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Blaustein Pain Research Fund Grants

Blaustein Pain Research Fund Grants support clinical and basic research in pain conducted within Johns Hopkins Medicine with two grant cycles (Spring and Fall) each year.

Download the Grant Application

Proposals Accepted for Consideration

You can apply for funds to:

  • Empower a junior faculty member to develop a research project.
  • Advance a project to a point where it can earn external support.
  • Complete a small research project. 
  • Support core personnel such as clinical outcomes coordinators, computer specialists, biostatisticians)
  • Keep research activities up and running "between grants.”

Typical awards are for about $25,000 per year, and are intended for direct costs only. Requests should not exceed $50,000.

Review Process

The Research Grant Committee of the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Center’s director. Proposals are evaluated on these bases:

Relevance to painScientific merit
FeasibilityCareer development potential
Synergy with overall pain programHistory of productivity as predictor of success
OriginalityLikelihood of research attaining external funding
Level of departmental support 


  • Eligible research should relate directly to improving our understanding of the mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of pain.
  • Faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University with a demonstrated commitment of career interest in pain research are eligible.
  • You agree to acknowledge the support of the Blaustein Pain Research Fund in any publication resulting from the research.
  • You agree to present a brief progress report at the end of the funding period.
  • The results of the selected study will be presented at the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center Grand Rounds.

Proposal Deadlines

Proposal Fall 2014

Requested: March 15, 2014
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2014
Funding: July 1, 2014 -- June 30. 2015

Proposal Spring 2015

Requested: August 10, 2014
Submission Deadline: October 10, 2014
Funding: January 1, 2015 -- December 31, 2015

How to Submit Your Application

  • Research plan page limit: five (5) pages with a font size of 11 or greater. Applications with research plans exceeding this limit will not be reviewed.
  • The proposal should use a format similar to that of an NIH research proposal with sections covering Specific Aims, Background and Significance (i.e., rationale), Preliminary Results (if available) or Progress Report (for those requesting an additional year of support), and Research Design and Methods.
  • Applicants should state how this research will develop their career and/or lead to external support. 
  • Please provide an abstract (<300 words), a two page biographical sketch of the applicant and all co-investigators, a budget with justification, and a summary of other ongoing and proposed research support.
  • Include a letter from the Department Director that comments on the merit of the proposal and indicates the amount of support to be provided for this research by the department.
  • Deliver the original copy of the proposal to the Blaustein Pain Fund Coordinator (Alene Carteret) in Carnegie 500. In addition, please send an electronic copy of the proposal (PDF format) to the Chairman at, and the coordinator at  


View research that has previously been awarded grants from the Blaustein Pain Research Fund.


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