Dana Foundation Brain and Immuno-Imaging Grant Program

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The Dana Foundation is inviting applications for research grants in Brain and Immuno-Imaging. The awards provide funds that support pilot testing by investigators who are early in the research of promising, but high-risk, innovative ideas that have direct clinical application and that, when successful, are competitive for larger-scale support from other funders. Studies should focus on imaging in patients or patient tissues, and healthy volunteers. Animal model studies of brain conditions or injuries will be considered only if they relate directly to humans, but cannot feasibly be undertaken in humans and are anticipated to be translated into human studies following the three-year grant.


$200,000, payable over three years.


  • Investigators at medicals schools or institutions affiliated with a medical school (apply by submitting an application to the medical school dean);
  • Applicants may use either conventional or cellular imaging or both;
  • Researchers who have demonstrated the potential for independent research careers who are at the assistant professor level or early associate professor level;
  • Applications from junior investigators that are an extension of the work of a senior mentor, particularly if from the same institution, are discouraged.

Research Interests

Previously funded awards have focused primarily on:

  • Understanding normal brain functioning, how it is altered by disease or injury, and how it recovers or repairs;
  • Assessing and improving diagnostic and therapeutic approaches;
  • Refining and advancing imaging technologies to address specific clinical questions; and
  • Studies for the early identification of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Protected Time Requirement


Mentoring Requirement


Limitation on Other Awards

May not have more than one R01 award.

Internal/External Deadlines

  • The dean of the medical school can nominate one candidate.
  • Faculty who wish to be considered should e-mail their expression of interest by September 1, 2012 to Catherine Muzytchuk, Catherine_Muzytchuk@URMC.rochester.edu with the words DANA FOUNDATION BRAIN AND IMMUNOIMAGING in the subject line. They must also submit:
    1. A cover form;
    2. A chair’s nomination form;
    3. A CV or biosketch; and
    4. A brief, three-page abstract describing the significance of the proposed research. The required forms are attached.
  • The dean’s office will notify candidates of the dean’s decision by September 15, 2012.
  • 2013 deadlines have not yet been released, but will be on or about February 28, 2013. Per university policy, applications must be submitted five days early (February 22nd) and a final copy must be sent to Foundation Relations for review ten days early (February 18th).
  • Once the final candidate has been notified of his or her nomination by the dean’s office, he or she should contact Dr. Paul A. Spengler, Director of UR Foundation Relations, at 276-3955 or pspengler@admin.rochester.edu to review the program guidelines and for assistance with the application.

Faculty with questions about this announcement should contract Dr. Spengler. Click here to read the full announcement.


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