Grant Opportunities

Emergency Awards: HEAL Initiative: Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists Career Development

This opportunity (RFA-NS-22-060) was originally opened earlier this year but has been reissued. The due date for applications is July 15, 2022, with letters of intent requested by June 15 (which is also the earliest submission date).

On June 6, there will be a webinar (more details below) to answer questions from prospective applicants.
The National Institutes of Health invites applications to develop a Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists (CCNPS). The main purpose of the CCNPS is to enhance the training experience of early-career researchers and investigators who are new to pain research across the continuum of basic, translational, and clinical research and create a vast network of NIH-funded pain researchers to promote multidisciplinary collaborations in pain research.

While the goal of the center is to support pain researchers, the PD/PI applying for this RFA does not have to be a pain researcher themselves. More specific details about the program are at RFA-NS-22-060. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out  to Dr. Laura Wandner (

On June 6 (12:00-1:00pm EST), there will also be a webinar (more details below) to answer questions from prospective applicants.
Join the webinar here.


National Headache Foundation Research Grants

The National Headache Foundation supports research in the field of headache and pain as part of our mission, which also includes offering education and information to people living with migraine disease and headache disorders. The NHF has provided more than $2 million in 215 research grants to physicians and scientists working in the field of headache medicine. These research studies have resulted in more than $10 million of subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health.  Experienced researchers and research organizations are encouraged to apply for an award.

Preference will be given to proposals for projects which:

  • Could be completed in one to two years
  • Propose research that is patient-centric and includes patient input into design
  • Emphasizes and leads to results that could have real-world application for people living with headache disorders in the near-term
  • Have potential or plans for supplemental, matching, sustainable, or in-kind funding sources
  • Provide answers or solutions to real-world problems dealing with access to care, implementation of innovations in headache management, or develop new ways of understanding the plight of those who suffer from severe headache disorders
  • Are of sufficient rigor and quality to be worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal

More information

International Headache Society Grants

IHS Headache Science Awards

Two Headache Science Awards are offered, one for early-career scientists, and one for mid-career scientists.

The Awards are offered on an annual basis to recognise promising early- and mid-career basic, clinical or translational scientists who are members of IHS and whose research has contributed to the headache field.

IHC Travel grants

Travel grants are offered to young researchers and physicians to attend the biennial International Headache Congress (IHC).

The next grants available will be for IHC 2023.



Recruiting & Retaining Fundable Investigators for Migraine Researcher
Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD
Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Your Research Idea and NIH Funding
Michael Oshinsky, PhD -
Program Director, Pain & Migraine
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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Getting Migraine Research Funding
Greg Dussor, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas

Pain Research Forum
Neil Andrews
Executive Director