The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites applications for its pilot research grants. These support unique or innovative ideas with the potential to open new areas of research on multiple sclerosis. Projects with little or no preliminary data should apply. Proposals that address the following focus areas are particularly encouraged:
•define the contribution of genetics, risk factors and their modifiers to the risk for developing MS and disease course, and develop strategies to prevent, treat and cure all forms of MS;
•understand MS pathology and pathophysiology;
•understand and treat MS progression;
•identify strategies for neuroprotection and nervous system repair.
Applicants must have completed their postdoctoral training and be affiliated with an established research institution. They may not apply if they already have a pilot research grant that expires after the application date. Applicants whose original pilot research proposals were not approved for funding are permitted one resubmission.
Grants are each worth up to USD 50,000 in direct costs for one year, with the possibility of a further six-month extension.
Deadline: 4th May 2020.