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Q: How can I know whether my topic is eligible for funding?
A: Please consult the Request for Proposals. The objective of the funding program is to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in pain. This may include such areas as novel applications of technology to understand pain or address issues in pain management; investigation of novel approaches to pain treatment; or novel measurement approaches. Interdisciplinary collaboration is highly encouraged. If you have further questions, write to the Chair of the Research Grant Committee, and provide a brief description of your project.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: Eligible applicants are undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students at the University of Washington with an identified scientific mentor; Research Scientists with an affiliation at the University of Washington; or Faculty members with appointments at the level of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor with an affiliation at the University of Washington.
Q: Do all applications need to name a mentor?
A: Student applicants (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students) need to identify a scientific mentor. They must write a plan for scientific mentorship and include their mentor’s signature on the LOI.
Q: Are ITHS scholars from throughout the WWAMI region eligible to apply for this award?
A: This award is intended to be awarded to investigators in Seattle at the UW or local affiliated institutions. Investigators at other WWAMI sites would not be eligible to apply for this particular funding opportunity.
Q: How much funding can one request?
A: The requested funding may be in the range of $20,000 to a maximum of $50,000.
Q: Does this award allow for stipends or scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies?
A: No, the research award is limited to funding for expenses directly related to the proposed research project.
Q: If I am not affiliated with a school or research institution, may I apply for a grant?
A: No, we do not award directly to individuals.
Q: How much can my institution deduct for administrative costs?
A: Charges for overhead, administrative or indirect costs are not allowed. For some institutions this may mean that the applicant will need to request an indirect cost waiver. We encourage all applicants to check on the policies at their particular institution on this issue.
Q: What expenses can I include in my budget?
A: This pilot grant is intended to cover research expenses directly related and essential to the project (i.e., supplies, research assistance, and other relevant expenditures). Aid is not offered for tuition, non- project personnel, institutional overhead, or institutional support.
Q: What are the application deadlines and how long before I can expect a decision?
A: The Scan Design Foundation Innovative Pain Research Grant has one application cycle each year, with deadlines falling on October 15th for submission of letters of intent and March 1st for submission of full applications (invited from LOIs). Only applications that have been invited from approved LOIs will be reviewed.
Q: How and when should I receive the decision about my proposal?
A: We will send notifications via the email address included with your letter of intent. Letters of intent will be reviewed by the end of November with notifications sent by December 1st on the status of the LOI. Full applications will be reviewed in March  or April and notifications concerning the funding decision will be sent by mid-May.

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