The Mito Foundation is excited to make funds available to high quality research into mitochondrial disease (mito) as part of its Medical and Research Funding Strategy. This has been made possible by the fundraising efforts of the foundation, including The Bloody Long Walk National Series.

Mito Foundation Booster Grants offer an exciting opportunity for researchers whose Ideas Grant application was deemed of high quality by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) but was unsuccessful in securing funding. Mito Foundation Booster Grants provide up to A$100,000 worth of funding to progress a portion of research into mito as proposed in an NHMRC Ideas Grant application and boost the chances of success of a subsequent re-application to NHMRC.

Funding Round, Applications and Report Templates

Funding Round

The next funding round opens late 2023.


Click below to download our information and application form.

To apply, complete the form and send it to the Mito Foundation Grants Officer via

Please call (02) 8033 4113 if you have any queries.

Report Templates

Please contact if you require additional information regarding your existing grant reporting requirements.

Funded Booster Grants

Engineering of molecular tools to correct disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial DNA for Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

$74,980 AUD

01/01/2020 → 31/12/2022

Researcher: Sandy Hung

Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is the most common mitochondrial DNA disease, causing optic nerve degeneration and devastating blindness in…

Beyond the Exome

$75,000 AUD

16/04/2018 → 15/04/2019

Researcher: Professor David Thorburn

New genomic technologies are transforming diagnosis of mitochondrial disease (mito) and other inherited diseases but perhaps half of all children…

Viral infection in mitochondrial disease

$75,000 AUD

01/02/2019 → 01/02/2021

Researcher: Dr Tara Richman

Dysfunctional mitochondria cause a diverse group of multi-system human pathologies that often result in severe, progressive and lethal diseases for…

Building a National Clinical Database

$75,000 AUD

01/06/2018 → 30/06/2019

Researcher: Professor Carolyn Sue

The lack of knowledge about mitochondrial disease (mito) means that it is extremely difficult to assess the effectiveness of treatments…