Applying for PRF Research Grants

Pain Relief Foundation provide grants to fund research on the mechanism and/or relief of human chronic pain.

Small Grants

Pain Relief Foundation is pleased to announce small grants which may be in respect of projects and salaries, but will exclude equipment etc. Grants previously awarded have varied ranging up to £30,000 each.

Applications will be particularly welcomed from people in the early stages of their research careers.  The grants may be held in the Pain Relief Foundation’s Pain Research Institute in Liverpool, or at other approved centres.

For full details see all grants below.

PhD Grants

Pain Relief Foundation is pleased to announce a  Prize PhD Studentship, to enable a young graduate to embark on a research career in human chronic pain.  Applications are invited from Universities, Academic Institutes and other potential Project Supervisors
for this prestigious Studentship for human chronic pain research.

The grant award will be tenable for three years and will carry a tax-free stipend of £18,622 and tuition fees of £4,712 per year.  In addition, there will be a small budget available to cover consumables, excluding equipment ,which must be fully detailed, costed and approved before commencing. The total value of the studentship £75,000.

Applications should include the Supervisor’s C.V. and complete details of the proposed project.  The application should name two academic referees who will be prepared to support the project and the application.  These reference will be taken up in the first instance.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

For full details see all grants below.


To apply for either grant, email for an application form to

Closing date for completed application forms to be received at the Pain Relief Foundation is 16th February 2024

Applications can be submitted electronically, but a hard copy must be forwarded also.

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Grant Guidance Information

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