Request for Letters of Interest: Multiple Sclerosis Brain and Tissue Repositories

Funding Agency:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is committed to accelerating breakthroughs to fuel treatments and solutions that will stop disease progression, restore function, and end multiple sclerosis (MS) forever. The Society believes that access to high-quality human central nervous system tissue samples is vital to achieve these goals.

The purpose of this initiative is to provide funding for one or more facilities that will oversee the collection, characterization, storage and distribution of human brain and/or spinal cord and other tissues donated by people living with MS, along with healthy controls. These tissues will be made available as a resource to qualified MS researchers. The Society’s goal is to support high-impact research that enhances our understanding of the cause of MS, accelerates the development of new and effective treatments, and provides insights that lead to breakthroughs for a cure.

Deadline for Letter of Interest: Oct. 31, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

This initiative will provide funding to tissue banks that operate within the United States. A facility can be based at an academic, non-profit, governmental, or commercial scientific or medical organization. Tissue banks that have been previous recipients of funds from the Society or elsewhere are eligible, as are new applicants. Facilities that seek to operate as a collaborative network are encouraged, though they should identify a single principal investigator (PI). Applications may include co-investigators and collaborators from their own organization or elsewhere.  

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

October 31, 2018