New York Stem Cell Foundation

Innovator Awards for Early Career Investigators in Neuroscience
(proposals need not be related to stems cells)

$1.5M over 5 years
The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative science with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience research. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in the fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, broadly interpreted.Proposals need not be related to stem cells.
Eligibility: Assistant professors with tenure track or equivalent positions* who are within 5 years of starting their assistant professor faculty position on June 1, 2015.
See FAQ below regarding tenure-track or equivalent, eligible career breaks, and other funding.
Deadline: March 18, 2015

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Opportunities

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Announces Funding Opportunity for SCI Research on the Translational Spectrum
03/03/2017 - The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of this year’s SCI Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) grants cycle, opening April 3, 2017. Eligible organizations conducting research to address gaps in the field and advance novel approaches to improving function and developing curative therapies after SCI are encouraged to apply.
Award amounts in this competitive grants process range from $150,000 to $600,000. Funding categories range from postdoctoral fellowships to pilot and senior research grants. SCIRTS grant support is designed to improve understanding and advance the treatment of acute and chronic SCI and includes mechanistic, preclinical, translational and/or clinical studies.
To learn more about the different funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, visit to review the SCIRTS Grant Application Guide. Starting April 3, this guide will be updated for the current 2018 cycle. Interested applicants must submit a required Letter of Intent by May 12, 2017 via proposalCENTRAL.
For more information on the Neilsen Foundation’s SCIRTS Portfolio, contact Program Officers, Linda Jones ( and Tracey Wheeler (

REMINDER: Psychosocial Research Funding Opportunity is Now Open
03/03/2017 - The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for the Psychosocial Research (PSR) grants cycle, until the deadline date of March 31, 2017. To learn more about the PSR portfolio and review the current application guide, visit
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Visit, for more information.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

SFARI Explorer Awards: This award program is designed to enhance our existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable focused experiments highly relevant to our mission. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders or potential therapeutic approaches will require investigation at multiple levels, including but not limited to studies focused on gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior. We will consider proposals at all of these levels.

The maximum budget is $70,000, including indirect costs for one (1) year, non-renewable.

Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. We especially encourage applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a response time as early as 30 days.

The Whitehall Foundation

Research Grants
Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. Research grants normally range from $30,000 to $75,000 per year.
The Grants-in-Aid program is designed for researchers at the assistant professor level who experience difficulty in competing for research funds because they have not yet become firmly established. Grants-in-Aid can also be made to senior scientists. All applications will be judged on the scientific merit and innovative aspects of the proposal, as well as on past performance and evidence of the applicant’s continued productivity. Grants-in-Aid are awarded for a one-year period and do not exceed $30,000.

Letter of Intent deadline: April 15th.  More info here.

National MS Society: Collaborative MS Research Centers

As part of its overarching goals of stopping MS progression, restoring function, and ending MS forever, the National MS Society offers special funding for Collaborative MS Research Centers to help stimulate collaboration and interaction in MS research among independent investigators, strengthen the ties between basic and clinical research, and stimulate recruitment of researchers from other fields into MS research. This will serve to leverage already available research support. To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society's research mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with our online portal ( and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to our goals.

Deadline 2017: pre-application due August 30; full application due September 6, 5:00 pm EST

For more information, please contact: Bruce Bebo, PhD

National MS Society Pilot Grant Projects

The Society funds high-risk pilot grants to quickly test novel ideas. Funding is provided for one year to test innovative, cutting-edge ideas or untested methods, and to gather sufficient preliminary data to apply for longer-term funding. We welcome applications for studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance our mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS. The Society supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care and rehabilitation.

Pilot research grants:Researchers who have completed their post-doctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students are not eligible for support under this program. In order to submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with our Apply Online site ( and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to our goals. NOTE: As of June 10, 2011, we will no longer accept pilot grant applications using the old application forms. All pilot applications must be submitted through the online application site (

Deadlines: New applications reviewed on a quarterly basis, with 2017 deadlines of January 4, April 5, July 12, October 4.
Download complete information on applying for pilot research grants (.pdf)

For more information, please contact: Elisabeth Mari, PhD Research Grants

Basic Research Grant Program: announces the availability of Regular Research grants for international biomedical research to promote the understanding of MeCP2 in the pathogenesis of the neurobehavioral phenotype of Rett syndrome (RTT). We seek to gain a better understanding of the underlying pathology of the disorder leading to an amelioration of the symptoms and a cure for RTT.  The two year Regular research grant awards are meant to (1) provide seed money for research that encompasses innovative therapeutic approaches and cutting-edge diagnostic techniques, (2) design to assist investigators establish careers in fields relevant to Rett syndrome research, and (3) lead to follow-on funding from other agencies.


  • The maximum funding for this Regular Research grants is $150,000 for two years ($75,000 per year).

  • Grants are made for technical support, supplies, equipment and relevant travel.  PI salary support may be included, but limited to 20% of the total award.

  • Indirect costs of up to 10% of direct costs may be included within the request amount.

  • Second year funding is non-competitive but is based on review of the first year’s progress reports.

Letter of intent due: May 22, 2017.