Limited Submissions

The Brain Research Foundation - Scientific Innovations Award in Neuroscience (SIA)

Key Deadlines: May 5, 2014 (CWRU internal letter of intent); July 1, 2014 (LOI due to sponsor).

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Case Western Reserve University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2014 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). 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 significant publications in high impact journals.

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 $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 (January 2014-December 2015). 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. 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.

Click here to view the official announcement and description of this opportunity on the foundation's website.

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.

Nomination and Application Materials
Submission Process
   Step 1

Anyone wishing to pursue nomination for the Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award should submit the Letter of Intent detailed below as one PDF email attachment to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at suzanne.rivera@case.edu no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013.

  1. Name and academic title of PI
  2. Contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
  3. Title of project
  4. Brief summary of project (no more than 3 pages)
  5. NIH-Style biosketch for PI
   Step 2

Final nominee will be notified of their selection by May 24, 2013

   Step 3

Deadline for routing eURF and LOI through the Office of Research Administration is June 24, 2013.

   Step 4

Funding agency deadline for the Letter of Intent is 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2013.

Deadlines
The Date Action Days to the Deadline
5/5/2014 Letter of Intent due in Research Administration office 16
5/12/2014 Review completed 23
7/1/2014 Letter of Intent due to Sponsor 73
University Contact

Please contact Dr. Suzanne Rivera in the Office of Research Administration at suzanne.rivera@case.edu if you have questions about the process.