RITA ALLEN FOUNDATION PAIN SCHOLARS

Please note: Applications for the 2020 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain will open November 20, 2019, and close February 19, 2020.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please see Apply for the 2020 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain below.

For information about the related but separate Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award, please see the Scholars page of the Rita Allen Foundation’s website.

 

AWARD IN PAIN

Since 2009, the Rita Allen Foundation has awarded annually the Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain, recognizing emerging leaders in basic pain research whose work holds high potential for uncovering new pathways to improve the treatment of chronic pain. Each year, the Foundation typically awards two grants, in the amount of $50,000 per year over three years, to early-career investigators who are pursuing innovative research on mechanisms that initiate and propagate pain in the nervous system.

Please see below for a list of recipients of the Award in Pain.

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

Research projects proposed as part of the Award in Pain application 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 entire award is made available to projects specifically chosen by the recipient; university overhead is not supported.

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Award in Pain, applicants:

  • Must have received committed start-up funds and independent laboratory space from their institution.
  • 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.

Apply for the 2020 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain

Applications for the 2020 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain will open November 20, 2019, and close February 19, 2020. Grant awards will be announced in summer 2020. 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.

Completed applications must be submitted via the Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain proposalCENTRAL system by 11:59pm Eastern Time on February 19, 2020. APPLY HERE. 

Detailed application guidelines and step-by-step instructions for completing the application can be found here.

 


 

The application requires a written proposal in English of no more than six pages, including one page of no more than 20 references. A Curriculum Vitae is also required. When completing the proposalCENTRAL application, candidates are also required to list current and pending research support from all sources.

Additionally, completed applications will require three letters of support. These letters must include one letter from the candidate’s Department Chair or Institute Head demonstrating strong support for the candidate’s proposed research and career development. This letter should also clearly indicate that the candidate has received committed start-up funds and independent laboratory space. Two other required letters of support should come from the candidate’s Ph.D. advisor and a mentor who has impacted the candidate’s research.

When completing the application in proposalCENTRAL, candidates will provide email contact information for the individuals requested to submit letters of support. Each of those individuals will be contacted by the online system requesting that their letters be uploaded directly into the candidate’s application on proposalCENTRAL.

For technical support regarding the Award in Pain application (including questions about trouble logging in and technical issues in completing an application): Please contact proposalCENTRAL at pcsupport@altum.com or call 1-800-875-2562 (toll-free) or 1-703-964-5840 (international) Monday-Friday from 8:30 am ET-5:00 pm ET.

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

Past Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Recipients

2019

Michael Burton
University of Texas at Dallas
Novel Models to Assess Sufficiency of Single Cell Paradigms in CB1R-Analgesia

Meaghan Creed
Washington University in St. Louis
Synaptic Adaptations Underlying Affective Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Peter Grace
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Antibody Receptor Signaling via Astrocytes: A New Pathway for Neuropathic Pain
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

Jordan McCall
Washington University in St. Louis
Using Persistent Homology to Model and Predict Spontaneous Pain Behavior
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

Vivianne Tawfik
Stanford University
Engaging Pro-resolution Microglia to Block the Transition to Chronic Pain
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

2018

Helen C. Lai
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Understanding the Molecular and Developmental Basis of Painlessness

Candice E. Paulsen
Yale University
Uncovering the Regulation of TRPA1 by Irritants, Cofactors, and Proteins

2017

Arkady Khoutorsky
McGill University
Extracellular Matrix-Mediated Spinal Cord Plasticity in Neuropathic Pain

Kyle Baumbauer
University of Kansas Medical Center
Targeting ASIC3 for Disruption of Nociceptor Sensitization following Spinal Cord Injury

2016

Steve Davidson
University of Cincinnati
Thalamo-limbic Circuit Control of Pain

Katherine Hanlon
Presbyterian College
DRG Macrophages: Function and Impact on Nociception

2015

Robert Sorge
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Immune System Modulation of Pain via Diet

Yi Ye
New York University
The Role of Schwann Cells in Neural Invasion and Associated Cancer Pain

2014

Gregory Scherrer
Stanford University
Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid-Induced Analgesia, Tolerance and Hyperalgesia

Tuan Trang
University of Calgary
The Spinal Determinants of Arthritis Pain: Role of Microglia and P2X7 Receptors

2013

Rebecca Seal
University of Pittsburgh
Mechanical Pain Circuits in the Dorsal Horn: A Role of VGLUT3 

Reza Sharif Naeini
McGill University
Role of Parvalbumin Neurons in the Dorsal Horn Pain Circuits 

2012

Sarah Ross
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Investigating the Neural Circuits of Itch and Pain

Michael Jankowski
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Molecular Mechanisms of Muscoloskeletal Pain after Ischemic Tissue Injury 

2011

Edgar Romero-Sandoval
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Spinal Cord Mechanisms in the Resolution of Postoperative Pain 

Yuan-Xiang Tao
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Discovery of a Large Native Non-Coding RNA and Its Involvement in Neuropathic Pain 

2010

Diana Bautista
University of California, Berkeley
Molecular Mechanisms of Somatosensory Mechanotransduction 

Seena Ajit
Drexel University College of Medicine
MicroRNA Regulation and Its Utility as Biomarkers in Neuropathic Pain 

2009

Theodore J. Price
University of Texas at Dallas
Translations Regulation as a Novel Paradigm for Understanding Nociceptor Sensitization and Developing Analgesic Targets 

Steven A. Prescott
University of Toronto
Pain Processing by Neural Networks: A Critical Link between the Molecular and Perceptual Changes