OSP FO# 13-019

AGENCY: Brain Research Foundation (BRF)

PROGRAM: Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

OBJECTIVES: The Brain Research Foundation’s Annual 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.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions are invited to nominate one faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent.

To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor, 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.

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. Only one PI may apply per application.

BU Internal Deadline: May 31, 2013
Letter of Intent Deadline: July 1, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: Based on the quality of applications, the Brain Research Foundation anticipates the SIA program will fund a total of $300,000 in grants. Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2014-December 2015). Exact dates will be provided by the BRF upon application approval. The first grant payment of $75,000 will be made upon completion of the SIA Acceptance Form. The final payment of $75,000 will be made contingent upon receipt of a Preliminary Progress and Financial Report, which will be due one year prior to the end date of the grant period. Funds must be utilized within the grant period.

Final Financial and progress reports, including a lay summary, will be required within 30 days of the end date of the grant period.

100% of SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Brain Research Foundation
111 West Washington Street, Suite 1710
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Telephone: (312) 759-5150
E-mail: info@thebrf.org
Web: http://thebrf.org/Grants/Scientific+Innovations+Award

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each institution is permitted to nominate one individual. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should forward: (1) a letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a brief description of your research to India Adams, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215. Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. All nomination material should be received by Friday, May 31, 2013.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically via the BRF grants website (www.research.theBRF.org) as a single, combined electronic document (PDF) using the BRF LOI and Application forms (provided on the website upon registration). Documents may be combined into a single document using Adobe Acrobat.

The first step in applying for a BRF SIA is to submit a Letter of Intent. The purpose of the LOI is to determine worthy projects that will be asked to submit a complete SIA application for further review. The LOI and invited application must be submitted by a single investigator. LOI submission must include a brief letter of nomination from an institutional representative on formal letterhead.  The LOI should be submitted by the PI online at www.research.theBRF.org.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.