• NIH HEAL Initiative RFA for Pain Scientist Coordinating Center

    We want to alert you to another opportunity to apply for funding from the NIH HEAL Initiative to run a coordinating center to support the career development of pain scientists and collaborations across the spectrum of pain research. We would appreciate it if you share this information on your listservs or among your networks of researchers.

    This opportunity (RFA-NS-22-060) was originally opened earlier this year but has been reissued. The due date for applications is July 15, 2022, with letters of intent requested by June 15 (which is also the earliest submission date).

    On June 6, there will be a webinar (more details below) to answer questions from prospective applicants.

    This FOA invites applications to develop a Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists (CCNPS). The main purpose of the CCNPS is to enhance the training experience of early-career researchers and investigators who are new to pain research across the continuum of basic, translational, and clinical research and create a vast network of NIH-funded pain researchers to promote multidisciplinary collaborations in pain research.

    While the goal of the center is to support pain researchers, the PD/PI applying for this RFA does not have to be a pain researcher themselves.

    More specific details about the program are listed below and in the RFA. If you have any questions ahead of the planned webinar, please feel free to reply to this email or reach out separately to Dr. Laura Wandner (

    Key components of the program:

    • Create a governing body composed of multidisciplinary pain researchers and pain patients from across the United States.
    • Create a networking system to connect pain researchers across the continuum of pain research, from all disciplines, and at all career levels.
    • Create a medium that facilitates communication between basic, translational, and clinical researchers.
    • Plan and host an annual meeting for all NIH-funded pain trainees and mentors.
    • Disseminate information about the annual meeting, collaboration and education events, accomplishments of trainees, etc.
    • Regular hosting of collaboration and educational events to connect early-stage investigators among themselves and with more experienced investigators on a regular basis.
    • Assess educational courses offered for trainees and mentors, and then develop and offer courses that would help enhance the field of pain management, if necessary.
    • Conduct an external evaluation of the accompanying K12 program’s effectiveness in its last year (RFA-NS-22-045).
    • Create and utilize objective criteria to 1) measure success of the network (e.g. participation, engagements, publications with multiple network participants); and 2) evaluate the impact of the network on career success and development (e.g. correlate network participation with traditional criteria for assessing accomplishments such as publications or promotions).


    In order to learn more about this RFA and to have the opportunity to ask questions, a pre-application webinar will be held on June 6th from 12:00-1:00pm EST (9:00-10:00am PST). Information on how to join the webinar is provided below.

    RFA-NS-22-060: Heal Initiative: Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists Career Development

    To join the web presentation:

    1.Go to

    2. Click "Join Now"

    For audio you can follow the prompts on your monitor, or call-in number (US): 646 828 7666
    Meeting ID: 161 914 0305

    Passcode: 103026