Grants, Awards & PhD's
On the following page you will find details of the British Pain Society’s grants and awards and other bodies’ grants and awards.
The British Pain Society awards grants for research that advances the understanding and treatment of acute, cancer and chronic pain and the wider impact thereof. Awards may be made for projects that advance basic scientific, epidemiological or clinical knowledge in all fields relevant to pain. The BPS invites applications from all disciplines of pain research. Applications are assessed and awards made in accordance with AMRC guidelines and policies including the AMRC position on Full Economic Costing. The British Pain Society is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (www.amrc.org.uk).
The Society awards a number of grants and awards as a means of encouraging and promoting the study of and research into pain; these awards are only available to members of the Society.
Clulow Research Award
Applications are now open for the 2017 round. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th May 2017.
In 2001, Mildred B Clulow bequeathed a legacy to the British Pain Society to fund research into the causes and cure of pain. In 2011 a further legacy was bequeathed from Elaine Clulow; the Society,created a research grant award named the Clulow Award. This is a bi-ennial award.
A grant of up to £50,000 will be awarded for a research proposal which may be in any field of pain research. The funds may be awarded for a variety of purposes in support of a research project (e.g. small project grant, salary support, capital equipment purchase, running costs or additional funding to an existing grant). However, should a proposal request a proportion of the total costs of a research project then, in the event of an award, funds cannot be released until funds covering the full costs of the project are in place. Applications will be peer reviewed and a decision made by the British Pain Society Science and Research Committee.
You may download a copy of the standard British Pain Society research grant conditions by clicking here.
Full economic costing
Applicants should note that in accordance with the Association of Medical Research Charities, to which the British Pain Society belongs, grants awarded by the Society will not fund the full economic costs of research (fECs), or a proportion of these. Applicant may read the AMRC statement at http://www.amrc.org.uk.
- The applicant must be a current, Ordinary member of the British Pain Society, in good standing, and have been a member for a minimum of 6 months.
- The subject of the research must be within the field of pain
- The research must be undertaken in the UK
The applicant must complete the 2017 Clulow Research Grant application form.
The criteria for the application can be downloaded HERE
The application form can be downloaded HERE
The British Pain Society is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). All AMRC members support the AMRC postilion statement on the use of animals in research.
Clinical Research funded by the BPS may be eligible for NIHR portfolio adoption.
- Applications will be evaluated by peer review.
- The British Pain Society Science and Research Committee will assess the peer review and will submit their recommendation for approval at the December 2017 Council meeting.
- Funding will be forwarded to the institution who employs the successful applicant, in stages, according to each project and on submission of relevant expense receipts
Progress reports and presentation of research
The institution for which the successful applicant works will be expected to submit an interim report, 6 months after the Award and a further progress report, 12 months after the Award. It is expected that the result of the research will be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting (within two years of receipt of the Award).
Failure to submit timely progress reports will result in withholding of funds.
In 2005, the Mildred B Clulow Grant was awarded to Prof. Maria Fitzgerald to support a project on 'Cortical pain processing in preterm infants'. Click here to read the report.
In 2007, the Mildred B Clulow Grant was awarded to Dr Laura Mitchell to support a project on 'Experimental investigation of the effects of cannabis use on pain perception, control and coping'. (No report yet provided).
In 2009, the Mildred B Clulow Grant was awarded to Dr Tara Renton to support a project on 'Mapping of central changes, using cASL, induced by post-surgical pain after third molar surgery before and after Perfalgan infusion'. Click here to read the report.
In 2011, the Mildred B Clulow Grant was awarded to Prof. Gary Macfarlane to support a project on 'The Epidemiology of Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women'. Click here to read the report.
In 2013, the Clulow Grant was awarded to Dr Patrick McHugh to support a project on 'Improving the understanding and treatment of neuropathic pain'.
In 2015, the Clulow Grant was awarded to Dr Ilona Obara to support a project on 'mTORC1 and the regulation of opioid analgesic efficacy in chronic pain: a translational approach'.
