Research Grants

The mission of the Cervical Spine Research Society is to carry out research and exchange information on the cervical spine. Thanks to the generosity of our 21st Century Research and Education Fund Premier Donors, CSRS will be providing up to $250,000 in research grant funding this year, to be distributed among selected grant proposals. All of the grant applications undergo a rigorous peer review process by the CSRS Research Committee. The LOI submission is step one of the review process. Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a formal grant application (step 2). Selection for CSRS research funding is always a highly rigorous and competitive process – we receive many high quality proposals each year, and every proposal is thoroughly vetted and reviewed by the Research Committee. In 2019, 35 Letters of Intent were received and a total of seven were funded across three grant categories.

21st CENTURY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Budget: up to $75,000 (Basic Science and/or Clinical Research)

Mission Statement: To fund the highest quality applications likely to make the greatest impact on cervical spine research.

Projects may have an annual budget of up to $75,000 and may be provided for a one or two year time period. For 2020, this grant is open to basic science and clinical research projects. Grant proposals will be subject to a line-by-line budget analysis, which may result in an adjustment of the total dollar award. Funding for key personnel (such as a Nurse, Technician or Clinical Coordinator) may be included in the budget proposal for 21st Century Grants. Indirect costs will not be funded.

Restrictions: One member of the research team must be an Active Member of CSRS North America. Investigators previously awarded a 21st Century Grant become eligible in this category 3 years from the date of the prior funding. Investigators previously awarded a 21st Century Grant are eligible to submit a proposal in the Seed/Starter category the following year, provided the topic differs. Investigators are eligible for only one grant per year.

SEED/STARTER GRANTS
Budget: $25,000

Mission Statement: To provide seed-starter funding for promising research for young investigators.

Projects should have a budget of up to $25,000. Projects should be focused and capable of completion within 12-18 months. Priority will be given to proposals that are part of a research program with the potential to lead to other sources of funding. Indirect costs will not be funded.

Restrictions: One member of the research team must be an Active Member of CSRS North America. Investigators previously awarded a Seed/Starter Grant become eligible in this category 3 years from the date of the prior funding. Investigators previously awarded a Seed/Starter Grant are eligible to submit a proposal in the 21st Century category the following year. Investigators are eligible for only one grant per year.

RESIDENT/FELLOW GRANTS
Budget: $15,000

Mission Statement: To allow residents/fellows to pursue avenues of interest to prepare them for a lifelong research career.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to a Resident or Fellow (orthopaedic or neurosurgery) who will not complete his/her training before December 31, 2020. The applicant must have an Attending Physician “mentor” who is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society and should be listed as a co-investigator on the grant proposal. Indirect costs will not be funded.

Restrictions: Investigators previously awarded a Resident/Fellow Grant are eligible to submit proposals in the 21st Century and Seed/Starter categories simultaneously and in subsequent years, without restriction; however, the same resident or fellow cannot receive Resident/Fellow grants in consecutive years.

SPINAL CORD RESEARCH GRANTS
Budget: $15,000

Mission Statement: Mission: To fund Basic Science or Clinical Research to improve the understanding or care of patients who have sustained spinal fractures or spinal cord injury.

2020 Grant Timeline:

  • Call for Grants Open – LOI (Step 1): Feb 3 – Mar 13, 2020
    Deadline extended to March 22nd, 11:59PM CST
  • Invited Manuscripts Open (Step 2): Open now – Jun 5, 2020
  • Grant Award Winners Chosen: Aug 2020
  • Research Grants Awarded at Annual Meeting: Dec 10 – 12, 2020

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