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Research

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) – Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience

Slots:                                                     One                      
LOI:                                                        July 1, 2015 (REQUIRED)                               
Internal Deadline:                           May 4, 2015; 5pm
External Deadline:                          October 1, 2015

Award Information:                        Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $450,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2016-December 2018). Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form (January 2016). The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (January 2017).

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s

Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/USCgrants

Link to Award: http://www.thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award

Purpose: The objective of the SIA 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 significant publications in high impact journals.

Eligibility: 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. 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.

Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. 

Scientists that have previously received a BRF Scientific Innovations Award may not receive the award for a second time until five years has elapsed since the beginning date of the prior award. Grant requirements from all previous awards must be met. Only one PI may apply per application. 

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