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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award 2015

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:March 26, 2015
Subject:Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award 2015


Deadline for Internal Review:May 04, 2015

Project Description

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual 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.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time associate/full professor working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. 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 a source of bridge funding.

Award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a 2 year grant period.
The SIA program will fund up to a total of $450,000 in grants.


UW–Madison has been invited to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

  • PI Name, title and contact information
  • Title of proposal
  • Brief project summary (2 page maximum)
  • NIH format biographical sketch with other support page (4 page maximum)

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by July 01, 2015.