Research Management Group (RMG)

The William N. & Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation
Early Career Investigators Innovation Award in Parkinson's Disease

Limited funding opportunity—for early career Stanford assistant professors with tenure-track (UTL) faculty appointments (see eligibility) who are within the first three years of their faculty appointment (as of Oct. 28, 2016) who involved in high-risk/high reward basic or translational/clinical research pertaining to the cause and cure of Parkinson's disease.

The internal deadline for 2016 has passed. This webpage is for your reference only.

Number of applicants permitted: 1 (see internal submission guidelines below)

Internal Stanford Neurosciences Institute (SNI) deadline: Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 12 noon (see internal submission guidelines below)
Applicant selected notified by SNI: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Applicant selected to submit application packet to the Dean's Office*: Oct. 17, 2016
(*for the Dean’s signature-instructions will be given to the applicant selected)
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) proposal deadline: Oct. 21, 2016
Sponsor deadline: Oct. 28, 2016
Term of funding: Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2019


Download the PDF file of the guidelines >>  pdf file
The guidelines are not available on the sponsor's website.

Amount of funding: $100,000 per year x 3 yrs direct costs.
No part of this award may be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead.


The William N. & Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high risk/high reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of the cause and cure of Parkinson's disease. The Innovation Award is specifically designed to provide funding for extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the Parkinson's field.


Review criteria
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following:


By Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 12 noon, please submit one PDF file containing the following, in order listed below, via email attachment to:

Tanya Raschke, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Planning and Operations
Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Phone: (650) 725-5926

No budgets or PDRF forms are required for the internal selection process. You do not need to submit your internal proposals via your institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) for their approval.

1) Title page
The William N. & Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation
Early Career Investigators Innovation Award in Parkinson's Disease
Project title:
PI name, title, department, address, phone, email
(reminder: co-PIs are not permitted)

2) Reference letter printed on the department letterhead and addressed to the William N. and Bernice E. Bumpus Foundation Early Career Investigators Innovation Awardin Parkinson's Disease review committee members prepared by tne mentor & co-signed, then signed by the Department Chair (note: this is based on the sponsor's application guidelines. Therefore, if selected, this letter will be used in the final proposal)
A two paged, Ariel 12 pt font, single-spaced statement about the applicant and his/her work. This statement must include their assessment of the project and its potential for the field; their candid comments regarding the applicant’s research and academic achievements, the
level of innovation and importance of the proposed research, the characteristics of the applicant that make him/her uniquely suited to carry out the proposed research, as well as the potential for the applicant to be a true innovator.

3) up to 7 page scientific abstract/research proposal (based on the sponsor's application guidelines)
Formatting: Arial size 12, single spaced. Illustrations and references are included in the page total.
Please include: project title, hypothesis; reasoning and novelty of the project; gap analysis of the field that has led the Applicant to this area of research; and the potential impact on the field of Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, include a brief lay description of the project.

4) CV most recent

Selection process
The SNI executive committee will select the applicant to represent the university by the Sponsor's deadline.


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