February 2, 2012

Research funding opportunities from the New York Stem Cell Foundation

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) has issued two requests for application in the areas of Neuroscience and Stem Cell Research.

1. Innovator Awards for Early Career Investigators in Neuroscience

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold, innovative science with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience research. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, broadly interpreted. Proposals need not be related to stem cells.

The award provides a maximum of $300,000 per year for up to five years. The award does not provide institutional overhead.

NYSCF will accept applications from researchers based in: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. To be eligible, candidates must:

• Have completed one or more of the following degrees: M.D., Ph.D.
• Be within five years of starting as a tenure track professor or a comparable position
• Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research
• Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact

The applications should include (in a single PDF file):

• Cover page from NYSCF website
• A research proposal of not more than five pages contain a summary, specific aims and goals, experimental design, timeline, significance and relevance to the field of neuroscience (limit is exclusive of references and figures; font no less than 11 point, margins no less than ½ inch)
• The candidate’s curriculum vitae, not to exceed three pages
• A one-page summary of the candidate’s research accomplishments
• A list of the candidate’s five most significant publications
• three letters of support, which must be submitted by the application deadline
• Details of other support

Please submit applications directly to the foundation by email before 5 p.m. (EST) on March 30, to neuroscienceinvestigators@nyscf.org.

Applications should be sent as a single electronic file (PDF) with components in the order listed above. Finalists will be contacted in June and announced in October.

For further information please visit the Frequently Asked Questions on NYSCF’s website:
www.nyscf.org/neuro or http://nyscf.org/grants/neuroscience-investigator-awards

2. Innovator Awards for Early Career Investigators in Translational Stem Cell Research

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards to explore the therapeutic potential of human stem cells. The goal of this initiative is to foster bold and innovative science with the potential to transform the field of stem cell research, and advance understanding and use of stem cells for the treatment of human disease. In addition to providing funding, NYSCF would partner with the investigator to advance translational goals of the research.

The award provides a maximum of $300,000 per year for up to five years. The award does not provide institutional overhead.

NYSCF will accept applications from researchers based in: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. To be eligible, candidates must:

• Have completed one or more of the following degrees: M.D., Ph.D., DPhil
• Be within five years of starting as a tenure track professor or a comparable position
• Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research
• Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact
• Have demonstrated or strategized true innovation for translation of basic sciences to a clinical setting;

The applications should include (in a single PDF file):

• Cover page from NYSCF website
• A research proposal of not more than five pages contain a summary, specific aims and goals, experimental design, timeline, significance and relevance to the field (limit is exclusive of references and figures; font no less than 11 point, margins no less than ½ inch)
• The candidate’s curriculum vitae, not to exceed three pages
• A one-page summary of the candidate’s research accomplishments
• A list of the candidate’s five most significant publications
• Three letters of support, which must be submitted by the application deadline
• Details of other support

For applications using human embryonic stem cells or human tissue, the candidate must obtain appropriate Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) or human subjects research approvals in advance of the award start date.

Please submit applications directly to the foundation by email before 5 p.m. (EST) on March 30, to investigators@nyscf.org.

Applications should be sent as a single electronic file (PDF) with components in the order listed above. Finalists will be contacted in June and announced in October.

For further information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions on NYSCF’s website:
www.nyscf.org/stemcell or http://nyscf.org/grants/stem-cell-investigator-awards.

Questions regarding these opportunities may be addressed to Ashley Brady, associate director, Foundation Relations at 343-4217 or ashley.brady@vanderbilt.edu.