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Research Grants


August 2021: The National MS Society remains committed to funding priority research. We have continued to support existing grant and fellowship commitments, and as we recover financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have begun offering some limited new funding opportunities.
We just completed reviewing proposals submitted to our Early Detection of MS RFA, and we will continue our commitment to support the research workforce by offering annual opportunities for fellowships and early career funding opportunities in the coming year. 
While our usual Research Grant spring and fall cycles and Pilot Research Grants are not yet available, we anticipate offering new research support opportunities over the next few months, that advance our Pathways to Cures Roadmap. The Pathways to Cures initiative encompasses research aiming to stop MS, restore function, and end MS forever, as summarized in this document (.pdf). We expect that these opportunities will align with many of the themes that MS researchers are actively pursuing.

We will share these new opportunities as they become available.  

Research grants

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with our Apply Online site ( and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to our goals.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Allegretta, PhD
Vice President, Research


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