Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP): Investigator Initiated Research Award 2017

The Investigator Initiated Research Award (IIRA) supports highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to MS research and/or patient care. Research projects may focus on any phase of research, excluding clinical trials.

Proposals must address the treatment of MS Symptoms, which may include: Pain, Fatigue, Cognitive Dysfunction, Visual Impairment, Motor Impairment, Impaired Mobility, Loss of Bladder Control, Sexual Dysfunction, Depression, and Anxiety.

Funding & Duration

The maximum period of performance is 3 years. The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed US $600,000 (approx. AUD $770,000).

Funding may be used for salary, research supplies, research-related subject costs, clinical research costs, travel between collaborating organisations, travel costs for up to 2 investigators to travel to 1 scientific/technical meeting per year.

Preclinical research studies are not eligible for funding.


Primary Investigators (PIs) must be independent investigators at or above the level of Assistant Professor (or equivalent).

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.

Related  Schemes

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

  • 26 May 2016 – pre-proposal submitted via
  • Copy of pre-proposal forwarded to the Research Branch ASAP.
  • 15 August 2016 – full applications (by invitation only) submitted to the Research Branch for internal review.
  • Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster
  • Email:

Further Information

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