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 (mito) researcher. Many funding bodies require the researcher to have a significant track record of investigation. The Mito Foundation understands that it can be difficult to establish some areas of study, due to the fact mitochondrial medicine is a relatively new field.

Funds from the Mito Foundation 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 offers grants to be awarded for up to 12 months to the amount of $25,000.

Funded Incubator Grants

Molecular diagnosis of human mitochondrial disease

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

01/03/2015 → 01/03/2016

Genes are the molecular blueprint for our bodies. Genes code for proteins, which are the building blocks for muscle, tissue,…

Preventing the transmission of mutant mitochondrial DNA

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

01/04/2014 → 31/01/2016

Professor St John’s previous research has produced groundbreaking results in the field of mitochondrial DNA and development. He has extensively…

FGF-21 in mitochondrial disease diagnosis and pathophysiology

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

25/07/2014 → 01/08/2015

Dr Ryan Davis is investigating new diagnostic tools for mitochondrial disease (mito.). Dr Davis is a New South Wales Health…

Treatment trials in the Ndufs6gt/gt mouse model

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

16/07/2014 → 15/07/2015

Dr Ke has completed five years of post-doctoral training, and has published nine peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research focuses on…

Could Stem Cell-Derived Tissue Cultures Replace Animal Models

Incubator Grants

$24,627 AUD

01/10/2018 → 01/09/2019

Mitochondrial disease patients present a wide range of symptoms and across different organ systems that make it difficult to diagnose…

Stem cell model of Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

01/01/2015 → 01/04/2016

Dr Wong received funding from the Mito Foundation to research a treatment for Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), one of…

Families living with rare chronic disease: health related out-of-pocket expenses

Incubator Grants

$9,150 AUD

01/01/2015 → 31/12/2015

A/Prof Zuryinski is currently the deputy director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU), located at Westmead Children’s Hospital. She…

30 Years of Paediatric Mitochondrial Disease in Australia

Incubator Grants

$125,000 AUD

18/02/2019 → 18/02/2020

Dr Bursle’s research will provide an overview of mitochondrial diseases in children over the past 30 years in Australia. This…

Drug Screening to Rescue OXPHOS Defective Cells

Incubator Grants

$25,000 AUD

01/11/2015 → 01/12/2016

Professor Mike Ryan is leading a project to discover compounds that can treat mitochondrial disease (mito).  He is the head…

Global Metabolic Profiling of Mitochondrial Diseases

Incubator Grants

$22,000 AUD

01/12/2015 → 01/12/2016

Dr Anthony Dona works in the field of metabolic profiling at the University of Sydney’s Kolling Institute of Medical Research.…

Funding Round and Applications

Quarterly Funding Round Dates

Open: 16/12/2019
Close: 13/01/2020

Open: 15/06/2020
Close: 13/07/2020

Open: 16/03/2020
Close: 13/04/2020

Open: 14/09/2020
Close: 12/10/2020

Application Eligibility

1. Research must be focused on primary mitochondrial disease.
2. All application information must be submitted.


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.