By Angélica Rodríguez, AcademyHealth

At a recent meeting full of leaders in health services research, one expert expressed significant concerns for the next generation of health services researchers: the steep learning curve of fundraising. Funding is critical to any endeavor – funding a new business, conference attendance, a ski trip to Colorado and, of course, any research project in the pipeline.

To make your life and the lives of researchers everywhere easier, we have instituted a new members-only benefit: SPIN. SPIN is a database with over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 12,000 global sponsors valued at over $1 billion, and it’s just a few clicks away. As an individual member of AcademyHealth, it is completely free to access. . In fact, you don’t even need another login name and password to access this robust database. Instead, you can just use your AcademyHealth login details.

One of the best features of SPIN is that you can dramatically cut time and effort by finding the most relevant and up to date grants and awards currently available for your organization, using the automated alerts system, SMARTS. SPIN has over 20 training videos available to show you exactly how to use the database to achieve the most success.

SPIN was created with researchers, principal investigators, administrators and coordinators in mind:

For researchers and investigators:

  • Spend less time searching and more time doing research
  • Get results that match your research criteria
  • Uncover funds that other search software misses
  • See accurate summaries for quick qualification determinations

For administrators and coordinators:

  • SPIN is truly intuitive and easy to use
  • It yields faster result than any other search software
  • SPIN is customizable to match your style

Additionally, for those of you who are still in the academic phase of your career, AcademyHealth offers members access to a pool of scholarships, internships and fellowships through our Member Resource Library (link).

When it comes to funding, it’s important to think about the Return on Investment (ROI), and at AcademyHealth, we are invested in looking at ways to enhance member value so you get an optimal ROI for your membership investment. Stay tuned for more as next time we dive into the hottest topics of the industry in the last post of our membership series.


ARodAngélica Rodríguez is the Director of Membership for AcademyHealth. In her role, Angélica is responsible for the recruitment, retention and engagement of members and affiliate organizations and will oversee the development of AcademyHealth’s Interest Groups and Student Chapters. Ms. Rodriguez brings many years of membership experience to her new role at AcademyHealth. Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Ms. Rodriguez worked at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as the director of major gifts building partnerships and sponsorship support from corporations nationwide. Additionally, she launched the Annual Partners Membership Program to enhance partner engagement with the Memorial Fund. Angélica spent eight years at the National Retail Federation as a senior director and worked with retailers nationwide. In that role she served as a liaison for 11 committees, members and governing boards and also acted as an NRF spokesperson on loss prevention topics including, organized retail crime, gift card fraud and business continuity/crisis management. Angélica has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Excellent Service in Public Award, Law Enforcement Online Award and Nassau County Police Department Public Service Award. Angélica graduated from Rice University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.