Brain Research Foundation 2020 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award (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. There is a funding preference for research projects that will likely lead to successful grant applications with NIH and other public and private funding entities.

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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT May 22, 2019

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: 3:00pm MT June 25, 2019

Sponsor Phase II Application Deadline (invitation only): 3:00pm MT September 24, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum, 10 pt font minimum): Please include a closing paragraph that explains how this research will develop (next steps). References may be included on an additional page.
  • NIH Style Biographical Sketch
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


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. Only one PI may apply per application.

Limited Submission Guidelines

BRF will only accept one LOI per institution.

Award Information

Award Amount: $150,000 (direct costs). 100% of SIA funds must be utilized for direct costs.

Award Duration: 2 years