Research Management Group (RMG)

The Archer Foundation
The Archer Award in Brain Research

***Limited $300,000 funding opportunity for a team of Stanford faculty with PI eligibility (with UTL, MCL, and NTL-Research appointments). The required research topic is Early Molecular Measurements of Neurodegenerative Disease/Cognitive Decline. Only two applications are permitted a university-wide internal selection process is required.


The internal selection process for 2017 has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.

Clarification and updates from the sponsor:


# of applicants permitted
: 2 (see the internal submission guidelines below)


Timeline (revised):
Internal Stanford Neurosciences Institute (SNI) deadline: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12 noon (see internal submission guidelines below)
The two applicants selected by SNI will be notified: May 3, 2017
Sponsor's Letter of intent (LOI) (for 2 applicants selected): May 15, 2017
Full proposal (by invitation only) deadline: September 15, 2017

Sponsor website:

See the internal submisson guidelines below.

Amount of funding:
$100,000 per year x 3 years (allows for 10% of the award to be used for indirect costs)


The Archer Foundation established the Archer Award to foster innovative research that will expand the frontiers of human knowledge in the field of neuroscience. The Archer Award is currently focused on helping scientists develop technologies for early detection and measurement of neurodegenerative disease progression in order to advance the development of treatment methods.

The foundation seeks to advance progress toward the development of new therapies for neurodegenerative disease and welcome innovative ideas and technologies to advance this goal. The Foundation and its science advisors will review 10 proposals, one each from top ranked research institutions, of which Stanford University is included. The proposal and required attachments, to be submitted online by the applicant selected to represent Stanford, should describe how the project will advance diagnosis and early detection of neurodegenerative disease. Annual reports describing progress toward proposed milestones will be required.

Focus of the Award**
Future progress in developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases will depend on technologies for early detection and measurement of disease progression in humans. The Archer Award is intended to foster research at the interface of basic science and technology development and to advance the development and application of innovative diagnostic methods in neurodegenerative disease(s).


Required topic:
Early Molecular Measurements of Neurodegenerative Disease/Cognitive Decline.

Award Recipients are required to submit an online annual report to the Foundation summarizing the interim and final results of the research and a copy of any published or proposed paper. Recipients may also be required to travel to Las Vegas, NV (travel expenses will be covered) to present results.


Deadline extended: By Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12 noon, please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below to:

Roula El-Asmar
Stanford Neurosciences Institute

File name: Last Name_Archer_Award.pdf

Institutional representatives: not appiicable. You do not have to generate a PDRF form or submit your internal proposal through RMG or OSR for approval.

1) Title Page
Archer Foundation Archer Award in Brain Research
Title of your proposal (limit: 7 words)
PI's name, titles, department, contact information (address, email, phone)
Co-PI’s name, titles, department, contact information (address, email, phone)
Co-investigator(s) name, titles, department, contact information (address, email, phone)

2) Project description (This is based on the sponsor’s online application guidelines and space restrictions)
The Foundation seeks original, creative approaches and new technologies to address the problem of developing methods for detection, early diagnosis and measurement of neurodegenerative disease progression, a problem that we see as crucial to clinical development of therapies.

3) Appropriately annotated figures
that clarify complicated background concepts or preliminary findings. (Limit one page)

4) A list of references (maximum 10), including hyperlinks, that support the work proposed. (Limit one page)

5) NiH biosketch for each PI , each Co-PI, and each co- investigator (limit 4 pages each)

Selection process:
Your proposals will be reviewed by a Stanford Neurosciences Institute internal review committee. That committee will select the two applicants to represent the university who will submit their Letters of Intent (LOI) by the sponsor’s May 15, 2017 deadline.


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