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 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 or call 1-609-683-8010.