Research Grants

The American Headache Society is now making it easier for its members to access opportunities for research funding. Please refer back to this page as new opportunities will be posted regularly.

Amgen Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research

The Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research will provide an opportunity for early career investigators in the United States to compete for individual grants of US$50,000–150,000 for novel research proposals that seek to advance the medical knowledge of migraine.

The Competitive Grant Program in Migraine Research aims to support research intended to advance the medical knowledge of migraine in predefined areas of interest, including:

  • Non-interventional clinical research with a focus on early diagnosis and treatment, epidemiology, and Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO)/Quality of Life (QoL) measures
  • Biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis
  • Preclinical research focused on mechanism of disease (non-calcitonin gene-related peptide [CGRP]- and non-pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide [PACAP]-related).

Due Date: September 1, 2019

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NIH Opportunities
To learn more about everything NIH has planned for 2019, download the NIH/NINDS Opportunities for Pain and Migraine Research presentation.

RFA-NS-18-041: Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures and Endpoints for Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

The overarching purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the discovery of strong candidate biomarkers and endpoints for pain that can be used to facilitate the development of non-opioid pain therapeutics from discovery through Phase II clinical trials.  Specifically, the focus of this FOA is on the identification and initial biological, analytical and clinical validation of pain biomarkers, biomarker signatures, and/or endpoints. Although research supported by this FOA can include animal studies, it must also include preliminary human validation using carefully standardized human samples or human clinical studies. The goal of this initiative is to deliver candidate biomarkers, biomarker signatures, and/or endpoints that are ready for advanced clinical and analytical validation research.

Due Date/s: November 25, 2019; March 12, 2020

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RFA-NS-18-046: Analytical and/or Clinical validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

The overarching purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the validation of strong candidate biomarkers and endpoints for pain that can be used to facilitate the development of non-opioid pain therapeutics from discovery through Phase II clinical trials.  Specifically, the focus of this FOA is on advanced analytical and clinical validation of pain biomarkers, biomarker signatures, and/or endpoints using retrospective and/or prospective methods. It is assumed that: 1) a candidate biomarker has already been identified, 2) assay technology has already been developed, and 3) a working hypothesis regarding Context of Use is in place. Research supported by this FOA will ultimately demonstrate that biomarker or endpoint change is reliably correlated with variables such as clinical outcome, pathophysiologic subsets of pain, therapeutic target engagement or response to a pain therapeutic; in addition, biomarker response will demonstrate specificity to the pain condition or therapeutic as demonstrated at multiple clinical sites. The goal of this FOA is to facilitate the advancement of robust and reliable biomarkers, biomarker signatures and endpoints of pain to application in clinical trials (Phase II clinical trials and beyond) and in the spectrum of clinical practice.

Due Date/s: November 25, 2019; March 12, 2020

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