Medical Research

We fund medical research charities who are supporting research projects in Scotland. We also provide grants to Universities directly through our seedcorn grants. The  researchers we support are creating a better future for children and adults affected by neurological conditions or visual impairment. We are interested in research that looks into the causes, prevention and management of conditions.

We look to support departments and teams in Scotland who have a track record of delivering excellent research, and we are committed to investing in young researchers, new ideas and innovative approaches.

Funding is also available for charities that provide care and welfare for people living with visual impairment and neurological conditions.

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Recent Awards


Year Recipient Project Title Amount
2022-23 University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh Neuroscience Seedcorn Funding Programme £140,000
2022-23 Stroke Association Improving outcomes for stroke survivors with visual impairment £50,000
2022-23 Muscular Dystrophy UK What drives motor unit changes in SMA? £50,527
2022-23 Epilepsy Research UK DNM1 Epileptic Encephalopathy – mechanism and therapy £38,700
2022-23 Fight for Sight Identification of novel therapies for inherited eye disease £75,097
2021-22 The INSPIRE Foundation Electroencephalograph predictors of central neuropathic pain in subacute spinal cord injury £50,000
2021-22 University of Aberdeen Development Trust Parkinsonism Incidence in North-East Scotland (PINE) Study £45,000
2021-22 University of the West of Scotland The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice Seedcorn Fund £60,000
2021-22 MS Society Scotland The Role of Different Immune cells in Myelin Repair £32,575
2020-21 Stroke Association Rates, Risks and Routes to Reduce Vascular Dementia (R4VaD) £60,616
2020-21 University of St Andrews Renewal of University of St Andrews Neurological Research Seedcorn Fund £90,000
2020-21 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Predicting type 1 diabetes complications and therapeutic responses using artificial intelligence £40,000
2019-20 Alzheimer’s Research UK Exploring the link between Alzheimer’s & Diabetes £47,773
2019-20 British Heart Foundation Reducing cognitive damage in stroke patients £40,000
2019-20 MND Scotland Could Protein Changes Cause Cellular Damage in MND £46,221
2019-20 University of Strathclyde Next Generation Ophthalmic Diagnostics £40,000
2019-20 Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland SaeboGlove Therapy Post Stroke £30,000
2019-20 Heriot-Watt University ESRIC: RS Macdonald Trust Access Fund £20,000
2019-20 The MS Society Do microglia immune cells produce useful targets for myelin repair £14,768
2019-20 University of Aberdeen Development Trust Understanding the lifetime impact of Parkinson’s £10,000
2019-20 University of Edinburgh Development Trust RS Macdonald Seedcorn Fund (Neuroscience) £130,000
2019-20 Stroke Association Rates, Risks & Routes to Reduce Vascular Dementia £40,871
2018-19 Fight for Sight Developing a patient-specific therapy for uvetis £60,000
2018-19 The INSPIRE Foundation Spinal Pain £28,338
2018-19 Action Medical Research Vision in babies born to opioid dependent mothers £24,918
2018-19 Alzheimer’s Research UK Can our genetics predict our risk of Alzheimer’s £40,000
2018-19 The Cure Parkinson’s Trust Non-invasive real-time assays to monitor the production of cell therapies for Parkinson’s £50,000
2018-19 International Spinal Research Trust Non-invasive spinal cord stimulation £23,965


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