Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant Submission Criteria

ASRA is recognized as a leading organization in the advancement of the science and practice of pain medicine. The ASRA Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant aims to promote and facilitate high quality research in pain medicine. Results of such research will guide clinical practice for pain physicians and improve patient health care. This research is needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pain interventions and treatments.


ASRA’s Chronic Pain Research Priorities

  • Development of novel measurement tools for chronic pain
  • Identification of novel applications of existing therapeutics in humans
  • Investigation of emerging interventions and novel drugs in humans
  • Innovative clinical application of emerging electronic technology as it applies to chronic pain
  • Clinical outcome studies to validate existing treatment strategies.

Financial Support

ASRA invites and greatly appreciates your financial generosity in supporting the Chronic Pain Medicine Research fund. Both individual and corporate donations are welcome. ASRA is committed to be the largest contributor to this research fund, and to facilitate a rapid growth of funds towards high caliber pain research. Your support to this fund will be recognized by the ASRA Board of Directors at the annual meetings.

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Submission Criteria

Application Format


Submission Criteria

  1. All requests for funds will be considered and the committee retains the right to divide the available funds as it deems appropriate.
  2. Grant requests can be for fundamental research using laboratory animals or clinical research utilizing human subjects.
  3. The awards are not intended, nor should they be used, to supplement ongoing, funded projects.
  4. All applicant and co-applicants must be North American members of ASRA.
  5. The application, which must be written by the applicant, shall be accompanied by a complete narrative Research protocol.
  6. The Research proposal must be original (i.e., not a recapitulation of prior work). The Research must be carried out primarily by the applicant. Assistance by, or collaboration with other academic faculty is permitted; these secondary investigators must be identified in the application.
  7. The amount of the award will not exceed $200,000.00.
  8. Since the amount is not sufficient to carry out investigations which require purchase of sophisticated equipment, the Research Committee must be assured that when needed; such equipment is available to the applicant. This information should be provided to the Research Committee in writing from the Chair of the department or other responsible individual.
  9. Institutional financial support for the research proposed may also be available to the applicant and should be indicated in the research proposal. If during the year of the award, extra-mural support for the project is obtained, the Chair of the ASRA Research Committee must be notified immediately and the awardee is to return unspent monies which have been replaced by the extra-mural support (this in order that other deserving investigators can be funded).
  10. The recipient of the grant must make an annual program report on November 1st of the year following receipt of the grant to the ASRA Research Committee to include a list of expenditures. The report can be 2 to 3 pages in length and should include citation of any publications including those in press. If the report is not produced, actions deemed appropriate by the ASRA board will be undertaken.
  11. A final report must be submitted within 12 months of the termination of the grant. Any abstract or paper ready for submission for publication should also be included with the final report. The awardee is expected to present the research at an ASRA meeting within 2 years of the award.
  12. The investigators are encouraged to submit the final report to Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine for review. Any submitted manuscripts should include credit to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine for supporting the project.

Application format

  1. A letter from the Chair of the Department elucidating the specific departmental support (non-clinical time, facilities, etc) for the project must accompany each application. The Chair of the department will also assure the Committee that the money awarded will be used for the titled project. The application should be sent as a single pdf file to asraassistant@asra.com by 5 pm EST on the deadline date.
  2. Budget
    1. A maximum of $200,000.00 can be awarded. Applications may request lower amounts based on the proposed project.
    2. The award is made to the primary investigator.
    3. Money can be utilized for salary support for technical or clinical support staff.
    4. Up to 20% of total budget can be utilized for indirect institution costs.
    5. Money will not be awarded for the following:
      1. Salary support for the investigator.
      2. Travel.
      3. Secretarial or clerical support staff.
    6. The Award for a successful application will generally be available on the first of January of the year following submission, although this time may be flexible.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of the principal investigator and any co-investigators will be included. CV’s must list past and present research support.
  4. Research Plan (should include the following components)- Maximum ten pages excluding references.
    1. Introduction
      1. Significance.
      2. Background. Include significant work which has been previously published in the field as well as any preliminary work by the applicant or collaborators (the latter is certainly not essential for a successful award).
      3. Specific aims.
    2. Methods
      1. Specific Methodology.
        1. Techniques to be utilized.
        2. Animal species or patient population.
        3. Indicate the type of data that will be obtained.
        4. Indicate the method of data analysis.
        5. If the project is clinical, the approval (or proof of submission) of the Institutional Human Investigation Committee must be included and if the study involves animals, the approval (or proof of submission) of the institutional review board for such animal studies should also be included.
      2. Overriding rationale.
      3. Potential pitfalls and responses.
      4. Timetable.
      5. Literature cited.
      6. Budget summary and justification.
      7. The application should be sent as a single pdf file to asraassistant@asra.com by 5 pm EST on the deadline date.
      8. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the award.