Opening Date: November 1st 2017

Closing date for pre-application form: November 30th 2017
Closing date for full applications (if shortlisted): January 31st 2018


Level of funding: Up to €100,000 per annum

Duration of Funding: Up to 3 years

Focus of the call: Clinical markers of disease progression, Clinical outcome measures,

Devices and technology, Clinical trial design and Genomic markers of disease heterogeneity



The Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG) supports charities in Ireland to increase both the quality and quantity of healthcare research. Since 2006, the MRCG has collaborated with the Health Research Board Ireland (HRB) in co-funding of research projects of particular strategic relevance to the medical research charities.


The MRCG/HRB Joint Funding Scheme 2018 is now open. The deadline for submission of applications via Research Motor Neurone is 5pm Thursday 30th November 2017.  All applications must be submitted by email to [email protected].


Research Motor Neurone

Research Motor Neurone is committed to supporting Irish MND and has recently partnered with the Health Research Board under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme.


We are delighted to launch our first Research Call and we now invite applications for MND focused research projects of up to a three-year duration to a maximum of €100,000 p.a. Proposals funded under this call will begin in September 2018.


Application Requirements


For this round of funding we invite fellowship applications that cover one or more of the following research areas:


  • Clinical markers of disease progression
  • Clinical outcome measures
  • Devices and technology
  • Clinical trial design
  • Genomic markers of disease heterogeneity


Key Dates


Deadline for Submission of Proposals 30th November 2017 (5pm)
Charity Peer Review November 2017 – January 2018
Right to Reply Phase Early-Mid February 2018
HRB Application Deadline 9th April 2018
Applicant Notification July 2018
Research Project Start September 2018


Application Procedure


Stage 1 Pre-application forms must be submitted by email to [email protected] by 5pm on November 30th 2017.


Please note the following:

  • the application form (MRCG/HRB Part B1 Application Form below) must be submitted as a single file in Word Format;
  • a Gantt Chart may be submitted as a single word or pdf file;
  • figures supporting the proposal may be submitted as a single word or pdf file;
  • where applicable, the additional forms attached must be submitted as separate pdf files;
  • signature pages must be submitted as a single collated pdf file.


Review Process


Stage 1: Internal Review of pre-application submissions to develop shortlist for full application.
Stage 2: International Peer review of full applications including Applicant’s Right to Reply.
Stage 3: Evaluation and ranking by Research Peer Review Board.
Stage 4: Highest ranking proposals submitted for consideration under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme.




Successful projects will be funded jointly by RMN and the HRB from September 2018.

Application forms, HRB guidance notes can be downloaded below.


Ms. Aileen Barrett

Chair, Research Motor Neurone

Email: [email protected].




MRCG/HRB Instructions to Applicants 2018 (.docx)
MRCG/HRB Part B1 Application Form 2018 (.docx)
MRCG/HRB Part C1 Collaboration Agreement (.docx)
MRCG/HRB Part C2 Infrastructure Agreement (.docx)
MRCG/HRB Part C3 Warrant for International Host Institutions (.docx)
MRCG/HRB Part D1 PI Signature Page (.docx)
Part D2 PI Host Institution Signature Page (.docx)