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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Research Mentors Partnering with Nonprofits to Provide Research Training Programs in Multiple Sclerosis

Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship In Rehabilitation Research


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/26/23
Deadline: 08/02/23 5:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International research mentors partnering with nonprofit institutions to provide training programs for postdoctoral fellows in multiple sclerosis rehabilitation research. A preliminary application is required prior to a full proposal. The mentor together with the institution will recruit, select, and train fellows to pursue a career in rehabilitation research applied to MS and similar disorders.

This program provides support for a mentor-institution combination which is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of postdoctoral fellows to pursue a career in rehabilitation research applied to MS and similar disorders. The mentor should be an established and active researcher in MS or a related field. The fellowship will provide for support of a postdoctoral fellow who will work closely with the mentor. The mentor and fellow may come from a variety of different fields including medicine, physical, occupational, or speech therapy, psychology, rehabilitation engineering, nursing, or other fields. The research training may focus on fundamental as well as applied studies but must be relevant to both rehabilitation of individuals with MS and to the Society's mission.

The program of training to be supported should enhance the likelihood that the trainee will: (a) Perform meaningful and independent research relevant to multiple sclerosis rehabilitation and (b) obtain a suitable position that will enable him or her to do so. This award is made to a mentor-institution combination and not directly to the postdoctoral fellow. The award is designed to emphasize opportunities for new research training and broadening scientific competence of the postdoctoral fellow.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Mentor and Institution: The mentor and organization are considered jointly to be the “applicant”. The mentor must hold a faculty appointment at an accredited institution and have adequate research funding and support to provide an appropriate training environment for the postdoctoral fellow. It is the responsibility of the mentor and institution to recruit and select one or more appropriate postdoctoral fellows and to provide an appropriate program of training and experience leading to independence in the conduct of rehabilitation research in multiple sclerosis. The recipient institution may be in any country permitted under United States policies and must be a non-profit organization.

Postdoctoral Fellows: Fellows with 0-36 months of previous postdoctoral training are eligible to be supported by this award. Fellows must hold, or be candidates for, a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. However, a fellowship under this program cannot be activated for a doctoral candidate until the Society has received written notification from a university or professional school that an appropriate doctoral degree has been awarded. Once postdoctoral candidates are selected, their credentials must be submitted to the Society by the mentor for final review and approval.

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is not required either for mentors or postdoctoral fellows working at institutions in the United States. Mentors and institutions outside the United States may apply to this program but are requested to submit dual applications to governmental granting agencies and/or other non-profit funding agencies in their own country.

Non-Research Activities: Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to support training in research and are 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, postdoctoral fellowships cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or service, although fellows are encouraged to spend up to twenty percent of their time in teaching or clinical duties, if appropriate.

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, July 26, 2023
- Full Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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 Society's goals.

It will be the responsibility of the mentor to identify and recruit the postdoctoral fellow and to submit the fellow’s qualifications to the Society for approval. Information concerning the proposed fellow is not to be submitted as part of the original application for support. Instead, the mentor will submit the fellow’s qualifications at some point after the application for support has been submitted. The qualifications for the proposed fellow can be submitted either: 1) Prior to notification of the outcome of the review of the mentor’s application for support or 2) after the mentor’s application for support has been approved. This will provide the mentor with ample time and opportunity to identify and recruit the most promising candidate. The Society will review the qualifications of the proposed fellow when this is submitted and provide an answer to the mentor in a timely fashion. Funds to support the postdoctoral fellow will not be released until the Society has reviewed and approved the mentor’s selection.

Postdoctoral fellows, residents, and other trainees are not eligible to apply to the research grants program.

Research Funding Principles and Priorities:

Research on Exercise and Physical Activity in MS:

Estimated Size of Grant
The salary levels requested for each year of the fellowship award must be based on the Society’s stipend scale (see Supporting Documents below) plus a maximum of 25% for fringe benefits.

Travel Allowance: An allowance of no more than $3,000 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs of travel for the postdoctoral fellow to one or more scientific meetings.

Mentoring Expenses: An allowance of no more than $10,000 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs incurred by the mentor in the course of providing training and supervision to the postdoctoral fellow.

Term of Contract
Completed applications, including all required supporting documents, received by the Society by the deadline will be considered for activation on or after the following July.

The mentor-based fellowship program will have a term of five years. However, the term of training of each postdoctoral fellow will be determined by the mentor based on the period of time required for the training needed for development of an independent investigator.
- Support for a given postdoctoral fellow will not usually be provided for less than one year or more than three years. Each mentor-based fellowship award will provide sufficient funds to support a single postdoctoral fellow for five years. However, the mentor may divide this time in a variety of ways such as support for a single postdoctoral fellow for three years followed by a different fellow for two years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Zackowski, PhD, OTR
Senior Director, Patient Management, Care and Rehabilitation Research

MSGrants Troubleshooting:
- Phyllis Motta
- Caryn Knutsen

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

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