AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant Request for Applications

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is now accepting applications for grant support of preliminary or pilot research projects relevant to a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management.

For a list of relevant topics and priorities, visit the Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS). The goal of the AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant program is to simultaneously advance the research mission of AAPM and the career development of early career scientists.

Proposals should specify under which category or heading their application would fall in the FPRS and state how projects would align with the specific aims of the AAPM, which are to:

  1. Develop novel methods and approaches to measurement, assessment, and/or treatment of acute, sub-acute, or chronic pain regardless of etiology or without identifiable etiology.
  2. Examine and improve outcomes that are important to patients, including determining the patient perspective regarding benefits and harms of diagnostic, therapeutic, or health delivery system interventions for the prevention and/or treatment of pain.
  3. Examine barriers to improving patient-centered outcomes in clinical practice, to promote widespread availability, adoption, and access to high-quality practices.

One grant of $15,000 for one year will be awarded with a start date of July 1, 2020.


The Principal Investigator must be a member of AAPM (or become a member of AAPM upon application submission) and must identify a research mentor who will allow the PI to successfully operationalize and complete the proposed work. An Early Stage Investigator is an Investigator who has completed his or her terminal research degree or medical residency (including clinical/research fellowship)—whichever date is later—within the past 5 years and has not yet been awarded a substantial competing NIH or federal (AHRQ or PCORI) research grant.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • November 14, 2019: Request for Applications (RFA) Release Date
  • January 20, 2020: Letter of Intent (non-binding) due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • February 17, 2020: Proposal Application due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • April 1, 2020: Notification of Award
  • July 1, 2020: Anticipated start date of funding

Grant Requirements

  • The budget should extend no further than 12 months from grant disbursement. (No-cost extensions are not allowed.)
  • All AAPM/AAPMF policies and guidelines must be strictly followed by investigators receiving awards.
  • Funds cannot be used for indirect costs. A letter must be obtained from the PI’s institution demonstrating agreement to waive indirect costs (if relevant).

Instructions & Application

Access detailed instructions for submitting an AAPM Early Investigator Research Grant proposal.

Grant Instructions & Application

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