A World Without Headache

The National Headache Foundation supports research in the field of headache and pain as part of our mission, which also includes offering education and information to people living with migraine disease and headache disorders.

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

Research Proposals

The National Headache Foundation (NHF), a national not-for-profit organization located in Chicago, IL, hereby publishes its request for proposals (RFP) for the current funding cycle. The Foundation intends to award one or more research grants in its 2023 funding cycle to the best proposal(s) submitted during each  of our rolling/continuous RFP cycles. With this rolling process,  we invite research proposals throughout the year and will review three times/year (tri-annually).   When the funding has been fully allocated, the opportunity for further proposal submission will be closed until the next calendar year’s funding is made available. It is hoped that this will encourage and allow more high-quality proposals to be submitted and shorten the time required to resubmit a reviewed and improved proposal where applicable.

Experienced researchers and research organizations are encouraged to apply for an award by describing a worthy project in 12 type-written pages or less, including a description of the project, methods, statistical plan, key personnel to be involved, and a proposed budget detailing how the funds will be used to complete said project in a timely fashion. Brief letters of support from collaborators and biosketches of key personnel will be accepted as supplemental documents to the proposal and will not count towards the 12-page limit. For this RFP, the NHF has a total of $100,000.00  for award(s). The actual number and amounts of awards granted will all be at the discretion of the research steering committee whose decisions are final.

Pre-proposal contacts to discuss the NHF’s vision and research priorities are welcome via email to Dr Timothy R Smith, Research Steering Committee Chair, at [email protected].

Decision regarding the award will be made by the NHF Research Steering Committee after review of all proposals by its members at each tri-annual proposal review meetings.  The awards will be determined by majority vote of the committee members and the decision will be final. Should the proposals received not meet approval of the committee, the funding will be carried over to the cycle continually. Once all funds for the current year are committed/awarded, further submissions will be queued until the next year’s funding is announced and made available.

Grants submitted by-

a.           February 28th will be reviewed in March and awarded on or before April 1

b.           June 30th will be reviewed in July and awarded on or before August 1

c.           October 31 will be reviewed in November and awarded on or before December 1


Inquiries, questions, or comments should be submitted by email to the Research Committee Chair, Dr Timothy R Smith @ [email protected]. Otherwise proposals received in complete form as described above by 5:00pm (CST) on the final day of each cycle will be considered for awards as long as funding remains available.

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