Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) 2014

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date:  April 3, 2014
Subject: Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)


{excerpt}Notification of Intent to Submit is due at the Graduate School on: April 16, 2014
Deadline for internal competition: To Be Determined{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience.  The objective of the SIA program 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. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.  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 professor/full professorworking 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.

The Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund up to a total of $450,000 in grants.
Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period.


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


This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to with subject line:
“BRF 2015 SIA-PI Last Name" by April 16, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal.
Please include the following in your e-mail:

  • PI Name and contact information
  • Title of proposal
  • Brief description of the proposed project

Applications for internal review: PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.

For the project selected, the LOI must be submitted using BRF online submission system.
LOIs are due to the Sponsor by 4:00PM CT on July 1, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email