• Edward Connolly Clinical Research Award

    Award Description 

    The Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves announces a $2500 grant opportunity that can be applied toward personnel, equipment, statistics, and supplies*. The Joint Spine Section Research Award will support impactful clinical research related to the effects of obesity on spinal surgery outcomes. The deadline to apply is December 1.

    This award is made possible by the Edward S. Connolly Honor Your Mentor Fund through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF). To support future research awards, please visit the NREF Honor Your Mentor Fund page to make a donation.

    This research award will provide a means of peer review for clinical research projects to help improve the quality of the proposal, and therefore, enhance competitiveness for future federal funding. This research award is meant to support research that may not have substantial preliminary data. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of scientific rigor, innovation, mentorship/environment and feasibility.


    • The Principal Investigator (PI) must be an M.D. or D.O. within two years of having completed residency or fellowship training or currently enrolled and in good standing, in an accredited Neurosurgery Residency Program.
    • The applicant must be a member of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. If applicants are a fellow or a resident, they must have a faculty sponsor from an accredited Neurosurgery program.
    • The successful applicant will hold their primary appointment in a Neurosurgery Department within the United States or Canada.


    $2,500 will be awarded and can be applied toward toward personnel, equipment, statistics, and supplies*. 

    * Investigator salary support, travel, and institutional indirect costs are not included in funding.

    Reporting Requirements

    Recipients of the research grants are required to provide a six-month progress report and an oral presentation at the Section meeting one year after the receipt of the grant. The award will be provided in increments of 50 percent initially and 50 percent after the six-month progress report has been approved by the Awards Committee and the Executive Committee of the Spine Section.


    December 1, 2021

    Application Information

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