Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

MSSRF Collaborative Team Grant

The MS Scientific Research Foundation (MSSRF) Collaborative Team Grant is a funding opportunity designed to support novel MS research conducted by scientists in Canadian institutions in collaboration with other national and international experts in the field. Studies funded by the Team Grant stimulate frequent exchange of knowledge, data, and research techniques, and provides opportunities for scientific training for younger researchers. The Team Grant supports transformative research that can have significant scientific, socio-economic and health impacts.

The Team Grant is supported by the MSSRF with funds which are separate from the MS Society of Canada’s regular research program.

2016 Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation Multi-Centre, Collaborative Team Grant Competition

People affected by MS have voiced an urgent, unmet concern regarding the absence of rapid research progress and treatment development for the progressive form of MS. In response, the MSSRF has increased its focus and investment in progressive MS research as well as research that will translate discoveries into treatments for progressive MS more quickly. For the 2016 Team Grant competition, the MSSRF welcomes as a matter of urgent priority the submission of applications that will lead to advances in understanding and treating progression in MS, as well as those with translational capacity.

The MSSRF has a donor who is prepared to commit significant funding designated for the University of British Columbia (UBC), and thus encourages investigators at UBC to consider submitting applications for which they are listed as lead Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator/participating study site. The availability of these funds does not impose on applicants the requirement to include in their application a UBC-based Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or Collaborator to be eligible to apply; MSSRF continues to welcome all applications which are relevant to MS and are from a recognized Canadian academic research institution. Selection of the successful application will be based on the highest scientific merit as determined by an independent review committee and strict set of criteria.

To learn more about the 2016 Team Grant competition, please visit the following links:

*** The competition is now CLOSED. Please visit back for updates regarding upcoming competitions. ***

Amount and Term

Applicants can request up to $4,500,000 for up to three years. Based on the nature of the research, applicants may request to extend the funding term to a maximum of 5 years however proper justification must be provided. The Team Grant is intended to support research that can provide immediate translational impacts during their term of the grant. Thus, there is a maximum one term for funding. No renewals or extension funding will be granted.


Eligible applicants must be part of a collaborative team led by Principal Investigator(s) who will oversee operations of the grant and the activities of the collaborative members. The Principal Investigator(s) must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, have an academic or research appointment, and is conducting research in a recognized Canadian institution.

Important Dates

  • Letter of Intent Opens: March 22, 2016
  • FAQ teleconference: April 6, 2016 from 15:00 to 16:00 EDT
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: May 11, 2016 at 16:00 EDT
  • Full Application Opens*: June 7 June 22, 2016
  • Full Application Deadline*: August 22 September 1, 2016 at 16:00 EDT
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: December 2016

*Applies to candidates who are successful in the LOI stage and are invited to submit a full application

Policies and Procedures

For more information about the MSSRF Team Grant, please visit the links below:

Program Guide
Application Guidelines
Terms, Conditions, and Policies