Limited funding opportunity – Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovations Award (SIA)

March 12, 2019 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the launch of the BRF Scientific Innovations Internal Submission FY2019 competition.  This call is being made in advance of the release of RFP, though the sponsor deadline should again be in late June.  This will be a $150,000 award.

The objective of the SIA is to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the nominated candidate must be a full-time professor or associate professor at an invited US institution,working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease.Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential.Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. This grant is not to be used as a source of bridge funding.

Investigators at institutions that are affiliated with a medical school or university are eligible to apply only through the institution where they hold a full-time faculty position.

Scientists that have previously received a BRF Scientific Innovations Award may not receive the award for a second time until five yearshas elapsed since the beginning date of the prior award. Grant requirements from all previous awards must be met.

PIs are not eligible to apply if they are an assistant professor, professor emeritus, research associate professor or research professor.

For additional information:

Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent:

To apply, click onView Letter of Intent. To submit LOIs on behalf of multiple applicants, please email limited-submission-vpr@virginia.edufor assistance. Letters of Intent must be received by 5PM April 18, 2019.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. Should a competition be required, the internal application will be due on or around May 16, 2019 at 5PM and must include the following:

  1. Up to a four page description of the vision and goals of the proposed research education program, including a brief description of the main program activities, the qualifications of the PI and program team, the plan for participant recruitment and selection, and the planned evaluation activities. References can be included in a separate section.
  2. List of PI, Co-PIs, and other core participants. Include a two-page biosketch for the PI only.
  3. A one-page budget outline (in column format) showing major budget categories for the project period and justifications if necessary.
  4. Endorsement letter from department chair.

Limited Submission Process and Review

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For a comprehensive list of faculty awards, please visit:

More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.


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