In 2015 the MS Society of Canada posted the MS Wellness Survey, an online questionnaire designed to capture the voices of people living with MS about their needs, practices, and gaps related to nutrition, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. The results of the survey have culminated in the launch of the Hermès Canada | MS Society Wellness Research Innovation Grant a funding opportunity that aims to translate research findings into innovative wellness solutions that will improve health and quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The WRIG encourages the formation of partnerships between academia and community innovators, and is open to applicants in Canada including, but not limited to, academic researchers, clinical practitioners, technology companies, community-based organizations, policy makers, and educators. Community innovators must partner with an academic investigator at a Canadian research institution to apply.
Applicants will be required to engage people affected by MS in a collaborative way, to ensure that their perspective is represented and integrated throughout the study. Applicants will also need to draw from the results of the MS Wellness Survey in formulating their research question(s) and addressing key priorities and gaps identified by respondents of the survey.
The WRIG application process is staged and consists of two parts: a short pre-application and a full application. Click on the links below for more information.
Total funding available is up to $40,000 CAD per project for up to one year. Up to four projects may be funded in total. Projects are non-renewable.
The intellectual leadership and governance for a formal partnership may come from within the research community and/or from partner organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors. However, the grant funding, once awarded, may be administered only by an eligible academic institution. Applicants from the research community must be eligible under the policies of their host institution to submit an application. To apply for this funding opportunity the Principal Applicant is required to engage people affected by MS as active collaborators in the research process using a detailed community engagement and knowledge translation plan.