Opportunities

This page is designed to help researchers and people looking for research opportunities find each other. We want to make it easier for people to make MND their area of focus and hope that the advancements that come out of these projects will make a positive difference to the MND community.

If you have a vacancy or are looking for a specific opportunity please contact us.

Opportunities in New Zealand

Small Project Grant | Neurological Foundation of NZ

Project Grants are the main avenue by which the Neurological Foundation sponsors research. Applicants can be scientifically or medically qualified, and the research can be clinical or biomedical.

Neurological Foundation Small Project Grants offer up to $15,000. Funds are usually for pilot or feasibility studies or a piece of equipment.

The application must be made on the Foundation’s form, and with the approval sent to the Foundation before the closing dates of April 1 and September 1 to douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz.

Note: Only one resubmission of a declined Small Project application will be considered. See advice to applicants for more details.

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Project Grant | Neurological Foundation of NZ

Project Grants are the main avenue by which the Neurological Foundation sponsors research. Applicants are usually salaried by their institutions and a grant will typically cover salaries for technicians, scientists or nurses, plus working expenses. There are two rounds each year and the NF funds approximately 15 project grants annually.

Eligibility

Applicants can be scientifically or medically qualified, and the research can be clinical or biomedical.

Duration

Projects can be from one to three year’s duration.

How to Apply

The application must be made on the Foundation’s form, and include the Referee Nominations, Confidentiality, Ethical and Administrative Agreements (Sections 8 through 11), as well as the Excel budget sheet. It needs to be sent to the Foundation before the closing dates of April 1 and September 1 to douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz.

Note: Only one resubmission of a declined Project application will be considered. See advice to applicants for more details.

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Starting Grants in ALS Basic Research | Frick Foundation for ALS Research

The Frick Foundation is looking for talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader. Two researchers will receive 100,000 Swiss francs (152,000 NZD) each that can be used over 2 years.

Eligibility

Researchers of any nationality with 5 years of experience since completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • Name, address and title of proposal
  • Scientific abstract (not more than one page)
  • Introduction of the topic (not more than 2 pages)
  • Specific goals of the project and detailed reseach plan (not more than 5 pages, references not included)
  • Budget requested
  • List of other support
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of papers published by the applicant of an academic institute during the past 5 years
  • A scientific and financial report will be required at the end of two years
  • Overheads and salary of the Principal Investigator are not included

Please send your application by e-mail for the deadline: 30 September 2019

Prof. A.C Kato
President of the Scientific Advisory Board
Faculty of Medicine , University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
E-mail: ann.kato@unige.ch

Please no telephone calls or faxes
You will receive a response in December 2019

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Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship | Neurological Foundation of NZ

The Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships provide two years of personal support for outstanding researchers while they establish themselves as independent investigators at an institution in New Zealand.

Eligibility

Candidates for the Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship will have submitted or been awarded a PhD within the eight years prior to the application closing date.  If a successful applicant is based overseas at the time of award, a single airfare to return to New Zealand will be included in the grant.

Duration

2 years

How to Apply

The closing dates for the Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship are 1 April and 1 September each year. The application must be made on the Foundation’s form and should be electronically submitted to the Research Manager before the closing dates. For further information see the Advice to Applicants document.

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First Postdoctoral Fellowship | Neurological Foundation of NZ

The First Postdoctoral Fellowships provide two years of personal support for outstanding early career researchers so that they can complete their first post-doctoral fellowship under the close mentorship of an academic with a continuing position at an institution in New Zealand.

How to Apply

The closing dates are 1 April and 1 September each year. The application must be made on the Foundation’s form and should be electronically submitted to the Research Manager before the closing dates. For further information see the Advice to Applicants document.

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O'Brien Clinical Fellowship | Neurological Foundation of NZ

This Fellowship will be awarded to a New Zealand registered non-medical health professional who is committed to a clinical research career with a major focus on treatment or care of those affected by brain disease or injury, including end of life care. It is intended to enhance their research skills and experience and thus contribute to improved patient outcomes in New Zealand.

Eligibility

Fellowship with be available to, but not limited to: Clinical Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Trials Managers, Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists, Health Psychologists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Medical Physicists, Neurophysiologists, Neuropsychologists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Research Nurses, Social Workers, Speech Language Therapists. Those unsure about eligibility should contact the Neurological Foundation Research Manager douglas.ormrod@neurological.org.nz.

How to Apply

The closing dates for this fellowship are 1 April and 1 September each year. The application must be made on the Foundation’s form and should be electronically submitted to the Research Manager before the closing dates. For further information see the Advice to Applicants document.

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Conference and Training Course Grants | Neurological Foundation of NZ

These grants are intended to support international keynote speakers and early career researchers at neurology and neuroscience conferences in New Zealand, or facilitate early career researcher participation in advanced training courses in New Zealand or Australia.

