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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

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].

Current opportunities

Targeting shared mechanisms in autoimmune conditions - funding call now open


We are a governing member of the Connect Immune Research Partnership. The partnership is collaborating with The Lorna and Yuti Chernajovsky Foundation for Biomedical Research to offer a new competitive funding opportunity.

The opportunity is focused on developing new treatments for autoimmune and immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, like MS, arthritis and diabetes. It aims to support translational research by multi-disciplinary teams that ‘connect’ both immune researchers and immune conditions, for the benefit of those living with these conditions.

Call information

We invite applications from research teams affiliated to a university, hospital, or other recognised research institution worldwide, but the lead applicant must be based at a UK institution.

Proposals should be:

  • Highly innovative - potentially risky research ideas are expected.
  • Translational research only, defined here as: Research that seeks to advance and apply discoveries from basic discovery research and/or clinical findings, through preclinical studies and towards clinical studies and trials. Development of drugs, diagnostics and devices are welcomed.
  • Able to demonstrate how the outputs from the award could lead to benefit for people from more than one autoimmune condition.

How to apply

Versus Arthritis are administering this call on behalf of the Connect Immune Partners and the Chernajovsky Foundation.

Submission deadline is 4.00 pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Find full details of the scheme, the guidance document for how to make an application and access to the submission portal are available on the Versus Arthritis website.

What can you apply for?

Awards will be for up to £100,000 each and up to 12 months. The expected starting date is by Spring 2022.

The total amount of funding available will be £1.3M. We intend to fund up to 13 successful applications.

We expect to announce funding decisions by February 2022.

We envisage that successful candidates whose projects demonstrate the most promising outputs will be able to compete for further funding. This funding would be at a scale to quickly develop their research for the benefit of people living with autoimmune conditions.


If you have questions not covered by the guidance documentation, the application process, would like to discuss your proposal or how to best include PPI please email us at [email protected].

The Connect Immune Research member organisations are: Alopecia UK, Bowel Research UK, the British Society for Immunology, Coeliac UK, JDRF, the MS Society, the Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (PAPAA) and Versus Arthritis.

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

2021 Grant Round call for applications now closed

We're delighted to have offered a call for applications for our 2021 Grant Round. Deadlines for all applications have now passed and review of applications is underway.

Our 2021 Grant Round applicant guidance document has full details on our 2021 Grant Round, including key dates, award types offered, review process and how we offered lay Application Development in this round.

We'll be in touch with applicants over the summer. We expect to inform successful Catalyst Award applicants in late September. And to inform successful Project Award and Career Development Award applicants in early December.

Monitor the status of your application via our grants management system, CC Grant Tracker

For more information email [email protected] or call the research team on 020 8438 0822.

MS Society jointly funded ABN Clinical Research Training Fellowship – deadline passed

We’re excited to be joint funding a prestigious Clinical Research Training Fellowship with the Association of British Neurologists.

The deadline for this funding opportunity has now passed. For further information on ABN Fellowships see the ABN 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