patients with mitochondrial disease.

The fellowship offers support for clinicians during their work on mitochondrial disorders, in the form of a salary of $125,000 per year, as well as support for research on top of clinical training.

Funding Round
Open: 1 July 2018
Close: TBC

Read more about the Mito Foundation Clinical Fellowships