The IPPS Research Development Grant

Submission is now closed for this grant. 

This grant will be awarded to any fellow, post-doctoral or junior clinical faculty (faculty < 5 years) member who proposes to implement a clinical, research, or educational project that has the potential to improve the lives of patients with chronic pelvic pain. This grant is a membership benefit that also requires mentorship by an IPPS member. International applicants are accepted. We encourage applications 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.

The maximum award amount is $10,000.

Eligibility 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
    • Post-doctoral fellow must have a post-doctoral degree (MD, PhD, MPH)
  • Both applicant and mentor must be IPPS members

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • 2 letters of recommendation (including a letter from Department Chair or equivalent)
  • (if applicable) CITI training certificate if performing human subject research or Canadian equivalent TCPS
  • Abstract (5000 characters or less)
  • Introduction, background, and justification for conducting this project (limit 1 page): This section should include a clear description of the definition of disease, impact, and current gaps in knowledge as they relate to the proposed project. Include preliminary data if available.
  • Specific aims and hypothesis (limit 1 page): Aims should be clear, specific and achievable. Aims should be differentiated from the overall goals of the research. Hypothesis must be justified by current research knowledge gaps. Please limit to no more than 3 specific aims.
  • Research design and methods (limit 5 pages): This section should have a clear description of the study design, study population, comparison groups or exposures, interventions (if applicable), primary and secondary outcomes. The proposal should also clearly describe inclusion and exclusion criteria, recruitment and enrollment methods, statistical analysis plan and how the outcomes will be assessed. Investigators should give careful thought for how they plan to decrease selection and outcome assessment bias as well as how to decrease loss to follow up.  Risks and benefits to study participants must be described and methods to decrease risk should be described. Whenever possible, investigators should use validated tools for assessing exposures and outcomes.  Investigators are strongly encouraged to consult the Sample Research Protocol Template provided on the IPPS website and published study design specific guidelines such as STROBE, CONSORT, or PRISMA.
  • Innovation an danticipated results (limit 1 page)
  • Timeline and deliverables (limit 1 page)
  • Budget (limit 1 page): Awarded money can only be applied towards direct research costs.
  • Appendix with additional samples of study specific materials such as recruitment tools, surveys, questionnaires, etc. (limit 3 pages)

Additional elements maybe included in the application (no page limit):

  • Abbreviations and references


Payment Requirements
Grants will be disbursed in two payments, with the first paid at the beginning of the grant period when all payment information has been received, and the second paid at the midpoint of the grant following receipt of a mid-term progress report and approval of the Research committee. Grants will be paid to the sponsoring institution and cannot be paid directly to the application or mentor.

Reporting Requirements
Grant winner is required to submit both a mid-term and final progress report to the IPPS Research committee.

Post Grant Requirements
The IPPS will be credited as a sponsor in any presentation and publication what results from the research project. The winner of this grant is required to submit an abstract describing their results at the IPPS Annual Meeting.

Past Recipients

Teresa Flaxman, MD
A Biomechanical Analysis of Physical Performance and Neuromuscular Function in Patients with Endometriosis Associated Pelvic Pain 


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