LIMITED SUBMISSION! Brain Research Foundation Innovations Award

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award


  • BU Internal Deadline:  June 9, 2014
  • Foundation Letter of Intent  Deadline:  July 1, 2014


The Brain Research Foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s 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 investigators. 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.


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 2015-December 2016).


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.  Only one PI may apply per application.
Please note: research associate professors/research professors are not eligible for this award.


The Brain Research Foundation will only accept one Letter of Intent per institution.  Applications must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website ( as a single, combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms (provided on the website upon registration).


  • BU Internal Deadline:  June 9, 2014
  • Foundation Letter of Intent  Deadline:  July 1, 2014


Brain Research Foundation
Web site:
Tel:  312-759-5150


Boston University is limited to nominating one candidate. If we have more than one interested applicant, an internal review committee will select the candidates for the Institution.  Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should send the following documents, preferably combined into a single pdf file, to Diana Lehman ( by June 9, 2013:

  • a one-page summary of your research
  • your biosketch; and
  • your email address

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