To maximize the opportunity for the Collaborative Spine Research Foundation to fulfill its mission — to advance the science and practice of the highest quality spine care through the collaborative funding and support of clinical research — the Foundation actively seeks out and engages stakeholders in its effort to develop a results-driven research agenda and keep it current with changing needs. This page outlines the process that Collaborative Spine has put in place to gather and consider stakeholder input in determining research priorities. For background information about the Foundation’s approach to developing a research agenda, please click here.
Collaborative Spine’s funding mechanisms are based on a two-pronged approach to research, funding both large, directed research projects and small, investigator-driven projects. The vast majority (80%) of grant funds are reserved for directed research projects that address crucial patient-care questions as determined in consultation with a variety of stakeholders. Investigator-driven projects that seek innovative solutions to clinical problems and are unconstrained by the directed research agenda are supported by the remaining 20% of available grant support.
All grants will be awarded based on scientific merit to deserving investigators selected through a stringent, two-stage peer-review process. Proposals are subject to evaluation for scientific impact and proposal quality.
Research Agenda Advisory Council
Collaborative Spine sets and refines its directed research agenda through ongoing consultation with its Research Agenda Advisory Council, which features stakeholder representatives from key sectors of spine care. This includes members of academic and medical societies; clinical researchers; and representatives of medical technology, pharmaceutical, insurance and health-service companies. Dialogue among these individuals, Foundation board members, as well as formal and informal discussions with other spine-care practitioners helps frame ongoing research agenda programming.
Collaborative Spine invites you to review "Setting a Clinical Research Agenda for Better Spine Care" and to submit your recommendations for research topics you feel the Foundation should consider by e-mailing your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.