October 6, 2011

University-Wide Limited Submission Opportunity: Brain Research Foundation

Vanderbilt may nominate one candidate for the 2012 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award. This is a one to two-year $150,000 award and covers only direct costs.

This award supports 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.

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. 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.

Those interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to John BuAbbud in Foundation Relations by Sept. 30 at noon:

• Project summary detailing the hypothesis, approach and timeline for completion (two pages)

• Candidate's CV or NIH Biosketch (four pages)

• Letter of reference from candidate's department chair

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit an LOI to the Foundation by the Oct. 17 deadline. If chosen by the foundation, the nominee will then submit a full grant proposal in January 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Koh, Ph.D., director of Foundation Relations.

This notice will also be posted on FIND Grants (Foundation INitiatives Database) under the Limited Submissions Opportunities tab.