Pain Research Fund FAQs
Why establish a Pain Research Fund?
Chronic pain affects 100 million people according to the Institute of Medicine's report on Relieving Pain in America, published in 2011 (Pizzo, 2011). Increased research would help us understand the problem of pain in new ways to improve pain relief and is grossly underfunded based on the impact it has on the US population.
What are the priorities of the Pain Research Fund?
The primary goal of the APS Pain Research Fund, is to provide both starter grants for researchers that will enable them to compete for larger grants at the federal level as well as more substantial grants for dissemination of evidence based findings through the development of clinical practice guidelines.
"APS is the only evidence-based, multidisciplinary organization that places top priority on research advocacy and grant programs designed exclusively to increase funding available for basic and clinical pain research."—Roger B. Fillingim, PhD, APS Past President and Chair of the Pain Research Fund Committee
Can I direct my donation to certain types of research?
Money donated to the fund will be directed to pain-related research projects selected by a panel of scientific reviewers who are members of APS. Donors giving a larger amount of money may have the option to specify the type of research they want to support.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. The American Pain Society (APS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, founded in 1978. It is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering. Learn more about APS.
How can I help?
Everyone's support is welcome. Donors large and small can contribute to the APS Pain Research Fund via the website. The need is huge, but you can make a difference no matter how much you give!
For example, the minimum grant that is given to young investigators and early career professionals is $20,000 for a 1-year period. That means that if each donor gave $100, we would need 200 donors to fund one young investigator. Donations will be used exclusively for pain research grants and evidence-based guideline development and revisions.
Funders interested in underwriting specific areas of pain research may work directly with APS leaders to develop targeted grant programs, including defining their focus on basic science, translational research or clinical applications, such as clinical practice guidelines. Please contact Catherine Underwood, CEO, at 847.375.4874 for more information.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding the Pain Research Fund.
How will my donation be recognized?
Donors are listed on the online acknowledgement webpage, in newsletters and other fund materials. Your donation may be designated to honor an individual of your choice. Donors may always remain anonymous if they desire.