Research Grants for 2022

The International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) is pleased to announce an ongoing Research Opportunity for IOMSN Members. If you have an idea for nursing research related to MS, take advantage of this opportunity. 

This will be given to 10 eligible candidates and each will receive $500.

  • Limit one proposal per person

  • Preference given to a current member of the IOMSN

Support for research activities may include one of the following:

  • Cost of IRB expenses

  • Supplies specific to a research protocol

  • Poster development and printing

  • Stipend for travel to present research at scientific meeting

  • Subject recruitment

Although nursing professionals take on extensive responsibilities in the management of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), their voices are significantly under-represented in the research arena. According to Pamela Newland, PhD, RN, CMSRN, of Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College in St. Louis, MO, many nurses have ideas for MS research projects they would like to pursue but lack appropriate opportunity, mentoring, funding, and institutional support.


Thanks to generous support from Bristol Myers Squibb, the IOMSN is able to encourage more nurses to participate in independent research projects through the IOMSN Nurse Research Grant program, offering research support in the amount of $500 per project.
Selection Criteria for Nurse Research Grant Recipients

The IOMSN Research Committee will review proposals received on a rolling basis, using scoresheets modeled after the NIH criteria. Projects will be scored for relevance to MS nursing; contributions to MS patient care; planned outcomes and implications for practice; and practical application to real life situations.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients:

  1. Obtaining appropriate signatures for employee institutions.

  2. Obtaining IRB approval.

  3. Observing all HIPAA regulations.

  4. Protecting patient/participant privacy.

  5. Providing IOMSN with quarterly and final reports.

  6. Providing IOMSN with budget to actual report.

  7. Disseminating findings appropriately via the International Journal of MS Care or other publications for nursing (AJN, Neuroscience Nursing, Rehabilitation Nursing).

  8. Presenting findings via platform or poster presentation at a national, local or regional nursing program.

  9. Serving as faculty if invited to present new information that may emerge from research.

Interested Applicants, Please Follow Instructions Below:


  • Title (15 word limit)

  • Purpose (50 word limit)
    Central purpose of the proposal is clear, concise, engaging and thought provoking.

  • Abstract (100 word limit)
    Scope and significance to MS nursing practice and/or research is clearly expressed. Positive connections to previous or current nursing research or evidence-based practice is noted.

  • Project Goals (List 1 or 2) 

  • Funds Requested - Awards of up to a maximum of $500 (50 word limit)
    Indicate total amount requested for the project and itemization of total cost.

Please email grant proposals and attachment to:
For inquiries, please contact the Research Committee:

  • Patricia Pagnotta, ARNP-C, MSN, CNRN, MSCN (Chair)
    Neurology Associates
    MS Center of Greater Orlando
    Maitland, FL


  • Marijean Buhse, PhD, NP, RN, MSCN
    Stony Brook University
    New York, NY

  • Pamela Newland, RN, PhD, CMSRN
    Goldfarb School of Nursing Barnes Jewish College
    St. Louis, MO

  • Wallette Widener, APRN, CNRN, MSCN
    Savannah Neurology Specialist
    Savannah, GA