May 22, 2012

Limited submission opportunity: Brain Research Foundation

The Brain Research Foundation has announced its 2013 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) in Neuroscience. Vanderbilt is invited to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a letter of intent for the SIA.

The objective of the program is to support projects in well-established research laboratories under the direction of established investigators that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. Investigations supported by these grants are expected to yield high-impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high-impact journals.

The nominee must be a tenured associate professor/professor 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. The grant period is for two years in the amount of $150,000. Please note that 100 percent of these SIA funds must be used for direct costs, so potential nominees should check with their respective department chairs and/or deans in advance.

The letter of intent is due by 4 p.m. CST Monday, July 2; any interested faculty should send the following to either Susan Meyn or Janey Wang by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23:

• 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

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Meyn in the VUMC Office of Research or Elizabeth Rapisarda in the Provost’s Office of Finance and Administration.