Applying for research funding from the MS Society

We're the largest charitable funder of MS research in the UK. Through our application and review process we aim to fund the highest quality MS research that can make a real difference to the lives of people with MS.

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Current opportunities

2018 grant round for research

We will be opening our annual response-mode grant round for research in late January 2018. Further details will be announced on this website, email and other advertising channels once the grant round opens.

What do we fund?

Our research programme is organised into two streams, biomedical research and care and services research.

We will offer four types of award in the 2018 grant round:

  • PhD studentships
  • Innovative awards
  • Project grants
  • Junior fellowships (care and services research only)

Applications should be relevant to MS, fit with our new 2018-2022 research strategy and applicants are encouraged to consider our top 10 JLA research priorities when developing an application.

Who is eligible to apply?

All lead applicants must be based at a UK university or NHS institution.

How do I apply?

All information regarding completing your application will be provided when the 2018 grant round opens in late January 2018.

For more information please contact the research team at

Tissue Bank 2019 - 2024

We are pleased to announce that the call for running the MS Society-Parkinson’s UK joint tissue bank is now open.

Since 2009, we've partnered with Parkinson's UK to fund a Tissue Bank at Imperial College London. The bank provides high quality tissues (brain, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid) that can be used by researchers around the world to advance the understanding of both conditions.

To date, the tissue bank has made a vital contribution to the international fight against MS and Parkinson's.

It represents one of the major sources of post-mortem human brain and spinal cord material for research in the world, supplying tissue via an open access peer review system to both academia and industry, and plays an important role in both the European and UK brain banking networks.

Beyond 2019...

The current contract, which is held by Imperial College London, runs until July 2019.

The funder charities are committed to ensuring this vital work can continue and will be holding an open call for the next five year phase of funding (2019-2024).

How to apply

Outline application forms and funding briefs are available by emailing

Outline applications are due by 4pm on Wednesday 28 February.


Grants are tenable only at a UK host institution.

Principal applicants should hold employment contracts that extend beyond the period of the grant.

If you would like more information please email

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Contact us
If you have any questions about our funding schemes or the review process, please contact us on 020 8438 0822 or
Public involvement

We believe that involving people affected by MS will strengthen the quality and relevance of your research. Read more information on public involvement.


All applications should fit our Research Strategy.

In 2013 we completed a James Lind Alliance Partnership (JLA) to identify the research priorities for people affected by MS and healthcare professionals. Applications that specifically address these priorities will be considered more favourably. Find out more about this process.

Information on what we fund and how to apply can be found in our 2017 Grant Round Applicant Guidance.

Collaborative funding

We seek to develop new collaborations with other organisations to support our research strategy.

If you're considering applying for a collaborative research project and would like more information please email

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