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Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program

New information and guidelines effective April 15, 2019.

The SCIDRP will not proceed with consideration of new proposals at this time due to a reorganization of the program.  Please check back for updates. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Spinal Cord Injury & Disease Research

Because of several recent trends in the fiscal conditions regarding the Missouri SCIDRP, effective immediately, the program will be switching to a single annual proposal deadline, which will be July 1 each year. Some of the guidelines for submission of SCIDRP proposal have changed recently, and so please carefully read the instructions before submitting a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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.

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.

SCIDRP Research Grants:
One- or two-year grants for up to $125,000 per year to investigate various aspects of spinal cord injuries and/or spinal cord diseases. 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.

Proposal Deadlines:
The SCIDRP will accept proposals for Research Grants for one deadline during the year: July 1. 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 2020-01-02