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Grant Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunity Title & Agency Brief Overview/Purpose Due Dates Award Amount & Project Duration Comments
Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO)

The goal of CDA support is to encourage former HFSP fellows to initiate an original research program in their own laboratories as independent researchers in their home country or in an HFSP member country (U.S. included). Applicants for the CDA are expected to propose an original and innovative frontier research program that holds promise for the development of new approaches to problems in the life sciences with potential to advance the field of research significantly.

Nov 12, 2013

$300,000 over 3 years ($100,000/year)

The CDA competition for 2014 is only open to HFSP Long-term/Cross-Disciplinary fellows of Award Years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Applicants for a CDA must: (1)have completed at least 2 full years of their HFSP Fellowship at the start of the CDA. (2)apply within two years of completing the HFSP Fellowship.

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF); NSF The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS). See the full text of the solicitation for detailed description of these tracks.. Nov 12, 2013; Last Monday in October annually thereafter Up to $200,000 per year For more information, visit
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp); NIH

Administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdocs, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Vary by awarding IC*; NINDS:
Nov 15, Feb 15, May 15 (Expires Sep 30, 2015)

Budget limited to no more than amount of current parent award; Can be from less than $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending on career level of candidate; End with competitive cycle of parent grant

See FOA for full list of NIH research grants that are eligible for administrative supplements.

For due dates by IC, visit

Only one candidate may be supported under each request submitted, but may submit multiple requests on the same parent award.

For FOA and more information, visit

The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience: Call for Nominations; Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Awarded for outstanding achievement in advancing knowledge and understanding of the brain and nervous system, including molecular, cellular, systems, neurogenetics, developmental, cognitive, computational, and related facets of the brain and nervous system.

Nomination form due Dec 1, 2013

$1,000,000; gold coin, and scroll given directly to awardee

Awards considered via nomination. Nomination form is available on their website. Cannot self-nominate. Visit website for more information:

McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards; The McKnight Foundation These awards support scientists working on new and unusual approaches to understanding brain function. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. It does not support research based primarily on existing techniques. Especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism.

Letter of Intent:

Dec 2, 2013

$100,000 per year for two years; Funds cannot be used to pay recipient’s salary

Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are invited. For more information or to view confirmed due date, visit

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science (IBSS) Research; NSF

Two types of projects: (1) IBSS Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects and (2) IBSS Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects. Supports research that involves researchers from multiple disciplinary fields that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple disciplinary fields, and that is likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple disciplinary fields.

Dec 3, 2013 & Dec 2, 2014

(1) Up to $1,000,000);

(2) Up to $250,000

Thomas J. Baerwald, telephone: (703) 292-7301, email:
Brian D. Humes, telephone: (703) 292-7284, email:

For more information, visit

NINDS SBIR Technology Transfer (SBIR-TT [R43/R44]); NIH

Encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) for projects to transfer technology out of the NIH intramural research labs into the private sector.  If selected for SBIR funding, the SBC will be granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive internal research-use license for the term of and within the field of use of the SBIR award to technologies held by NIH with the intent that the SBC will develop the invention into a commercial product to benefit the public.   

Dec 5, Apr 5, and Aug 5

Up to $150,000 for Phase I awards and $1,000,000 for Phase II awards; Phase I can be up to 2 years and Phase II up to 3 years duration

For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit

Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award; NINDS

The purpose of the NINDS Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (NSADA K12) is to facilitate and support the research career development of pediatric neurologists at educational institutions or professional organizations who have made a commitment to independent research careers.  The NSADA program is intended to provide three consecutive years of support to individuals to provide them with the knowledge, tools and research experience that will enable them to transition to significant, individually-supported research.

Dec 11, 2013 Oct 12, 2014, Oct 12, 2015

Budgets not limited; Project period can be up to 5 years

Indirect costs reimbursed at only 8% of modified total direct costs.

For more information, visit:

NIH Research Conference Grant (R13) and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement (U13) Programs

Supports high quality conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific mission of the participating Institutes and Centers, which include NINDS, NICHD and NIGMS, among others.

Dec 12, April 12 & Aug 12

Varies depending on IC

Must contact appropriate NIH conference grant contact before develop proposal; visit Some ICs require pre-approval to submit.

