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James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Awards Multi-institutional collaboration - Studying Complex Systems - Understanding Human Cognition - Mathematical & Complex Systems Approaches for Brain Cancer
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative -  Explorer Awards RFA Mechanisms or potential therapeutics - Gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, anatomy, and cognition and behavior
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation - NIH RFP NIA and NINDS grant proposals scored but not funded get a second look!
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation The ADDF Academic Drug Discovery and Development Program seeks to create and support innovative translational research programs for Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and cognitive aging in academic medical centers and universities. Biomarker development studies and innovative proof of concept pilot clinical trials of new approaches to treatment, prevention, and early detection are also supported.
BD Bisocience Research Grants Funding for the most innovative ideas and encourage you to submit abstracts within evolving research areas that include: Multicolor flow cytometry; Cell signaling; Stem cell research; Immune function; Infectious diseases; Neuroscience research
DoD MURI - Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative Supports high risk research in basic research and engineering. There is also a possibility to attract UK funding on certain topics, if UK collaborators involved. 23 topics, encompassing social science, cognitive science, neurobiology and engineering have been defined.
2017 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) - DoD Through this solicitation, DoD aims to improve the research capabilities in research-related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. The cost can exceed $50,000, but no more than 1,500,000. Any interested PI should work with DoD program managers to explore mutual interest. 
2017 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program  Recommended to work with a PO - Basic Science and Engineering 
DARPA Solicitation - Biological Technologies Office This solicitation seeks proposals where advances in engineering and computer science can drive and reshape biotechnology for national security. A range of emerging technical areas are sought, including but not limited to human-machine interfaces, human performance, infectious disease, and synthetic biology. Of particular interest are those proposals from entities (both small and large business) that have never received Government funding, or who do not normally propose to Government solicitations
Naval Research Laboratory  - Broad Agency Announcement The Naval Research Laboratory invites proposals to fund Research Projects across 40 Technical Areas of Interest to the Department of the Navy. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically.
DARPA - Biological Technologies Proposed research should investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences.
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants - Brain and Behavior Research Foundation The NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant provides support for experienced investigators (full professor or equivalent) conducting neurobiological and behavioral research. A one-year grant of $100,000 is provided for established scientists pursuing innovative projects in diverse areas of neurobiological research. Areas of particular interest to the Scientific Council's Selection Committee include patient populations with unique or unusual characteristics and central nervous system developments.
American Postdoctoral Fellowships Special consideration is given to women holding junior academic appointments who are seeking research leave, women who have held the doctorate for at least three years, and women whose educational careers have been interrupted. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation - Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration RFP This RFP aims to accelerate drug discovery programs and biomarker development for frontotemporal degeneration and is funded in partnership with the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).
Sloan Research Fellowships The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants - Brain and Behavior Research Foundation The NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant provides support for investigators during the critical period between the initiation of research and the receipt of sustained funding. A two-year grant up to $100,000 or $50,000 per year is provided to scientists at the associate professor level or equivalent who are clearly independent and have won national competitive support as a principal investigator.
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience  - Scholars Awards These awards support tenure-track scientists with no more than four years of independence. The Endowment Fund especially seeks applicants working on problems that, if solved at the basic level, would have immediate and significant impact on clinically relevant issues.
Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Proposed research projects should be directed towards the molecular biology of pain and/or basic science topics related to the development of new analgesics for the management of pain due to terminal illness. Funding for junior faculty within three years of their appointment with committed lab space and finds from the host institution.
Department of the Air Force - White paper solicitation This FO covers a broad range of technologies not limited to: usable speech determination, interference mitigation (noise, co-channel), channel mitigation, speaker diarization, whispered speech detection, music or tone detection/mitigation, background noise detection, speaker segmentation, speaker highlighting, speaker identification, speaker verification, transmission segmentation, language and dialect identification, accented speech identification, optimal data selection, speaker verification, coding to preserve the characteristics of the speaker and channel, automatic speech recognition, key word spotting, correlation, and model adaptation. The main emphasis for this research are techniques and methods for use in a tactical (low signal-to-noise ratio, <5 seconds processing time, with minimal training time and data) military environment.
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation - Spinal Cord Injury The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to research and programs to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury. Quality of Life (QOL) Program: Funding to support innovative programs that improve independence for individuals living with SCI. Areas of focus include: assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, rehabilitation, and sports and recreation. More upcoming calls in diverse topics.
