What is your solution to ease the burden of pain?
The Virginia Kaufman Pain Research Challenge is a funding program to advance ideas and solutions addressing problems in the area of pain.
Pain is a major public health problem and tackling it involves collaboration and creativity. The Pain Research Challenge is seeking innovative solutions that address either physiological or psychological aspects of pain, including the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and/or treatments to prevent or mitigate pain.
The Pain Research Challenge is sponsored by the Virginia Kaufman Endowment Fund, named after a prominent Pittsburgh advertising executive, and administered by the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh.
Round 1 Application Due:
Monday, February 15
Notification to Advancing Projects:
Friday, March 12
Round 2 Application Due:
Monday, April 19
Notification of Awards:
Award funding of $50,000 is available to cover direct costs for a 12-month project, beginning when all regulatory and administrative approvals have been received. Each awardee will also receive CTSI project management support for the duration of their award period.
Team: The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a University of Pittsburgh faculty member; postdoctoral trainees and trainees in clinical training programs are not eligible to serve as PI. Faculty members on early-career training awards or clinical research scholars (i.e., recipients of K-series or similar career development grants) are eligible. Study teams should include cross-disciplinary collaborations. Co-Investigators may be from other institutions. Partnerships with non-academic community partners are acceptable.
Scope: Projects must address a specific problem in the area of acute or chronic pain. Solutions can address either physiological or psychological aspects of pain, including the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and/or treatments to prevent or mitigate pain. Projects that address mechanisms, diagnostics, and/or modalities of pain are acceptable. An emphasis will be placed on early stage proposals that have a clear path to impact.
CTSI uses the Powered by PInCh® contest management system to collect and review all project submissions. When applicants first log in, they will be required to create a new project before they are able to upload their submission. Project creation should only take a few minutes; applicants will be asked to complete the following three fields before being able to submit: project name, short description, and project summary.
The Round 1 application is due on February 15, 2021 by 11:59 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.
Each response is limited to 350 characters (with spaces) or approximately 50 words, and therefore, needs to be concise.
Note: Before you share your ideas with outside parties or present your work publicly (conferences, publications, or media), we encourage you to submit an Invention Disclosure to the Innovation Institute. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to initiate intellectual property discussions or draft an Invention Disclosure.
Download the application template:
Projects selected to advance to Round 2 are invited to submit a narrated slideshow presentation along with a budget and budget justification. All materials must be submitted as a single ZIP file through the Powered by PInCh® contest management system before April 19, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
A. Narrated slide presentation
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B. Budget and Budget Justification
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Entries for the Pain Research Challenge will be reviewed primarily on the following criteria:
|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:||Tuesday, May 19|
Learn about previous
Pain Research Challenge awardees.