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

Tissue Bank 2019 - 2024

We are pleased to announce that the MS Society and Parkinson's UK are holding an open call for running their joint tissue bank.

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).

To ensure continuity of this crucial service we will be opening our call for proposals before the end of 2017.

Key dates

  • Call for outline applications opens - early December 2017
  • Deadline for outline applications - 28 February 2018
  • Shortlisted teams will be invited to submit full applications - April 2018
  • Deadline for full applications - early June 2018

If you would like more information before the call opens, please email

2017 Grant Round

Our 2017 grant round is now closed. We will be in touch with applicants over the summer.

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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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