Nikolai Bogduk Young Investigator Grant




The Nikolai Bogduk Young Investigator Grant will recognize an individual within 5 years of his or her fellowship (or highest degree) at the time of submission who has demonstrated significant promise in research related to spine intervention procedures.

Up to $25,000 will be awarded for an original pilot research study (clinical, basic science, or translational) or other early-stage or smaller research project to be conducted in the next year.

The recipient also will be matched with a mentor and will receive a one-time complimentary Annual Meeting registration, as well as transportation and accommodations for the event. The recipient will also receive complimentary registration to all SIS Accreditation Courses in Evidence-Based Medicine. 

Recipients of the Nikolai Bogduk Young Investigator Grant will be required to provide a 6-month progress report and an oral presentation at the SIS Annual Meeting subsequent to the research project's conclusion.

Depending upon the quality of the award submissions, there may be one award annually or biannually. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Nikolai Bogduk Young Investigator Grant:

  • The individual is an active physician or researcher (MD, DO, or international equivalent or PhD) within 5 years of obtaining his or her highest degree at the time of grant submission. (Time taken off for child-rearing does not count in these totals. Part-time work and other special circumstances will be evaluated by the Research Division.)
  • The individual has no history as a Principal Investigator on grants greater than $25,000.
  • SIS membership is required. Not a member? Join today.

Deadline and Instructions

January 6, 2020 - Letters of Intent due to

Letters of Intent should be no longer than 3 pages and must include:

  • Title of proposed study
  • Principal investigator, co-investigators, and corresponding institutions
  • Brief background, specific aims, statistical foundation and analysis plan, preliminary data, description of implementation plan, and timeline or estimated study duration
  • Estimated budget for the study

Other Required Supporting Documentation:

  • CVs of all investigators (Do not count towards 3-page limit)
  • Each investigator must complete the SIS online disclosure, located HERE.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Candidate Merit: The extent to which the applicant has a clear vision of his or her research career and their potential to contribute both to research and SIS.
  • Track Record of Research Interest: Evidence of prior work done in the related area by the applicant, such as publications or presentations.
  • Mentorship/Career Development: The extent to which the applicant has mentorship in place that will foster successful completion of the research plan and career development. Letters of recommendation are appropriate and encouraged.
  • Research Plan: The extent to which the research question, design, and methods achieve scientific and technical merit and the extent to which the methods to reduce bias are described.
  • Institutional Commitment: The extent to which the applicant's institution demonstrates a commitment to the research plan to ensure successful completion (i.e., applicant workload, facilities, collaborators, equipment, additional funding, etc.)



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