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SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

Q & A

What are the types of grants SRS offers?
SRS offers six levels of grants:
Biedermann Innovation Award

The Biedermann Innovation Research Award shall be designed to support innovative research by young clinical investigators in the field of spine deformity.

General Guidelines

  • The total grant award is $50,000 per approved proposal,  
  • The award will be given out in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • Recipients should be young Active or Candidate SRS members (age 45 or younger at the time the award is given) who have demonstrated clinical or translational research promise and have submitted a research proposal designed to enhance innovation in spinal deformity treatment.
  • 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 manufacturer, industry development or personal business financial gain.  SRS will be sensitive to this issue and avoid funding these projects.
New Investigator Research Grant

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

  • Open to SRS Candidate Fellows or investigators who have not previously received an SRS Standard Grant, ORS, OREF, USA Federal grant (or OUS equivalent) and have completed 10 years or less of practice or at the committee’s discretion.
  • 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 investigator’s own work rather than that of a more senior collaborator.  Involvement, however, 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.
  • Duration of research – 2 years
  • Up to $30,000 ($15,000 per year) may be requested.
  • Applicants for the New Investigator Grant may also be interested in the US Bone & Joint Initiative's Young Investigator Initiative (YII)
Resident/ Fellow Grants

The Resident/Fellow Research grants are meant to allow residents/fellows to pursue avenues of interest to prepare them for a lifelong research career.

  • Open to all residents/fellows in good standing in an Orthopaedic or Neurosurgery training program
  • Preliminary data is not required nor is it expected.
  • Duration of research – 1 year
  • Up to $10,000 each
  • It is encouraged this funding opportunity be anticipated prior to the senior year for residents or prior to the start of fellowship for fellows such that the research can be completed prior to graduation
Exploratory Micro Research Grant

Exploratory Micro research grants are meant to promote the diversity of the SRS membership and encourage members who do not typically receive major research awards to advance their creative ideas.

  • Open to all SRS Fellows and Candidate Fellows.
  • Preliminary data is not required nor is it expected.
  • Duration of research – 1 year
  • Up to $2,500 each
  • Suggestions for types of projects that could be funded include:
    • Funding for a surgeon observership from an under-resourced country
    • Support a resident or student to perform research or travel on a medical mission
    • Projects from smaller institutions that do not typically obtain larger SRS grants
    • Non-traditional grants not necessarily for research – educational ideas, advocacy, quality and safety improvement, and outside-the-box ideas
SRS-Cotrel Foundation Basic Science Research Grant

The SRS-Cotrel Foundation basic science research grant is conceived to support projects that will be performing work in Pediatric Scoliosis. Projects investigating molecular and cellular mechanisms, medical imaging as well as characterizing biomechanical aspects underlying the disease are eligible. 

Basic science research using human populations or animal models are highly encouraged.

  • 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 pediatric 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.
Standard Research Grant

The expectation for a standard research grant 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 the SRS after completion of their initial work.

  • 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 in consideration when evaluating applications for standard research grants
  • Duration of research – up to 2 years
  • Up to $37,500 per year may be requested (max $75,000 total).  Applications requesting more than $25,000 per year should spend additional effort to justify the request.
Do you have to be member of SRS to apply for a grant?
You do not need to be a member of the SRS to apply for a grant.

However you must have at least one SRS member listed as a Co-Investigator on the grant. All SRS member categories count toward the requirement, including Candidate Members.
How do I apply for a SRS Grant?
Please apply using the online application. Contact Laura Pizur at lpizur@srs.org with questions.
When using the online application, can I save my work and come back to it?
Yes, the application can be saved after each page is completed. Saved applications can be accessed by logging into the Grant Application site.

Please note: To avoid loss of data, we recommend that you save your work every 10 to 15 minutes. For security reasons, if your session is idle for too long (e.g. if you don't press Save or click on a link to go to another page), you may be automatically logged off and any unsaved data will be lost. If you are going to be using a lot of text, feel free to create your fields in a word document and copy and paste into the online application fields later.
Does having outside funding for a project disqualify me for SRS funding for the same project?
Outside funding does not disqualify you for SRS funding for the same project. Outside funding, however, must be disclosed and will be taken into consideration when the committee evaluates the need and incremental benefit of the support the SRS may provide.
What does "Continuation" mean?
Continuation means if the project was funded by SRS in the past and you are still working on it.
Can I include PI or Co-I salaries in my budget?
SRS will not pay salaries for clinicians, but personnel costs for full time researchers and research assistants can be included. PI and Co-I salaries may be included if they are researchers, not clinicians.
What does "% effort for Personnel" mean?
% effort for Personnel means the percentage of their annual workload that will be attributed to the research project.
If my grant is awarded, can I submit my findings as an abstract to another meeting?
If awarded a grant, you must submit an abstract with your findings to the SRS meeting before submitting to another meeting, even though there is no guarantee of acceptance.
If my grant is awarded, will Facilities and Administrative costs be covered?
Current SRS Grant Policy states that "The amount of the award will be expended for the support of the person or project described in the application and none of the funds will be diverted to overhead expenses". This information can be found in the Statement of Conditions located within the online grant application.
Can travel costs be covered by research grant funds?
With the competitiveness of the SRS grant program, we generally encourage applicants to not include travel expenses in their budget plans.  In order to make sure that as many well deserving grants get funded as possible, the Research Grant Committee reserves the right to offer a funding level lower than the requested amount. This may include an offer of funds that covers all research costs, but not the travel costs.

Please note that the Exploratory Micro Grant is an exception to the above.
When developing the Research Plan, do references count in the page limit?
References, appendices, and post-plan images will not count against your page limit.