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Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program

Spinal Cord Injury & Disease Research

New information and guidelines effective July 1, 2015.

Who is eligible to apply:
The SCIDRP is a state-wide Missouri funding program. While administratively associated with the UM System, all qualified investigators within Missouri who are employees or staff members of any public or private educational, health care, voluntary health associations or research institutions are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, engineers, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other types of health care workers (see “Previously Funded”).

General types of spinal cord research supported by the SCIDRP:

  • studies of spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma
  • research focusing on congenital, inherited, or acquired spinal cord diseases, such as Friedreich's ataxia, multiple sclerosis (MS), poliomyelitis, ALS, SMA, spinal stenosis, cervical spondylosis, spina bifida, scoliosis, Cobb syndrome, spinal AVMs, tumors and others.

Such research may focus on injury or disease mechanisms; injury or disease prevention; imaging technology; pharmacological, surgical or gene therapy; physical, occupational or vocational rehabilitation; clinical features (e.g. paralysis, loss of sensation, spasticity, autonomic dysfunction, pain, etc.); comorbidities (e.g. metabolic syndrome, sleep disorders); bioengineering approaches (e.g. BMI, biomaterials, etc.); and other scientific paradigms. Besides studies with humans, test subjects in past proposals have included mammals, lower vertebrates, invertebrates, and cell culture systems.

Types of SCIDRP grants:

  1. Research Grants: One- or two-year grants for up to $250,000 per year to investigate various aspects of spinal cord injuries and/or spinal cord diseases. These proposals may be submitted anytime during the year. Investigators may reapply for these grants and be funded for up to four years, after which at least a one-year waiting period is necessary before researchers can reapply. During this one-year period, it is expected that an investigator will apply for funding from other sources, particularly external granting agencies.
  2. Career Awards: Grants for up to five years at up to $250,000 per year for well-established investigators who have had extended and highly productive careers that have resulted in significant contributions to the areas of spinal cord injuries and/or spinal cord diseases. These proposals have a deadline submission of December 1 each year. A longer project description is required for the Career Award than for Research Grants, and investigators may receive this award once in their careers. Within a given fiscal year, up to two Career Awards may be funded.


General information:
At present, the SCIDRP does not have grant application deadlines for Research Grants. These proposals may be submitted anytime during the year, and reviews normally take about two to three months.

Costs for overhead (i.e. indirect costs) are not allowed, and the research projects are to be conducted in their entirety within Missouri. Budget expenses must be described and justified in detail and must be for the proposed research project only and not for non-research expenses, including but not limited to items such as graduate student tuition and fees.


Reviewed 2015-06-19

Reviewed 2015-07-06.