Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine


External Funding Resources

Internal Grants Program

The Department of Anesthesia provides seed money for new projects within the department on a competitive basis. These awards are meant to support junior faculty and encourage mentorship within the department so faculty members can establish areas of focus for ongoing scholarly activity. This includes both clinical and basic science research projects. We hope these funds can be used to collect preliminary data that may lead to outside funding and will help establish a faculty member in a specific area of expertise. Collaboration within the department as well as with members of other departments on campus is strongly encouraged. Collaborations between a clinician and a basic scientist is also expressly encouraged, with efforts to translate basic science findings to clinical use a priority. Senior faculty who may seek these funds for work in a new area should identify a collaborator within the department or from outside the department who can contribute expertise in the area of research.

All grant submissions will be reviewed by the research committee, and will be discussed with the applicant. The budget should generally be not more that $8,000, but potential applicants can discuss details with Michael Helms. Funding decisions are generally made within two months of submission.

All successful applicants will be expected to submit a progress report at the end of the year describing their results in achieving the goals of the proposal. These funds may only be used for research related expenses on this project and should be used within one year. You may request a one year extension, after the 2nd year, all unused funds will be returned to the department.

To submit the application described below please email it to Michael Helms at for distribution to the research committee.

Internal Grant Proposal Components

Maximum page limit 4 (Not including budget)

Proposal Requirements:

  1. Specific Aims (1 paragraph)

    • What question(s) will your study answer?
  2. Background (1 page)

    • Focus on what is relevant for your study, how will your study address a deficiency in our current knowledge/understanding
  3. Preliminary results, if any (up to 1 page)
  4. Methods, including statistics (1-2 pages)

    • State what question or hypothesis you will test and how you will test it. What controls will you include? How will you analyze the results?
  5. Possible outcomes (1-2 paragraphs)

    • How will you evaluate your results?
    • How will this study help develop your research focus?
    • How will the data from this study lead to an application for external funding?
  6. Description of mentor or collaborator relationship (1-2 paragraphs)
  7. Approximate time-frame (e.g., IRB/IACUC application; initiation of experiment/ enrolling of subjects; approximate time to completion; data analysis, manuscript preparation; outside grant proposal submission)
  8. Significance (1-2 paragraphs)
  9. Budget with justification (less than 1 page)

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