The late Brian D. Novis was the co-founder of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). In his memory, the IMF established annual grants to promote research into better treatments, management, prevention and a cure. These grants are made possible through donations from private individuals and are awarded annually to doctors and researchers doing work in the field of myeloma. The IMF's Brian D. Novis Research Grants are awarded in the fall, with funding beginning in January of the following year.

These awards go to doctors/researchers doing work in the field of multiple myeloma and relateňd disorders including smoldering myeloma, MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undermined significance), as well as immunoglobulin derived amyloidosis. Second year of funding is available to recipients.

In 2012, the IMF launched the Black Swan Research Initiative«, a unique project to develop the first definitive cure for myeloma. Led by a multinational consortium of leading myeloma experts, the Black Swan Research team is using the most precise testing to track myeloma at the lowest levels as a basis for treatment decisions. Our goal? To bridge the gap from long-term remission to cure.