What can be funded?

  • Support for early career researcher participation in conferences and advanced training courses, such as
    • Subsidised registration
    • Subsidised travel
    • Subsidised childcare
    • Prizes for conference presentations by early career researchers
  • Support for international keynote speaker participation, such as
    • Airfares
    • Domestic transfers
    • Accommodation

Maximum Value

$20,000

How to Apply

The closing dates are 1 April and 1 September each year.

  • Complete your application on the current version of the Conference Grant application form, available on the Foundation’s website
  • Submit your application form as a PDF, with supporting documents as separate PDFs, by the closing date
  • Supporting documentation:
    • Application data collection form, available on the Foundation’s website
    • Quotes for any keynote speaker travel and accommodation
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome early in July or December
  • Successful applicants will be informed of the conditions of the grant and asked for their formal acceptance of the funding contract.
  • If you have any queries or doubts, please contact the Foundation’s Research Manager for advice. research@neurological.org.nz

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Postgraduate Student Project - Building a Brain Machine Interface for song production | University of Auckland

Project Code: 10387354
University: Auckland
Faculty: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Department: Anatomy
Main Supervisor: Dr M Fabiana Kubke
Application open date: 02 Oct 2017
Application deadline:
Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International

Introduction

Brain machine interfaces are used to extract the neural code associated with a behaviour, and use that code to drive a robotic device. In the context of human health, it allows people with motor disabilities to have their brains ‘talk’ directly to a device, such as a prosthetic arm.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

The project involves understanding the models of auditory-vocal learning and vocal production, understanding how vocal motor commands are coded in ‘motor cortex’, how these can be analysed through machine learning algorithms, and animal behaviour analysis. Students with a background in biology, neuroscience, mathematics, engineering or bioengineering are encouraged to apply.

Objective

We are currently trying to exploit this technology to study how auditory and somatosensory information contribute to the production of speech. We are using a song bird as an animal model because the neural substrates and the process of learning song are similar to those of humans. To separate the processes that are involved in the ‘intention’ to sing from the act of singing itself, we are training birds to learn how to ‘sing’ (through a brain machine interface) using an audio speaker rather than through their vocal apparatus.

Information on how to enroll and apply 

Contact the project supervisor

International Opportunities

Biomedical Project Grant | MND Association

The MND Association is committed to playing a key role in ending MND. Our biomedical research programme is delivering significant and measurable advances in understanding and treating the disease. We only fund research of the highest scientific excellence and greatest relevance to MND. 

Deadline

The deadline date for receipt of summary applications is 25 October 2019This round will open on 6 September 2019. 

To apply please register and complete our Online Summary Application Form. Before completing the form, please read our GuidelinesTerms and Conditions and our Guide to Completing the Online Summary Application Form. It is also recommended that you read the MND Association Research Strategy and Research Governance Overview.

Duration

Grants will be offered for up to three years duration. Applications for less than two years should include a named researcher with the relevant expertise, familiar with the laboratory.

Eligibility

Applicants can be based outside the UK and Ireland, provided the project is unique in concept or design (i.e. no similar research is being performed in the UK) and involves a significant aspect of collaboration with a UK institute.

Assessment and Budget

Please see our guidelines for more information on assessment criteria and budget information.

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Non-Clinical Research Fellowship | MND Association

The MND Association is proud to announce our newly launched non-clinical fellowships in MND. These fellowships will aim to foster and nurture post-doctoral researchers into the MND research leaders of tomorrow.

The fellowships will be awarded at two levels, depending on the experience of the applicant: Junior Non-Clinical fellowships or Senior Non-Clinical fellowships.

Deadline

The deadline date for receipt of summary applications is 1 May 2020This round will open on 6 March 2020

Please read our GuidelinesTerms and Conditions and our Guide to Completing the Online Summary Application Form. It is also recommended that you read the MND Association Research Strategy and Research Governance Overview

Duration

Grants will be offered for up to three or four years duration.

  • Junior Non-Clinical – awards will be offered for 2 – 3 years
  • Senior Non-Clinical – awards will be offered for 3 – 4 years

Eligibility

Fellowship awards may only be held at an institute in the UK and Ireland. At the time of application the prospective fellow may be based elsewhere

  • Junior Non-Clinical – applicants must have 2 – 5 years post-doctoral experience at the time of commencement of the award. Exceptional final year PhD students may apply but should consult the Association prior to submitting a summary application.
  • Senior Non-Clinical – applicants must have 4 – 10 years post-doctoral experience at the time of commencement of the award.

Assessment and Budget

Please see our guidelines for more information on assessment criteria and budget information.

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Funding Opportunities | ALS Research Forum

The ALS Research Forum has a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available.
Definitely worth a look.

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