Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program

The American Pain Society is pleased to announce the third year of the Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program. Medical management of chronic pain produces suboptimal outcomes in many patients, characterized by inadequate pain control, unpleasant side effects, or other adverse outcomes. Therefore, non-medical alternatives are needed to enhance pain control and reduce adverse effects of treatment for chronic pain. The purpose of this grant program is to fund research projects that investigate the effectiveness of novel non-pharmacologic treatments for pain, and mechanisms underlying these treatment effects. Applications testing novel treatments or innovative applications of existing non-pharmacologic treatments are encouraged.

Deadline: Letters of Intent (LOI) submission is now open.  To submit an LOI, please visit the proposalCENTRAL website. The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, September 30 at 11:59pm (EST). Only approved LOIs will be invited to submit a full application. Please see the below LOI instructions and program guidelines for more details.

The Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grants Program will award up to three grants in the amount of $35,000 to those pain research proposals that demonstrate the greatest merit and potential for success. Funds will be awarded for a twenty-four month grant period that will begin upon satisfactory execution of the grant agreement between APS and the sponsoring institution, and the receipt of IRB/IACUC approval.

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Research Topics

Proposed research projects should investigate non-invasive interventions with favorable side effect profiles to improve chronic pain management. Projects should be designed to provide novel information regarding treatment efficacy or the mechanisms thereof. Areas of inquiry considered responsive to this grant program include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical treatments for pain (e.g. manual therapy, rehabilitation, brain stimulation)
  • Psychological treatments for pain (e.g. cognitive-behavioral interventions, neurofeedback)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM, e.g. acupuncture, massage therapy)
  • Coordinated care, including combinations of the above approaches
  • Community based interventions and psycho-educational programs that improve access to pain management, especially to underprivileged.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an APS Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant, applicants must be:

  • APS members or non-members who agree to become a member if/when the award is made.
  • While applications are accepted from investigators at any level of career development, priority will be given to investigators within ten years of completing their doctoral degree, and who have not yet been awarded major NIH or foundation grant funding (R01 or equivalent).
  • Must conduct research at an institution in the U.S. or Canada.

Grant Budget and Grantee Obligations

  • Applicants can request up to $35,000 in total costs for the entire grant period.
  • Funds will be awarded for a twenty-four month grant period that will begin upon satisfactory execution of the grant agreement between APS and the sponsoring institution, and the receipt of IRB/IACUC approval.
  • Eligible grant expenses may include Principal Investigator salary but not institutional overhead.
  • Grant Recipients are required to submit a one page written interim progress report to the committee.
  • Grant Recipients are not eligible to apply for APS Young Investigator Travel Awards during the grant period.
  • As part of the award, Grant Recipients will receive an additional $1,000 Travel Stipend to attend the next APS Annual Meeting to be recognized as an awardee.
  • Investigators are required to submit their final results to APS for abstract presentation at the next Annual Meeting in accordance with the terms of the grant agreement.
  • Indicating travel expenses to attend the APS Annual Meeting in the second year of the year of the award is a required component of the Grant Budget.


Submission and Review Process

  • Letter of Intent: Interested applicants should submit a required one-page letter of intent (LOI) briefly describing the aims and methods of their proposed research. LOIs will undergo review to determine their responsiveness to this request. Only approved LOIs will be invited to submit a full application.
  • Only approved LOI's will be invited to submit a full application.
  • Full Application: Upon approval of the LOI, the investigator will be provided with instructions for submitting the full application. Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit by an APS grants review committee.

Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program Review Committee
David Keller, Founder of the Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program*
Patrick M. Dougherty, PhD, Chair
Karen O. Anderson, PhD
Emily Bartley, PhD
Michael Caterina, MD PhD
Jin Mo Chung, PhD
Robert Coghill, PhD
Feng Dai, PhD
Robert R Edwards, PhD
Caryolyn Fairbanks, PhD
Roger Fillingim, PhD
Perry Fuchs, PhD
Robert Gereau, PhD
Burel Goodin, PhD
Michael Gold, PhD
Richard Harris, PhD
Mark P. Jensen, PhD
Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD
Asma Khan
Ruby Nguyen
Barbara Rakel, PhD RN
Laura Simons, PhD
Kevin Vowles, PhD

For additional information contact APS at info@americanpainsociety.org or 847.375.4715.

*APS gratefully acknowledges The Sharon S. Keller Fund for Chronic Pain Management Research for the funding of this program