For more information, visit

Albert and Ellen Grass Faculty Grant: Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) Summer Research in Neuroscience

To promote innovative research collaborations, ideally between investigators from different institutions. Research Awards provide costs for research and housing. Awardees benefit from the rich intellectual and interactive environment of the scientific community at the MBL. Awards can be used to support independent research in the Rowe building in independent lab space, collaborative research in a resident scientist's lab, or in the Loeb building in affiliation with the discovery courses. Proposals for support considered in, but not limited to, the following fields of investigation: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology

Dec 15, 2013

Up to $25,000 for 8-10 weeks in summer; Can apply for more than one year of funding

Preference given to junior investigators.

For more information, visit

2014 McKnight Scholar Awards; The McKnight Foundation

Foundation supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. Awards were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience.

Jan 6, 2014

NEW $75,000 per year for 3 years; Funds cannot be used for indirect costsAAPD

Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year. For more information, visit

Research on Education and Learning (REAL); NSF

The program supports advances in research on STEM learning and education by fostering efforts to explore all aspects of education research from foundational knowledge to improvements in STEM learning and learning contexts, both formal and informal, from childhood through adulthood, for all groups, and from the earliest developmental stages of life through participation in the workforce, resulting in increased public understanding of science and engineering.

Jan 10, 2014

Optional LOI:
Oct 25, 2013

Varies; Estimated number of awards is 45-52 per year and anticipated funding amount is $51,000,000

The REAL program will fund research on, human learning in STEM; learning in STEM learning environments, and broadening participation research. For more information, visit

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL); NSF

AISL seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.
The AISL program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops.

Jan 14 and Nov 14, 2014

$250,000-$3,000,000 depending on project type; 2-5 years duration depending on project type

For more information, visit

Social Psychology; NSF Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior.

Jan 15, 2014;
Jan 15 and July 15 annually thereafter

No limit noted

For more information, visit

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development Program; NSF

Program aims to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. Especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition or development of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.

Jan 23, 2014; Fourth Thursday in January annually thereafter

$100,000-$4,000,000; Duration: Up to 3 years for acquisition proposals and up to five years for development proposals

Program does not support the acquisition or development of a suite of instruments to outfit research laboratories/facilities or that will be used to conduct independent research activities simultaneously. Cost sharing of 30% of total project cost required for PhD-granting institutions of higher learning. For more information, visit

*LIMITED SUBMISSION: No more than 3 proposals per organization can be submitted.

Cognitive Neuroscience; NSF

Program seeks highly innovative and interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports thought, perception, affect, action, social processes, and other aspects of cognition and behavior, including how such processes develop and change in the brain and through time.

Jan 24, 2014 and
Aug 27, 2014; Jan & Aug annually thereafter;
Expires Feb 24, 2016

Up to $320,000 per year for up to 5 years

For more information, visit

NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)

Mentoring and professional activities to advance the careers and neuroscience development of diverse neuroscience researchers. Goal is to support mission relevant to development and/or implementation of programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers- participation is limited to graduate, post-doctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels only; and (2) facilitate career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers.

Jan 25, 2014, Jan 25, 2015, & Jan 25, 2016

Up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years

For more information, visit

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32); NIH

Awards made to eligible institutions as the primary means of supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research agenda. The objective of the T32 program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs (including those with short term research training) at domestic institutions of higher education with the T32 funding mechanism.

Jan 25, 2014

Budget not limited; Duration: Up to 5 years

Funds can be used for stipends, tuition, fees, trainee travel and training-related expenses.

Indirect costs limited to 8% of modified direct costs.


For more information, visit

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T35)

NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this grant mechanism exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during the summer. In addition, may be used to support other types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging scientific areas relevant to the mission of the funding IC. Proposed training must be in basic, behavioral or clinical research aspects of the health-related sciences. Program is intended to encourage graduate and/or health professional students to pursue research careers by exposure to and short-term involvement in the health- related sciences.

Jan 25, 2014

Budget not limited: Duration: Up to 5 years; training period is 2-3 months

Funds used only for stipends to defray living expenses during research and training experience and training-related expenses.

Training should be of sufficient depth to enable the trainees, upon completion of the program, to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of research.

Indirect costs limited to 8% of modified direct cost.

For more information, visit

NINDS Research Education Opportunities (R25)

Purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to request applications for the initiation or continuation of nationally-available neuroscience research education programs that will significantly advance the mission of NINDS.

Jan 25, May 25, Sept 25

Up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years

For more information, visit

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience; NSF

Supports collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system. Three types of projects: (1) research projects, (2) US-German research projects, and (3) data sharing projects.

