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Saturday, December 16, 2017

AANS/CNS Spine Section Research Grant


Grant Description:
This award is intended to initiate or sustain a research project related to impactful investigation of clinically relevant spine disorders and conditions. For 2017, the Spine Section seeks to fund research aimed at developing Performance Indicators for Spine Surgery. The proposal should represent a collaborative effort between a variety of providers and payors, making use of patient reported outcomes and other assessment tools. The Award will be directed towards a meritorious proposal that demonstrates a high likelihood for success. Principal applicants are intended to be surgeons, fellows, or residents with published research experience coming from neurosurgical or orthopedic backgrounds (MD or DO). Preference will be given to a proposal for pilot data to be used as part of a larger grant application to National Funding Agencies such as NIH, DoD, or NSF.

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be an M.D. or D.O. within 5 years of having completed residency training or currently enrolled in good standing, in an accredited Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Residency Program. The applicant must be a member of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. If the applicant is an Orthopedic surgeon, s/he must have an accompanying Neurosurgery faculty investigator who is also a member of AANS/CNS Joint Section. If the applicant is a fellow or a resident, s/he must have a faculty sponsor from an accredited educational institution. The successful applicant will hold their primary appointment in Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Department in Canada or the United States.

Funding: Up to $45,000 dispersed over a 3 year period. Monies may be used towards personnel, equipment, and supplies. Investigator salary support, travel, and institutional costs will not be funded.

Reporting Requirements: An executive committee member with relevant subject expertise will be assigned as study mentor to assist the project. This mentor can have co-authorship or co-investigator role if warranted. The Principal Investigator is required to provide an annual written progress report during the funding period and at the termination of the grant. Additionally, the Investigator will be required to present their findings in person to the Executive Committee of the Spine Section each year during the award period. $15,000 will be dispensed annually over a three year period contingent upon renewed approval by the Executive Committee.

Application Deadline:
December 21, 2017, 5 pm Pacific Standard Time

Application Information-

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  • Cover sheet (download)
  • Biosketch Sample (download)
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