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Brain Research Foundation

The Brain Research Foundation has invited Drexel University to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2015 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The objective of the 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. The Foundation expects 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 professor working in the area 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. Please note: research associate professors/research professors are not eligible for this award. The grant amount is $150,000 across two years.

Internal applications due no later than 11:59 pm, May 16, 2014. Full LOI from the Drexel nominated candidate due to the Foundation by 4:00 PM on July 1, 2014. If accepted, full proposals will be invited with a submission date of October 1, 2014.

For more information, please download the updated SIA Guidelines and Letter of Intent form: SIA Guidelines

Letter of Intent (Please note that to edit and save the LOI, it must be opened in Adobe Acrobat)

For our internal competition we require the following:

  1. Two page overview of the proposed project.
  2. Nomination letter from the candidate’s dean. This letter may be emailed to the candidate or provided to them as a pdf or doc, but must be submitted together with the application, not separately mailed to the research office. (1 page max)
  3. Biographical sketch of the PI with other support page. (4 page max)

Submit the above as a single pdf, with the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) and Brain Research Foundation in the title. Send to, with the subject line including the phrase Brain Research Foundation, no later than 11:59 pm, May 16, 2014. Full applications are due by 4:00 pm, July 1, 2014.