Internal Funding

Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program

The Missouri Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program (SCIDRP) is not currently accepting applications. The program awarded nine grants for a total of $1.5M in FY2016 and has selected nine grants for FY2017 funding totaling $1.4M. At a date to be determined, the SCIDRP will reopen application submission for projects beginning July 1, 2017, or later.

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.

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.

The SCIDRP will accept proposals at any time of the year (i.e. no submission deadlines). Awards will be made following an expedited review, which normally takes about two to three months.

Visit The Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program website.

Applications require MU campus approval before being submitted to the SCIDRP. Please email a PDF of your original proposal (do not send PDFs of scanned or photocopied versions of the proposal) and submit one hard copy (with Principal Applicant's signature) of your proposal to:

Patrick E. Smith
Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
1072 Mizzou North
115 Business Loop 70W

Last Updated: May 02, 2017