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Brain Research Foundation: Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

Date Posted: April 2, 2015
Deadline for Internal Competition: April 27, 2015
Agency deadline for LOI:  July 1, 2015
Agency Deadline for Full Proposal: October 1, 2015
Sponsor: Brain Research Foundation
Limit on Number of Proposals: One- KU-L and KUMC: Considered one organization.
Sponsor Website: http://www.thebrf.org/assets/root/pdf_files.pdf
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Abstract: The foundation has invited eligible US institutions to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a Letter of Intent for the Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The SIA 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.

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 a source of bridge funding.

Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2016-December 2018). 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.

100% of these SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs.
Limited Submission Proposals Procedure: http://policy.ku.edu/research/institutional-endorsement
Pre-Proposal Procedure:
If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please send notice to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist KU Research in organizing the review committee.
The pre-proposal should include:
  1. a three-page narrative describing the proposed research including
    • key personnel and partnerships
    • addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation
    • a generalized yearly budget and
  2. a two-page CV for the PI and all co-investigators including
    • funding history, current, and pending support

Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative. Please submit this material electronically to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu at KU Research, by 5:00 p.m. on 4/27/2015.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all preliminary proposals. KU Research's intent is to select the proposers by Monday, May 11, 2015. This will give the candidates 7 weeks to prepare for the LOI submission.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy at rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

Contact: Nancy Biles 785-864-7434