Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

What's New for 2018 / 2019?

Operating Grants (Clinical and Population Health and Biomedical)


An application is considered a resubmission if the overall research plan is similar to what was outlined in the first submission. The MS Society of Canada may choose to reclassify a new application as a resubmission if it is very similar to a previous application from the same PI.


Any additional manuscripts that have been accepted for publication after the operating grant submission deadline can be submitted by email to at least 2 weeks before the in-person meeting (January 22-26, 2018) to be considered.

Semi-annual report

The semi-annual report must be submitted within 30 days after the end of the cycle which is different from previous years as the report was to be submitted within two weeks from the end of the cycle.

Final research report

The final research report is due within 30 days after the end of the grant term which is changed from the previous 90 days deadline. If a No-Cost Extension has been granted, an annual research report has to be submitted on March 31st and a final research report must be submitted within 30 days of the extension period.

Clinical and Population Health Pilot grant

We introduced a pilot grant for the Clinical and Health Population Health as part of our 2018-2019 annual competition. A PI can hold a maximum of two Operating Grants and one Pilot Grant at any given time.

endMS Personnel Awards


The relevance to MS and lay summary sections can be a maximum of 200 words which is changed from the previous years as a maximum limit of 270 words was allowed.


Illness leave

The awardee must request illness leave as early as possible to ensure that the MS Society has time to review and approve the request.

Parental leave

The MS Society will consider up to six months of paid parental leave and grantees can request an additional 6 months of unpaid interruption of the award.

Other Salary/Stipend Awards:

The MS Society no longer permits awardees to hold an award from another agency while holding an MS Society award. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis provided that adequate justification has been given to and is approved by the MS Society and the endMS Personnel Awards review committee if needed.

Funding partnership

The MS Society is partnering with Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé for 2018-2019 competition. The MS Society is not partnering with New Brunswick Health Research Foundation.

For the annual competition, the policies related to Media and Communications have been changed as follows:

The support of the MS Society must be adequately acknowledged in any presentations, publications, press releases, or media announcements related to the funded research project. The MS Society expects that if a grant recipient’s institution and/or journal is preparing a press release or other media announcement related to a MS Society funded grant, the institution and/or publisher and the grant recipient must inform the MS Society’s research department with minimum advanced notice of two weeks, and share any materials in advance for review by MS Society staff. The MS Society may choose to participate in a joint media release and/or event at their discretion and be able to provide input on materials and promotional events created by the institution and media.

Questions and Support

Please direct all inquiries regarding funding opportunities to msresearchgran