Available Funding

The Trish Foundation is working in association and very closely with MS Research Australia towards our common goal.

MS Research Australia annually offers financial support to Australian scientists in the effort to accelerate and increase MS research activity.

MS Research Australia partners with likeminded organisations including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation to leverage our funding and increase the number of opportunities available to researchers.

All projects funded by the Foundation are recommended for funding by MS Research Australia’s Research Management Council following assessment, evaluation and ranking, including a peer-review process. The projects are then considered by the Trish Foundation’s honorary Scientific Research Committee and, having met our firm funding guidelines, are recommended to the Foundation’s Board for approval.

Annual Funding Opportunities

Applications for funding Research Projects commencing 2020

The Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation offers a range of grants, including Project Grants, Scholarships and Incubator Grants.  In 2018, the Foundation was honoured to receive two substantial bequests, enabling us to offer two Trish MS Research Foundation – MS Research Australia Translational Research Grants (3-year Project Grants of up to $350,000 each).  Whilst eligibility requirements and conditions differ between awards, all applications must have a direct link to advancing our knowledge of MS.

Please note application rules

  • All grant applications must be submitted to MS Research Australia through their online Grant Portal system. A unique grant application number will be automatically generated upon commencing the application process.
  • Applicants may only be named on three applications within any one grant year and only once as the CIA.
  • Maximum funding limits have been set for grants and stipends, see specific award conditions.
  • Each award eligibility requirements and conditions are different, see specific award conditions.

Note: to be eligible for NHMRC funding, or for MS Research Australia-NHMRC top-up funding, you must also submit a separate application to the NHMRC (see below for further information and here for NHMRC closing dates).

Trish MS Research Foundation – MS Research Australia Translational Research Grants

Aim: To facilitate translational pre-clinical and clinical research by a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team working on a project with a clearly articulated pathway to clinical application.

Funding Details: Up to two 3-year project grants of up to $350,000 may be funded. Eligible expenditure includes salaries, laboratory consumables, clinical assessments and patient costs.


  • Applications must meet the funding rules of the MS Research Australia grant rounds.
  • Applications will need to include at least one collaborator with a strong track record in MS research and/or the clinical management of MS, and the collaborative team will need to demonstrate the required multi-disciplinary expertise to complete all elements of the study.
  • Applications involving commercial partners, where relevant, are encouraged.
  • Applications involving investigators from other disease fields are encouraged.
  • Project Grants must demonstrate direct relevance for the prevention and/or reversal of disability in MS and demonstrate a clear, feasible pathway for clinical implementation.

Funding limit: Up to $350,000, for 3 years.

Conditions and Expectations: Successful applications will be required to accept and adhere to MS Research Australia’s standard conditions of award. In addition the successful applications will be expected to provide written and verbal (as required) updates for the Trish MS Research Foundation and MS Research Australia and may be called upon to participate in additional public engagement activities with the Trish MS Research Foundation and MS Research Australia.

Deadline: Applications have now closed.

Trish MS Research Foundation – MS Research Australia Project Grants

Aim: These projects require fully developed proposals for research in the MS field.

Funding Details: Grants-in-aid are typically awarded for up to three years and may cover salaries and/or project costs and consumables.

Eligibility: Successful applicants for this award will need to have strong experience in MS research. Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Maximum request $250,000.

Deadline: Applications have now closed.

Important Note: Please also consider applying to NHMRC and NMSS. You must submit separate applications to other funding bodies, there is no automatic routing of applications between funding bodies.

Trish MS Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Aim: These scholarships are granted to students who plan to undertake a PhD or are currently undertaking a PhD at an Australian university, working in the field of MS.

Funding Details: MS Research Australia will advise the Trish MS Research Foundation on the best candidates. 

Eligibility: Applicants will have completed or entered into an Australian Honours program at the time of application. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand and be a part of an Australian Postgraduate program.

Funding limit: Maximum $30,000 per year for up to three years.

Deadline:  Applications have now closed.

Important Note: All MS Research Australia Postgraduate Scholarship applicants will automatically be considered for a Trish MS Research Foundation Scholarship, MS Research Australia will liaise with the Trish MS Research Foundation if your application is successful.

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Incubator Grant Application

Aim: Incubator grants provide seed funding for the early stages of innovative new research efforts, with the aim of generating preliminary data needed to support future grant applications.

Funding Details: The research is expected to be completed within a year from the date that the grant is awarded. There are two rounds of Incubator applications. Assessment of incubator applications is an expedited process with a shorter turn around than major grant applications. Successful grants from Round 1 will commence funding in the second half of the same year.

Eligibility: Applicants must have research experience. Applicants must be an Australia or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (permanent residency status to be confirmed by January of the year the grant is to start).

Funding limit: Less than $25,000.

Deadline: Round 1 – Applications have closed.
Round 2 – Applications have closed.

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Before applying for any of the Grant funding awards listed above, please read the MS Research Australia funding process document, the conditions of award document and the sample peer review document on MS Research Australia’s website on this link.