The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation was formed in November 2011 to advance the science and practice of the highest quality spine care through the collaborative funding and support of clinical research. This page lists funding opportunities that are now available — or anticipated soon — and outlines how grants are funded.
Current and Emerging Opportunities
Collaborative Spine initiated stakeholder consultations in April 2012. This led to the formation of a Research Agenda Advisory Council that was invited, along with other stakeholders, to offer research recommendations for consideration in setting our research agenda, which was published on Sept. 15, 2012. Advisory Council meetings began on July 30, 2012, and Collaborative Spine continues to have conversations with potential funders. The Foundation looks forward to announcing its first funding opportunities in the near future, and once funding is secured, a timeline of dates will be released regarding the invitation of proposals (both directed research and investigator-initiated) as well as when notification to grant recipients will occur.
Sources and Allocations
A non-profit organization (application for 501(c)(3) status pending), Collaborative Spine is funded through contributions by its founding organizations — the American Association of Neurosurgeons/Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (AAN/NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) — from stakeholder supportthat each receives designated for clinical spine research.
OREF and AAN/NREF welcome all contributions for Collaborative Spine and continue to actively pursue multi-year commitments of support from individuals, foundations and companies in the medical technology, pharmaceutical, insurance and other health-service sectors. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law and all donors will be recognized.
As contributions are received, grant funds are set aside, 80% reserved for large, directed research projects that address crucial patient care questions in specific topic areas, 20% for small projects that seek innovation solutions to clinical problems as defined by investigators.
If you are seeking grant support and would like to receive e-mail announcements as grant proposals are invited, or if you would like to inquire about providing or applying for grant funding, please send an e-mail request at your convenience to firstname.lastname@example.org.