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Pain challenge

Duration: up to 60 months
Costs: in the region of £50,000 to £1,500,000
Outline application deadline: 16:00 on 31 August 2017
Full application deadline: 16:00 on 10 January 2018
Contact: research@arthritisresearchuk.org

  • Disease subcommittee applications – Craig Bullock
  • Treatment subcommittee applications – Keith Pugh
  • Health subcommittee applications – Tracy Elliott

 

For many people with arthritis, pain has a substantial impact on all aspects of life, causing significant disability, morbidity and mortality. Despite recent advances, on-going moderate and severe chronic pain remains a substantial daily problem for a large proportion of people with arthritis.

What will these Pain challenge research awards provide?

We invite applications for ambitious and innovative research that will have a significant impact on tackling the pain of musculoskeletal diseases. Funded research resulting from the call will be expected to make a significant leap forward in our understanding of musculoskeletal pain, how it is managed and how it may be prevented.

Broadly, applications must seek to address one or more of the following:

  • Advance our understanding of musculoskeletal pain
  • prevent, diagnose or evaluate the risk of developing musculoskeletal pain
  • develop or test new approaches to treating and managing musculoskeletal pain and associated comorbidities, fatigue and mental health
  • evaluate existing approaches to managing musculoskeletal pain, including the provision, delivery and organisation of health and social care services.

We encourage applications in the highlighted priority areas within the call, although the challenge is also open to innovative and exciting investigator-driven pain research.

Who can apply for Pain challenge research awards?

We wish to encourage applications from both new and established researchers. At least one of the applicants must have a tenured position within a UK university, hospital or recognised academic research institute. We welcome applications from early career investigators and trialists, however fellowship applications are not part of this call.

Applications can include lead applicants and/or co-applicants with expertise relevant to this initiative, but who do not have a track record of musculoskeletal research and we expect applications to take a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to answering research questions.

Collaborations with international and industrial partners are encouraged for all applications.

Applications for larger and long term awards should be led from established groups, able to demonstrate highly competitive research track records.

There is a ‘Priorities in clinical research’ call for applications running concurrent with this Pain challenge call. That call seeks applications for clinical research funding in the areas defined in the final strategies put forward by our outgoing Clinical Studies Groups, these areas are not necessarily targeted on the areas of pain research defined here. Applicants should submit applications for the Priorities in clinical research round via a separate outline form. For advice regarding which call to submit a clinical study/trial to please contact the Research office.

What can you apply for?

Awards are available for up to 60 months, within the funding region of £50,000 to £1,500,000. We intend to fund awards of varying sizes across discovery, clinical and applied health research. The more substantial funding is available for clinical trials and studies, and significant bodies of research, which seek to answer an interrelated set of questions on a broader front than would be feasible in a series of discrete smaller awards.

Costs for salaries, expenses, animals (where relevant) and small items of essential equipment can be requested. For further details on what you can apply for see the associated guidance document.

How to apply

All three subcommittees are receiving applications to this Pain challenge call. Applicants should consider to which subcommittee they wish to apply before starting an application. Please contact the Research office for advice if necessary.

There is a two-stage application process for all applications. Applications should be submitted via Grant Tracker.

Applications will be assessed by one of our three subcommittees, applicants should select the appropriate outline form for the subcommittee they wish to submit to: either the Disease, Treatment or the Health subcommittee. There is a ‘Priorities in clinical research’ call for applications running concurrent with this Pain challenge call. Applicants should submit applications for the Priorities in clinical research round via a separate outline form. For advice regarding which call to submit a clinical study/trial to please contact the Research office.

Outline applications should provide an overview of the project and funding requested. The deadline for the receipt of outline applications is 16:00 on Thursday 31 August 2017.

Applicants successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full application, which will request more detailed information on the proposal. The deadline for the receipt of full applications is 16:00 on Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Submissions after 16:00 will not be accepted.
 

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