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AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant

The application of technology to medicine has yielded tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Neurosurgery has benefited greatly from technological advances such as non-invasive imaging techniques, surgical tools like the operating microscope, computer-assisted neuronavigation and technology-based therapeutics, such as image-guided radiosurgery. The AANS in conjunction with the Information Technology Committee and Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) would like to empower young innovative minds in the field to develop technology-related research projects via the AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant. The grant provides startup funds for student or resident research projects that apply cutting-edge technology into neurosurgical training (e.g. 3-D printing, virtual reality, personal activity monitoring) or the improvement in neurosurgical patient outcomes. The grant period for the project will run from March 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The 2019 grant awardee will be required to submit an abstract about the project results to the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Late-breaking Abstract Center, which will be open in January 2020 (exact dates TBD), Should the abstract be selected for presentation, travel, meals and housing expenses associated with travel to the 2020 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting will also be covered for the awardee.

The award is open to AANS member medical students and current neurosurgical residents in approved North American training programs.

Application Available: October 1, 2018
Submission deadline: January 1, 2019 (midnight)
Awardee Announcement: March 1, 2019

To access the application:

1. Log in to the MyAANS portal (

2. Under the “My Applications” category, choose “Grant/Fellowship”

3. Click on “Create a new application”

4. Choose the “Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant” from the dropdown

In addition to a CV and a faculty mentor support letter, applicants will submit a one- to two-page project proposal which will include the following: background, methods, outcomes measures, budget and overview of the plan to integrate a technology project into neurosurgery education or patient care. Proposals will be screened for appropriateness as well as for feasibility of completion within a ten-month time frame.

The grant award will be $2,500-10,000, depending on the size, scope and budget of the project.

Congratulations to the winner Shervin Rahimpour, the 2018 AANS Neurosurgery Technology Development Grant awardee for his project title, “Augment Reality Assisted Placement of External Ventricular Drain.”


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