The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce a research initiative designed to accelerate research focused on repair of the nervous system and rehabilitation in MS in the state of Illinois. The goal of this initiative is to promote innovative research targeting approaches to restore normal function in individuals with MS by: (1) stopping the destruction of myelin and axons and restoring their function or (2) developing new rehabilitation techniques and symptomatic treatments to restore neurological function and enhance quality of life in people with MS.
Support for this special initiative is limited to a maximum of $100,000 in direct costs for one (1) year.
This Request for Applications (RFA) is supported by special funds from the Illinois Department of Public Health and is restricted to applicants from Illinois based institutions. It is anticipated that as many as 10 grants may be awarded in 2013. Awards will be contingent on the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
March 15, 2013 Full Applications Due
May 2013 Announcement of Funding Decisions
July 1, 2013 Anticipated Start Date of Funding
It is expected that the Principal Investigator (PI) be personally and actively responsible for the conduct of the research and is considered eligible by his or her institution to apply for a research grant. The PI must be affiliated with and the research conducted in an academically-centered institution in the State of Illinois; however US citizenship is not required.
Awarded projects will be administered by the National MS Society and will be subject to the Society’s policies and procedures for funding programs. Support for proposals submitted in response to this RFA is limited to a maximum of $100,000 in direct costs for one year. Purchase of major items of equipment and use of funds for travel will not be permitted. The grantee institution may add an amount for indirect costs up to 10% of the sum requested by the principal investigator.
The proposal should include a project timeline. The institution will be required to provide a monthly accounting of expenses as well as quarterly research and financial progress reports to the Society. A final written report of the work accomplished and an accounting of expenditures will be required within 30 days after the project terminates. The grantee institution will also be required to comply with the Society’s invention policy. Other conditions of this award can be found in the Research Grants section of the Society’s policies and procedures document.
The Society utilizes a Web-based utility for the submission of grant applications. Investigators must first register with our online application site (www.mssocietyapplyonline.org) and complete a pre-application. Your pre-application will be reviewed to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the goals of this special research initiative. Your grant application can be submitted only after approval of the pre-application.
The application should be concise, with the project description strictly limited to five (5) pages. The application should consist of:
The review will be conducted by a special review panel convened by the NMSS. The review criteria for the application include:
Download Request for Applications (.pdf)