1. The Charcot Research Fund (CRF) is an annual grant that the Fondation Charcot Stichting (FCS) makes available to researchers (or groups of researchers) working in a Belgian institution and whose works relates to clinical or fundamental issues relating to the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The CRF is awarded every year by the FCS. A jury, composed of members of the boards of the Belgian Research Group for Multiple Sclerosis (BRGMS) and of the Belgian Neurological Society (BNS), selects the applications to be funded. This yearly grant is announced in scientific and medical circles by means of a public notice published jointly by the FCS and the BNS.
2. Candidates must send their application in writing (8 copies), by 15 October, to the Chairman of the FCS, who will forward a copy of each application to the members of the jury. The letter should be accompanied by the candidate's (or candidates') curriculum vitae and a detailed description of no more than four pages, of the research that will be carried out with the help of the fund. It must also specify the use for which the requested grant will be put and justify the amount of the subsidies requested. The fund may be used for the purchase of equipment and possibly the recruitment of additional technical staff. However, secretarial costs or travel expenses may not be taken into account.
3. The Jury responsible for awarding the funds is made up of seven members. It will necessarily include the chairman of the BRGMS who chairs the Jury and the Chairman of the FCS. The chairman of the FCS has a consultative voice only, except if the votes of BNS and BGRMS representatives are equal.The Board of Directors of the BRGMS chooses from among its number two members and two deputies. The BNS board appoints the other three members and three deputies who may not be members of the BRGMS or FCS. A member of the Jury may not be a member of a team requesting a grant or be the departmental head of this team. If this is the case, the President of the Jury takes the decision to replace the member with one of the deputies from the corresponding group. The winners are selected according to the respective votes given by the jury. The Jury is authorized to settle any unforeseen problem in the course of the meeting. Its decisions are final.
4. The beneficiaries undertake to respect the regulations governing grants awarded by the FCS, of which they will be notified upon receipt of the application. The budgetary year begins on 1 January and comes to an end on 31 December. The applicant is obliged to send to the FCS, within a month of the end of each year: (a) the documents in support giving proof of the expenses incurred during the year that has ended (original or certified true copy); (b) for incomplete programs: a preliminary report indicating the progress of the research and the part of the program still to be carried out; (c) for completed program: a final report to which copies of the corresponding publications (in the form of manuscripts, if necessary) shall be attached. Publications concerning the research carried out with the FCS aid shall mention the origin of the grants.
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