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Award in Pain

Grants to USA and Canada Researchers for
Projects Related to Pain and Pain Management

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rita Allen Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/06/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of $50,000 to USA and Canada researchers for projects related to pain and pain management. Funding is intended for early-career scientific researchers. Eligible research projects are in the areas of development of medications to manage pain related to terminal illness and/or research focused on the molecular biology of pain.

Proposed research topics should be directed toward the molecular biology of pain and/or basic science topics related to the development of new analgesics for the management of pain due to terminal illness. The proposal should describe the proposed research in pain and why it is cutting edge. In addition, the candidate should describe their vision for a career in pain research and provide information or any examples of leadership in pain-related activities.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187599

Number of Grants:

Each year the Foundation typically awards two grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each year the Foundation typically awards grants in the amount of $50,000 per year over three years.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds will be awarded for the initial twelve-month grant period upon satisfactory execution of a grant agreement between the Rita Allen Foundation and the grant recipient’s institution.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible candidates will have completed their training and provided persuasive evidence of distinguished achievement or extraordinary promise for a career in basic science research in pain. Candidates should be in the early stages of their career, with an appointment at the faculty level.

To be eligible for the RAF Award in Pain, the applicant:
- Must have received committed start-up funds and independent laboratory space from their institution. (This information must be clearly indicated in the Department Chair/Division Chief letter of support for the candidate.)
- Should be in the first three years of their appointment.
- Should be appointed to a tenure track or equivalent position at their respective institution, but not have received tenure at the time of the application. (Senior postdocs and Associate Professors should not be applicants for the Award in Pain.)
- Must conduct their research and be appointed at an institution in the United States or Canada.
- Should demonstrate a commitment to the field of pain research.

The entire award is made available to the recipient; university overhead is not supported.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be open from April 26 - August 6, 2021. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 6, 2021. Grant awards will be announced in October 2021.

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For technical support (including questions about trouble logging in and technical issues in completing an application) or questions regarding eligibility: Please contact (the office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am ET-5:00 pm ET). Emails received after hours and on weekends will be responded to on the next business day.

For questions about other program-related questions: Please contact the Rita Allen Foundation at or call 1-609-683-8010.

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