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2022-23 NREF Research Fellowship Grants & Young Clinician Investigator Awards

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General Information

Research Fellowship Grant (One year; up to $50,000)

  • Grant provides training for neurosurgery residents preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators.
  • 100% of the applicant’s research efforts must be devoted to this project.

Young Clinician Investigator Award (One year; up to $50,000)

  • Award supports junior faculty who are pursuing careers as clinical investigators.
  • 50% of the applicant’s research efforts must be devoted to this project.

Deadline for Application - 11:59pm Central, Monday, November 1st, 2021.

Period of Fellowship - One year, beginning July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

Background - Grants may be awarded in lesser amounts depending on available support. NREF does not pay for any indirect costs related to our grant awards. For additional information, please contact NREF at info@nref.org.


  • Research Fellowship Grant - Applicants must be physicians who have been accepted into, or who are currently in approved residency training programs in neurological surgery in North America.
  • Young Clinician Investigator Award - Applicants must be neurosurgeons, no more than two years from having completed their neurosurgical residency training, and/or clinical fellowship, who are full-time faculty in North American teaching institutions.

Fellowship Funding Overlap/Duplicate Funding Funding for a fellowship awarded by the NREF through this program cannot be duplicated by any other outside funding source. If the individual receives funding from another source for a fellowship awarded by NREF through this program, the institution’s Fellowship Program Director must notify the NREF immediately and return the fellowship funding. Notification must be sent to NREF by email at info@nref.org.

Application Procedure Complete an application for each category for which funding is requested.  Here are factors to consider when applying:

  • Does the research have potential for extramural funding? Is there strong preliminary data?
  • Does the project represent a new direction from existing research efforts? Is the study innovative?
  • What is the societal impact and potential applications of the research? Would a positive outcome contribute to the field?
  • Are the goals, objective and anticipated results clearly defined, logical and well-described in the proposal? Is the scope of the project realistic for timeframe?
  • Is the research environment supportive? Does the institution offer strong mentorship?

NOTE: Including these elements should not be interpreted as a guarantee of an award.

Notification of Award The foundation expects to notify applicants via email by March 1, 2022. However, public announcement is contingent upon receipt of written confirmation from applicants. The foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend the date for it to provide notification of awards.

Fiscal Policies and Reports - Grant payments will be made quarterly:

  • 25% at the start of the grant period (by July 15)
  • 25% by October 15th
  • 25% by January 15th
  • 25% after final summary report and final accounting are received

An interim summary report is required to be submitted by the fellow describing his/her experience along with a current accounting of funds within 180 days of the start of the fellowship.

A final summary report is required to be submitted by the fellow describing his/her experience along with a final accounting of funds. These reports are due within forty (40) days of the conclusion of the fellowship.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the grant funds will be withheld until reports referenced above are received by the NREF. Upon receipt of both reports, the remaining withheld funds will be sent to the grantee institution.

 At the conclusion of the fellowship, any unexpended balance of $100 or more must be refunded to the Foundation within forty-five (45) days together with the report of expenditures and accompanying documentation.

All final reports must be submitted electronically to info@nref.org.

Separate accounting of the fellowship grant funds should be maintained at the receiving institution. These accounts, with appropriate and related invoices and payroll information, must be available at all times to NREF representatives.

The grantee may terminate a fellowship grant prior to the planned expiration date by notifying the NREF in writing and stating the reasons for termination. Unexpended funds must be returned to the NREF within sixty (60) days, together with a final report of expenditures. The NREF reserves the right to terminate fellowship grants at any time if the grantee violates the terms and conditions of the grant.

Policy on Delinquent Financial/Research Reports The Foundation reserves the right to deny additional grants to any institution where, after proper notification, a fellow has not submitted his/her final reports, and/or the financial officer has not submitted the final report of expenses, as required by NREF. Further, the NREF will not issue final payments to institutions until both reports are received.

Publication The NREF encourages publication of research findings by fellows, but requires that the NREF is cited as a source of support on the first page of the text.

When a fellow presents a paper at a professional scientific meeting concerning research findings made during an NREF-funded fellowship, the NREF must be cited prior to beginning the presentation.

Reprints of all papers and publications, including any electronic papers or publications, resulting from work done during the course of a fellowship must be sent to NREF, even those that appear after the fellowship has ended.

The citation should appear in the Acknowledgements section as follows: This work is supported by the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (2021-22 Research Fellowship Grant & Young Clinician Investigator Awards).