Researchers: Great discoveries start with you

As a researcher in the field of neuroscience, you are the reason great discoveries are made every day. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a PhD or MD student, a postdoctoral fellow, research associate, or tenured faculty, Brain Research Foundation (BRF) invites you to become a part of our community. You can join us for Neuroscience Day, meet our Scientific Review Committee, or, if you qualify, you can apply for a grant through our Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program, and Scientific Innovations Award Program.

Neuroscience Day

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Brain Research Foundation hosted it’s 17th Annual Neuroscience Day. This unique forum is intended to provide members of the Chicago area neuroscience community with opportunities to share interests in an informal setting and to stimulate scientific interactions between universities. Registration for Neuroscience Day 2017 is now closed. 

Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

The Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program is a competitive, peer-reviewed program that provides initial support for new research that has a strong potential to attract external funding.

Seed grants enable scientists in the areas of basic, translational, or clinical research to explore interesting new research avenues without undue delay, generating critical preliminary data that can be used to develop competitive grant proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other external funding sources.

Click here to read about current and past research enabled by the Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program

Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

Brain Research Foundation (BRF) supports innovative discovery science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. This funding opportunity is for 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 timeframe. 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.

Click here to read about current and past research enabled by the Scientific Innovations Award Program.

Apply for a grant

Please check with your institution and review our guidelines to make sure that you are eligible for one of our grant programs. To apply, you will first need to create an account by providing your email address and selecting a password. Once you have created an account, you can sign in to submit your letter of intent, or if your letter has already been accepted, to submit an application. Also, be sure to review the application guidelines. You can also check the status of your letter or application, or see if you have any notices waiting for you.