The Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research recognizes an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality. This annual prize, made possible by the generosity of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, is $100,000 to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
Read about the 2018 recipient – Katerina Akassoglou, PhD
Read about the 2017 recipient – Robin Franklin, PhD
Read about the 2016 recipient – Daniel Reich, MD, PhD
Read about the 2015 recipients – Laura Balcer, MD, MSCE, Peter Calabresi, MD, and Elliot Frohman, MD, PhD
Read about the 2014 recipient – Philip De Jager, MD, PhD
Read about the 2013 recipient – Jonah Chan, PhD
The goal of the prize is to recognize innovation in scientific research in the field of multiple sclerosis. Nominations must be submitted on behalf an individual, or team of individuals, by one or more colleagues or mentors. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nomination letters should include current institution and contact information of the nominator and nominee. The narrative should address the nominee’s scientific accomplishments with an emphasis on citing the innovative and impactful aspects of the nominee’s work, including a maximum of 2 journal citations if appropriate.
Previous nominations are not automatically carried forward. If you wish to re-nominate a previous candidate, please update the earlier nomination with any significant developments and/or citations and resubmit.
A selection committee comprised of leaders in science, medicine, and MS advocacy will review nominees. The committee will evaluate:
• Exceptional innovation and originality in scientific research relevant to MS
• Impact and potential of the research to lead to pathways for the treatment and cure for MS
• Scientific accomplishments that merit recognition as a future leader in MS research
Nominees that exhibit these qualities will be invited to submit a final application that will include an interview by the selection committee.
Any investigator(s) active in MS research is eligible for the prize, and the nominee(s) may be from any institution or organization— public or private, government, as well as commercial entities. The award is intended for early to mid-career MS researchers. Nominees should have no more than 20 years of experience as an independent investigator or team leader to be eligible. There are no specific requirements for residency or citizenship. Nominees need not be current or past grantees of the National MS Society.
Deadlines for the 2019 prize: Nominations open April 1, 2019 – and will be accepted until July 31, 2019. Nomination letters should be emailed to Barancik.Prize@nmss.org
Questions about the prize may be addressed to Contact Mark Allegreta, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- July/August 2019: Candidates are contacted and invited to submit materials in support of their nomination
- October/November 2019: Finalists are selected to present their research to the prize committee
- November/December 2019: Winner notified
- February 27, 2020: Award conferred, and recipient will present the Barancik Prize plenary lecture at ACTRIMS Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida
About the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. Chuck and Margie Barancik have been major personal supporters of medical research projects in the field of multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.