The Scottish Neurological Research Fund

Scope of Funding

The Scottish Neurological Research Fund has been established to research the causes, prevention and management of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions.  The two funders, Chief Scientist Office and the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust have committed £150,000 for the first year’s pilot.  The University of St Andrews is leading the initiative, with support from the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium.


To be eligible for an award:

  • Applications must be from two academic centres (Scottish HEI or NHS)
  • The principal investigator must be PhD/PDRA/ECR
  • The application must be for research into the causation, prevention, treatment and/or management of neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders

The following would be desirable, but not essential:


  • The proposal relates to the underlying aetiology, diagnostic approach and/or care pathway common to more than one condition
  • The research may lead to further funding from other grants or investment
Guidance Notes

The Chief Scientist Office and the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust have provided funds for ‘seedcorn grants’, administered by the University of St Andrews, to enable researchers to test innovative ideas related to neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental conditions.  They are keen to award funding across three general themes: fundamental science; diagnosis; and practice based research and caring sciences.  They hope to enable researchers to develop ideas that may otherwise be difficult to fund and grants are expected to be up to £15,000.  The fund welcomes opportunities to be part of a co-funded arrangement.


  • Facilitate the development of new collaborative partnerships
  • Develop existing partnerships
  • Support new and early career researchers
  • Generate initial findings that could form the basis of grant applications to other funders

Funds cannot be used as a travel grant to attend conferences, nor to purchase laptops.  Most other aspects can be covered.

Decision Process

Proposals will be considered – and awarding decisions made – by a panel of senior academics active in the relevant research areas, drawn from Scotland.

The panel will assess the strength of the proposal, its potential for future research, and any ethical considerations.

A decision for the first round of funding will be available no later than July 2019, with distribution of grants to be made the following month.

A report for any award made will be called for at the end of the project.  These will be collated and sent to the funders.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Monday 20th May 2019 at 12pm

How to Apply:  Complete the Scottish Neurological Research Fund application form and return to before the above deadline.

Enquiries can be made to Rachel Campbell, Director RS Macdonald Charitable Trust: