The Mito Foundation Research and Medical Grant Program supports high quality, impactful research and clinical work in the field of primary mitochondrial disease (mito). Since 2010, Mito Foundation has committed more than A$8 million to support researchers and clinicians around the world. Today, Mito Foundation is the second largest philanthropic funder of mito research worldwide.  

Mito Foundation supports projects across all research areas, including discovery, clinical medicine and science, health services and public health. We welcome high quality proposals directly relevant to mito from research scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals. 


The objective of the Mito Foundation Research & Medical Grant Program is to achieve the maximum possible impact by funding the world’s best research into primary mito across four priority areas:


  1. Mito Foundation funds high quality and impactful research into primary mitochondrial disease (mito).  
  2. All applications are subject to expert peer review.  
  3. Some funding opportunities are restricted to Australian applicants. 
  4. Mito Foundation takes a permissive approach and encourages applicants to contact us if their intended proposal aligns with our research priority areas but does not fit a prescribed Mito Foundation funding mechanism.  
  5. All successful applications are subject to reporting and compliance requirements as indicated in the funding agreement. 
  6. Mito Foundation funding cannot be used to cover on-costs, infrastructure or other indirect costs.

Mito Foundation recognises the impact of research within and beyond the academic environment. Read our Impact Areas and Indicators Guideline for more information.

For any application to be eligible, research must be focussed on primary mitochondrial disease and all required information must be properly submitted. 

Annual Funding Opportunities

Mechanism Objective Amount (duration) More Information
Booster Grants (Opening late 2023) Support highly ranked but unfunded Ideas Grant applications to the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and boost the chances of success of a subsequent re-submission A$100,000 (1 year) Learn More
Research Fellowships* (Opening 2024) Support early career researchers to develop a track record in primary mitochondrial disease research A$100,000/year (2 years) Learn More
Translational Research Grants* (Opening 2024) Support exceptional researchers who have the capability to rapidly transform research discoveries into clinical practice A$100,000/year (2 years) Learn More
Clinical Trial Support Grants (Opening 2024) Strengthen Australia’s capability and infrastructure to conduct clinical trials for primary mitochondrial disease A$66,500/year (3 years) Learn More
Clinical Fellowship (Opening 2024) Train Australian clinicians to provide the best possible care for individuals with primary mitochondrial disease A$125,000 (1 year) Learn More

*overseas-based applications welcome

Introduction of a Targeted Research Call
In 2024 Mito Foundation will introduce a targeted research call focused on projects that contribute to improving clinical care and management of mito.

Bi-annual Grant Opportunities

We are transitioning our Quarterly Grant Round to a Bi-annual Grant Round. This means application rounds will open twice a year. This will only affect the below funding opportunities. The next funding round for these grants will now open in February 2024. 

Mechanism Objective Amount (duration) More Information
Incubator Grants* (Opening Feb 2024) Facilitate preliminary research to enable researchers to apply for subsequent funding from external/independent bodies to complete the project A$25,000 (1 year) Learn More
Equipment Grants* (Opening Feb 2024) Supplement funding provided by the laboratory or other funding sources for the purchase of equipment to facilitate research on primary mitochondrial disease A$50,000 Learn More
PhD Top-up Scholarships (Opening Feb 2024) Support junior scientists conducting research in the field of primary mitochondrial disease in Australia A top-up stipend amount of A$5,000/year and a travel allowance of A$5,000. Maximum duration 3.5 years. Learn More

*overseas-based applications welcome

Strategic Grant Opportunities (Ad Hoc)

Mechanism Objective Additional Information
Project Grants* Boost high quality research into primary mitochondrial disease that does not fit into one of our prescribed funding mechanisms Funding available is variable. For more information and how to apply, contact grants@mito.org.au or call 02 8033 4113.
Partnership Grants* Enable highly experienced national and international researchers and medical professionals to conduct ground-breaking research and medical projects into Mito Foundation’s research priority areas Funding available is variable. For more information and how to apply, contact grants@mito.org.au or call 02 8033 4113.

*overseas-based applications welcome

Meet Our Researchers

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Researcher Spotlight: Dr Harrison Burgin


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