Grant Applications

How to apply for a MS Society Research Grant

The MS Society supports research in the field of MS in order to improve understanding of the causes and development of the disease, to further develop treatment options, and to improve quality of life for people with MS and their families.

For the 60-year-anniversary the MS Society will support research projects for 1.5 Mio CHF. Additionally the support of the Swiss MS Registry is being continued. We support research to end MS and to improve the quality of life of those living with MS. We finance research for people with MS.

For the 2019/2020 funding period, the evaluation and funding procedures will be led by an independent committee presided by Prof. Dr. med. Jürg Kesselring, former head of Rehazentrum Valens and honorary president of the Swiss MS Society.

People with MS are involved in MS Society research support (as well as all other governing bodies). Together with experts they evaluate research proposals. They are living with MS and are experts in living with this disease. Research projects supported by the MS Society are highly relevant and provide tangible benefits for those living with MS.

Based on a survey among people afflicted by MS, the Board of the MS Society has outlined its main research priorities for the 2019/2020 two-year-funding period:

  • Understanding MS
    Causes of MS, Genetics in MS, Environmental Factors, Disease Progression

  • Living with MS
    Symptom Management, Quality of Life, Complementary Treatment Options

The essential purpose of a project grant is to provide support for a time-limited research project designed to answer genuinely novel research question.

Above all, research proposals need to demonstrate tangible potential benefits for those living with MS.

Supported researchers are expected to interact with people with MS and the MS Society on a regular basis and actively support communications and fundraising efforts. In turn, researcher will not only receive generous financial support but also access to the MS Society’s extensive networking and communication channels.

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted by completing the application form and uploading the requested pdf documents.

  • One application per principal investigator (PI) is allowed.
  • Application deadline: September 1st, 2019
  • Estimated beginning of funding: January 1st, 2020
  • Funded timeframe: 2 years
  • Applications of previously funded researchers will only be considered if the reporting for their projects has been completed and acknowledged by the evaluation committee.
  • Applications with incomplete content and/or incorrect format will not be considered.


The deadline for the Research Grant Application has expired on September 1st, 2019


Each application is evaluated by two external experts and given a score from 3-6. In addition, the applications are evaluated by an internal committee. Based on these evaluations, the internal committee submits their proposal to the Board of the MS Society which makes the final decision.

By the end of December 2019 we will let you know whether your application has been approved.

Your contact

Research Grants Administration
Kathryn Schneider
043 444 43 84