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Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Individuals with MDs and Equivalent
Medical Degrees to Research Multiple Sclerosis

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National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

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08/18/21 5:00 PM Eastern


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Fellowships to USA individuals with MDs and equivalent medical degrees to research multiple sclerosis. Applicants must register in the online system and submit a pre-application prior to a full application. The program is intended for fellows to join medical institutions in the United States where investigators are actively engaged in MS clinical research and where ongoing MS clinical trials are being conducted. The mentor’s expertise must be established by previous participation in well-designed clinical trials in MS.

With the increasing number of new therapies being developed for use in MS, there is a need for physicians trained in conducting clinical trials. To this end, the Society established the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship Program, named in honor of its founder. Clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of therapies for multiple sclerosis are highly complex and require special expertise and knowledge to monitor this highly variable disease. This program provides the individual with an MD or equivalent medical degree with up to 3 years of formal training, under the tutelage of an established investigator, in key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.

The proposal must provide documentation that:

  • The clinical fellow will be actively trained in multiple ongoing MS clinical trials, preferably at various phases to provide exposure to the recruitment stage through data analysis.
  • A formal curriculum appropriate for clinical trial training, including courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, or other related courses is available at the institution and will be part of the fellowship experience. Although it is not required, the review committee looks favorably on a training plan that includes the completion of a Master’s degree in clinical research or another related research topic.

The complexity of MS requires a comprehensive research strategy that fuels knowledge and speeds better treatments, health care policies, and new disease and symptom management therapies so that there are treatments for everyone and so that people with MS can live their very best lives. The Society provides grant funding, research training, and shared resources, to support the brightest scientists exploring questions underlying MS. The Society manages a diverse portfolio of academic and commercial research projects, provide training fellowships, foster global collaboration, and convene experts to identify strategic research priorities. The objectives are achieved by ensuring funding of the best science regardless of geography.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197550

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $65,000 per year may be requested for salary, fringe benefits and/or tuition costs. These funds may be allocated in any proportion in each of the award years as agreed upon by the fellow, mentor and the institution.

Term of Contract:

This award may be made for a period of up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Previous Training: Individuals must have received a MD or equivalent medical degree from an accredited institution and; must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Residents who have or will have received training in one of the medical specialties relating to multiple sclerosis, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.
- Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement; however, the individual applying for the award must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States at the time of application.

This program provides the individual with an MD or equivalent medical degree with up to 3 years of formal training, under the tutelage of an established investigator, in key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.

The intention of the Society is to encourage and support only the highest quality research and training in areas related to multiple sclerosis. For investigator-initiated grants and training awards, the primary appointment of the principal investigator must be with a not-for-profit institution, and the payee must be a not-for-profit institution.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline 2021:
- Pre-application deadline: August 11, 2021, 5p.m. Eastern
- Full application deadline: August 18, 2021, 5p.m. Eastern
- Official Notice (dates subject to modification): February
- Earliest Possible Start Date: July 1

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with the 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 the goals.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For more information, please contact:
Walt Kostich, PhD

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3288
Telephone (212) 986-3240

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