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Funding Opportunities

CTPC has gathered information from a variety of sources on potential pain-focused funding opportunities. These may be federal, state or private grants or awards. Unless directly specified otherwise, this list is provided as a service and does not imply CTPC endorsement of any of the funding opportunities listed below.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Announcements

Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Grant announcements from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for supporting research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of health care.

AHRQ's Research Priority Areas include:

Research to improve health care patient safety
Harnessing data and technology to improve health care quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient
Research to increase accessibility and affordability of health care by examining innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing

List of AHRQ funding opportunities.


APS Future Leaders in Pain Research

Funder: American Pain Society

 The Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant Program was established in 2005 to fund pain research projects of doctoral-prepared investigators who have not yet attained NIH R01-level funding. The purpose of this grant is to encourage research in pain that will add to the existing body of knowledge, and to allow investigators to develop pilot data that will aid them in securing additional major grant funding for continued pain research.

Listing of the APS Future Leadership grant opportunities.


ASPMN Research Grant

Funder: American Society for Pain Management Nursing

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

All applicants for project/research support should submit a proposal following the process outlined for merit comparison of proposals. The applicant and the institution are required to affirm that satisfactory ethical precautions shall be taken with regard to projects involving human subjects as described in the guidelines. All applications shall be reviewed by the ASPMN® Grant Review Subcommittee of the Research Committee of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing®.

ASPMN® research grant proposal guidelines and application.


BRAIN Initiative: Notice of Support for Research on the Fundamental Neurobiology of Pain Processing

Funder: NIH-BRAIN Initiative

Notice Number: NOT-NS-18-008

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is aimed at revolutionizing neuroscience through development and application of innovative technologies to map neural circuits, monitor and modulate their activity, and understand how they contribute to thoughts, sensations, emotions and behavior.

The purpose of this announcement is to notify the research community that NIH welcomes BRAIN Initiative applications targeting central nervous system nociceptive and pain circuits, as appropriate to the goals and requirements of specific BRAIN Initiative FOAs. Pain conditions represent an important public health problem and NIH continues to support research into pain pathologies through normal Institute and Center appropriations. However, pain and nociception are also components of normal nervous system function, and the BRAIN Initiative is committed to understanding pain circuits along with brain circuits underlying other sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional functions.

List of past and open BRAIN Initiative funding opportunity announcements.


Chronic Pain Research Alliance – Funding Opportunities for Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

Funder: NIH

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) is the country’s first and only research-led collaborative advocacy effort dedicated to changing the lives of those with Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs).

List of open funding opportunities announcements on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions from the National Institutes of Health.


International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) – Grants and Fellowships

Funder: American Pain Society

IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Listing of IASP’s annual grants and awards which support investigators working in basic or clinical research and education in developing countries.


NIH HEAL Initiative: Pain-Related Funding Opportunities

Funder: NIH-HEAL Initiative

The NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative is an interdisciplinary program aimed at advancing addiction and pain research in the United States. The HEAL initiative will bolster research across NIH to improve treatments for opioid misuse and addiction and enhance pain management. The initial plans for the HEAL Initiative include support of research to understand how chronic pain develops as well as develop a data sharing collaborative, new biomarkers for pain, and a clinical trials network for testing new pain therapies.

For a list of HEAL initiative funding opportunities, see NIH HEAL Funding Announcements and Opportunities website.


NIH HEAL Initiative: Announcement of the NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges to Develop Innovative and Catalytic Approaches Towards Solving the Opioid Crisis

Funder: NIH-HEAL Initiative

Notice Number: NOT-TR-18-031

Submission Period: December 31, 2018 – May 31, 2019

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) ASPIRE Design Challenges are designed to advance innovative and catalytic approaches towards solving the opioid crisis by developing “A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration” (ASPIRE) to aid in the discovery and development of novel and effective treatments, while at the same time making the process faster and more cost-effective. The NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges are part of the of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative to speed scientific solutions to the national opioid public health crisis.

For more information including deadlines, application requirements, and to sign up for updates visit the ASPIRE Design Challenges page.


NIH (Pain-Related) Funding Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NIH Guide) is the official publication for NIH biomedical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. NIH publishes daily and issue a table of contents weekly.

View active NIH pain-related funding opportunity announcements and notices.


Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) – Pain Research Funding Opportunity

OnPAR (Online Partnership to Accelerate Research) is a funding initiative launched in March 2016 by Leidos Life Sciences in partnership with the NIH. OnPAR is a matchmaking platform where applicants and non-government funders come together. OnPAR seeks to provide a second funding opportunity for high-scoring NIH research applicants by matching them with non-government organizations.

If you have submitted an application to NIH for pain-related research that was not funded and would like to have your application considered by OnPAR, visit the OnPar website for more information.


Pain Research Forum – Listing of Funding Opportunities

The Pain Research Forum (PRF) was launched in June 2011 to provide a place for members of the international pain research community to engage in an open exchange of information and ideas. The PRF provides a listing of pain research funding opportunities, which is updated by its members.

View PRFs listing of pain research funding opportunities.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Opportunities

Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

PCORI was established to fund research that can help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about the healthcare choices they face every day, guided by those who will use that information. PCORI funds projects that answer patient-centered questions about health and health care.

List of open PCORI funding opportunities, as well as upcoming and past opportunities.


Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Address the Opioids Crisis

Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Notice Number: NOT-HS-18-015 

Application Deadline: Applicants should consider this SEN active until September 30, 2021

The purpose of this Notice is to inform the research community that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in receiving health services research grant applications to advance our nation's understanding of the opioids crisis and provide solutions for addressing it.

Full description of this notice and information on related announcements.