American Pain Society

APS Is Your Connection to Funding

APS is committed to keeping members informed on funding opportunities available to pain professionals to support the work they do. APS directly supports the advancement of pain research through grant programs and also monitors National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded programs and other organizations for funding opportunities.

APS Grant Programs and Resources

APS Future Leaders in Pain Research

2015 Future Leaders in Pain Research Grants Program

The call for applications for the 2015 Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant Program is now open. This year APS will again award up to two grants up to $20,000 each to pain research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success.

The Future Leaders in Pain Research grant program was established in 2005 to fund pain research projects of doctoral-prepared investigators who have not yet attained NIH RO1 level funding. The purpose of this grant is to encourage research in pain that will add to the existing body of knowledge, and to allow investigators to develop pilot data that will aid them in securing additional major grant funding for continued pain research.

Rita Allen Foundation and APS Award in Pain

The Rita Allen Foundation (RAF) and APS together may award two grants in the amount of $50,000 annually, for a period of up to 3 years to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success.

Eligible candidates will have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise in basic science research in pain. Candidates should be in the early stages of their career with an appointment at faculty level. The entire award is to be allocated to projects specifically chosen by the recipient. Overhead is not supported.

Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program

Established in 2013, the Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant is intended to fund research to promote a more comprehensive approach to the management of chronic pain. The Keller Grant was established by private investor David Keller in memory of his wife, who died in 2011 after 25 years of battling cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and the side effects of pain medications. The emphasis of the award is on investigating noninvasive, nonpharmacologic interventions with favorable side effect profiles to improve chronic pain management. The grants are awarded to APS members projects that have a high likelihood of leading to new treatments and increased or expanded access to treatment options for people with chronic pain. Applications testing novel treatments or innovative applications of existing non-pharmacologic treatments are encouraged.

This grant program will award up to three grants in the amount of $35,000 to those pain research proposals that demonstrate the greatest merit and potential for success. Funds will be awarded for a 24-month grant period that will begin upon satisfactory execution of the grant agreement between APS and the sponsoring institution, and the receipt of IRB/IACUC approval.

NIH Funding Opportunities

Please visit our NIH.gov link Under Additional Resources for more funding opportunities.

Other Funding Opportunities

IASP Program of Grants and Awards

Institution: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Award: Varies

The IASP Program of Grants and Awards supports investigators working in basic or clinical research and education in developing countries. There are many grants and awards available for a variety of aspects of pain research and education, including improving pain education in developing countries, early career research, and research symposium support.

Application details and deadlines vary by award.

Mallinckrodt Foundation Grant Program

Institution: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
Award: Varies

The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant Program’s mission is to support early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research aimed at progressing knowledge and treatment of disease. Grants are given to candidates whose projects have the potential to advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

Application requirements and funding details vary by award.

Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Institution: Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Award: Varies

The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) announces the 2015 spring and fall grant cycle. The Foundation for PM&R offers $150,000 annually in research grant opportunities to advance the science of physiatric medicine. Grants are open to any rehabilitation professional, as long as a physiatrist serves as co-investigator.

Application requirements and funding details vary by award.

Essential Dos and Don’ts in Grant Writing

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