External Funding

Interest in brain science has led to increased federal and private funding for neuroscience research. An array of opportunities from external sources is available to support the science happening here. Continue to check back periodically as new funding continues to become available.

The University of Pittsburgh is working with higher education consulting firm McAllister and Quinn to identify federal funding opportunities and notices to support neuroscience research. These may include RFIs and RFPs from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and other relevant agencies. If you would like to receive notices about these opportunities, please email upbi@pitt.edu to be subscribed to the new funding-opportunities-upbi@list.pitt.edu mailing list.

As of November, 8, 2017:

2018 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award (http://ritaallen.org/scholars/)

The University of Pittsburgh has been invited to nominate one investigator for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program.  The Scholar Award provides up to $110,000 in direct costs per year for a period of up to five years; no indirect costs are supported.  Early stage, tenure-track investigators (preferably in the first three years of their positions) who have demonstrated significant achievement are the target of this program.  Research must be in the area of cancer, immunology, or neuroscience.  Projects “with above-average risk that break new ground and challenge the status quo” are encouraged.  See http://ritaallen.org/scholars/#faq-list for more information. Letters of intent are due to the Foundation on Friday, December 8, 2017.  Full applications are due on January 19, 2018.   In order that the University’s candidate may be selected in time for adequate preparation of the LOI and the application, anyone interested in being nominated for this award should submit (1) a CV or NIH biosketch; (2) a one page (or shorter) summary of the proposed project; and (3) a letter of nomination to Dr. Michelle Broido, Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Research, by noon (12:00 PM), Friday, November 10, 2017.  This information should be sent to Dr. Broido electronically, c/o Ms. Selena Crawford, sac32@pitt.edu.

As of April 27, 2017:

Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

| Multiple active funding opportunities | 

Dissemination & Implementation Science to Optimize Select Evidence-Based Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment

Dissemination and Implementation of the DoDs Behavioral Health Data Portal throughout the Military Health System

Dissemination & Implementation of Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health within the Military

For more information: http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/default.shtml

National Institutes of Health Brain Initiative

| Multiple active funding opportunities |

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a revolutionary new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.

For more information: http://braininitiative.nih.gov/funding/index.htm

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

| Multiple active funding opportunities | 

For more information: https://grants.nih.gov/funding/searchguide

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

| Multiple active funding opportunities |

For more information: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/opportunities-announcements/index.shtml

National Science Foundation (NSF)

| Multiple active funding opportunities |

For more information: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

| Multiple active funding opportunities | 

For more information: http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities

For universities: http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/for-universities