2023 PNS Training Grants

Application Period: 1 February - 31 March

2023 Training Grant Application


Application Period:  1 February – 14 April 2023

In alignment with our mission, one of the goals of the Peripheral Nerve Society is to help researchers’ careers and foster excellence in peripheral nerve research including clinical, translational, and basic science. This grant will support a junior clinical investigator to acquire or consolidate expertise in clinical trial, clinical outcome measures and/or in clinical diagnostic and therapeutic development and a junior scientist or junior clinician scientist to develop expertise and knowledge in peripheral nerve research by answering key questions in Schwann cell/axonal biology and/or by elucidating relevant disease pathomechanisms.

Who is Eligible to Apply

  • All applicants must have a documented interest in and commitment to peripheral neuropathy research. 
  • Candidates who hold an MD or PhD or MD, PhD, or equivalent degree (e.g., neurology trainee with a documented interest in peripheral neuropathies) or candidates with less than 3 years of a faculty position are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who are in the process of defending their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must conduct the training in a center/institution where he/she has NOT been trained in previously.
  • Those awarded a grant will be required to become a PNS member.


The mentors are peripheral nerve scientists or clinicians who are active members of the PNS Society (dues paid). The prospective mentor must be located in a center/institution where the applicant has NOT been trained in previously.

If the proposed project benefits from scientific exchange and training across two different centers, mobility between two mentors is allowed. This must be justified by the two mentors at the time of the application and the travel between the two labs should be covered by the mentors.

List of Approved PNS Mentors 

*Prospective applicants are required to select a mentor and to develop with the mentor the project to be submitted. If you would like to work with a mentor that is not yet listed, please refer to the criteria for mentorship listed below and contact info@PNSociety.com for pre-approval.

Paola Alberti MD, PhD – University of Milano – Bicocca
Email – paola.alberti@unimib.it

Craig Blackstone MD, PhD – Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School
Email – cblackstone@mgh.harvard.edu

Alessandra Bolino PhD – IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele
Email – bolino.alessandra@hsr.it

Wendy Campana PhD Univerisity of California, San Diego
Email – wcampana@health.ucsd.edu

Michael Coleman PhD – University of Cambridge

Felipe Court PhD – Universidad Mayor

Alexander Davies PhD – University of Oxford

Filip Eftimov PhD – Amsterdam University Medical Center

Michael Gold PhD – University of Pittsburgh

Katrin Hahn MD – Universitätsmedizin Charité Berlin

Rita Horvath MD, PhD – Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge

Ruth Huizinga PhD – Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam

Zhahirul Islam PhD icddr,b

Pall Karlsson PhD – Aarhus University, Danish Pain Research Center

Jonathan Leckenby MD, PhDUniversity of Rochester Medical Center

Ying Liu MD, PhD – Department of Neurology of Johns Hopkins Medical School
Email – yliu41@jhmi.edu

Daniela Maria Menichella MD, PhD – Northwestern University

Anne Oaklander MD, PhD – Harvard Medical School

Luis Querol MD PhD – Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant PauUniversitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Mary M Reilly MDUniversity College London

Sandra Rieger PhD – University of Miami

Simon Rinaldi PhDUniversity of Oxford & Oxford University Hospitals
Email – simon.rinaldi@ndcn.ox.ac.uk

Tobias Ruck, Prof. Dr. med., MHBA – Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf, Department of Neurology
Email – tobias.ruck@med.uni-duesseldorf.de

Mario Saporta, MD, PhD – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Email – mas638@med.miami.edu

Nathan Staff MD, PhDMayo Clinic
Email – staff.nathan@mayo.edu

Charlotte Sumner MD – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Email – csumner1@jhmi.edu

John Svaren PhD – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Email – john.svaren@wisc.edu

Stefano Tamburin MD, PhD – University of Verona, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences

Camiel Verhamme MD, PhD – Amsterdam UMC, location AMC

Mentorship Criteria:

  • The mentor must be an active PNS member (dues paid) with a consolidated publication track record
  • The mentor must have prior history with mentorship and students
  • The mentor’s institution must have co-funding for the project available
  • The mentor must be open to hosting a training grant candidate that has not been trained at the institute before
  • The mentor’s project may not be funded exclusively by a company with commercial interests. The mentor must not have more than $10,000 USD in stock in a company that has provided funding for the project. The PI and host institution will retain the intellectual property rights.


