2020-2021 INfORM Early Career Researcher (ECR) Small Grant will provide up to U$
2,500 to support an outstanding project led by an INfORM early career member.
Projects should align with the INfORM scope, through clinical, translational or
populational research in the field of orofacial pain and related disorders. See
below for details about team and project eligibility.
1) Applicant must be an active INfORM member at the
time of application, who is an ECR in one of the following categories:
Predoctoral: Currently enrolled within an
academic institution in a pre-doctoral B.D.S, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.D., or PhD
program or other similar degree program in any country;
Postdoctoral: Within 5 years of graduation of
highest attained degree and no longer enrolled in a degree-granting program,
residing in a low to upper-middle income country according to the 2020-2021
2) If Applicant is a Predoctoral ECR, a Project
Supervisor (non-ECR or Postdoctoral ECR) must be included as one of the
research team members in the application form and copied (cc’d) in the application
3) Research team included in the application form may
be composed of 1 to 5 (Applicant + 4) researcher(s). The Project Supervisor also
counts towards the maximum of 5 research team members.
Proposals may include, but are not limited to:
Planning and grant writing
Feasibility or pilot testing
Data collection or access to secondary data
Publication or dissemination
5) Topics within INfORM’s scope of research in
orofacial pain and related disorders:
Clinical, patient-oriented research, including
clinical trials or human experimental studies;
Translational research addressing the first
(basic to clinical research) and second (clinical research to
practice/populations) translational gaps;
Populational research on etiology or
with INfORM scope of research.
role within project and potential for career benefit.
Importance of scientific question or knowledge
Potential for health and/or socioeconomic impact.
Originality and novelty of proposed project (e.g. theoretical concepts, methodologies,
Robustness and clarity of proposed design and methods.
Research team skillset and commitment to carry
out proposed project.
New collaborations among INfORM ECR members or
between INfORM ECR and senior members.
Features of the research context (e.g. academic institution, availability of
other funding sources) that support the need for this small grant, and the likelihood
of a successful outcome.
Applicant will submit the following two
documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, with the email of the
Project Supervisor cc’d if the Applicant is a Predoctoral ECR:
Completed Application Form, saved as a PDF (6 pages).
Single-spaced A4 or US letter-sized pages at size 12-point Arial font with
2.54cm (1 inch) margins, saved as a PDF (max. 5 pages), with the following
(Attention to page limits!)
& Innovation: brief literature review, rationale/hypothesis, goal(s)
(0.5 page max.);
of design and methodology, addressing the following subsections as applicable
to proposed project stage and topic (1 page max.):
design, population of interest, eligibility criteria, comparison groups (i.e.
intervention vs. control or exposed vs. unexposed), outcome(s) of interest,
sample size/power calculation, recruitment/sampling strategy, access to data
sources and/or data collection procedures, randomization, blinding, allocation concealment,
experimental procedures, human subjects protection and analytic strategy;
findings (preliminary/expected, if appropriate) (0.5 page max.);
Future Plans: impact for the field of orofacial pain and related disorders and
next steps (0.5 page max.);
projected dates for completing each major step of the project;
Budget: itemized proposed
use of funds from this small grant and brief justification (1-2 sentences per
item). If project requires additional resources for implementation, please
outline these items and how these needs will be met with other source(s) of
application materials should be received by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone, US) November
Review and Selection Process:
will be pre-screened by the INfORM board and those that meet eligibility
criteria and the proposal format will be scored by external reviewers. The
awarded team will be contacted via email and announced through the INfORM
social media profiles by January 2021. (Follow us on Twitter @INFORM_IADR and
Facebook “International Network for Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders
Methodology”). The award will be presented at the INfORM business meeting
during the IADR General Session in Boston, July 2021.
small grant is sponsored by the INfORM network.
For questions, please contact Flavia Kapos (firstname.lastname@example.org