The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition has exciting news! Over the next few weeks the Coalition will be rolling out it's new MSA Research Grant Request program. Over the past two year's The MSA Coalition's fundraising has increased and we are now ready to begin funding meaningful research toward finding a cause and hopefully a cure for multiple system atrophy. Over the years, the former SDS/MSA Support Group encouraged research by providing travel grants each year to the American Autonomic Society (AAS) meeting for the best MSA research submitted to the AAS for presentation. The travel program will continue, however, our new grant request program is different and very exciting as it is intended to directly fund MSA research.
The MSA Research Grant Program will:
- Provide an online tool to prospective MSA researchers for submitting their research proposals. The grant program will be advertised to prospective researchers to create awareness for the program.
- A scientific advisory board is being formed by the MSA Coalition to review all submitted proposals to identify the most promising research
- Once per year the MSA Coalition will announce grant winners
Our goal is to announce our first research grant awards via press release on October 3, 2013 as part of World MSA Day. As we finalize details of the program we will determine rules for how much money will be awarded, etc. In the next few weeks, we will issue a formal press release announcing the grant program.
Thank you to everybody who has donated to the SDS/MSA Support Group and now The MSA Coalition. Our grass roots fundraising has enabled us to reach this important milestone and continued donations will be the key to its long-term success.