Neuroscience Investigator Awards

The 2022 RFA is now open!

Please submit by February 16, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern.
Please note that due to the current pandemic, NYSCF is extending its eligibility criterion to be within 6 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2022.

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster innovative, emerging scientists whose pioneering approaches have the potential to transform the field of neuroscience.

For the 2022 application cycle, applicants are invited to apply from all fields in neuroscience. NYSCF is committed to supporting a broad range of neuroscience research areas representative of the field, taking into account the immense progress and changes in the field in the last decade. To that end, NYSCF especially encourages applications from neuroscientists whose research areas may be under-supported by traditional funding mechanisms and/or underrepresented in the field as a whole (see examples on next page) or by previous recipients of the Awards.

Applicants need not be working in areas related to stem cells or related areas.

This career development award provides up to $1.5 million in flexible funding over 5 years. No institutional overhead is provided. NYSCF will accept applications from researchers based at domestic and international accredited non-profit research and academic institutions.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have completed one or more of the following degrees: MD, PhD, DPhil
  • Be within 6 years of starting a faculty (professorship) or comparable position on June 1, 2022 (Note: an additional year of eligibility was added as a result of the COVID-19 crisis)
  • Independently supervise a research team as head of group/laboratory
  • Have a publication record containing articles that are innovative and high impact

All applications MUST be submitted through the online grant management system by February 16, 2022 at 5pm Eastern.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

NYSCF is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in STEM. Overcoming the impact of systematic racism, sexism, and other discrimination that has systematically marginalized certain groups from STEM research is critical for a productive, innovative scientific community. NYSCF strongly encourages applications from scientists of all ethnicities, cultures, religions, nationalities, abilities and disabilities, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, geographic locations, and socioeconomic statuses. New this year, we invite applicants to (optionally) self-identify as part of any systematically marginalized groups in STEM and to describe how this identity may have impacted their scientific career, to help us stay true to our commitment to increasing diversity in applicants and awardees and accounting for any undue adversity they may have faced. We also now require applicants to demonstrate their commitment to DEIB by describing any efforts or activities they are involved in that support DEIB in their own labs, institutes, or the broader STEM field.

Additionally, to help benchmark the state of gender equity in research institutions worldwide, we require all applicants to our grant programs to complete the Institutional Report Card for Gender Equity. The data submitted will not impact how your application is evaluated, but the report card must be submitted for the application to be considered complete. Details and FAQs can be found here.