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BRAIN Research Foundation: 2020 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

Sponsor: BRF
Internal Deadline: 05/01/2019
Institutional Submission Limit: 1
Sponsor Deadline: 06/25/2019
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BRAIN Research Foundation: 2020 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy are pleased to coordinate an internal call for proposals to the Brain Research Foundation 2020 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA).

Our institution may nominate only one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for this competition.

The objective of the program is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and funding as well as significant publications in high impact journals.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time, tenured associate professor/full professor working in the area of neuroscience and 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.

The grant period is for two years totaling $150,000. The support focus is for new research projects of the highest scientific merit. 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. These awards cannot be used for bridge funding.

To submit to the internal competition, please e-mail a single PDF attachment with the following to Beth Herron at by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:

(1) A two page summary of proposed project (10 point font minimum); references can be an additional page or pages.
(2) Your NIH Biographical sketch including other current support (maximum 5 pages).

For more information please download the the SIA guidelines at

The external deadline to submit an LOI is Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

To learn more about the BRAIN Reseach Foundation:

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