North American Spine Society: Research Grants and Young Investigator Grants (multiple opportunities)

NASS supports basic, clinical and translational science performed with integrity. The goal is to improve quality spine care for patients and understanding of underlying disorders. One way NASS achieves these goals is by funding grants and fellowships.

Research Grants
Research grants should focus on basic science, clinical or translational research. Basic research may focus on projects that further our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing novel models for prevention and/ or treatment. Clinical research may focus on projects that investigate the epidemiology, prevention, and or treatment of spine disease. Translational research may focus on projects that move findings from the ‘bench to bedside’. NASS research grants provide funding for promising research projects by qualified investigators in the field of spine. Funding amount and number of grants are at the discretion of the NASS Research Funding Committee based upon merit of applications and amount of funding available each year. It is recommended that approved grant budgets range between $20,000-$40,000 per year. In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year.

Young Investigator Grants
One to two Young Investigator Grants may be awarded each year. Principal investigators may be any age. MD applicants must be within five years of completion of training at the time of application; PhD applicants must be within five years of their post-doc training. Applicants may not have received previous grant funding from the NASS Research Funding Committee. It is recommended that approved grant budgets range between $20,000-$40,000 per year. In rare cases and at the discretion of the committee, each year may be up to $50,000 per year.

The Principal Investigator is required to be a NASS member. The NASS Member must be in good standing regarding dues payments to NASS.
Any spine-related proposal will be considered; a qualified NASS Member in any specialty will be considered. International NASS Members are welcome to apply. NASS Medical residents are eligible with the condition that they have a mentor/faculty support to work with them.