1907 Trailblazer Award for Mental Health Research

The Syracuse University Office of Research and the Office of Foundation Relations are pleased to announce the internal competition for Syracuse University’s nominations for the 1907 Trailblazer Award for Mental Health Research. Eligible applicants must be within ten years of the date when PhD/MD degree was awarded. Projects must be grounded in the study of biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. The organization supports projects for basic science in addition to near-term applications (e.g. disruptive technologies and potential clinical interventions). Syracuse University may select two applicants for this program.

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Sponsor Program Announcement: Link to external program announcement
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: May 11, 2020, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: May 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline (or submission window if NSF): June 30, 2020

Synopsis of the 1907 Trailblazer Award Program

The 1907 Trailblazer Award was established to encourage high-impact, step-change approaches to research in the brain and mind sciences for mental health. In addition to supporting a specific research project, the Award intends to increase the size of the talent pool of early career investigators researching causes & cures for mental illness.

Eligible applicants must be within ten years of the date when PhD/MD degree was awarded. Projects must be grounded in the study of biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. The organization supports projects for basic science in addition to near-term applications (e.g. disruptive technologies and potential clinical interventions).

The organization promotes these aims by providing a $100,000 research gift on an unrestricted basis, a $20,000 prize to enhance the economic security of the scientist, and travel & expense coverage for attendance at two annual meetings. Each winner will be invited to two annual meetings to present interim findings (year 1) and final findings (year 2), where they can form scientific relationships with other Award winners, the Advisory Board Directors and Research Directors.

Funding can support:

  • Stipends for research staff within the Award recipient’s lab
  • Equipment, supplies, laboratory costs and/or technician
  • Imaging costs
  • Publication fees
  • Patient participant expenses

See the full program Request for Applications for more details.

Eligibility

  • Eligible disciplines include but are not limited to neuroscience, neurology, psychology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, genetics and engineering (including novel technologies and devices).
  • Applicants must be within ten years of the date when PhD/MD degree was awarded (whichever came later and with exceptions for maternity leave, paternity leave and other excused absences).
  • Applicants will currently be employed by a university or public research institute in the US, the UK, or Canada, with full-time employment guaranteed for the duration of the project (tenure or tenure-track and international equivalents). Applicants must already work in a supervisory role (PhD, MD, Postdoctoral supervisor primary or secondary).
  • Applicants will have demonstrated independence from senior colleagues. They must be able to initiate and direct their own research as principal investigator, have full responsibility for running their labs and full control of their research funds. Postdoctoral researchers working primarily in another investigator’s research group, as well as adjunct faculty, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will have a strong track record of scientific publications relevant to their research program.
  • Research applications may be related to but cannot be identical to any other currently funded projects.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a summary abstract briefly describing how the applicant will study biological mechanisms underlying brain function, cognitive processes, and/or consciousness. A summary CV is also required. Full details of application requirements may be found on the Syracuse University Application Portal.

Limited Submission Selection Process

Each applicant interested in submitting an proposal must submit a limited submission abstract by May 4, 2020. If the number of submissions exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered.

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with the nomination to the funder will be notified by email on or before May 18, 2020. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than two applicants will be selected

At the discretion of the Office of Research, internal proposals submitted past the internal deadline will be considered for a full submission to the sponsor, on a case-by-case basis, if the addition of a proposal would not exceed our institutional limit.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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