December 20, 2011

University-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: Program in Brain and Immuno-imaging from the Dana Foundation


Vanderbilt University may nominate one candidate for the 2012 Dana Foundation Program in Brain and Immuno-Imaging. This award provides $200,000 over three years for projects aimed at improving human brain and brain-immune functioning in health and disease. The foundation is interested in high-risk, innovative ideas that have direct clinical application. Eligible investigators should be at the assistant professor level or in the first few years of their associate professor appointment and not have received more than one independent research grant (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another Federal agency).

Studies should be oriented to the human. Animal model studies will be considered only if they relate directly to the human, but cannot yet feasibly be undertaken in humans and are anticipated to be translated into the human following the three-year grant program.

In order to be considered as the nominee for Vanderbilt University, please send the following as a preliminary proposal, in PDF format, to John BuAbbud by Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at noon:

• A letter of nomination from the candidate’s department chair or center director

• Selection of either the Physiological and Structural Imaging or the Cellular/Molecular Imaging track

• Description of candidate's proposed research (not to exceed two pages including graphics). Include specific aims, methods and significance of proposed research.

• Candidate's CV (not to exceed two pages, including publications)

• A list of all past, current and pending support

Each applicant submitting a proposal by the deadline of Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at noon will receive a confirmation email that the application has been received. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

All proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee by late January. Once the decision has been made, applicants will be notified by email of the status of their proposals. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation by the deadline of Feb. 28, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Brady, Ph.D., associate director of Foundation Relations.

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