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SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

Research Grants

Application Cycles

Spring

February 1 - April 1

*suggested research start date:
August of current year

  • New Investigator
  • Small Exploratory
  • Standard

Fall

August 15 - October 1

*suggested research start date:
February of following year

  • New Investigator
  • Small Exploratory
  • SRS-Cortel Foundation Basic Science
  • Standard
 

 

General Information and Guidelines

All grants must have at least one investigator that is an SRS member.

Funds are for work to be performed, not works in progress or already completed.

All correspondence will be sent to the primary investigator. It is the responsibility of the primary investigator to provide information to co-investigators.

The SRS Research Grant program was not developed to support research for independent manufacturers, industry development or personal business financial gain. SRS will be sensitive to this issue and avoid funding these projects.

If grant is awarded, you must submit your findings as an abstract to the SRS Annual Meeting, with no guarantee of acceptance, before submitting to any other meeting.

SRS must be cited as the source of funding in any publication, presentation or in any publicity resulting from the award or its results.

 

Grant Descriptions and Information

New Investigator Research Grant

New investigator research grants are meant to stimulate young members into a career of investigation in spinal deformity.

  • Open to SRS Candidate Fellows or investigators within the first five (5) years of completing their training.
  • Preliminary data is not required, nor is it expected.
  • The work must be both conceptualized and executed by the young investigator. Reviewers will consider the extent of which the project seems to be the young investigators own work, rather than that of a more senior collaborator. However, involvement of an experienced mentor in an advisory role is encouraged and will be viewed positively.
  • Applications with achievable goals and clear direction for subsequent work after the completion of the project will be viewed favorably.

Application Notes

  • Duration of research – 1 year
  • Up to $10,000 may be requested.
  • CV page limit – 2 pages per investigator
  • Research plan page limit – 5 pages (text includes all figures, charts, tables, and diagrams)

Small Exploratory Research Grant

The small exploratory research grant is intended to be for “high-risk, high reward” projects. These are for ideas that may not pan out, but have sound theoretical basis.

  • Preliminary data is not required.
  • Projects that are seen as a continuation of established lines of work will not be considered in this category.
  • Final reports for grants in this category with “negative” outcomes will not be viewed unfavorably for the investigator when applying for future grants.

Application Notes

  • Duration of Research – 1 year
  • Up to $10,000 may be requested
  • CV page limit – 1 page per investigator
  • Research plan page limit – 4 pages (text includes all figures, charts, tables, and diagrams)

SRS-Cotrel Foundation Basic Science Research Grant

The SRS-Cotrel Foundation basic science research grants is for projects that will be performing work at the level of a small animal (rodent, fish, etc.) or smaller, including tissue, cellular, and molecular levels. Population genetics studies are also included in this category. Biomechanical studies will not be considered in this category.

  • Only available during the fall application cycle.
  • One award available per year.
  • Preliminary data and an investigational team with a proven track record will be viewed favorably.
  • Additional Considerations
    • How closely the SRS member is involved in all aspects of the project. (ex. A project performed by an investigative team that includes an SRS member clinician whose role is on the periphery of the project or whose role is poorly defined will not score as highly)
    • How much of the focus of the investigators other work is related to spinal deformity. (ex. A team of investigators whose careers have been dedicated to investigating gut motility will not be scored as highly)
  • These applications will be reviewed by the SRS Research Grants Committee and the Cotrel Foundation.

Application Notes

  • Duration of research – up to 2 years
  • Up to $25,000 per year may be requested (max $50,000)
  • CV page limit – 4 pages per investigator
  • Research plan page limit – 10 pages (text includes all figures, charts, tables, and diagrams)

Standard Research Grant

Qualitatively, the standard for reviewers of a grant in this category, is that the successfully completed project would be of a quality of a well-received podium presentation at the SRS Annual Meeting. The Society expects that these grants will lay the foundation for a sustained avenue of investigation and allow the investigator(s) to seek larger grants from sources such as the NIH or OREF. Investigators who have been funded at this level should not plan on, nor expect that the “next step” in a project will be funded by SRS after completion of their initial work. The work produced by a standard research grant is expected to be sufficient to lead to additional funding from another source.

  • Preliminary data is not required, but may be viewed favorably.
  • Investigators and consortia that have an ongoing study in this category will not be considered for additional funding until their funded project is complete, regardless of whether or not their new application is for a different avenue of investigation.
  • The quality and timeliness of the investigators’ previously funded SRS research and reports will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications for standard research grants.

Application Notes

  • Duration of research – up to 2 years
  • Up to $25,000 per year may be requested (max $50,000)
  • CV page limit – 4 pages per investigator
  • Research plan page limit – 10 pages (text includes all figures, charts, tables, and diagrams)

 

Application Documents

Reporting Documents