Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award

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The Brain Research Foundation has invited the University of Rochester to nominate one senior faculty member to submit an LOI for the 2014 Scientific Innovations Award program. The grant competition will take place in 2013, with funding beginning early in 2014. The objective of this 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.


$150,000 over one or two years

Eligibility Requirements

•     Tenured professor or associate professor at an invited U.S. institution (Assistant professors and professors emeritus are not eligible.);

•     Working in the area of brain function in health and disease;

•     Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred, but evidence of such funding within the past three years is essential;

•     The grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.

Research Interests

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 must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources.

Protected Time Requirements


Limitation on Other Awards

Applicant may not hold another Brain Research Foundation grant concurrently with the SIA award.

Internal Review/Selection Deadline

The Provost has requested one recommendation each from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Faculty who wish to be considered for nomination should email their expressions of interest to:

The internal deadline is May 15, 2013. Please use the words BRAIN RESEARCH FOUNDATION SIA in the subject line.


The expression of interest must include:

(1) a chair’s letter recommending the candidate;

(2) the candidate’s biosketch or CV;

(3) a brief, three-page abstract of the proposed research. 

URMC faculty must use the attached forms, including the cover page.

Faculty with questions about deadlines or eligibility criteria should contact Dr. Paul A. Spengler, Director of UR Foundation Relations, at 276-2955 or


The deans will review the expressions of interest; their recommendations will be reviewed by the Provost, who will select the final nominee. The Provost’s Office will notify the candidates on or about May 22, 2013.


The UR nominee should contact Dr. Spengler to obtain the required electronic LOI form and for assistance with the LOI and final application.


Foundation Application Deadline

Pending the release of the official RFA in April, the LOI deadline will be July 2, 2013. Per university policy, the UR nominee will submit his/her application five business days in advance (June 25, 2013) and provide Foundation Relations with a final copy for review ten business days in advance (June 18, 2013).


The Brain Research Foundation will review the LOIs submitted and, by August 15th, invite full proposals from faculty whose research is of interest to the foundation. The full proposal deadline has not yet been announced, but will likely be on or about October 15, 2013.


For more information about the award and the application process, visit the Brain Research Foundation website.


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.