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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.

Find out how we decide what to fund

All projects we fund must adhere to our award terms and conditions (see the MS Society Award Conditions and Policies 2020 document in the sidebar).

If you have any questions about our research funding, or would like to subscribe to our monthly research opportunities email, please contact us at [email protected].

You can manage your applications and funded awards through our grants management system, CC Grant Tracker.

Current opportunities

2022 Grant Round – coming soon

We're delighted to be announcing key dates for our 2022 Grant Round. This year we'll be offering two Catalyst Award rounds as well as our Project and Career Development Award rounds. We're also offering Lay summary development with people affected by MS for all rounds.

Read more about our different types of Award.

You can find the key dates for each round below.

Catalyst Awards Round 1

Applications open: late January 2022
Lay summary development deadline: 7 March 2022
Applications close: 27 April 2022
Decisions communicated: August 2022

Please note that the earliest start date for these Awards will be 1 September 2022.

Project Awards and Career Development Awards

Applications open: early March 2022
Lay summary development deadline: 11 April 2022
Applications close: 7 June 2022
Applicant rebuttal: mid-late September 2022
Early Career Fellowship interviews: early November 2022
Decisions communicated: November 2022

Please note that the earliest start date for these Awards will be 1 January 2023.

Catalyst Awards Round 2

Applications open: mid-June 2022
Lay summary development deadline: 11 July 2022
Applications close: 6 September 2022
Decisions communicated: December 2022

Please note that the earliest start date for these Awards will be 1 January 2023.

We'll update this page with more information, including the 2022 Applicant Guidance, over the coming weeks. Until then you can read documents from our 2021 Grant Round, available in the sidebar, for broad guidance.

We want you to work with the MS community at all stages of the research cycle. This includes in the development of your project. We have a network of people affected by MS who are interested in helping to shape research.

Read more about involving people with MS on our public involvement for researchers page.

If you’d like more information or to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on our Grant Round, email us at [email protected].

BIRAX Ageing funding call now open

Deadline: Monday 4 April 2022

We’ve partnered with the British Council to support UK-Israeli research through the BIRAX initiative. The second call for proposals under BIRAX Ageing is now open.

This opportunity is for projects that improve our understanding of ageing and its impact on health. We are pleased to consider co-funding projects under the ‘Neurodegenerative Disease’ strand. These projects should address:

  • How ageing contributes to the development and progression of MS
  • Finding new targets to prevent or diagnose MS
  • Development of new disease modifying therapies or treatments for symptoms
  • Development of stem cell technology to better model MS disease processes in the lab. Or to better understand how the ageing CNS regenerates in MS.

We will give priority to projects that address our research strategy.

What can I apply for?

Awards are for up to £400,000 over three years. These funds are for research teams to jointly carry out the proposed research.

How do I apply?

You can find full details of the scheme and submit an application using the BIRAX website.

The submission deadline is 10.00 pm GMT on Monday 4 April 2022.

What if I have questions about the scheme?

If you have any questions not covered by the applicant guidance, please email us at [email protected]. We're also happy to help if you'd like to discuss your proposal before submission. And if you'd like advice on how best to involve people affected by MS in your research.

Co-funded post-doctoral Research Fellowships

We’re excited to partner with the UKRI towards Career Development Awards and clinical-focused Clinical Research Training Fellowships. We’ve also partnered with the NIHR to cofund NIHR Advanced Fellowships. Deadlines are throughout the year. Please see our partners websites for more details and to apply.

Closed Opportunities

Targeting shared mechanisms in autoimmune conditions call for applications is now closed

We're delighted to have offered a call for applications with the Connect Immune Research Partnership and The Lorna and Yuti Chernajovsky Foundation for Biomedical Research. The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. Versus Arthritis are administering this call on behalf of the Connect Immune Partners and the Chernajovsky Foundation. For further information, please see their website.

Animal research policy

Our policy on animal use in research is in line with UK law and the best practice standards set by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

Read our policy on animal use in research