Q: What are the types of grants SRS offers?
A: SRS offers four levels of grants:
New Investigator Grant
This grant is specifically targeted towards new investigators. A new investigator is defined as someone who is either a fellow or within 10 years of completion of fellowship or equivalent specialist training in their country and has not previously been awarded funding from a major funding organization. However, this grant is available to candidates who have received a Small Exploratory grant. The maximum award is $25,000 and the duration of research may extend up to two years. Preliminary data is suggested although not absolutely required, and the application should be limited to seven pages.
Small Exploratory Grant
This grant is designed specifically for new investigators who have a preliminary concept they would like to develop into a research project. The maximum grant award for this category is $10,000. The maximum duration of research is one year. The grant application should be no longer than five pages, and does not require pilot data. It should, however, be able to generate pilot data that could be used when applying for a larger grant.
SRS-Cotrel Foundation Basic Science 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.
Standard Investigator Grant
This grant is awarded a maximum of $25,000 per year up to two years' duration, the maximum total award being $50,000. These grant applications may be in any area of spinal deformity research, although an additional funding source for grants focusing on the etiology of scoliosis is available in conjunction with the Cotrel Foundation. These grant applications require evidence that the investigator has the experience and resources to complete the proposed research. As such, preliminary data is generally required. The application is limited to 15 pages.
Q: Do you have to be member of SRS to apply for a grant?
A: 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.
Q: When using the online application, can I save my work and come back to it?
A: Yes, the application saves automatically after each page is completed. Saved applications can be accessed by re-entering your email into the Grant Application page.
Please note: Each page of the application website will time-out after 120mins (2hrs). Be sure to save any data you have input prior to the page time-out. 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.
Q: What does "Continuation"?
A: Continuation means if the project was funded by SRS in the past and you are still working on it.
Q: Can I include PI or Co-I salaries in my budget?
A: SRS will not pay salaries for clinicians, but personnel costs for full time researchers and research assistants can be included.
Q: What does "% effort for Personnel" mean?
A: % effort for Personnel means the percentage of their annual workload that will be attributed to the research project.
Q: If my grant is awarded, can I submit my findings as an abstract to another meeting?
A: 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.
Q: If my grant is awarded, will Facilities and Administrative costs be covered?
A: 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.
Q: Can travel costs be covered by research grant funds?
A: 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.
Q: When developing the Research Plan, do references count in the page limit?
A: References, appendices, and post-plan images will not count against your page limit.