CPS: Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant Program 2020


The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) 

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) in partnership with Pfizer Canada is pleased to offer the Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant Program. This grant will provide operating funds for early career researchers who recently entered a faculty position at a Canadian academic institution (University or Health Centre). This program aims to support operating costs of research and allow early career investigators to conduct pilot or preliminary research that can be used as the basis for a tri-council grant submission.

Applications will be considered for innovative research in either basic, clinical or translational science in any of the following areas:

• Mechanisms and management of chronic pain

• Transition from acute to chronic pain


Applicants must:

• Hold a PhD, MD, PharmD, DMD/DDS or DVM with advanced training in research

• Hold or have accepted an offer of a Faculty appointment at an eligible Canadian academic institution at the time of application. The official start date must be no later than June 1, 2020. 

• Be within 5 years of initiating their career as an independent investigator

• Be a current member of the Canadian Pain Society (click here to join CPS today).

Note: Applicants who have received a major operating grant as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator (e.g. Tri Council funding, NIH, etc), that provides yearly support equal to or greater than the CPS/Pfizer Early Career Research Grant (i.e. $50,000/year) are no longer eligible to apply.

Funding Availability


Maximum Project Value

• $50,000 per grant

• One (1) complimentary Three (3) Day Scientific Meeting registration 

• One (1) Complimentary Awards Gala ticket to the annual reception and dinner on Thursday, May 21, 2020 where the award will be presented 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit copy of application, letter of support from Director/Dean of College and complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Applicant to complete and submit on line application

• All documents must be combined and uploaded into one PDF file and cannot exceed 30 MB.

• Applications exceeding the page limits will not be considered.


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For Questions, please contact

Canadian Pain Society office (416) 642-6379 or awards@canadianpainsociety.ca

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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