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2020 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain

Applications Open November 20, 2019.

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.

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

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.

More information about applying for the Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain, including a link to the proposalCENTRAL application portal as well as detailed application guidelines and instructions, can be found on the Foundation’s website: https://ritaallen.org/pain-scholars.

Research Topics

Proposed research projects should be directed toward investigating 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.


A complete application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 19, 2020. Grant awards will be announced in early summer 2020.


To be eligible for the Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain, the applicant:

  • 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.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, please visit https://ritaallen.org/pain-scholars. For information about the related but separate Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award, please see the Scholars page of the Rita Allen Foundation’s website. For questions about eligibility or other program-related questions, please contact the Rita Allen Foundation at apply@ritaallen.org or 609-683-8010.