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University of Colorado Center for NeuroScience Denver

Center for NeuroSurgery

Small Grants Program


The Center for NeuroScience will offer annual pilot/seed grants for investigators in neuroscience. Our collaboration with the CCTSI will allow for a more centralized submission and review process. Acceptance of an award from the center requires contributing funds from faculty home departments.  

Innovation in Translational Neuroscience
Funding up to $30,000 ($20K from CNS, $10K from department) for one year to support data collection for a novel grant application in translational neuroscience research. 
Collaborative Research in Translational Neuroscience
Funding up to $100,000 ($54K from CNS, $26K from collaborating PIs departments, $20K from CCTSI) for one year to support novel collaborative translational neuroscience research between investigators in clinical and basic research departments.  This award mechanism is not designed to support pre-existing collaborative projects. 
For additional details and to submit and application, please go to the CCTSI website.

Congratulations to the following investigators for receiving pilot awards this year.


CNS-Pilot Neuroscience Innovation Awards ($30K total: $20,000 from CNS)

PI: Thomas C. Evans, PhD

Title: “Novel noncoding RNAs of the Sm family in the CNS: Potential supressors and mediators of CNS disorders”

PI: Yogendra Raol, PhD

Title: “TRPV1 channel: A potential therapeutic target to treat early-life seizures”

PI: Michele Yang, MD

Title: "Motor neuron disease mechanisms and therapy development using zebrafish as a model system"

CNS Collaborative Research Awards ($80K total; $54,000 from CNS)

PI: Gidon Felsen, PhD

Title: "Neurophysiology of Parkinson's disease: From mouse to man"

For a list of awardees in 2012 & 2013, please click here.