Funding for these awards is designed to cover salary and a contribution to travel and living expense costs for the trainees up to $75,000 USD/year (see budget, application section). It is not intended to support the laboratory or mentor. It may provide some funding for the direct expenses of the project, but other funding will need to be available to demonstrate that the project can be accomplished.


The duration is one year (for a clinical-only project) or two years (for a clinical research or basic science project).

Application Instructions

The applicant must submit the following documents as one consolidated PDF document, following the order listed below.

1. Letter of Intent (2-pages maximum)

Please specify your interest and commitment to PNS research; your previous experience and achievements; why you are applying to this program, and what do you expect from this program to further consolidate your career as a scientist or clinician.

2. CV

**Please follow the NIH Biosketch format. Please use the Non-Fellowship Version

Please detail your previous and current experience and mentors (with institutions/centers).

3. Project Application

Basic Science Applicants: Please provide an outline of the proposal (6 pages maximum) structured as follows:

    • Specific aims and Rationale of the proposed project
    • Background
    • Experimental plan
    • Expected results – pitfalls and alternative plans
    • Timeline
    • References must be included in a separate section with no length limits

Clinical Applicants (for clinical trials, clinical outcome measures, natural history studies or novel diagnostic or therapeutic technologies): Please provide an outline of the proposal structured as follows:

    • Background and objectives
    • Study Design, Population of Study (Inclusion and Exclusion criteria) and Methods
    • Expected outcomes/results
    • Relevance for the field and plans for future development of the project

4. Budget

Please describe the costs (per year) associated with living in the country where you are applying for training. The grant will cover salary and contribute towards living and travel expenses.

5. Mentor Documents

Additionally, the applicants must obtain from the mentor(s) the following documents:

1. Letter(s) of Interest: With detailed training program and expected outcome.

2. CV: **Please follow the NIH Biosketch format. Please use the Non-Fellowship Version. Please specify your experience in supervising clinicians/scientists doing research/clinical research training.

Additional Information


Evaluation Procedure

An ad-hoc selection committee including scientists and clinicians of the PNS Society will oversee the selection process. The evaluation will include two stages.

Stage 1: In the first stage, applications will be evaluated by reviewers who are scientists and clinicians, members of the PNS, and, if necessary, by ad hoc appointed reviewers selected from among internationally recognized experts.  Applications will be scored considering adherence to the PNS mission, originality, feasibility, and scientific excellence of the proposed project, along with candidate CV and mentor’s CV and host institution.

Stage 2: In the second stage, top scored applicants will be interviewed by the committee to defend their proposal and clarify the committee’s questions and concerns.

The PNS will award one training grant in clinical and one in basic science per funding year. Recipients of the PNS training grant program must be active PNS Members (dues paid).

To view the full grant scoring guidelines, please click here.


Both the grantee and the mentor(s) must submit separate reports at 6 and 12 months for the 1-year grant and once a year for the 2-years grant. Successful programs in basic science are expected to generate sufficient preliminary data to apply for other funding sources such as the NIH K08 programs, EU-individual fellowships or equivalent.

All grantees are expected to submit abstracts to the PNS annual meeting to report the progress of their training activities.

PNS Grants Committee Members


Alessandra Bolino, PhD, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy

Vice Chair:

Luis Querol, MD PhD, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain


  • Paola Alberti, MD PhD, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
  • Margarita Calvo, MD PhD, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Catharina Faber, MD PhD, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Chris Gibbons, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
  • Ruth Huizinga, PhD, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Satoshi Kuwabara, MD PhD, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
  • Steven Scherer, MD PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • John SvarenPhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
  • Vincent Timmerman, PhD, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Questions? Please contact info@PNSociety.com with any training grant questions.