Applications open for Gordon Aikman MND funding award

Gordon Aikman and Donald MacDonald walking through a lab talking

November 2020: The 2021 deadline is Friday 8th January for this annual award in memory of the MND campaigner.

Applications are now open for clinical researchers and healthcare workers in NHS Scotland or Scottish Higher Education Institutions to receive funding for initiatives that improve the lives of people affected by MND.  

The Gordon Aikman award is an annual sum of £50,000, which is contributed to equally by MND Scotland and the Scottish Government, and is administered by the University of Edinburgh. The award is made in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Gordon Aikman made to improving the clinical care of MND in Scotland and his passion for delivering clinical trials. Gordon died from MND in February 2017.  

The proposal must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • is of relevance to the care/management of people with MND
  • has the potential to make a difference to direct patient care
  • is of significant importance and value to the NHS such that there is the likelihood of on-going NHS support and/or future financial support from external funding bodies

Previous awards have been made to develop multi-disciplinary working, undertake remote respiratory assessments and help assess carer burden.

The award can be made either as a whole or several smaller packages, for proposals of duration 1-2 years. Awards of up to 3 years will be made in exceptional circumstances. It is expected that most awards will be of a value considerably lower than the maximum £50,000.

For full details visit the award page on the University of Edinburgh website. 

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This article was published on: Monday, November 30, 2020