Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award - $750,000


The Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award (FARA) is awarded triennially and is the largest IARS research grant. The FARA fosters innovation and creativity by an individual investigator, funding projects with significant originality and scientific excellence. Projects must have direct relevance to anesthesiology and play a critical role in the scientific evolution of a novel concept. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to research and the potential for leadership.

IARS 2018 Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award (FARA) - Application period is now closed.

The next FARA grant cycle will begin in late 2020 with a due date in early 2021. Keep an eye on our website for more details.
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Applicable Areas of Research

Competitive applications of FARA must address one of the following areas of research:

  • Fundamental Neuroscience Unknowns (including anesthesia safety in children)
  • Immune, Inflammatory and Metabolic Consequences of Trauma, Surgery and Critical Care
  • Best Use of Systems-Based Practice to Enhance Patient Safety & Quality

For specific examples of the aforementioned research areas, see our Key Research Questions.

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Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA
Extracellular RNA, inflammation, and sepsis

The Dean’s Endowed Professor in Anesthesiology
Vice-Chair for Translational Research, Department of Anesthesiology
Associate Director, Shock Trauma Anesthesiology Research Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Judith Hellman, MD
Endothelial inflammatory pathways in septic vasculopathy and organ injury

Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California


Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD
Long-Term Outcome of Single vs. Triple Anesthesia Exposure of Infant Monkeys

Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center


C. Michael Crowder, MD, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Hypoxic and Anesthetic Preconditioning

During Award Period
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University, St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Current Position
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Alan J. Treuer Endowed Professorship, Anesthesiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Zhiyi Zuo, MD, PhD
Neuroprotection by RNA Interference-Produced Autoregulation of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase Expression

Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Michael Zaugg, MD, DEAA
Functional Genomics of Anesthetic Protection in Human Myocardium

Head of the Anesthesia Research Laboratory
Institute of Anesthesiology
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Steven A. Deem, MD
Hemoglobin, Nitric Oxide, and the Pulmonary Circulation

Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Mark A. Schumacher, PhD, MD
Stretch-Inactivated Channels in Pain Transduction

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Michael Schäfer, MD
Regulatory Mechanisms Of Peripheral Opioid Analgesia

Assistant Professor
Freie Universität Berlin
University Hospital Benjamin Franklin
Berlin, Germany

Rona G. Giffard, PhD, MD
Gene Therapy Of Ischemic Brain Injury: New Mechanisms Of Protection By BCL-2>

Assistant Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California

Beverley A. Orser, MD, FRCPC, PhD
Anaesthetics, Second Messenger Systems And Ligand-gated Receptors

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada