New Research Grants and Award Will Support Regional Analgesia and Pain Medicine

Nov 16, 2017

ASRA is proud to announce the addition of two new research grants and a new scholar award to support regional analgesia and pain medicine.

The two new research grants are designed to support newer/younger researchers and provide support to develop their research efforts.

The Young Investigator Award will provide up to $30,000 to an MD or DO who is within 5 years of graduating from residency/fellowship to support an original idea or project that falls into any of ASRA’s research priorities and can be completed in two years. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of support from their chair guaranteeing sufficient funds, equipment, and time to complete the proposed project. They also must identify a senior researcher to serve as a mentor on the project. Applicants and co-investigators must be North American, physician members of ASRA. Grant proposals will be accepted until January 20, 2018. The first award will be given at the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

The Graduate Student Award will provide up to $10,000 to a graduate or medical student to support an original idea or concept that falls into any of ASRA’s research priorities. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of support from their research mentor guaranteeing sufficient funds, equipment, and time to complete the proposed project. They also must identify a senior researcher to serve as a mentor on the project. Applicants and co-investigators must be North American, physician members of ASRA. Grant proposals will be accepted until January 20, 2018. The first award will be given at the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

A new award has been identified to recognize outstanding scientific and sustain contributions to regional anesthesia, acute or chronic pain medicine over the preceding 10 years. The Presidential Scholar Award will be given annually to mid-career, qualified anesthesiologists whose research has had or will have a meaningful impact on the clinical practice or scientific direction of regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine. The Presidential Scholar Award will be presented annually at the ASRA Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting in spring or the Annual Pain Medicine Meeting in fall.

Presidential Scholar nominees should be 15 years or fewer post-training and actively involved in research and be academically accomplished. They should have a track record of high impact publication and have built a significant body of work on a topic relevant to regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine. ASRA members are invited to make nominations for this award, and winners must also be ASRA members. A committee will convene to review and recommend a winner each year.

“These new grants and award have been created as part of our concerted efforts to mentor and support the next generation of leaders in ASRA. We are very proud and excited to provide these new opportunities,” said Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, president of ASRA.

Grant proposals should be submitted by January 20, 2018, to asraassistant@asra.org. Visit www.asra.com/research for more information.