Neuroscience Investigator Awards

The 2021 RFA is now closed.

All applicants will be notified in June.
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, 2021.

NYSCF is soliciting applications from early career investigators for Innovator awards in neuroscience. The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field of neuroscience.

Applicants are invited to apply from all fields in neuroscience in the 2021 application cycle. New this year, we especially encourage applications from neuroscientists whose research is focused on human systems. This might include research using patient-derived model systems and approaches using samples or data (genomic, epidemiological, imaging, real-world data, etc.) collected from individuals or human populations. Please refer to the 2021 RFA for a more in-depth look on how we are expanding the breadth of neuroscience research supported through these awards.

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

The award provides $1.5M USD over 5 years and is open to researchers based at both national and international accredited academic and nonprofit research 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, 2021 (Note: an additional year of eligibility was added as a result of the COVID-19 crisis)
  • Have demonstrated ability to independently supervise staff and research
  • 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 17, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.

Register & Apply

Applicants must submit an Institutional Report Card for Gender Equality in order for the application to be considered complete. Details and FAQ’s can be found here.