Funding avenues

International MS research funders

Name Description Relevant Grants Timing
National MS Society The National MS Society (NMSS) supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care and rehabilitation. Research grants for scientists and clinicians are a multi-year investigation fund. Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to attract and train young investigators and doctors. The Society also offers one year seeding grants to test innovative ideas. Applications are accepted from non-US citizens but they must also submit to other granting agencies in their own country. People Support:
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Awards
Project or Infrastructure
  • Project Grant
Varied. Applications accepted from non-US citizens but must also submit to other granting agencies in their own country.
National Institute for Health The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions around the globe. NIH’s grants and funding program includes Research Grants, Awards, Research Training and Fellowships, Project/Centre Grants, and Resource Grants. Many NIH grants are available to Australian investigators and organisations. People Support:
  • Awards
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Research Fellowship
Project or Infrastructure:
  • Project Grant
  • Resource Grant
Varied. Applications accepted from non-US citizens but must also submit to other granting agencies in their own country.
MS International Federation The MS International Federation (MSIF) stimulates and facilitates international collaboration on research into the understanding, treatment and cure of MS. The MSIF offers a Young Researcher Award to a presenter at the meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) each year. They give the Charcot Award every two years for a lifetime of achievement in outstanding research into the understanding or treatment of MS. They award the McDonald Fellowship annually to allow young researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work in an overseas research institution with the aim of returning to their country to establish a MS research program. They also offer the Du Pré Grant to MS researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to make short visits (under six months) to established MS research centres outside of their own country. People Support:
  • Young Researcher Award
  • Charcot Award
  • McDonald Fellowship
  • Du Pré Grant
Varied. The Young Researchers Award and Charcot Award are awarded at the ECTRIMS meeting. The McDonald Fellowship and Du Pré Grant are awarded in September/October each year.
International Progressive MS Alliance The International Progressive MS Alliance is currently offering the second round of Challenge awards. These project grants are for up to €75,000 in total costs for 12 months and projects must focus on uncovering new mechanisms driving progressive MS that may be used to identify therapeutic targets that will ultimately slow or stop disability progression. Project or Infrastructure:
  • Challenge Award I (closed)
  • Challenge Award II (open now)
  • Collaborative Network Award (closed)
Challenge Award II stage I applications due February 2020. More information here   
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