McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated.

The fund is inviting applications for the 2014 McKnight Scholar Awards, which were established to encourage emerging neuroscientists to focus on disorders of learning and memory. Up to six McKnight Scholars will each receive $75,0000 annually, beginning July 1, 2014. Funds may be used in any way that facilitates development of the scholar’s research program, but not for indirect costs.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including the translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Awards are given to exceptional young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree and who are in the early stages of establishing an independent laboratory and research career. Traditionally, successful candidates have held faculty positions for at least one year.

In addition, applicants must have tenure-track status at a U.S.-based sponsoring institution (to which awards will be paid); a record of meritorious research in areas pertinent to the interests of the fund; no more than four years of experience in an independent/tenure-track faculty position (exceptions may be made to account for parental leave); evidence of a commitment to a career in neuroscience; and U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status.

A review committee will evaluate applications and invite a select few applicants to interview with the committee. Applicants selected will be notified by March 28, 2014. The interviews are scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014, in New York City. The committee will then recommend candidates to the board of directors of the fund for final decision. Awards will be announced on or before May 17, 2014.

Link to RFP

Rahamimoff Travel Grant Program for Young Scientists of the U.S. – Israel Binational Foundation

 Deadline:  May 2, 2013

BSF is announcing the availability of funds for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country.  In 2013 the program will have two calls and each will support 10 trips. Grants will be $4,000 each. This is the 1st CALL for 2013.

The program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise that are not available in their home countries.

link to RFA


NE LB606 2013 Stem Cell Research Project

NE DHHS 2013 Stem Cell Research Project
UNMC Internal Screening Deadline:  March 15, 2013


Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting applications for the NE DHHS 2013 Stem Cell Research Project competition must first participate in UNMC’s internal screening by submitting a one-page project description and biosketch by March 15, 2013, to Dr. Ken Bayles. UNMC is allowed to submit only five applications for this project; an internal review committee will determine the five investigators who are invited to submit full applications to NE DHHS.

UNMC Internal Submission Process

Applicants must submit a one-page project description and biosketch to Dr. Bayles via email at by March 15, 2013. Please submit as a PDF document.


Up to $110,000 for a one-year period (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014)

 ·       Salary support for the PI, doctoral level co-investigators, and administrative/clerical assistance is unallowable

Note: UNMC requires an investigator to commit effort to a project for which s/he will serve as PI. To minimize cost-share, SPAdmin recommends committing no more than ten percent (10%).

·       Indirect costs are unallowable


In 2008, the Nebraska State Legislature adopted the Stem Cell Research Act (LB 606), which established a Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee to facilitate awarding of grants to Nebraska institutions or researchers for conducting stem cell research that does not use human embryonic stem cells. A total of $448,269 is available for the 2012 competition.


Friday, March 15, 2013         One-Page Project Descriptions and biosketch due to Dr. Bayles

Friday, March 22, 2013           Five (5) UNMC Applicants Announced by Review Committee

Thursday, April 11, 2013         Full Applications due to SPAdmin

Tuesday, April 16, 2013           Signed Applications submitted to NE DHHS by SPAdmin via PDF

 Mid-June 2013            Awards selected by NE DHHS


2013 NE Stem Cell RFA Final Application and Instructions (including definition of research projects that are acceptable)


UNMC Internal Screening – contact Dr. Bayles at or 9-4945

Grant Application/Submission – contact Sponsored Programs Administration at or 9-7456