IASP World Travel Bursary
This bursary is only available on the years that the IASP hold their bi-ennual Congress.
The 17th World Congress on Pain will take place on 12-16 September 2018 in Boston, USA
In order to encourage members to attend the International Association for the Study of Pain World Congresses, The British Pain Society makes funds available to assist its members who require financial assistance to attend the World Congress on Pain.
- The applicant must be a current, Ordinary member of the British Pain Society, in good standing, and have been a member for a minimum of 6 months. and a member of IASP.
- The applicant must have an income of less than £40,000 p.a. and give evidence of such
- The applicant must be working within the field of pain
- The applicant may not apply for this bursary if he/she has been granted other British Pain Society bursaries within 12 months of this application
- The applicant must be presenting work at the Congress
- Applications may be submitted by post by submitting the 'IASP World Congress Bursary Application Form' available to download here.
- The Application Form must be counter-signed by the Head of Department or supervisor
- The applicant must provide a copy of the abstract they intend to present and confirmation of receipt of abstract
- The applicant must submit a CV (including full list of publications)
- Applications will be evaluated by a British Pain Society sub-committee
- The applicant will be notified of the decision in writing
- If successful, the applicant must provide all receipts against which the aid is to be provided. Aid is limited to the cost of registration, accommodation and economy travel. A cheque will then be sent to the applicant.
British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting Bursary
Each year, the Society offers bursaries to members of the Society to attend its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS for a bursary to attend the 2017 50th Anniversary ASM in Birmingham is 5pm on Monday 13th February 2017.
In order to be eligible to apply for a bursary to attend an ASM Meeting, the applicant must have joined the Society the September before the ASM and still be a member at the time of the Meeting, having paid that years membership subscription. The applicant must have a salary lower than £36,000/annum.
Level of support offered
The level of support offered to each applicant is dependent on the number of applications received, the applicant’s salary and whether the applicant is exhibiting a poster at the Meeting. Applicants may request financial support to cover the registration fee to attend the Meeting, travel expenses and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of £50/night for a maximum of 3 nights.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted on the Bursary Application Form; available here.
British Pain Society Study Day Bursary
The British Pain Society launched a series of study days covering selected aspects of the core curriculum for pain specialists, entitled the "Learning in pain" series. The study days are designed to be refresher days for established pain practitioners, and educational days for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in training.
The Society has made limited funds available to assist those members of the British Pain Society who require financial assistance to attend these study days
- The applicant must be a current, Ordinary member of the British Pain Society, in good standing and have been a member for a minimum of 6 months.
- The applicant must have an income of less than £25,000/annum
- The applicant may not apply for this bursary if he/she has been granted other British Pain Society bursaries within 12 months of this application.
Level of support offered
Assistance will be provided towards the cost of registration and travel (up to a maximum of £50) and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
How to apply
An application form is available on request from the Secretariat at: email@example.com.
Please return completed application forms to:
The British Pain Society
Third Floor, Churchill House
35 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4SG.
- Applications will be evaluated by the British Pain Society Education Committee.
- The applicant will be notified of the decision in writing within one week of applying.
- If the application is successful, the Society will waive the cost of the registration fee and the applicant’s registration to attend the meeting will be processed with immediate effect.
- If the application for support towards the cost of travel expenses is successful, the Society will reimburse the costs after the study day, once receipts are submitted. Receipts are to be sent to the Secretariat, marked for the attention of the Honorary Treasurer.
Other bodies' Grants, Awards & PhD's
From time to time the Society is made aware of grants, awards & PhD's offered by third parties, including industry-sponsored grants and awards, that may be of interest to members of the British Pain Society.
The University of Huddersfield - PhD's
The University of Huddersfield has advertised for 8 PhD students (http://www.findaphd.com/search/PhDDetails.aspx?CAID=2816&LID=314), they have selected 16 projects, one of which is my iPS cell project (development of an iPS model of neuropathic pain (BPS Clulow Award)). If you know of anyone who wants to do a PhD then please let them know and to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).