Limited Submission – Brain Research Foundation – Scientific Innovations Award 2021 competition

Apr 23, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

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

The office of Corporate and Foundation Relations are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission – Brain Research Foundation – Scientific Innovations Award 2021 competition. Click on the link below to view more information. Thank you! 

      • Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, May 10, 2021
      • Award Cycle: 2022
      • Discipline/Subject Area: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
      • Funding Available: 150,000
      • Foundation Name: Brain Research Foundation – BRF
      • Foundation Program Name: Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)


A joint announcement from the the Offices of Research and Foundation Relations

Internal Deadline: May 10, 2021
Funder: Brain Research Foundation
Program Guidelines: Scientific Innovations Awards

UCSC Contacts:
Samantha Forde | FR |
John MacMillan | OR |


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.

Award Amount & Terms

Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period. Note that indirect costs are not allowable. Please read the guidelines for further information on allowable and no allowable cost.


  • The nominated candidate must be a full-time associate professor 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 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.

To apply

To be considered for nomination, materials should be submitted to the internal campus competition via InfoReady,, as follows: Select “Apply” from the menu on the right-hand side.

Application Materials include:

  1. Summary of program project (2 page maximum, 10 pt. font minimum):Include closing paragraph that explains how this research will develop (next steps). References may be included on an additional page(s)
  2. Biographical sketch (using current NIH format) with other support page (5 page maximum).
  3. List of current grants (include abstracts, specifics aims, and indicate if there is any overlap). Please include details as to how the proposed project is a new research direction that is not funded by other sources.


  • May 10, 2021 by 5:00pm PST – Internal Submission Due
  • May 24, 2020 – Campus Candidate selected
  • June 24, 2021 – LOI Submission Deadline at BRF
  • October 5, 2021 – If invited, full proposal

Special instructions

If invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For LOI development 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.

Call sent: April 19, 2021

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching funding 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, assists in inquiries and grant proposals including drafting and/or editing depending on the need, gathers supporting materials, helps in campus visits, facilitates interactions with the Office of Sponsored Projects and other collaborators, and obtains institutional signatures.

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

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