Jan 27, 2014

Varies depending on type of project proposed; (1) and (2): Up to $250,000 per year in direct costs for 5 years; (3) Not specified


Nicky Clark, (703) 292-4686, email:
Kenneth Whang, (703) 292-5149, email:

For more information, visit

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), CFDA #12.800; FOA: BAA-AFOSR-2013-0001

Program encourages collaboration between psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, linguists, behavioral, cognitive, and neuro-econometric scientists. The Trust and Influence Program aims to develop a basic research portfolio that provides empirical foundation for the science of reliance and contemporary influence. It invests in discovery of foundational concepts of effective influence, deterrence, trust-building, etc.

Open until
Jan 28, 2014

Not specified

Contact if interested:
Dr. Joseph Lyons, 703-696-6207,

Research Grants; National MS Society


Supports studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance the mission of the Society.

Early Feb,
Early Aug (TBA)

Must register to apply online and complete a pre-application.

Perception, Action and Cognition; NSF

Supports research on perception, action and cognition including the development of these capacities. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in all topic areas. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. Research involving acquired or developmental deficits is appropriate if the results speak to basic issues of perception, action, and cognition.

Research proposals: Feb 3, 2014 & Aug 1, 2014;

Conference/ workshop proposals: Apr 15, 2014 & June 16, 2014

No budget limits specified

For more information, visit

Molecular and Cellular Substrates of Complex Brain Disorders

Encourages research grant applications from applicant organizations directed toward the discovery of the impact of alterations associated with complex brain disorders on the fundamental cellular and molecular substrates of neuronal function.

Feb 5, 2014 & Jun 5, 2014 (Expires Sept 8, 2014)

Budget is unlimited; Can request up to 5 years of funding

For more information, visit

Modeling Social Behavior; NIH 9R01)

Encourages applications for developing and testing innovative theories and computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen understanding of complex social behavior. Research will examine phenomena at multiple scales to address the emergence of collective behaviors that arise from individual elements or parts of a system working together. Emergence can also describe the functioning of a system within the context of its environment. Supports research that explores complex and dynamic relationships among the parts of a system and between the system and its environment in order to understand the system as a whole.

Feb 5, June 5, Oct 5
(Expires Jan 8, 2017)

Budget is unlimited; Can request up to 5 years of funding

Encourage applications that build transdisciplinary teams of scientists spanning a broad range of expertise. Minimally this team should include investigators with expertise in the behavioral or social sciences as well as in computational and systems modeling (computer science, mathematics, engineering, or other systems sciences). Applications should demonstrate bridge-building between disciplines, scales and levels.

For more information, visit

Alcohol Abuse, Sleep Disorders and Circadian Rhythms; NIAAA NIAAA encourages

Research Project Grant (R01) applications proposing to conduct mechanistic studies in humans and animal models on the relationships between alcohol abuse, circadian rhythms and sleep disorders.

Feb 5, June 5, Oct 5
(Expires May 8, 2015)

Budget is unlimited; Can request up to 5 years of funding

For more information, visit

Epigenetic Inheritance and Transgenerational Effects of Alcohol; NIAAA

Research Project Grant (R01) applications proposing to conduct mechanistic studies in humans and animal models on alcohol-induced transgenerational effects and the role of epigenetic inheritance in these effects.

Feb 5, Jun 5, & Oct 5 (Expires May 8, 2016)

Budget not limited; Duration: Up to 5 years

For more information, visit

Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R01);

To inform the scientific community of pain research interests of NIH and to stimulate and foster a wide range of basic, clinical, and translational studies on pain. New advances needed in all pain research areas, from micro perspective of molecular sciences to macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences.

Feb 5, June 5, Oct 5
(Expires May 8, 2016)

Budget is unlimited; Can request up to 5 years of funding

Companion FOAs: R03 (PA-13-117) and R21 (PA-13-119)
*Neuropathic pain is among their special interests.

Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R01); NIDA

This FOA encourages basic neurobiological studies in in vivo and in vitro model systems as well as studies in humans. The topic of study may range from that of a single protein or gene, to that of the entire organism. The level of analysis may be at one or more levels, and studies that incorporate changes over time across multiple scales (e.g., gene to behavior, abuse to dependence, adolescent to adulthood) are sought. Multi- and inter-disciplinary studies are especially encouraged.

Feb 5, 2014, June 5, 2014
Oct 5, 2014
(Expires Jan 8, 2017)

No budget limits; Maximum project period is 5 years

Studies should incorporate analyses on sex-differences when appropriate.
For more information, visit

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research; The Medical Foundation

Will fund translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Program’s short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of feeding, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and/or binge eating disorder. Long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients suffering from these conditions.

