F.A.Q. About Society- Funded MS Research
What type of Research Support Does the Society Offer?
Sixty-two percent of all projects are multi-year research grants, accounting for 72% of research award expenditures. Awards include:
· Research grants: investigations of 1-5 years by experienced scientists for basic, clinical and rehabilitation research; average new award $475,000
· Collaborative Research Center Awards: 5-year grants to interdisciplinary teams of researchers to stimulate cross-pollination of ideas and attract new minds to the field of MS; maximum award $825,000
· Pilot research grants: short-term projects to test new ideas; maximum award $44,000
· Postdoctoral fellowships: research projects from 1-3 years by investigators working under the mentorship of senior scientists; average new award $150,000
· Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowships: support for up to 3 years to train young doctors to conduct MS clinical trials; max. award $120,000
· NMSS/AAN MS Clinician Scientist Development Awards: 2 years of support to young physicians to receive training in MS clinical research; up to $75,000/year
· Career Transition Fellowships: awards up to 5 years to facilitate the advancement of promising young investigators into full
· Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Awards: 5-year projects by promising young investigators starting their careers as independent researchers; average new award $600,000
· Daniel Haughton Senior Faculty Award: research by established investigators to provide specialized training to facilitate moves into new areas of MS research; award varies
· Health Care Delivery & Policy Research contracts: multi-year projects to investigate aspects of health-care delivery and health policy issues related to people with MS. Typically $150,000 annually
In addition, the following research awards, established through special donations, are offered by the Society:
What’s Special About the Society’s Pilot Research Program?
The Society’s Pilot Research Program was begun in 1987 to fund short-term projects to investigate new, untested ideas and attract new researchers to the MS field. These unique grants allow researchers to quickly gather data needed for full grant applications and determine whether their novel ideas are worth pursuing.
The Society funds 50-55 of these one-year grants per year, at a cost of $44,000 each. We offer quick turnaround time applicants usually know within 2 months if they will receive funds. This program attracts “new blood” to MS research about half of all recipients are new to National MS Society funding.
Why Does the Society Support Research Training?
The Society’s postdoctoral training program began in 1955 to attract promising young scientists and clinicians to the field of MS and to ensure their proper training. Ours is the only postdoctoral training program in the U.S. specifically focused on MS. This investment in training frequently pays off: Some of the most prominent researchers making breakthroughs today were Society trainees.
Some key reasons we support training: