What We Fund

Psychosocial Research

The Psychosocial Research (PSR) portfolio supports research that addresses the interrelation of behavior, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury. The goal of the portfolio is to develop sound data to inform and disseminate best practices that produce better outcomes, including quality of life, for people living with spinal cord injury and their loved ones. Areas of interest include: aging, caregiving, employment, health behaviors and fitness, independent living, self-management and technology access.

There are three funding categories in the PSR Portfolio:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships encourage early-career mentored training to increase professional interest in the field and to encourage researchers from related health disciplines to undertake training in psychosocial research focused on spinal cord injury.

Pilot Grants

Two-year Pilot Grants support psychosocial research projects that lay the groundwork to inform future studies, that test the feasibility of novel methods, and/or that collect new data that can enhance larger scale studies.

Studies and Demonstration Projects

Three-year Studies and Demonstration Projects encourage innovative and substantive studies that fill important gaps in the spinal cord injury field, that open new areas of psychosocial research, and/or that develop and evaluate interventions to address psychosocial issues after spinal cord injury.