Research and Medical Funding

The Mito Foundation is committed to supporting research that will improve diagnosis, treatments, and ultimately cures for mitochondrial disease (mito).

As of 2019, we have allocated over $3.3m to research focused on three key areas:

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 to participate 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 a Mito Foundation funding priority.

In 2019, we continue this commitment by approving an additional 8 research projects for funding, to the value of $1.5 million.

Mito Foundation Booster Grants offer an exciting opportunity for those whose research was deemed of a high quality by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) but were unsuccessful in securing funding.

Mito Foundation Booster Grants provide up to $75,000 worth of funding and may assist in securing future NHMRC funding.

Funding Round

Open: 22/11/2019
Close: 10/01/2020

Clinical trials in mito 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 may include venues and staff to run the trial, internet resources and bio-banking facilities.

Mito Foundation Clinical Trial Support Grants are up to $75,000 per year for three years.

Funding Round

Open: 22/11/2019
Close: 10/01/2020

Research into mitochondria and genetics only began to take shape during the 1990s, which makes this a very exciting time to be a mito 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.

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.

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

Funding Rounds

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

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

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

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

Mito Foundation PhD Top-up Scholarships attract Australia’s best young scientists to the field of mito. By encouraging scientists at the beginning of their career, the goal is that they will continue their careers in mito research.

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

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

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

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

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

One of the Mito Foundation’s key goals is to boost mito research. In some instances, this research may not fit neatly into one of our prescribed research funding opportunities. The Mito Foundation will consider all applications for funding to support the highest quality research in the field of mito.

Mito Foundation 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.

There are two types of grants on offer:

Mito Foundation Research Equipment Grants

Up to $50,000 to supplement the funding provided by the laboratory or other funding sources for the purchase of the equipment.

Funding Rounds

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

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

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

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

Mito Foundation Research Equipment Grants

Amounts above $50,000 and up to $300,000 to supplement the funding provided by the laboratory or other funding sources for the purchase of the equipment.

Funding Round

Open: 22/11/2019
Close: 10/01/2020

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

Mito Foundation Research Fellowships are charitable grants of up to $100,000 per year for two years, offered to researchers to assist with their salary during their work on mitochondrial disorders.

Funding Round

Open: 22/11/2019
Close: 10/01/2020

The aim of 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.

Mito Foundation Translational Research Grants are up to $150,000 per year for two years.

Funding Round

Open: 22/11/2019
Close: 10/01/2020

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

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

Mito Foundation Clinical Fellowships aim to provide clinicians in Australia with the opportunity to develop specialty skills allowing them to provide the best possible care for mito patients in Australia.

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.