The following changes to the Society’s application procedures have been implemented with as of May 2011:
If you do not already have a password, you will need to register and be approved for access to the Web site. Go to www.mssocietyapplyonline.org and once you are at the login page, click on “Register Here.” Complete the online registration form and submit your registration by clicking on the word “Register.” This will submit your request for access to the site to the Research Programs staff of the Society. The staff will review your registration information to verify that you are qualified to apply for funding from the Society. If approved, you will receive an e-mail message containing your login credentials.
Once you have obtained a user ID and password, go to www.mssocietyapplyonline.org and log in at the login page. Once you log in, you will be able to see which funding opportunities are active along with the deadlines for each. You will also be able to begin the preparation of your application. In the new system your password never expires and you will not need to obtain a new password in order to apply for other funding programs or subsequent cycles.
In the past prospective applicants were required to contact a member of the Society’s Research Programs staff to obtain clearance before submitting a proposal. While the Society still encourages personal contact and discussion of possible ideas for proposals, in the new system this process has been formalized somewhat through the use of a “Pre-Application” step. For each funding opportunity, there is a pre-application that must be completed and submitted to the Society before the applicant can prepare a full application. The pre-application is reviewed by a member of the Research Programs staff to ensure that the research idea is consistent with the mission of the Society. Once the idea is approved you will receive an e-mail message from the system and you will be able to begin preparation of the full application.
Once you are logged in, click on “Funding Opportunities” and then on the funding opportunity for which you wish to apply. Once you are on the “Opportunity Details” page, the steps are as follows:
When you submit the pre-application, it will automatically be sent to the appropriate program officer at the Society for review.
Once your pre-application has been approved you can log in and begin to prepare the full application. When you log in, click on “Funding Opportunities.” Then click on the name of the funding opportunity for which you are applying. This will take you to a page listing any applications that you have open for editing. Find the application that you wish to work on (this would be the pre-application that you submitted and which was approved by the Society) and click on the words “Apply Final” on the right side of the list. This will open the “General Information” section. Make any necessary changes and then click on “Save.” When the next page appears, click on “Go to Application Forms.” You are now ready to complete the remaining sections of the application.
Detailed instructions for completion of the full application are available in each of the funding opportunity sections of the Web site.