IPPS Grants and Scholarships

Our Research Mission

The IPPS strongly supports research and educational projects that are designed to improve care for patients with chronic pelvic pain disorders. Scholarships and research grants are available for educational and research purposes and are specifically designed for young investigators and clinicians who need financial resources to further their research and educational careers. These programs are benefits of IPPS membership and mentorship and are designed to support individuals whose contributions will benefit the mission of our society. All award winners will be announced at the IPPS Annual Scientific Meeting and on the IPPS Website.

VALUE

Scholarships and grants range in value from $300 to $10,000

DEADLINES

All applications are due by December 1st, 2017 for awards that will funded in 2018.

RESEARCH GRANTS

THE FRED HOWARD EARLY INVESTIGATOR GRANT ($2,000)

This grant will be awarded to any resident, fellow, post-doctoral scholar who proposes to implement a pilot clinical, research, education or publication project that has the potential to improve the lives of patients with pelvic pain. This grant is a membership benefit that also requires mentorship by an IPPS member. International applicants are accepted. The grant is limited to post-doctoral applicants (MD, MPH, PhD) across all specialties that may encompass care of patients with pain.

The winner of this award is required to submit an abstract describing their results at the annual IPPS meeting. Applicants must submit an application describing the project objectives, design, and methods. Applications are limited to 6 pages and must be submitted using the IPPS Grant Application SHORT Form (no other formats will be accepted). The applications will be reviewed by the Research and Program committees who will recommend 3 finalists. The winner will be selected by the IPPS President, and the Research and Program Committee Chairs.

Requirements:

  • Resident, fellow or post-doctoral fellow in any related field (all medical fields, pain, physical therapy, psychiatry, nursing)
  • Must have a post doctorate degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH)
  • IPPS Contact / Title Page Form with biography
  • Application describing project using the IPPS Grant SHORT Application Form which includes an abstract (250 words or less) and project proposal.
  • Applicant must present project at IPPS annual meeting when the project is completed
  • Applicant must be an IPPS member
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including a letter from department Chair or equivalent and a letter from a mentor)
  • CITI training certificate if performing human subject research or Canadian equivalent TCPS
  • The final project must obtain institutional review board approval if necessary, i.e. the institution where the research is being conducted must have access to an IRB or equivalent.
  • INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
THE IPPS RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT GRANT ($10,000)

This grant will be awarded to any fellow, post-doctoral scholar or junior clinical faculty (faculty < 5 years) who proposes to implement a clinical, research, or education project that has the potential to improve the lives of patients with pelvic pain. This grant is a membership benefit that also requires mentorship by an IPPS member. International applicants are accepted. We encourage applicant from aspiring researchers from diverse fields including but not limited to: women’s health, anatomy, education, genetics, gynecology, internal medicine, urology, gastroenterology, psychiatry / behavioral/ mental health, sexual health, public health, social work, endocrinology, pain, epidemiology, neurology, physical therapy, nursing.

Grant recipients will be required to submit an abstract describing the results of their research to an IPPS meeting within 3 years of receiving the funding. Publications resulting from this award must acknowledge support from the IPPS.

Applicants must submit an application describing the project objectives, hypothesis, background, innovation, study design, methods and budget using the IPPS Grant Application LONG FORM limited to 10 pages (no other formats will be accepted). The applications will be reviewed by the Research and Program committees who will recommend 3 finalists. The winner will be selected by the IPPS President, and the Research and Program Committee Chairs.

Requirements:

  • Resident, junior clinician, fellow or post-doctoral fellow in any related field (all medical fields, pain, physical therapy, psychiatry, nursing)
    • Junior clinician is defined as faculty or practice < 5 years
  • Must have a post doctorate degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH)
  • IPPS Contact / Title Page FORM with biography
  • IPPS Grant Application LONG FORM which includes an abstract (250 words or less) and project proposal.
  • IPPS Grant Budget Form
  • Abstract (500 words or less)
  • Must present project at IPPS annual meeting
  • Must be an IPPS member
  • Must have an IPPS mentor
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including a letter from department Chair or equivalent)
  • Collaborative letters of support if applicable
  • CITI training certificate if performing human subject research or Canadian equivalent TCPS
  • The final project must obtain institutional review board approval if necessary, i.e. the institution where the research is being conducted must have access to an IRB or equivalent.
  • INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Educational scholarships

IPPS-ASPE Educator Award ($500)

The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) is a professional nonprofit organization dedicated to improving pain management through the education and training of healthcare professionals to become Certified Pain Educators (CPEs). As the only organization focusing on pain educator training, the Society teaches healthcare professionals to serve as resources to educate their clinical peers, as well as patients, families, and caregivers, on ways to relieve pain by the safest means possible. ASPE members are the frontline practitioners when it comes to treating pain. They are ‘go to’ resources in their practices and organizations, imparting evidence-based guidelines, translating care plans, and monitoring for safety, efficacy, and adherence. They are charged with delivering better health outcomes. The IPPS has partnered with ASPE to ensure we achieve the vision that every healthcare facility will one day have a Certified Pain Educator (CPE) on staff. This is an important goal considering the current state of pain management in the United States and around the world. To achieve this goal the IPPS is funding $500 scholarships for IPPS members that are interested in completing the ASPE certification.

