The Pain Research Challenge is a funding opportunity for ideas and solutions associated with both physiological and psychological pain. Research solutions can address the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and treatment to prevent and/or mitigate pain. Solutions should address a specific problem in the area(s) of pain including mechanism, treatments, modalities, and impacts of acute and chronic pain.
To participate, teams are asked to complete the brief application template. Advancing teams are invited to submit a budget and seven-minute slideshow presentation.
Up to $150,000 in awards are funded by the Virginia Kaufman Endowment Fund and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Three projects will be selected to receive a $50,000 award. The award period will last 12 months.
At least one member of the team must be a University of Pittsburgh faculty member. While individuals are welcome to apply, University partnerships or cross-disciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams with connections among other universities and community organizations are also encouraged.
The Round 1 application period opens on January 6, 2020. Applications must be submitted through Powered by PInCh®. Please note: Powered by PInCh requires teams to create a new project and add a brief description prior to submitting the Round 1 application.
Application Due Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Download and complete the one-page application template which requires a response to each of the following categories: Problem, Solution, Novelty, Impact, Project Plan, and Team. NOTE: each response is limited to 350 characters (with spaces) or approximately 50 words, and therefore, needs to be concise.
Download the application template:
Round 2: Invited Applications
Application Due Date: Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
1. Seven-minute narrated slide presentation
How to make a narrated PowerPoint:
2. Budget and Budget Justification
Download PHS 398 Form:
|Round 1 Open Application Period:||Monday, January 6|
|Round 1 Application Due Date:||Monday, February 17 at 5 p.m.|
|Announcement of Advancing Projects:||Monday, March 16|
|Round 2 Application Due Date:||Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m.|
|Announcement of Awards:||May 2020 (date TBD)|
Learn about past Pain Research Challenge winners.