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Program Details

Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

Sponsor: Brain Research Foundation (BRF)
Internal Deadline: 04/18/2024
Institutional Submission Limit: 1
Sponsor Deadline: 06/25/2024
Program Website

USC is invited to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2025 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) through the Brain Research Foundation (BRF). 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 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.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. CST.

For more information and a complete list of requirements, please download the guidelines through the program link above. To learn more about Brain Research Foundation click here.


Submission Process

Limited submissions MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Julie Morris at

Office of Research and Grant Development

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