Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Clinical and Population Health Pilot Grant

The pilot grant program awards seed funding that allows researchers to develop and test new and innovative research questions and pursue pioneering approaches that have the potential to impact the MS field in topics related to Clinical and Population Health (CPH). Objectives of the pilot grant program are to enable researchers to test novel and high-potential MS research ideas, collect key preliminary data to support further research, test the feasibility of a study design, concept, or intervention on a small scale, and to provide researchers a trajectory to larger grant competitions. Projects that are extensions of ongoing research that have ample supporting data will not be considered.

Term and Amount

Term: The MSSC supports pilot research grants for terms of one (1) to two (2) years. Pilot grants are non-renewable.

Amount: The amount that may be requested for pilot research grants is approximately $ 50,000 over the term of the grant.

Eligibility
  • Have an academic or research appointment which allows the individual to pursue the proposed research project to engage in independent research activities.
  • Conduct research within a Canadian institution.
  • Engage in independent research activities for the entire duration of the funding and is able to supervise trainees and publish research activities
  • Test novel, high-risk ideas or interventions that have not been examined in MS or examined to a limited extent.
Important Dates
  • Competition Opens: July 30, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 at 16:00 EDT
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: March 2019
  • Funding Start Date: April 1, 2019