Current Grants

Research is key for the anesthesiology specialty to successfully master the challenges of the future. IARS is pushing the ball with its Grants Program, supporting research and scientific advancement of the anesthesiology specialty. To date, the IARS has funded more than 225 projects, contributing more than $22 million to the anesthesia community.


“As anesthesiologists, it’s a challenge balancing between the clinical work and the research aspect of things. Having [the IARS Mentored Research Award] provides you with the necessary time to complete meaningful research.”

— Past Award Recipient

IARS Mentored Research Award (IMRA) – $175,000

This award is intended to support investigations that will further the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology and related sciences. Up to four research projects are selected annually, with a maximum award of $175,000 each, payable over two years. These grants help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding.

Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award (FARA) – $750,000

Established in 1995, this award fosters innovation and creativity by an individual researcher in the anesthesiology field, funding projects with significant originality and scientific excellence. Projects must have direct relevance to anesthesiology and play a critical role in the scientific evolution of a novel concept. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to research and the potential for leadership. Keep an eye on our website for details regarding future FARA opportunities.

“The [IMRA] funds junior faculty at this really critical time in their career development where they are scraping for time and resources to do the projects of interest and for me, it was a pivotal time to have that award and be able to continue to focus on research.”

– 2015 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Charles Brown, IV, MD

“I am extremely grateful to all donors who made the [IMRA] possible. The support has a profound impact on the careers of junior investigators in Anesthesiology and for a lot of us it helped to receive extramural funding opportunities to pursue scientific independence. As a person who does not come from a privileged background, I am even more grateful for the opportunities and recognition.”

– 2020 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Catharina Conrad, MD, PhD

“In examining patients with [chronic complex regional pain syndrome] CRPS and household members without CRPS as a control [in our IMRA-funded study], we found something that no one had observed before. About 50% of participants with CRPS lived with someone with chronic pain (as opposed to a 20% prevalence in the general population). In the pediatric literature, it is clear that children whose parents have chronic pain are more likely to develop chronic pain themselves. Although this is just an observation in this adult population, this may well be an independent risk factor for the development of chronic pain.”

– 2019 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Lara Wiley Crock, MD, PhD, MSCI