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Institutional Clinical Training Award

Grant to a USA Mentor at an Accredited Institution to Train Postdoctoral
Fellows in the Care of Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

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National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

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Deadline Date:

08/04/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grant to a USA mentor at an accredited institution to train postdoctoral fellows beginning careers in the care of individuals with multiple sclerosis. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. The mentor-institution combination will be responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of postdoctoral fellows to pursue a clinical career specializing in the care of individuals with multiple sclerosis and similar disorders.

The Society welcomes applications for support of mentors and institutions that will provide training for board-certified/eligible neurologists and physiatrists in new patient consultations, treatment and follow-up evaluations under the supervision of an MS specialist physician, as well as participation in multidisciplinary team activities, lectures, and professional meetings. The goal is for fellows to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with MS.

The mentor should be an established and active clinician in the MS field. The fellowship will provide for support of a postdoctoral fellow who will work closely with the mentor.

The program of training to be supported should enhance the likelihood that the trainee will: (a) Establish or join an active MS clinical practice in the United States to provide high quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical care to patients with MS and (b) become an active participant and future leader in the MS clinical community, including volunteer activities with the Society at a local chapter or the home office (e.g., as a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee, Chapter Programs Committee, or Board of Trustees, as a speaker at a patient or professional education program, etc.) 

Applications that include training related to underserved MS patient populations (rural, those with progressive disease, minorities, etc.) will be looked upon favorably.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197625

Estimated Size of Grant:

The salary offered is $75,000 plus up to an additional 25% to cover fringe benefits.

Travel Allowance: An allowance of no more than $2,500 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs of travel for the postdoctoral fellow to one or more professional meetings.

Mentoring Expenses: An allowance of no more than $10,000 per year may be made to help institutions defray the costs incurred by the mentor in the course of providing training and supervision to the postdoctoral fellow.

Term of Contract:

The Institutional Clinician Training Award will have a term of five years. However, the term of training of each fellow is determined by the mentor based on the period of time required for the training needed for development of an independent clinician. Support for a given fellow is not usually provided for less than one year or more than three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The mentor and organization are considered jointly to be the “applicant.”

Mentor and Institution: The mentor must have an M.D. or equivalent degree, be board certified in neurology or physiatry, hold a faculty appointment or the equivalent at an accredited institution such as a university or teaching hospital, spend a minimum of 25% time on MS clinical care, have a clinical practice that includes relationships with a multidisciplinary care team, and work in a setting that can support an appropriate training environment for the postdoctoral fellow.

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is not required either for mentors or postdoctoral fellows, but all training must occur at institutions in the United States, and both the mentor and the fellow must be licensed to practice medicine in the U.S.

The Institutional Clinician Training Award is intended to support specialized MS clinical training and not for the completion of internship and/or specialty board certification. Similarly, postdoctoral fellowships cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is research, teaching and/or service, although fellows are encouraged to spend up to twenty percent of their time in research and/or teaching if appropriate.

Funds cannot be used for the purchase of equipment or computers, or for travel.

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-Application Open (rolling approval within 2 business days): May 5, 2021
- Pre-Application Deadline: July 28, 2021
- Application Deadline: August 4, 2021

The application is not actually submitted to the Society until the Institutional Signatory has logged on to the system and authorized submission of the application. This must be completed prior to 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the date of the deadline.

Awards are paid to the training institution on a quarterly basis. Fellows are considered employees of the institution, and their salaries are paid by the institution according to the payment policy and schedule of the institution.

Official notice will be sent out in mid-January.

Selection of the Postdoctoral Fellow: It will be the responsibility of the mentor to identify and recruit the postdoctoral fellow and to submit the fellow’s qualifications to the Society for approval. Information concerning the proposed fellow is not to be submitted as part of the original application for support. Instead, the mentor will submit the fellow’s qualifications at some point after the application for support has been submitted. The qualifications for the proposed fellow can be submitted either 1) prior to notification of the outcome of the review of the mentor’s application for support, or 2) after the mentor’s application for support has been approved. This will provide the mentor with ample time and opportunity to identify and recruit the most promising candidate.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Hope Nearhood, MPH, PMP

Eileen Madray

Caryn Knutsen

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