Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research  Request for Proposals

Program Summary

The Foundation seeks to support potentially high‐risk/high‐reward projects with the potential to significantly expand our understanding of Progressive MS.  The goal of this funding cycle of the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research is to fund innovative research designed to seed a breakthrough discovery in the search for biomarkers for Progressive MS.  Research designed to provide a mechanistic understanding of the determinants of Progressive MS is also encouraged.  Exploratory research, with little to no preliminary data, but with a highly compelling hypothetical rationale may be submitted for review.  The Foundation will give special consideration to investigators at the beginning of their careers.  

Only one pre-proposal will be considered from each institution.  Pre‐proposals will require a letter of support from the Department Chair, Dean of Research, or person in a comparable leadership position at their institution.  The Foundation will notify all pre‐proposal applicants whether they have been chosen to submit a full proposal by August 15, 2014.   

Award Information

Depending on the availability of funds and the quality of the proposals that are received, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation expects to commit up to $6 million in grant funding to be distributed over a four‐year period, with the intention of supporting multiple awards.  For this funding cycle, the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research will support grants of up to four‐years, totaling no more than $900,000 over the grant period. Individual years should average roughly $250,000.  Prior to the end of the grant, the Foundation may extend the investigator the opportunity to apply for another round of funding.  The Foundation will extend the opportunity based upon progress the investigator has made towards reaching determined benchmarks and results at the two or three‐year mark (dependent upon the length of the grant).   No more than 15 percent may go to indirect costs.  Grants will be made to the Institution on behalf of the award recipient. 
Internal Selection Process
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the Carver College of Medicine have established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV or NIH Bio
  2. A scientific narrative of no more than two pages. Additional pages may be used for references.
The above materials must be submitted through the submission link below no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The selected nominees will be asked to complete the pre-proposal in accordance with the sponsor's Monday, July 28, 2014, deadline.


Proposal Due to OVPRED07/01/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF09/10/2014
Date Due to Sponsor09/17/2014
Required LOI Due Date07/28/2014
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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