Brain Research Foundation – Scientific Innovations Award

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Brain Research Foundation (BRF) Annual Scientific Innovations Award supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. Funding supports creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators.

Funding seeks projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings in a very short time frame. 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.

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.

Georgetown University has been invited to submit one grant application. If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please submit:

  • one-page outline of your proposal for new research
  • NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)

as a single document (both outline and biosketch) to Jennifer Kluge at (new window) no later than Monday, May 13, 2019. An internal academic committee will review applications to select the university’s nominee.

Award: $150,000 over 2 years

Internal proposal deadline:                           May 13, 2019
Letter of Intent deadline (if selected):           June 25, 2019 by 5PM ET
Full application deadline (if invited):             September 24, 2019 by 5PM ET


  •  Must be a full-time associate professor or full 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. Grant is not to be used as bridge funding.
  • Scientists who 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.


Contact: Please direct further questions to Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, (202) 687-1023 or

Various resources are available to Georgetown investigators.  We encourage you to visit the Office of the Dean for ResearchResearch Development Services, and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.