Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Syracuse University to nominate one senior faculty member (only associate professors and full professors are eligible) for the 2019 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA).  An internal pre-proposal competition is necessary so that Syracuse University can nominate the selected candidate to proceed with the BRF Letter of Intent (LOI) process.

The objective of the SIA 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. The award provides funding support in the amount of $150,000 (direct costs only), at $75,000 per year over a two-year period.

If you are interested and eligible, please submit the Letter of Intent materials in a single pdf document to vpr@syr.edu by Friday, May 25, 2018.  Please use the subject line, “2019 BRF Scientific Innovations Award,” to ensure timely receipt.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be eligible, PI must be a full-time associate professor or full professor at an invited institution. 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.
  • 100% of the funding must be utilized for direct costs.

 Internal Letter of Intent materials and format:

Format: All text, including figure captions = 12 point Times New Roman; 1” margins all sides;

  • LOI Content: Include the following information:
    • Name and academic title of PI
    • Contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
    • Title of program project
    • Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum)
    • References may be included on an additional page(s)
    • PI Signature
    • 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)
    • Due to limited space, you can supply a link to your full list of publications

Internal Letter of Intent Review

Internally submitted letters of intent will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research and Associate Deans for Research for nominee selection.  The faculty member selected to move forward will be notified by Friday, June 8th.  At this time, the required “Institutional representative signature,” which verifies nomination by Syracuse University will be provided, and the nominated PI will be given an opportunity for final revisions before submission.

Nominated Letter of Intent Submission:

The online Letter of Intent is due by the nominated PI by June 22, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.  If the submitted LOI receives a favorable review, the PI will be notified in mid-August and invited to submit a full application by September 25, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Syracuse University to nominate one senior faculty member (only associate professors and full professors are eligible) for the 2019 Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA).  An internal pre-proposal competition is necessary so that Syracuse University can nominate the selected candidate to proceed with the BRF Letter of Intent (LOI) process.

The objective of the SIA 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. The award provides funding support in the amount of $150,000 (direct costs only), at $75,000 per year over a two-year period.

If you are interested and eligible, please submit the Letter of Intent materials in a single pdf document to vpr@syr.edu by Friday, May 25, 2018.  Please use the subject line, “2019 BRF Scientific Innovations Award,” to ensure timely receipt.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be eligible, PI must be a full-time associate professor or full professor at an invited institution. 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.
  • 100% of the funding must be utilized for direct costs.

 Internal Letter of Intent materials and format:

Format: All text, including figure captions = 12 point Times New Roman; 1” margins all sides;

  • LOI Content: Include the following information:
    • Name and academic title of PI
    • Contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
    • Title of program project
    • Brief summary of program project (2 page maximum)
    • References may be included on an additional page(s)
    • PI Signature
    • 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)
    • Due to limited space, you can supply a link to your full list of publications

Internal Letter of Intent Review

Internally submitted letters of intent will be reviewed by the Vice President for Research and Associate Deans for Research for nominee selection.  The faculty member selected to move forward will be notified by Friday, June 8th.  At this time, the required “Institutional representative signature,” which verifies nomination by Syracuse University will be provided, and the nominated PI will be given an opportunity for final revisions before submission.

Nominated Letter of Intent Submission:

The online Letter of Intent is due by the nominated PI by June 22, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.  If the submitted LOI receives a favorable review, the PI will be notified in mid-August and invited to submit a full application by September 25, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.

Questions? Please contact Christina Leigh Docteur, Director of Proposal Support Services, cdocteur@syr.edu