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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/Basic 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/Basic 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 or a collaborative project between basic research departments exclusively.  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 Translational Team Science Award ($100K total; $54,000 from CNS, $20K from CCTSI, $26K from Department)

PI: Amanda Law, PhD & Diego Restrepo, PhD

Title: "Assessment of cognitive deficits and phase amplitude coupling in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in a Neuregulin 1 genetic model of schizophrenia"

CNS Basic Team Science Award ($75K total; $50,000 from CNS, $25K from Department)
PI: Katherine Rennie, PhD & Daniel Tollin, PhD
Title: "Mechanisms of Blast-Related Injury in the Peripheral Vestibular System"
CNS-Pilot Translational Research Independent Awards ($30K total: $20,000 from CNS)
PI: Brianne Bettcher, PhD
Title: “Inflammation from Neurally Derived Exosomes as a Mechanism for Memory Impairment in Aging Adults
PI: Penny Clarke, PhD
Title: “Identification of pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to CNS injury and disease following Zika virus infection
CNS-Pilot Basic Research Independent Awards ($30K total: $20,000 from CNS)
PI: Zoe Donaldson, PhD
Title: “Approaches for whole brain labeling of neural ensembles in prairie voles
For a list of awardees in 2012-2016, please click here.