The National Headache Foundation, a not-for-profit organization located in Chicago, IL, hereby publishes its call for research proposals. The Foundation intends to award one or more research grants in its 2023 funding cycle. Experienced researchers and research organizations are encouraged to apply for an award by describing a worthy project, methods, statistical plan, key personnel to be involved, and a proposed budget detailing how the funds will be used to complete the said project in a timely fashion. Brief letters of support from collaborators and bio-sketches of key personnel will be accepted as supplemental documents to the proposal.

The NHF has provided more than $2 million in 215 research grants to physicians and scientists working in the field of headache medicine. These research studies have resulted in more than $10 million of subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health. NHF will provide up to $100,000 in grants during the upcoming grant cycle. If the proposals submitted warrant such consideration, the foundation may also choose to award multiple smaller grants (less than $100,000) to maximize results from our research funding. This will be at the discretion of the research steering committee, whose decisions are final.

Pre-proposal contracts to discuss the NHF’s vision and research priorities are welcome via email to Timothy R. Smith, M.D., RPh., research steering committee chair, at [email protected].

Preference will be given to proposals for projects which:
·         Can be completed in one year or less
·         Propose research that is patient-centric and includes patient input into the design
·         Emphasizes and leads to results that could have real-world application for headache sufferers in the near term and have potential or plans for supplemental, matching, substantial, or in-kind funding sources
·         Provides answers or solutions to real-world problems dealing with access to care, implementation of innovations in headache disorders
·         Are of sufficient rigor and quality to be worthy of publication in peer-reviewed journals

Submissions for the next round of applications should be received by June 30, 2023.

Decisions regarding the award will be made by the NHF Research Steering Committee, after a review of the proposal, by its members at an ad hoc meeting by the end of October. The awards will be determined by a majority vote of the approval of the committee. The funding will be carried over to the next call for proposals which will be announced at a future date.