Sponsor:  Brain Research Foundation

Sponsor Program Solicitation: Scientific Innovations Award
Funding Amount: $150,000
Duration: 2 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Peter Bex


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 05/01/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 07/01/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). If you are interested in pursuing a nomination, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible and by May 1, submit a CV and a 2-page pre-proposal following guidelines provided in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor at an invited US institution, working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential.

Funding Areas

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.

Funding Preference
• Funding is to be directed at projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. This should be a unique project for senior investigators who are encouraged to stretch their imagination into areas that can substantially change an area of research.
• Funding of research projects that will likely lead to successful grant applications with NIH and other public and private funding entities.

It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.