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Requests for Proposals

December 2016

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that nominations are open for the Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research. The goal of the award is to stimulate innovative and potentially paradigm-shifting research on progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS.) The foundation expects to commit up to $4 million in grant funding to be distributed over a five‐year period, with the intention of supporting the careers of young investigators.

The foundation is cognizant of the difficult funding environment that faces young scientists wishing to enter into research. Recognizing that young scientists are vital to the continuation of quality research into MS, the foundation has created these two grant competitions to provide funding at what it believes is often the most critical time of a scientist’s career.

The award is named in honor of Marilyn Hilton, who endured the disease for decades, yet continued to radiate a positive spirit and demonstrate resolve. Steven M. Hilton, her son and foundation Chairman, recollects his mother’s philosophy: “You don’t look back at what might have been. You accept what life has presented and make the best of what you have.”

For this funding cycle, the foundation will accept proposals for two different competitions. Bridging Grants for Physician Scientists will provide support as young investigators transition from their post-doctoral careers to their first early faculty positions. Pilot Innovator Grants will provide young investigators short-term grants to explore new lines of research. 

For more information about the award and the request for proposal, please visit the Marilyn Hilton Award Page.

Contact: Elizabeth Cheung