Funding organisation:National Multiple Sclerosis Society USA


The Society is pleased to offer a funding opportunity for investigator-initiated proposals to support research focused on addressing research questions highlighted in the Pathways to Cures Roadmap.
The Roadmap includes three Pathways: STOPPING MS disease activity, RESTORING function by reversing damage and symptoms, and ENDING MS by preventing new cases. Applicants must clearly state the relevance of their proposals to at least one of the research questions outlined in the Roadmap. Refer to the Roadmap for more clarity, and feel free to reach out to Research staff listed on the Webpage to discuss relevant topics.
The Society supports all types of research including laboratory models, human studies, population-based approaches, and data-intensive investigations that leverage both researcher and patient-reported outcomes. The Society values studies that:
  • promote synergies between researchers in diverse disciplines;
  • adhere to principles of sharing data and resources;
  • focus on underserved and understudied ethnic and racial MS populations (Please consult this toolkit for strategies regarding Minority Engagement in MS Research).
Funding: A total expense of up to $200,000 USD per year (including indirect costs) for up to 3 years of support will be provided and must be justified based on the aims of the proposal.

Applicants should possess an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent and be considered eligible by their institution to apply for grant support.


  • Pre-applications will be accepted beginning: October 1, 2021
  • Final date for acceptance of pre-applications: 5 pm ET, November 10, 2021
  • Final date for receipt of full applications: 5 pm ET, November 17, 2021
  • Successful proposals will begin April 1, 2022
Staff will review the required brief pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the Pathways to Cures Roadmap.

Pre-applications and full applications are submitted through the National MS Society's online grant submission portal - MSGrants ( First-time applicants must register here before gaining access to applications.

More information?
The full information, instructions, and contacts can be found here.


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