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Grants to USA Physician Scientists to Promote
Research in the Field of Multiple Sclerosis

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National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society and American Brain Foundation (ABF)

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Deadline Date:

08/18/21 5:00 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA physician scientists to promote research in the field of multiple sclerosis. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for research training of residency-level clinicians who are committed to careers in academic medicine with an emphasis on MS clinical research.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Brain Foundation (ABF) wish to leverage their current interest and support in research training to attract additional clinicians to the field of MS research. 

The intent of this program is to support three years of research training in an environment where talented young clinicians address problems in multiple sclerosis with the most current scientific tools. It is expected that upon completion of the program, participants will be committed to a research or combined clinical/research career and will be in line to direct robust research programs relevant to MS in their clinical department.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197554

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Society will provide a base salary for each year. The base salary will be dependent on the PGY level of the applicant. The Society will also provide $7,850 as an institutional allowance. The ABF will provide an additional $25,000 to one fellow to supplement the base salary in each year. No additional funds for fringe benefits or indirect costs are allowed.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may request up to three years of support.

Earliest possible start date: July 1

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Physician scientists (scientists with MDs, versus PhDs) are eligible to apply. The National MS Society and American Brain Foundation have joined to support training for young clinicians committed to careers in academic medicine with an emphasis on MS clinical research.


Previous Training: Applicants must hold an M.D., D.O. or equivalent clinical degree from an accredited institution, and must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Applicants must be at the PGY4 or PGY5 stage of an accredited residency program in the United States at the time of application. Fellowships will initiate upon completion of residency training.

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.

Mentor and Institution: The applicant must arrange a proposed training program with an appropriate mentor at a U.S. institution prior to submitting an application. Training may occur with the applicant’s current institution or may take place at a new institution. A plan of training must be formulated and agreed on by the mentor and the applicant, and described in detail in the application.

Fellowships awarded through this program are intended to support training in clinical research and may not be used to support individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or clinical service.

Non-Research Activities: The award is made to support training in research and is not intended to support clinical training directed toward the completion of internship and/or specialty board certification or as a substitute for funding the conduct of research ordinarily provided by research grants. Similarly, this award cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or service.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline 2021:
- Pre-application deadline: August 11, 2021, 5 p.m. Eastern
- Full application deadline: August 18, 2021, 5 p.m. Eastern

For those approved for funding, the principal investigator will be notified electronically of the duration and amount of the award and will be provided with a budget that reflects acceptable types and amounts of expenditures for each award year. Official notice will be sent out in mid-January.

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with the online portal and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the Society's goals and, for this award, the goals of the American Brain Foundation. If approved, investigators will receive an automated e-mail message containing their login credentials within two business days. Once the pre-application has been approved applicants can log in and begin to prepare the full application.

Interview: Each applicant must agree to a phone interview with a member of the Society’s Review Committee on Fellowships or its designee.

Review Process: Applications for this program will be reviewed in two stages by both the Society’s Review Committee on Fellowships and the ABF Research Council. The review process will encompass the following steps:

1) The Society’s Review Committee on Fellowships will review applications and interview applicants as a separate but integrated part of its annual fellowship review process. The Society’s Fellowship Committee will meet during November/December following the application deadline and will make funding recommendations for the National MS Society-ABF Clinician Scientist Fellowships to the Society.

2) The Society will forward its funding recommendations for the National MS Society- ABF ClinicianScientist Fellowship applications to the ABF.

3) The AAN Research Council will review the Society’s-recommended applications and will recommend one fellow to receive the joint National MS Society-ABF Clinician Scientist Fellowship that provides a $25,000 supplement to the standard Society clinician-scientist award. This stage of review will take place during December/January following the application deadline. Fellows not selected by the ABF, but still recommended for funding by the Society, will be eligible to receive Society fellowships that do not include the $25,000 supplement.

Awards are paid to the training institution on a quarterly basis. The awardee, mentor, and the grantee institution will each be notified electronically of the duration and amount of the award and will be provided with a budget that reflects the approved expenditures for each grant year. Awardees are considered employees of the institution, and their salaries are paid by the institution according to the payment policy and schedule of the institution.


Contact Information:

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

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For more information, please contact:

Walt Kostich, PhD

Phyllis Motta

Caryn Knutsen

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