April 11, 2017

VU-VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) to nominate one senior faculty member for the 2018 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. The award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate professor/full professor working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning 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 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. 

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu  by 5 p.m. on May 15: 

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. 

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 its June 29 deadline, to apply for eligibility to submit a full proposal in the fall.

If you have any questions about the sponsor or its interests and priorities, please contact the following individuals:

  • VU: Hilda McMackin, Research Development program manager, Office of the Vice Provost for Research (615-875-2716)
  • VUMC: Megan Smallwood, program manager, Office of Research, (615-875-7529)