The IARS established its Grants Program in 1983 to further the 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.
“IARS awards help to bridge the gap between department funds and NIH funding, in a very unique way that allows funding for pioneering, or novel fields that otherwise would not be fundable, or are too big to be funded by department resources.”
— Past Award Recipient
The B.B. Sankey Anesthesia Advancement Awards distributed more than $1 million from 1983 to 1993. There were 45 awardees for projects in clinical care, education, and administration, as well as laboratory and clinical research.
Funded with a grant from AstraZeneca, the Ben Covino Memorial Awards were given to seven awardees, sponsoring almost $150,000 in regional anesthesia research from 1993 until 2004.
At the Chinese Society of Anesthesia (CSA) meeting, the Chinese Research Prize of $1,000 was awarded to promote and to share the IARS/CSA mission of best research advancement in the field of anesthesiology. This prize was awarded to ten Chinese scholars each year from 2008 until 2010.
The Clinical Scholar Research Award was created to further the understanding of anesthesiology and related sciences in clinical practice through clinical investigations. After awarding almost $5 million to 62 recipients from 1994 until 2011, this award became the IARS Mentored Research Award.
This award was developed by a consortium of academic anesthesiology organizations with the goal of supporting the development of proposals for pragmatic clinical trials by anesthesiology investigators for submission to external funding sources, such as the NIH. Awards of $50,000 USD were made to enable a pilot or feasibility trials in preparation for the design of a multicenter pragmatic clinical trial.
In 2009, the IARS pledged a gift of $1 million to the SCA Foundation to support the SCA-IARS Starter and Mid-Career Grants, and continued to fund through 2018.
Since its inception, SmartTots has funded grants that sought to advance the knowledge and understanding of the effects of anesthetics on the developing brain. SmartTots facilitates and supports both clinical and preclinical studies of existing anesthetic drugs and their effects on development, the impact of drug type, dosage amounts and number of exposures. To date, the research is ongoing and the results are not yet conclusive. More research, that can ultimately yield definitive answers, is needed.
These awards were designed to recognize individuals with outstanding teaching skills and career contributions to the academic community. From 1997 to 2014, 24 individuals were acknowledged in two areas of achievement, Innovation in Education and Achievement in Education.