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 200 projects, contributing more than $14 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 had a major impact on my career. Based on the success of our IMRA-funded trial, we received national funding for a 11-center, 850-participant multicenter trial of an enhanced home-based exercise and nutritional prehabilitation trial for older patients with frailty.”

– 2016 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Daniel I. McIsaac, MD, MPH, FRCPC

“Receiving the IMRA was a pivotal point in my career. At that time, it was very difficult for me to keep up doing research, and I was on the verge of giving up and going back to Israel as a clinician, giving up my research ideas. Once I got the grant, I was able to continue my research and bring it to the next level.”

– 2013 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Aeyal Raz, MD, PhD

“An investment in this study by IARS [with the IMRA] will pay dividends beyond the completion of this project as it will fully genotype every participant in the VISION Cardiac Surgery Biobank, creating a new and complete database that will help us answer emerging questions about the genetic risks of cardiac surgery patients.”

– 2021 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Jessica Spence, MD, PhD, FRCPC