Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain

The Rita Allen Foundation and the American Pain Society Announce the 2015 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain.

Deadline extended until Monday, February 2

The Rita Allen Foundation (RAF) and American Pain Society (APS) announce the 2015 Award in Pain. The RAF and APS may award two grants in the amount of $50,000 annually, for a period of up to three years to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success.

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 faculty level. The entire award is to be allocated to projects specifically chosen by the recipient. Overhead is not supported.

Research Topics

Proposed research projects should be directed towards 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.


Applications may be submitted online and are due by midnight Eastern Time on Monday, February 2. Grant awards will be announced in April 2015 and funds will be awarded for the initial twelve month grant period upon satisfactory execution of the grant agreement between the RAF and the grant recipient's institution. For any questions regarding the application please see the detailed program guidelines.
General Information

The application must include a written proposal in English of no more than six pages, including a page of no more than 20 references, and curriculum vitae. The candidate's application must include a letter of support from the Department Chair or Institute Head demonstrating strong support for the candidate's proposed research and career development. Two other required letters of support are from the candidate's PhD advisor, and a mentor who has impacted the candidate's research. The candidate will provide the e-mail contact information for the individuals requested to submit letters of support and each individual will be contacted by the online system requesting that their letters be uploaded directly into the candidate's application. The candidate should list current and pending research support from all sources.


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 and this information must be clearly indicated in the Chair's letter of support for the candidate.
  • Should be in the first three years of their appointment.
  • Should be appointed to tenure track or equivalent position at their respective institution.
  • Must conduct the research and be appointed at an institution in the United States or Canada.
  • Must indicate if an application has been submitted for another APS research award and the candidate may accept only one concurrent APS research award.
  • A senior post-doc should not be an applicant.
  • Associate professors should not be an applicant.

Grant Budget and Grantee Obligations:

  • Eligible grant expenses may include Principal Investigator salary but not institutional overhead
  • Recipients are required to submit a 500 word annual progress report and a financial report to the RAF in accordance with the terms of the grant agreement.
  • Investigators are required to present an abstract presentation of the sponsored research at a future APS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Click here to view previous Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain recipients.

Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Review Committee
Charles Inturrisi, PhD, Chair
Allan Basbaum, PhD
Kathleen Foley, MD
Tony Yaksh, PhD

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