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.