A look at how the network is funded
The KKNMS was initiated by the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is still largely funded by government grants. These grants are primarily for the research projects, the cohort and registry studies as well as for the infrastructure of the network. The free materials that we provide for quality control in the care of MS patients (e.g. quality handbooks, our app, continuing education courses) are all funded by donations. Because it is important to us that we are independent of our financial backers, we are happy to disclose all sources of our income.
The disease-oriented Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) since 2009. In our first funding periond from 2009 to 2012, the network received a grant of 7.4 million euros for the first research projects as well as for network infrastructure. In 2013 to 2015, we applied for an extension of the grants and received 7.3 million euros with which we were able to continue ongoing research projects as well as initiate new ones. The network is now in its third funding phase which began in 2016, with a further grant of 7.2 million euros.
The KKNMS strives to consolidate its activities by establishing alternative independent funding options. The founding of a non-profit organization has made it possible for the network to become active in fundraising as well as in acquiring donations. We received donations from both private individuals as well as from companies. Further information is available in the annual reports of the KKNMS e.V. (only in German).