2023 USASP-MAYDAY Clinical/Translational Research Award

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Thank you for your interest in the 2023 USASP-MAYDAY Clinical/Translational Research Award.  Two meritorious candidates will be selected by a committee that includes senior-level investigators and leading clinical/translational pain researchers based on the potential impact of the proposal and its potential to be developed into a larger application for extramural support (i.e, from the NIH, DoD, CHS, etc).  Awards are for $50,000 for one year with the potential for a no cost extension for a second year. Proposals will be reviewed based on the relative merits of four primary review components: the applicant, the applicant’s contributions to the field, the research proposal, and the letters of support. 

To be eligible for the USASP-MAYDAY Clinical/Translational Research Award, the applicant:

  • Must be a USASP member
  • Early career investigator within four years of their faculty appointment are eligible to apply, except those who have received tenure at the time of the application.
  • 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.


Application Requirements

The application requires the following documents written in English:

  1. signature page signed by the Applicant/PI and the Institutional Official responsible for submitting applications for extramural support.
  2. An abstract (no more than 3,000 characters/300 words).
  3. A Personal Statement summarizing the candidate's vision for their career and their contributions as a leader in the field of pain research (no more than 3,000 characters/300 words).
  4. An NIH Biosketch (no more than 5 pages, see template).
  5. A list of current and pending research support from all sources, as well as clarification as to whether there is any overlap between projects funded/submitted elsewhere and the current proposal (overlap should be avoided).
  6. A Research Proposal that is no more than 6 pages, with no less than 11-point Arial font, and 0.5-inch margins. A timeline for completion of the project is required.  Applicants may include a 7th page for references. 
  7. An Environment section that is no more than 2 pages that describes subject populations, collaborative arrangements, institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigator for the proposed research
  8. One page describing the Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Individuals Across the Lifespan: How the proposed research will include (or exclude) individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults). 
  9. Budget request should not exceed $50,000.  The budget should include a detailed request and justification for all study-related expenses. Indirect costs are not allowed for this grant.
  10. Three letters supporting the candidate’s application; names and addresses (including email) of these individuals should be included in the application.  Only one letter will be included in the application and two letters will be solicited by USASP :
    1. One letter appended to the application from the candidate’s Department Chair or Division Chief that demonstrates strong support for the candidate’s proposed research and career development (start-up funds, lab space, and a tenure-track position), and the acknowledgment that indirect costs associated with this grant will be covered by other sources of funds. 
    2. Name, mailing address and email addresses for two individuals: the candidate’s post-doctoral advisor (or influential advisor) and/or mentor(s) who have impacted the candidate’s research. When completing the application, candidates will provide email contact information for two individuals who will be contacted directly by the USASPin order to have their letters submitted directly to the USASP.

For information on how to apply, please check back soon!