Open Call – Simons foundation – 2021 Pilot Awards

Mar 9, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Simons Foundation.  Please follow the links for more details.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Simons Foundation
Opportunity: 2021 Pilot Awards
LOI Deadline:  April 15, 2021



The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) aims to expand our understanding of the role of internal brain processes in the arc from sensation to action, thereby discovering the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.

To this end, we solicit applications for SCGB pilot awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research. This application will have two stages: a first-stage letter of intent (LOI), which will be competitively reviewed, after which selected LOIs will be invited to submit a second-stage full application for further competitive review.

Award Amount & Terms

$400,000 USD, including indirect costs (limited to 20 percent of modified total direct costs), for a period of two years per investigator.


  • All principal investigators and unfunded collaborators must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or the equivalent at a college, university, medical school or other research facility. In addition, eligible applicants must have independent lab space at their institution.
  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations. There are no citizenship or country requirements.
  • Individuals currently receiving funding from the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain are not eligible for additional funding but can serve as unfunded collaborators.

Special Requirements

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly contact your OSP officer to comply with process requirements and submission schedules.

Full proposal internal deadlines:

For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Original Call sent: March 5, 2021

The Office Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact