NASCIC Project Partnership Selection Guidelines

The purpose of the North American SCI Consortium (NASCIC) is to convene organizations in North American that advocate, represent, or communicate with people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) 

 NASCIC’s mission is to bring about unified achievements in research, care, cure, and policy by fostering collaborative efforts across the SCI community. 

 We do this by: 

  • bringing together like-minded organizations, individuals, and groups, 
  • advocating for research that more accurately reflects the needs of the SCI community, and
  • partnering on projects that bring about positive change for persons living with SCI. 

Project Partnership Submission Requirements

Project submissions should be a brief (1500 word) overview providing details including the: 

  • project title, contact and brief description 
  • goals, objectives, outcomes, and timeline of the project, 
  • level of engagement and resources required of NASCIC, and 
  • an estimated budget for the project, including both human and financial resources, based on the resources required of NASCIC; include a 10% add-on for the administrative support of approved projects 

A project application is available here and must be used for all submissions. Final submissions shall be in an MS Word format and sent to

Project Partnership Criteria

NASCIC evaluates project partnership opportunities based on their likelihood to:

  1. Form relationships between the individuals and organizations representing SCI;
  2. Exchange valid, trustworthy, and useful information, experience, and knowledge;
  3. Promote best practices in research, treatment, and care;
  4. Create and/or strengthen a unified voice for SCI in North America;
  5. Promote collaboration among experts in the fields of research and/or clinical care and/or advocacy;
  6. Impact the lives of people living with SCI;
  7. Meaningfully and actively engages persons with lived experience of SCI.

Project Partnership Scoring Process

Project submissions will be directed to the NASCIC Vice President (VP), who will share all project submissions with the NASCIC Project Review Committee (PRC). This committee, chaired by the VP, will evaluate projects based on alignment to the above criteria. The PRC will work iteratively with the submitting group to suggest revisions or clarifications to the proposal, if needed, to ensure alignment with the project partnership criteria. Following the PRC review, the submitter will provide a clean copy of the proposal in PDF format. The PRC will score the final submission from 1-5 on each of the above criteria, for a maximal score of 35. Those scoring above 23 will be approved for the NASCIC Executive Council (EC) to review. 

The EC will review and vote on the submission. Approval by a simple majority will advance the submission to a vote by the NASCIC Assembly of Delegates (AoD). If the submission is not approved by the EC, it can be returned to the PRC for further modification if warranted. 

The AoD will review and have an opportunity to vote and provide comment on the submission within 14 days of receiving it. Approval by a simple majority of the members who voted grants the submission status as a NASCIC Project Partnership. If the submission is not approved by the AoD, it can be returned to the PRC for further modification if warranted. Any commentary provided by the AoD will be compiled by the PRC and shared with the submitting group. 

Upon project approval, the consortium expects to be a fully involved and equal partner in all project activities and decisions. 

NASCIC Project Partnership Oversight

Following approval as a NASCIC Project Partnership, the VP will either query the database of members interested in participating in projects or make an open call to the AoD to fulfill the specific needs of that projectA project lead will be identified and responsible for communicating and interacting with the VP. The VP will interact with and assist all project leads 

NASCIC must be acknowledged for its role in a given project in any publications, promotional or communication material, etc. 

Project Review Committee Members

Led by: Jen French, Interim Vice-President

Members:  Anita Kaiser, Jane Wierbicky, Ian Burkhart, Jeff Welden, Joey Myers, Laurie Zappulla, Jon Adams, Gene Murphy