NARSAD Young Investigator Grants - Brain and Behavior Research Foundation The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses.
F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind The F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize is given biennially to recognize and support the efforts of an early career psychological scientist who is pursuing research that aims to advance, either empirically or theoretically, a materialistic understanding of the human mind. The research may address any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and should utilize behavioral and/or neuroscientific methods. Be no more than 10 years postdoctoral.
The McKnight Endowment Fund - Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards  These awards support innovative efforts to solve the problems of neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially those related to memory and cognition. They encourage research aimed at translating laboratory discoveries about the brain and nervous system into diagnoses and therapies to improve human health.
The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences The Award in the Neurosciences supports, in the early stages of their careers (within four years of tenure-track appointment), young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
James S. McDonnell Foundation 2016 Complex Systems Scholar Award For Scholar Awards the program's emphasis is furthering the science of complex systems via the continued development of the theory and tools used in the study of complex research questions and not on particular fields of research per se. JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions. JSMF supports research in the brain sciences through its topical program Understanding Human Cognition. The Foundation recommends that researchers in the neurosciences not submit proposals to the Complex Systems RFA.
Army Research Institute (ARI) Research Fellowship Program The purpose of this United States Army Research Institute Research Fellowship Program Program Announcement is to solicit offers from interested applicants to establish a program with university students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty for the conduct of research generally supporting ARI’s research program.
Organization for Autism Research The Organization for Autism Research invites pre-proposals for Applied Research in Areas-Related to Autism including interventions and treatments with the potential for practical and clearly objective results. Proposed researcher should have the potential to impact public policy and provide outcomes that offer to enhance quality of life for persons with autism and their families. One or more awards of up to $30,000 may be made available. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically.
Human Science Frontier Program (HSFP) - Young Investigator The HSFP Young Investigator will fund international collaboration of newly appointed investigators; they are expected to propose projects with team members having distinct expertise and coming from different areas of the life sciences (if not from outside the life sciences). All members of a Young Investigators’ grant team must be within 5 years of obtaining an independent position (see below) but must have obtained their first doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) not longer than 10 years before the deadline for submission of the letter of intent. Teams will receive up to $450,000 per year
Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Grant to Promote Diversity This program aims to provide underrepresented new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures, and to develop hypotheses. The intent is to support early-career development that will lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other funding agencies and groups, including future proposals to the Alzheimer's Association.
DARPA Young Faculty Award The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. Among technical topics of interest: Machine Learning and Many Body Physics; System and Method to Decode Human Intent; Characterizing the Performance Envelope of Emergent Behavior and Evolutionary Selection in Real-world Systems; Advancing Live Cell Super-Resolution Imaging
DARPA - Neural Engineering System Design DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons and stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons in proposer-defined regions of the human sensory cortex (e.g., visual cortex or auditory cortex). The complete system must demonstrate high-precision detection, transduction, and encoding of neural activity.
Whitehall Foundation Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid The Whitehall foundation solicits proposals in biological/neurobiological sciences from independent investigators whose area of focus, while being current and timely, is not heavily supported through federal or other foundations funding mechanisms. Research Grants are awarded over three years and up to $225,000. Grants-in-Aid supports for one year and up to $30,000 any assistant professors, but also senior scientists who have more difficulty competing for research funds. The emphasis is on supporting young scientists at the beginning of their careers and productive senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award The AARC Award is intended to support the academic-research careers of junior-level faculty (less than 6 years as ass in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Unlike a traditional research grant that only focuses on research, the AARC Award funds proposals that include both a teaching and a research component. Up to $5,000 each.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB), Office of Epidemiology and Research is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network. The purpose of this program is to establish and maintain a national scientific and clinical research network that will promote and coordinate research activities in developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of pediatric care to improve clinical services and health and related outcomes for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences NIJ encourages applications from diverse social and behavior sciences including but not limited to criminal justice, criminology, economics, law, psychology, public health, and sociology. Applications must propose research led by a PI who: was awarded a terminal degree within the four (4) years prior to September 30, 2016; holds a nontenured assistant professor position at an accredited institution of  higher education in the United States; and has not previously served as PI on an NIJ research grant or fellowship.
The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation - Research Grants The SSF Research Grants Program places a high priority on both clinical and basic scientific research into the cause, prevention, detection, treatment, and cure of Sjögren’s, with support provided to investigators at every career level from student to junior investigator to senior-level leader.


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