Feb 13, 2014

$200,000 per year for two years, inclusive of 10% indirect costs

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; genetic and epigenetic research; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; and testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments. Please note that imaging studies involving humans are not eligible. For more information and confirmed due date, visit

Development of Animal Models and Related Biological Materials for Research (R21); NIH, ORIP

FOA encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop, characterize or improve animal models for human disease or to improve diagnosis and control of diseases that might interfere with animal use for biomedical research purposes.

Feb 16, June 16, Oct 16
(Expires May 8, 2016)

$275,000 for 2-year project period

For more information, visit

Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R21); NIDA

The evolution and vitality of the biomedical sciences require a constant infusion of new ideas, techniques, and points of view. These may differ substantially from current thinking or practice and may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data. By using the R21 activity code, the NIH seeks to foster the introduction of novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets, and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.

Feb 16, 2014, June 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
(Expires Jan 8, 2017)

$275,000 for two years with more than $200,000 in either year

Studies should incorporate analyses on sex-differences when appropriate. For more information, visit

Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R03); NIDA

Substance abuse results in widespread changes in brain structure and function, and research is needed to explain these changes and how they affect behavior. The goals of the research areas are to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying drug abuse and addiction, with special emphasis on changes that occur during chronic drug use, withdrawal and relapse. Research utilizing basic, translational, or clinical approaches is appropriate.

Feb 16, 2014, June 16, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
(Expires Jan 8, 2017)

$100,000 in direct costs for 2 years; No more than $50,000 in a single year

For more information, visit:

Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards; The McKnight Foundation

Support innovative efforts to solve the problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. They encourage research aimed at translating laboratory discoveries about the brain and nervous system into diagnoses and therapies to improve human health. Collaborative projects between basic and clinical neuroscientists are welcomed, as are proposals that help link basic with clinical neuroscience.

Anticipated: April 1, 2014

$100,000 per year for 3 years; Funds cannot be used for recipient’s salary

For more information visit:

NIH Summer Research Experience Programs (R25)

Provides high quality research experiences for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break. The NIH expects that such programs will: help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students. The programs would also contribute to enhancing overall science literacy. Summer Research Programs that expand and complement existing summer educational and training programs are encouraged. Note: Not all participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) support all aspects of this program.

Apr 2, 2014 &
Apr 2, 2015

NEW AAPDUp to $100,000 in direct costs per year for up to 5 years

NINDS will not provide support for science teachers; other Institutes/ICs may.

Indirect costs limited to 8% of modified direct costs.

For more information, visit

Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32); NIH

Supports broad and fundamental research training in the neurosciences via institutional NRSA research training grants (T32) at domestic institutions of higher education. Trainees appointed to this training grant are financially supported for either one or two years, during the first 2 years of their graduate research training. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.

LOI Due:
Apr 25, 2014
Appl. Due:
May 25, 2014

Budgets are not limited; Duration is up to 5 years

Funds can be used for stipends, tuition, fees, trainee travel, and training-related expenses. Indirect costs are limited to 8% of modified direct costs.

For more information, visit

Therapeutic Pipeline Program; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

To stimulate development of Parkinson’s disease (PD) therapeutics with potential for fundamentally altering disease course and/or significantly improving treatment of symptoms above and beyond current standards of care. Therapeutic Pipeline Program is open to industry and academic investigators working at either pre-clinical or clinical stages of drug and therapeutic development. Proposals must focus on a treatment strategy with clear potential for PD and have a well-defined plan for moving toward clinical utility for patients. Both novel approaches as well as repositioning of approved or clinically safe therapies from other non-PD indications are of interest.

May 28, 2014

Invited full proposal:
Aug 6, 2014

No set budget limit; Can request up to two years of funding

Indirect costs limited to no more than 25% for academic institutions or 10% for for-profit organizations. For more information, visit

Research Experiences for Undergraduates; NSF

Supports active research participation by undergrads in any of NSF-funded research areas. Involve student in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU Program.

Anticipated: Aug 28, 2014

Varies by Directorate

For more information, visit

Army Research Office Broad Agency Announcement for Basic & Applied Scientific Research; Department of the Army/Department of Defense

Neurophysiology and cognitive neuroscience are among the primary areas of interest in Life Sciences Division (Research Area 8.4), specifically neurophysiological bases of perception and cognition, covering areas such as neuronal cell physiology and biophysics, psychophysiology, sensory and perceptual physiology, computational neurobiology, neuropsychology, and integrative neurobiology.

