Three Things to Know about National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Research Grants

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has three areas of research focus: stopping the progression of MS, restoring function in MS patients, and ending the disease forever. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to approach this funder for a research grant.

There are Several Distinct Funding Programs and Opportunities

There are quite a few different funding programs at NMSS, and each one has its own deadlines and staff to contact. The society awards grants for research, training, pilot studies and commercial funding. It also provides patient management, care, and rehabilitation research grants and health care delivery and policy research contracts. Take some time to review the procedures and reach out to the correct person.

A good place to familiarize yourself with the different programs is NMSS’s Society Funding page. Each program has its own set of deadlines, and you apply for everything online. You can also learn about past grantees on the foundation website.

U.S. and European Universities Receive Support

At the close of 2015, NMSS wrapped up a $250 million research campaign, the largest in the funder’s history. Since it was founded in the 1940s, NMSS has invested nearly $900 million in research, and recruited over 900 new investigators into the field of MS research.

To avoid duplication of efforts, the society doesn't run its own labs. These are some of the institutions that have received NMSS’s support recently:

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Stanford University
  • UCLA and UC San Francisco
  • Washington University
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • INSERM, Paris
  • Montreal Neurological Institute
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Zurich

Researchers at All Stages of Career Receive Support

There’s been a big push among brain and disease research funders lately to support early career investigators. NMSS is no exception to this rule and has a whole funding program dedicated to young doctors and investigators: the training grants and fellowships program.

However, this funder supports researchers working in the field of MS in all stages of experience and career. For example, the pilot program is open to researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training. Some recently funded research has explored vitamin D levels, the impact of diet on the disease, the progression of the disease, and chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. Stem cell therapies are also of particular interest to this funder.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Grants for Brain Research and Treatment.