Fund Details
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award, Spring 2022
Award Amount
$150,000 Over 2 Years
Sponsor Name
Brain Research Foundation

Description:

Program Description: Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting-edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

This funding opportunity is for projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings in a very short time frame. 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

Funding Preferences:
  • Funding must be directed at projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. This should be a unique project for senior investigators who are encouraged to stretch their imagination into areas that can substantially change an area of research.
  • Funding of research projects that will likely lead to successful grant applications with NIH and other public and private funding entities.
  • 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.


Application Information:

Please fill out the online form and attach the following documents as a single PDF:
  • Summary of proposed research (limit 2 pages including images.  A third page may be used for references)
  • Nominating letter signed by your department or division head.
  • NIH Biosketch, including past and pending sources of funding.  For current funding include abstract and specific aims and indicate if there is any overlap with your proposal.  (Limit 10 pages).

Style Requirements:
  • 11pt font or larger.
  • No more than 6 lines per inch.



Eligibility Criteria:

  • The nominated candidate must be a full-time associate professor or full professor at an invited US academic 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 bridge funding.


Review Criteria:

The HMS Foundation Funds Committee advises department heads, mentors, and candidates to be particularly aware of the committee's selection criteria when making nominations:
  • A technically feasible research proposal
  • Applicants with the potential to successfully carry out the research described in the proposal
  • Relevance of the proposal to the mission of the foundation award
  • Career trajectory
  • Letter of support and institutional commitment to the applicant
  • Publications
  • Current funding



Additional Information, Related Websites, and Proxy Instructions:

HMS faculty at the affiliated hospitals must apply through the Foundation Funds program.  Harvard University is the official nominating institution for these awards.  The Foundation Funds Committee will select nominees for HMS and these nominees will then submit applications to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.  A committee appointed by the Provost's Office will review the applications and select the university nominee.

100% of this award must be utilized for direct costs.


Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Clare Lamont at clare_lamont@hms.harvard.edu

Search Filters:

Institution
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard Medical School (Quad)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  • Schepens Eye Research Institute
    Position
    • Associate Professor
    • Professor
      Type of Competition
      • Limited Submission
        Discipline
        • Basic Science
        • Clinical Science
        • Translational Science
          Type of Award
          • Career Development
            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            1/26/2022
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/28/2022 11:30 PM