Ongoing until and including Mar 31, 2017


Strongly encouraged to submit a white paper before developing a full, detailed proposal. Point of contact for neuroscience is Dr. Frederick D. Gregory,, (919) 549-4318

Neurotrophic Factors Challenge 2013; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Supports work that can accelerate neurotrophic factor therapeutic development for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Applicants may submit a proposal focused on improving current neurotrophic factor approaches by identifying novel neurotrophic factors and delivery methods, as well as providing insight into why neurotrophic factors have not been effective in alpha-synuclein models.

No deadline; applications accepted anytime

$125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for one year

Indirect costs limited to 10% of direct costs. For more information, visit

LRRK2 Challenge 2013; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

To support work that can significantly contribute to a better understanding of the gene/protein leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), its relevance to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and effective ways to translate LRRK2 research into therapies for patients.

No deadline; applications accepted anytime

$125,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) for one year

Successful applicants will be granted membership in the MJFF LRRK2 Consortium, where they can share information, data and resources with other awardees of this and other MJFF LRRK2-related efforts. For more information, visit

Alzheimer’s Association Grant Programs

Supports several grant programs focused on Alzheimer’s: conference, new investigators, understanding disease development, investigator-initiated research, etc.



Autism Speaks Suzanne & Bob Wright Trailblazer Award Program

Supports highly novel “out of the box” autism-relevant research that opens new avenues to understanding the cause, diagnosis, subtyping, prevention, treatments, and cure of autism spectrum disorders. Seeking projects that may be too risky for regular research mechanisms.

Rolling submissions; Must submit LOI and be invited for full proposal

Up to $100,000 total, inclusive of 10% indirect costs.

Projects must be completed within a 12-month period. Limited to investigators holding full-time tenured or tenure-track appointments or equivalent full-time non-tenure track appointments.

Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Regularly release Program Announcements describing funding opportunity and submission requirements. Recent research programs have included autism, neurofibromatosis, psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

Varies by PA

Varies by PA

Awards are usually significant. For example, recent one on traumatic brain injury was for $3M for a 3-year performance period (pre-application due Feb 27, 2013).

Michael J. Fox Foundation: Neurotrophic Factors Challenge 2013

Supports work that can accelerate neurotrophic factor therapeutic development for Parkinson’s Disease.

Rolling submission

$125,000 in total costs for 1 year

Only indirect costs of up to 10% of direct costs are allowed.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: Independent Investigator and Distinguished Investigator Grants

1. Independent: supports scientists at associate professor (or equivalent) level at period between initiation of research and receipt of sustained funding

2. Distinguished: supports full professor (or equivalent) scientists who are conducting neurobiological and behavioral research

Due Dates announced later this year

NEW AA1. $50,000/year for 2 years

2. $100,000 for one year


Brain Research Foundation: Scientific Innovations Award

Supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. Supports creative, cutting-edge research in well-established research labs under direction of established investigators. Designed for projects that may be too innovative or speculative for traditional funding sources.

Varies each year

$150,000 in direct costs for a 2-year period

* To apply, GSU will need to formally ask to be invited to submit proposals. See

Dana Foundation

Current area of research emphasis is neuroscience (brain and immune-imaging; clinical neuroscience) and research that has the potential to improve human health or functioning. Grants also support improvement in K-12 education.



Cost sharing is required.

* To apply, GSU will need to formally ask to be invited to submit proposals. Must contact Mary Lucas in the Foundation’s Grants Office (see

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers; NSF

Fund 2 types of projects: (1) Institutional Transformation – for innovative & systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education to increase participation & advancement of women in STEM academic careers. (2) Institutional Transformation Catalyst – support historically resource-challenged institutions in conducting institutional self-assessment activities (i.e., data collection, data analysis, policy review) to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

LOI (required):
Oct 4, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

$200,000 for 2-year project

Limited submission

CFDA #47.074 (biological sciences) and
47.075 (social behavioral and economic sciences)

Visit website for more information:


Circadian Rhythms and Alcohol-Induced Tissue Injury (R01); NIAAA

FOA encourages applications that propose to conduct mechanistic studies of the circadian rhythms involved in alcohol-induced organ damage. The objective of this FOA is to understand the molecular mechanisms of alcohol-induced tissue damage that involve central and peripheral circadian rhythms, particularly their connection with metabolism and metabolic disorders.

Oct 5, 2013

Budgets not limited; Award project period is 1-5 years

For more information, visit












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