University of Southern California


2020 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        June 25, 2019, 4pm CST. LOI submission must include an institutional signature to verify nomination. LOI’s submitted without an institutional signature will not be accepted. The LOI should be submitted by the PI online at

LOI submission includes:

External Deadline:                          September 24, 2019, 4pm CST

Award Information:                        Type: Grant

Anticipated Amount: 2 years totaling $150,000

Cost Sharing:                                     100% of these SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs. See the SIA Guidelines link below for more information.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                              

Who May Serve as PI:                    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.

This grant is not to be used as 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.



1.) PI is ineligible if they are not a full-time faculty member at the institution in which they are applying under.

2.) PI is ineligible if they are an assistant professor or professor emeritus.

3.) PI is ineligible if they are a research associate professor. 4.) PI is ineligible to submit more than one BRF SIA proposal in a funding period. 5.) PI is ineligible if they have BRF funding that will overlap this grant period. 6.) PI is ineligible if they have been awarded prior BRF funding, but have failed to submit scientific and financial reports at the end of their grant period. 7.) PI is ineligible if they are a member of the BRF Scientific Review Committee. 8.) PI is ineligible if they are a relative of BRF a representative, including the SRC, as defined by the Foundation.



Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. 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.


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.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.