Archives for August 21, 2015

Missouri Spinal Cord Injury / Disease Research Program (SCIDRP)

SCIDRP poster (6-2015)

Several new features have been added to the SCIDRP in July 2015, and the Guidelines for proposals to the SCIDRP have recently been updated (  These new guidelines for all future proposals.

About the program:

The SCIDRP is a state-wide program available to all qualified investigators in Missouri.  While administratively associated with the UM System, investigators within Missouri at any public and private educational, health care, health association 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.

Basic and clinical spinal cord research supported by the SCIDRP:

  • studies of spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma that lead to paralysis, loss of sensation, spasticity, autonomic dysfunction, pain, etc.
  • 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.); co-morbidities (e.g. metabolic syndrome, sleep disorders); bioengineering approaches (e.g. BMI, biomaterials, etc.); and other scientific paradigms.

Types of SCIDRP grants:

  • 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 (i.e. no application deadlines).
  • 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 for submission of December 1 each year.

Please pass this information on to individuals at your campus or facility who may be appropriate for this type of funding.  And, if you or any of the investigators at your campus/facility have questions regarding the SCIDRP, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,  Andrew McClellan, PhD, Director, SCIDRP, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia