Apply for a Multiple System Atrophy Research Grant

The goal of The MSA Coalition® Research Grant Program is to pinpoint a clear cause of multiple system atrophy and to identify a cure or effective therapies that slow, halt, or reverse the insidious progression of MSA. The areas of research listed below are the focus of current emphasis and funding by The MSA Coalition:

  • Studying possible causes of MSA with the hope of identifying promising targets for therapy.
  • Identifying biomarkers to allow for more accurate and earlier diagnosis of MSA.
  • Evaluating the efficacy of drugs or other interventions that have neuroprotective qualities and offer the possibility of slowing, halting or reversing the rapid progression of MSA.
  • Identifying potential cures for MSA.

The development of effective therapies for multiple system atrophy is a high priority for the organization; however, basic research will be supported if it has clear potential to accelerate progress at the applied end of the continuum and/or if it reflects a research “change of direction.” The MSA Coalition discourages submission of basic research projects more appropriately funded by NIH or related government agencies.

Basis for receiving a MSA Coalition Research Grant

The MSA Coalition Scientific Advisory Board will consider each full proposal received and provide objective ratings.  The relative ranking score of each proposal and the amount of total funding available will determine the final grants awarded.  Higher ranking will be given to projects that display a high degree of collaboration among two or more separate research institutions.

Proposals will be judged and ranked on the following scientific merit:

  • Importance of the proposed research and its relevance toward meeting the stated MSA research goals of The MSA Coalition
  •  Adequacy of prior research and theory in providing a basis for the proposed work
  • Adequacy of methods
  • Adequacy of environment: facilities/equipment, available expertise (in-house and through consultants), research “atmosphere”
  • Qualifications and productivity of the PI and key staff
  • Time commitments of the PI and key staff
  • Availability of subjects/patients (if human model is used)
  • Adequacy of procedures for assessing the effect of interventions on outcomes
  • Any other factors that affect the applicant successfully addressing the research aims

Grant Review Process

  • The MSA Coalition will host an annual Grant Review Workshop comprised of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and Adhoc Peer Review Committee with the purpose of reviewing research grants and providing recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • The MSA Coalition Board of Directors will make the final decision on which grants to fund.
  • An annual deadline will be set for submitting research grant proposals.
  • Awards will be granted based on their merit in advancing the goals of the MSA Coalition Research Grant program and in comparison to other research grant proposals being reviewed.
  • Research Grant Awards will be announced via press release.

Please contact Pam Bower pbower@msacoalition.org or Larry Kellerman lkellerman@msacoalition.org if you have any questions about the MSA Research Grant Program.