Research Management Group (RMG)

Brain Research Foundation
Scientific Innovations Award

***Limited $150,000 funding opportunity for full-time Stanford Professors and Associate Professors with PI eligibility.Only one application is permitted so a university-wide internal selection process is required.

This provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. 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 2018 internal selection process has been completed. This is for your reference only.


# of applicants: 1 (see internal submission guidelines below)

Amount of funding: $150,000 total direct costs total for two years


Internal Stanford Neurosciences Institute deadline (revised): Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5 p.m. PST (see internal submission guidelines below)
Applicant notified by SNI: June 12, 2018
For applicant selected to represent Stanford:
Applicant submits LOI form to his/her RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR so he/she can prepare brief nominaton letter: June 15, 2018
Sponsor's letter of intent (& brief nomination letter) deadline: June 22, 2018, 4 p.m. CST
Sponsor's full application deadline (by invitation only): Sept. 25, 2018, 4 p.m. CST




The Brain Research Foundation has invited Stanford University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

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.

Funding Preferences:

Allowable costs under this award:

100% of these SIA  funds must be utilized for direct costs

These costs may include:

Costs NOT permitted:



By (revised) Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5 p.m., please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order list below to:

Roula El-Asmar
Stanford Neurosciences Institute

File name:   Last Name_BRF_SIA.pdf

Institutional representatives: you do not have to submit your internal proposals through your institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR Contract Officer) for their approval. You can submit your proposals directly to Roula.

The internal proposal guidelines are based on the sponsor's letter of intent guidelines.

1) Title Page
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)
Title of your proposal
PI name, academic title, department, contact information (mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address)

2) Project summary (no more than 2 pages-includes references and figures)
(Format: single-spaced, 1/2 inch margins, Arial or Helvetica size 11 font)

3) NIH-style Biosketch with other support page (5 page maximum)

Selection process:
Your proposals will be reviewed by a Stanford Neuroscience Institute internal review committee. That committee will select the applicant to represent the university who will submit a letter of intent by June 22, 2018.

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