This scholarship is only available to IPPS members who wish to register to take the ASPE certification within 1 year. The $500 can only be used towards the ASPE membership and certification test fees, and will be paid directly to the ASPE on behalf of the selected IPPS member. IPPS members (including board members) who obtain this certification will be encouraged to participate in the IPPS Fundamentals course that is held annually at the IPPS Annual Meeting. Preference will be given to IPPS board members and members that have had an active role in the IPPS annual meetings or committees. Winners of this award will be selected by the IPPS board at the Annual Board Meeting.

Requirements

  • Faculty, fellow or post-doctoral fellow in any related field (all medical fields, pain, physical therapy, psychiatry, nursing)
  • Must have a post doctorate degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH)
  • IPPS Contact / Title Page Form with biography
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A brief personal statement (250 words or less) describing the educational goals of the applicant as well as how the certification will benefit the member and the IPPS
IPPS RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP IN PELVIC PAIN EDUCATION ($300)

This award is designed to promote resident and fellow education on the topic of pelvic pain. Residents or fellows may apply for this scholarship in order to attend the IPPS Annual Scientific Meeting and learn more about evaluation and management of pelvic pain. Applicants will be nominated by their program director. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual meeting, thus registration and attendance at the Fundamentals course and Annual Scientific Meeting is required. Applications from all fields of medicine directly involved in patient care (as long as they have some component related to care of pelvic pain patients) will be accepted. For example, a physical therapy or gynecology applicant would qualify whereas a radiology applicant would not.

Requirements

  • Resident or post-doctoral fellow in any related field (all medical fields, pain, physical therapy, psychiatry, nursing)
  • Must have a post doctorate degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH)
  • IPPS Contact / Title Page Form with biography
  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation one of which must be a nomination from the program director
  • A brief personal statement (250 words or less) describing how the educational goals of the applicant can be fulfilled by attending the IPPS meeting.
PATIENT ADVOCATE REPORTER AWARD (FREE MEETING REGISTRATION VALUED AT OVER $600)

As part of the IPPS mission we would like to inform patients with pelvic pain about the newest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain. IPPS will select 2 IPPS members to act as Patient Advocate Reporters at the IPPS Annual Meeting. Reporters will attend the meeting and each will select at least 3 sessions that they found most interesting and applicable to the patient with pelvic pain. They will write a 1 page summary in lay language for each session. (The 2 reporters must select 3 different lectures, for a total of 6 patient-centered articles). These articles will be posted on our website and available for the public to view. In return, each Patient Advocate Reporter will receive complementary registration for the Scientific Meeting.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be trainees (e.g. resident, medical student, or physical therapy trainee) with an interest in chronic pelvic pain.
  • Applicants should submit a statement of interest. The statement of interest should outline why you would like to be a Patient Advocate Reporter, your prior writing experience, and any other pertinent experiences you have. Limit your statement to 500 words or less.
  • CV
  • Documentation of training status
  • Must be a member of the IPPS in order to apply
THE JAMES E CARTER PAIN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ($1000)

This lecture honorarium will be awarded to recognize lifetime achievement in pain research and education. It will honor researchers and clinicians with significant contributions to pain research, education, and clinical care. These contributions should be in the form of publications and national and international lectures on a subject related to pelvic pain and associated factors. Speakers will be selected based on clinical or research excellence. Anyone can submit a nomination by providing the speaker name, CV and a brief letter stating why the speaker is being nominated. Providing a sample of the proposed lecture is encouraged. The winner of this award will be invited to present the Carter Memorial Plenary Session Lecture. Selection of the winner will be made by the Program Committee Chair and President of the IPPS as they select the speaker for the Annual Meeting Plenary Session.

Requirements

  • Faculty or post-doctoral fellow in any related field (all medical fields, pain, physical therapy, psychiatry, nursing)
  • Must have a post doctorate degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MPH)
  • IPPS Contact / Title Page Form with biography
Paul Perry Memorial Education Lecture Award

This lecture honorarium will be awarded to honor Dr. Perry’s life and future ambitions of providing education to health care professionals on how to diagnose and manage pelvic pain, thereby changing the lives of patients worldwide. The C. Paul Perry Memorial Education fund was created in memory of C. Paul Perry (1945 – 2008).