(CLOSED) Brain Research Foundation: 2020 Scientific Innovations Award

Sponsor Name: 
Brain Research Foundation
Description of the Award: 

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

This funding opportunity is for projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings in a very short timeframe. 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.

Funding and Award Period:

Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form (January 2020). The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report (January 2021). Funds must be utilized within the grant period.


The nominated candidate must be a full-time associate professor or full professor at an invited US academic institution, 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. 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. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as bridge funding.

Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position. Therefore, only one application for all of Penn State will be allowed.

Scientists that have previously received a BRF Scientific Innovations Award may not receive the award for a second time until five years has elapsed since the beginning date of the prior award. Grant requirements from all previous awards must be met. Only one PI may apply per application.

Allowable costs under this award: 100% of these SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Jun 25, 2019
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 24, 2019
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following documents in sequence in one PDF (Proposal Title: Last name_BRFSIA_2020) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

Cover Page:

  • Principal Investigator’s (PI's) and Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • A list of possible participating organizations (if applicable)
  • Proposal Title

Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum)

  • References may be included on an additional page(s)

List of current grants (include abstracts, specific aims, and indicate if there is any overlap)

NIH Style Biographical sketch with other support page (5 page maximum)

The Foundation Relations Office is available to consult on proposal narrative elements and answer other foundation-related questions. Please contact Jess Kiely, in Corporate and Foundation Relations (jik12@psu.edu or 717-531-8497) for additional support.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
No applicants