Research & Grants

IARS is dedicated to encouraging, stimulating, and funding ongoing anesthesia-related research projects that will enhance and advance the specialty. A trusted resource for state-of-the-art research data, IARS supports basic research and all areas of clinical research, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management.


“The IARS is willing to take a bet on new studies and important questions that larger funding agencies, like the NIH, are very unlikely to bet on.”

— Past award recipient

Current Grants

Research is key for the anesthesiology specialty to successfully master the challenges of the future. IARS is looking to the future 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.

Kosaka Best Abstracts Award

The Kosaka Best Abstract Awards are awarded to the top scoring abstracts submitted to the IARS Annual Meeting in three categories: Clinical Research, Basic Science, or Scholars. Three top finalists are selected in each category and each present their abstract again during the Kosaka Best Abstract Session at the IARS meeting. The abstract finalists receive a $50 prize and one winner from each category receives $500. Discover more about the award recipients.

The Kosaka Best Abstract Awards are supported by the Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia (JSCA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The founder of the JSCA, Dr. Futami Kosaka, started a cooperative relationship with IARS in 1990 and developed the foundation for this exciting opportunity.

Anesthesia Research Council

Anesthesia Research Council’s (ARC) mission is to advance scientific discovery and health care policy through the development and dissemination of research in anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine with the goal to become the go-to resource for state-of-the-art review, synthesis, and future recommendations in anesthesiology, perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain medicine research.

ARC currently is a 3-year program, supported by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Foundation for Anesthesia and Education Research (FAER) and IARS and overseen by a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee, chaired by Max Kelz, MD, PhD, is responsible for choosing the annual study focus and generating a series of concrete questions to be addressed, resulting in a final work product. The Committee also identifies and recruits a diverse working group of 5–6 people responsible for generating the final outcome.


Attach your identity to your research and get the proper recognition for your work. IARS encourages all researchers to use an ORCID iD when submitting awards and grant applications. An ORCID identifier (ORCID iD) is a unique, personal, persistent identifier for researchers that distinguishes you from every other researcher and enables you to link your publications to your unique record, ensuring your work is recognized.

Previous Grants

The IARS established its Grants Program in 1983 to further the scientific advancement of the anesthesiology specialty.

IARS Mentored Research Award: Creating Future Research Leaders

The IARS Mentored Research Awards (IMRA) have impacted the careers of 48 promising investigators in the specialty of anesthesiology and beyond, creating future leaders. From 2013 to the present, new researchers continue to benefit from this opportunity each year, receiving a maximum award of $175,000 each. View this video to hear some of their stories.

“The IMRA has allowed me to develop tools to examine pain physiology in humans. Translating these tools into tests that help clinicians identify the best treatment for a given patient based on their pain pathophysiology is a major goal for me. Moving in this direction would have a tremendous impact since currently patients are treated in a trial-and-error approach, leading to a lot of unsuccessful treatments, prolonged suffering, and potentially an over-reliance on opioids.”

– 2019 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Benedict Alter, MD, PhD

“The award [IMRA] provided my initial funding to start my project, validated my ideas, facilitated more research grant applications and promoted my work to a wider audience. I wouldn’t be able to continue my career as a physician-scientist without this award.”

– Wei Zhou, MD, PhD, IARS Abstract Presenter and 2016 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient

“An award like that [IMRA], it’s instant validation of your ideas. Because you submit a grant, and it’s peer-reviewed. Experts in the field will look at it and say, ‘Yeah, this is important to throw a dollar set at.’ Any time things get funded, their value obviously goes up. So, the personal trajectory, the professional trajectory, it helps launch you. People start taking you seriously and listening to you, and you’re engaged in the network around the university. That was good.”

– 2015 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Michael W. Manning, PhD, MD