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North American Spine Society Research Funding Program
Letter of Proposal: February 3, 2014
Grants (By Invitation Only): May 5, 2014
Traveling Fellowships: May 5, 2014
The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a multidisciplinary medical organization with over 7,300 physician and affiliated healthcare members in 72 countries dedicated to fostering the highest quality
ethical, value-based and evidence-based spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy. NASS members include over 32 spine-related specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry, pain management, research and other disciplines, including allied health professionals.
NASS strives to be a leading force in promoting and supporting spine research. Since 1989, NASS has funded more than $2.6 million in multidisciplinary spine-related research. NASS relies on the generosity of its membership, nonmember donors and the spine industry to provide funding for its research funds in support of
the highest quality, peer-reviewed research.
NASS supports basic, clinical and translational science performed with integrity. The goal is to improve quality
spine care for patients and understanding of underlying disorders. One way NASS achieves these goals is by funding grants and fellowships.
Types of funding available:
General NASS research grants provide funding for promising research projects by qualified investigators in the field of spine.
Funding amount and number of grants are at the discretion of the NASS Research Project Management Committee based upon merit of applications and amount of funding available each year. It is recommended that approved grant budgets not exceed $50,000 per year.
Young investigator grants
One to two Young Investigator Grants may be awarded each year. Principal investigators may be any age. MD applicants must be within five years of completion of training at the time of application; PhD applicants must be within five years of their post-doc training. Applicants may not have received previous grant funding from the NASS Research Project Management Committee. It is recommended that approved grant budgets not exceed $50,000 per year.
Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment grants
The Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment Grant is the result of a donation to research as part of the settlement of a class action lawsuit unrelated to NASS. This grant supports research of disc-related and/or neuropathic back pain by nonsurgical techniques.
These funds must be used for new, nontraditional methods of nonsurgical treatment of such back and neck pain and radiculopathy. If TNF-inhibitors other than etanercept are used in research and/or treatment funded, comparison studies using perispinal etanercept in at least as many research subjects or patients should be done.
Clinical Traveling fellowship
The Clinical Traveling Fellowship spans at least one month to be spent in three to five different medical centers studying spine techniques. The centers selected by the applicant should agree in writing to accept the applicant if he/she receives the Fellowship.
The Fellowship primarily covers the costs of travel and housing and typically ranges from $3,000-$7,000.
Research Traveling fellowship
The Research Traveling Fellowship spans at least five months at one medical center (other than the facility at which the applicant currently practices). The center selected by the applicant should have appropriate research facilities and agree in writing to accept the applicant if he/she receives the Fellowship. The Fellowship primarily covers the costs of travel and housing and typically ranges from $3,000-$7,000. If funding for the actual research project is needed, please apply for one of the research grants.