National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Investigator-initiated Research

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to help people affected by MS live their best lives as we stop the disease in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever.

The society invites applications for its research grants program. Grants of $200,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded in support of investigator-initiated proposals for research focused on addressing research questions highlighted in the Pathways to MS Cures Roadmap, which consists of three distinct but overlapping cure pathways: (1) stopping the MS disease process, (2) restoring lost function by reversing damage and symptoms, and (3) ending MS through prevention. Better alignment and focus of global resources on high priority research questions are also recommended. Applicants must clearly state the relevance of their proposals to at least one of the research questions outlined in the roadmap.

The organization supports all types of research, including laboratory models, human studies, population-based approaches, and data-intensive investigations that leverage researcher and patient-reported outcomes. It values studies that promote synergies between researchers in diverse disciplines, adhere to sharing data and resource principles, and focus on underserved and understudied ethnic and racial MS populations.

Applicants must possess an MD, PhD, or equivalent and be considered eligible by their institution to apply for grant support.

Pre-applications are due July 24, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET, and upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit complete applications, due July 31, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET.