Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Application Details

Please click on the button below to apply for the 2021 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain:

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Eligibility

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.


Key Dates and Deadlines

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. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee that includes past Award in Pain recipients, as well as other leading pain basic researchers. The selection committee is, unfortunately, unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. Subsequently, 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.

Application Requirements

 The application requires the following documents written in English:

  1. signature page that must be 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. Statement (no more than 3,000 characters/300 words) summarizing the candidate's contributions as a leader in the field of pain research and their vision for their career.
  4. NIH Biosketch (no more than 5 pages, see template).
  5. Research proposal narrative that is no more than 6 pages, with no less than 11-point Arial font, and 0.5-inch margins. A 7th page will also be included for references.
  6. Three letters of support:
    1. One letter 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). This letter of support will be appended to your attached application document.
    2. Two letters of support should come from the candidate’s post-doctoral advisor or influential advisor or mentor who has impacted the candidate’s research). When completing the application, candidates will provide email contact information for the individuals requested to submit letters of support. These two individuals will be contacted by the online system requesting that their letters be submitted to the application system.
  7. 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).
  8. Budget details and justification for the first year of grant funding as an RAF Award in Pain recipient, not to exceed $50,000. The budget justification paragraph should not exceed more than 3,000 characters/300 words.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the relative merits of four primary criteria: the applicant, the applicant’s contributions to the field, the research proposal, and the letters of support.


 
Completing The Application Process: Step-By-Step Guide

USASP Login/Sign-Up
If you are already a USASP member, then you may log into the site using your USASP member credentials. If you are not a USASP member, please follow the new user prompt to gain prospective membership status to log into the site.

Applicant/PI Profile Information
If you were already a USASP member, the majority of this section is populated from the USASP database. If there are fields that contain incorrect or missing information, the applicant should complete the requested information. All non-members will have to fill out each question accordingly (completion of this section will then save your credentials for the possibility of purchasing full membership access at a later time). Please note that items marked with a red asterisk are required fields.

Application Submission Details
Please make sure that the "Rita Allen Foundation Award In Pain Grant Application" option is selected. Then proceed to name your submission title following the example given: "John Doe - RAF 2021". Next, you will be prompted to write down the title of your intended research project. Finally, you will be asked to answer questions regarding your eligibility for the RAF Pain Award. Please note that items marked with a red asterisk are required fields.

Lead Institution
The applicant should complete the requested information regarding their primary/lead institution. These details will involve the lead institution's name, address, phone number, and fax number. Please note that items marked with a red asterisk are required fields.

Organization Assurances
The applicant should complete the requested information regarding their proposed research project. These details will involve the type of research your project involves and/or approval status. Please note that items marked with a red asterisk are required fields.

Letters of Support
Completed applications will require three letters of support. These must include one letter from the candidate’s Department Chair/Division Chief that demonstrates strong support for the candidate’s proposed research and career development. The other two letters should come from the candidate’s Ph.D./fellowship advisor, influential advisor, or mentor who has impacted the candidate’s research. In this section, the applicant will provide contact information pertaining to each of the letter providers. Upon submission, the system will automatically request the needed information from the candidate’s two Ph.D./fellowship advisors, influential advisors, or mentors and append the returned letters to your application.

Attachments
The Applicant will upload all required documents as a single PDF in the following order: 1) Signed Signature pages, 2) Abstract, 3) Leadership/vision statement, 4) NIH Biosketch, 5) Research proposal narrative, 6) letter of support from the Department Chair/Division Chief, 7) Summary of Current and Pending Funding, and 8) Budget and Budget Justification.

  1. Signed Signature Pages
    All applications must be signed by the Applicant/PI and the Institutional Official responsible for submitting applications for extramural support. The signature page may either be printed out, signed and scanned, or electronic signatures may be used on the PDF.
  2. Abstract
    The abstract should be limited to 300 words or up to 3,000 characters. Applicants are advised to check spelling, word, and character count before pasting their abstract within this section.
  3. Leadership in Pain Research
    The applicant will provide a personal statement detailing his/her vision for a career in pain research and provide information and/or examples of leadership in pain-related activities. The statement should be limited to 300 words or up to 3,000 characters.
  4. NIH Biosketch
    The applicant will provide an NIH Biosketch that should be no more than 5 pages long (see template)
  5. Research Proposal Narrative
    The applicant will append a research proposal narrative that is limited to six pages in 11-point Arial font and 0.5-inch margins. A 7th page may be included for references.
  6. Letter of Support From a Department Chair/Division Chief
    Completed applications will require one letter from the candidate’s Department Chair/Division Chief that demonstrates strong support for the candidate’s proposed research and career development.
  7. Research Support
    The applicant will provide information about all current and pending research support. The research plan should not include a project already funded or for consideration for funding elsewhere. If the applicant has received or has pending research support, the applicant should explain how the Rita Allen Foundation award will enhance the applicant’s pain research and how the project submitted for the Rita Allen Foundation award differs from other funded or pending projects.
  8. Budget Summary
    Please provide a budget for the first year of grant funding as an RAF Award in Pain recipient, not to exceed $50,000. The RAF Award in Pain does not support university overhead. Indirect costs should NOT be included in the budget. The budget should include personnel costs, supplies, reagents, animals, equipment, travel, etc, with sufficient detail that reviewers are able to evaluate whether the funds requested are sufficient to cover the work proposed. In addition, the budget justification paragraph should not exceed more than 3,000 characters/300 words.

Summary
It is necessary for Applicants to review their completed application in this section. The summary function is a way to ensure that all of the required application fields are completed and accurate. Please review all questions and inputs before submitting.

Submit
The Applicant/PI can submit their completed application in this section.


Applications with missing sections, which do not meet eligibility requirements, or which do not adhere to these application instructions, including required formats (font size and page lengths) and use of signature pages, are considered ineligible.

Please click on the button below to apply for the 2021 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain:

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Assistance with Applications

For technical support (including questions about trouble logging in and technical issues in completing an application) or questions regarding eligibility: Please contact [email protected] (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 [email protected] or call 1-609-683-8010.