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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award 2024

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:April 06, 2023
Subject:Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award 2024


Deadline for Internal Review:May 05, 2023

Project Description

This opportunity has been archived and replaced by Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award 2025

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.

Amount per Award:    $150,000
Duration of Award:     2 Years
Number of Awards:    2-3 Awards


The nominated candidate must be a full-time associate or full professor at an invited US academic institution, 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.

Scientists that have previously received a BRF Scientific Innovations Award may not receive the award for a second time until five years has elapsed since the beginning date of the prior award. Grant requirements from all previous awards must be met.

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

BRF Scientific Innovation Awards 2024 Guidelines


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:

  • Cover Sheet including Name, Academic Title, Contact Information and Title of Program Project
  • Brief project summary (2 page maximum)
  • NIH Style Biographical sketch with other support page (5 page maximum)

Sponsor Deadlines

Letters of Intent are due to Brain Research Foundation by June 22, 2023. Applications are due to Brain Research Foundation by October 10, 2023.