Research Awards and Grants

Section Editor: Josh Osbun

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Donate to CV Research at with the following Honor Your Mentor Funds:

Ralph G. Dacey Fund

Charles Drake Fund

Michael T. Lawton Fund

Warren R. Selman Fund


Award and Grant Funding Opportunities


Ralph G. Dacey, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Cerebrovascular Research

The purpose of this award is to highlight the importance of cerebrovascular research to our specialty, foster scientific investigation in the areas of stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and recognize neurological surgeons who have made novel, outstanding, and continuous contributions to the basic, translational, and/or clinical understanding of cerebrovascular disease. The award recipient will receive an engraved brass medal and a $1000 cash prize.

The Joint Cerebrovascular Section has established a committee composed of neurosurgeons and neuroscientists to evaluate candidates and select an annual awardee. We invite you and your colleagues to submit nominations.  Please note that the goal of The Dacey Medal is to recognize accomplished and active neurosurgeon investigators, and not to honor individuals whose career, however distinguished, is emeritus. Active membership in the Joint Cerebrovascular Section is not required to be considered for this award.  

Nominations for The Dacey Medal must be accompanied by:

  • A letter containing a short summary of the nominee's significant scientific accomplishments and contributions.
  • A current CV
  • PDF's of three to five papers, which the nominee feels represent their most significant and substantial research contributions.

This information should be sent electronically to the Secretary of the Joint Cerebrovascular Section by April 1, 2019:

Dr. Clemens M. Schirmer     


Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) 

Kate Carney Cerebrovascular Research Fellowship Grant

In the past year, the NREF has received donations totaling over $20,000 in memory of Kate Carney, an eight-year old girl from Ohio, who died in 2015 after suffering a large hemorrhage from an AVM. Kate and her family were very close friends of Dr. William Chandler, a career-long member of the CV section.

Through donations from the public and matching gifts from our fellow neurosurgeons in the CV section, we can provide a sizable research grant focused on AVMs in spring 2018. The “Kate Carney Cerebrovascular Research Fellowship Grant” would bring distinction to our section and bring great meaning to Kate’s family. The NREF Online Grant Portal will begin accepting applications for 2018-19 Research Fellowship Grants on September 1, 2017, and grant proposals focusing on AVM research are strongly encouraged.


Introducing the NEW Joint CV Section Traveling Fellowship for the 2018-2019 Year

The fellowship grant is a funded travel experience designed to allow mid-career trained cerebrovascular/endovascular specialists to match with a host institution for 5 days to gain targeted experience in an area of significant interest to them.

Applicant requirements:

  • CAST certified individual OR demonstrable, significant open cerebrovascular practice
  • JVCS section member OR SNIS member
  • Board certified in specialty
  • (not restricted to Neurosurgeons)

Host Requirements:

  • CAST approved fellowship program OR demonstrable significant cerebrovascular/endovascular expertise in the area the applicant is seeking
  • Appropriate case volume pertaining to the specific project

Application Deadline - November 1, 2018

Grant Amount - $5,000 plus up to $2,500 for travel and lodging

Fellowship dates - any consecutive 5 day block between July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

For additional details regarding this opportunity and to obtain the complete application Click here


Charles Drake Fund 


Charles Drake 


This newly created fund is an opportunity to honor a luminary in our field.  Distributions from this fund will be used to finance endeavors in the field of cerebrovascular research.  To donate, go to and select "Honor Your Neurosurgical Mentor" from the first drop-down menu.  A second drop-down menu will appear with a list of notable neurosurgical mentors among whom Dr. Drake is an option.


Post-Residency Clinical Fellowships
The NREF strongly encourages institutions to apply for funding for clinical neurosurgical fellowship such as endovascular or cerebrovascular among others.


Research Fellowships and Young Clinician Investigator Awards

The NREF provides funding for studies in basic, translational and patient-oriented clinical research for investigators in North America through two neurosurgical research grant programs annually.


Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

Provides first- or second-year medical students the opportunity to participate in neurosurgical research through a summer fellowship within an academic department of neurosurgery in the U.S. or Canada in any aspect of neurological surgery. The fellowship will provide salary support for a period of at least two months


To learn more about the NREF, apply for funding, or make a donation, visit their website:



Robert J. Dempsey, MD, Cerebrovascular Resident Research Award

 Dr. Robert J. Dempsey

This award was established to honor Dr. Dempsey for his mentoring of young physicians. Two resident physicians per year from North American training programs will be awarded $15,000 to support the study of cerebrovascular disease.

Special thanks to the 2017-18 sponsors of this award: Toshiba, Edge Therapeutics, Microvention and KLS Martin

Read more about Dr. Dempsey:

Previous Winners

    Application Deadline March 1, 2019



    Massimo Collice Foundation Award for Cerebral Vascular Malformation

     Massimo Collice  

    The Massimo Collice Onlus foundation was founded on April 1, 2011 by Rosa Borgia Collice in memory of her husband the illustrious Italian neurosurgeon. The Foundation has both a scientific and clinical interest to support cutting-edge research of cerebrovascular malformations and help improve the daily lives of patients. In order to further this goal, A scientific committee of authoritative members of the international neurosurgery community will reward 10.000 Euros to the most deserving publication of the year written by any young physician under the age of 40. The 10.000 euro reward will be yearly presented during an international conference.

    Read more about the Massimo Collice Foundation:
    Read more about Dr. Collice:

    Application Link

    All papers should be submitted to


    Brain Aneurysm Foundation

    • The Brain Aneurysm Foundation ( is the world's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures.
    • In 2012, The Brian Aneurysm Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to ten individuals conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.



    Christopher C. Getch Chair of Research (sponsored by the CV Section)  

     Christopher C. Getch

    • The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is pleased to announce The Christopher C. Getch, MD Chair of Research, established to recognize the contributions Dr. Getch made to the study of neurosurgery.
      • To honor his memory, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors have established The Christopher C. Getch, MD Chair of Research. This Chair will benefit research being done for the early detection, improved treatment modalities and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.
      • Past winners

      Application Link


      The Dana Foundation

      • The Dana Foundation ( is a private philanthropic organization committed to advancing brain research and to educating the public in a responsible manner about research's potential: (1) to develop a better understanding of the brain and its functions; (2) to speed the discovery of treatments for brain disorders; and (3) to combat the stigma of brain disorders through education.
      • Neuroscience Grants: Clinical Neuroscience Research: Research grants typically range from $100,000 to up to $300,000 per institution and most grants are for 3 years, depending on the program.  Researchers interested in being considered to receive an invitation to apply to this program are welcome to send a brief (maximum two-page, 11-point font) description of the proposed research along with an NIH-style abbreviated CV to Mary M. Lucas at  Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Those investigators chosen to submit full proposals will be notified and provided with further instructions.

      Application Link


      NINDS Bioengineering Research Grants

      National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke accepts applications for Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG)Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG), and Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) that address technology development specific to the NINDS mission of basic and translational research to reduce the burden of neurological diseases. These NIBIB-sponsored announcements are part of several programs at NINDS for neural engineering.

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