Brain Research Foundation

BRF: Scientific Innovations Award

Program Summary

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 investigatorsThe 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.
 
Limitation
 
The University of Iowa has been invited to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a letter of intent.  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 tenured or equivalent faculty position. 
 
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. 
 
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.
 
Award
 
Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $300,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only. 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. The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report, which will be due one year prior to the end date of the grant period.
 
Internal Selection Process
 
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and the Carver College of Medicine have established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV or NIH biosketch; and
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to submit the required letter of intent in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, July 1, 2013, 4 PM CT.  After foundation review, accepted applicants will be contacted to submit a formal application by the Wednesday, October 9, 2013, deadline.

Proposal due for preselection05/06/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to Sponsor10/09/2013
Required LOI Due Date07/01/2013
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Email:angie-robertson@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-353-3619
Sponsor URL:http://thebrf.org/Pages/Home/

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