MISF offers Du Pré Grants to MS researchers from emerging countries to enable them to make short visits to established MS research centres outside their own country, either to learn from each other or to carry out parts of joint research projects. The aim is to encourage cross-fertilisation of skills through collaborative research projects. Two of the annual awards are supported by Stichting MS Research (the Dutch MS Research Foundation).
Visits generally last between two and six months. Each grant is likely to be between UK £2,000 and £4,000, to a maximum of £5,000. The funds are intended to go towards travel and living costs, or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.
Who is eligible?
All candidates must:
- be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
- be citizens of an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)
- focus their research in an area relevant to MS
Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the host institution outside their own country. Candidates are encouraged to identify a suitable host institute and supervisor to develop their project proposal before applying.
Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS.
The grant may also be used as a supplement for work related to MS by a candidate who has been accepted for training in a recognised institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.
Candidates must provide the following to apply:
- A letter from the candidate detailing their reasons for nomination and the requested grant amount.
- His or her curriculum vitae.
- Signed testimonies (references) from at least two people with whom the candidate has worked.
- A description of the field of research that the candidate wishes to be trained in or the research that he or she wishes to carry out
- A lay summary of the research proposal
- A letter of support from the supervisor of the host institution, indicating that appropriate facilities will be made available.
What is the deadline?
The deadline for nominations is 30 June each year. Result will be announced in late September.
What evidence of results is needed?
At the end of the award period, we will require a short report and expenditure summary. Electronic copies of reports, papers, abstracts and posters resulting from the visit should also be submitted. Papers produced as a result of or in connection with Du Pré Grant-funded research should acknowledge the grant and include the address of the MS International Federation’s website.
How are grants awarded?
MSIF’s Du Pré Grants panel considers and selects successful candidates.
Who do I contact?
For more information, including a list of possible host institutions, contact our Head of International Medical and Scientific Research, Dr Dhia Chandraratna, using the Contact Us form.