Resources Funding

The Carney Institute for Brain Science provides funds to support summer undergraduate research experiences, graduate student training and postdoctoral training. Additionally, the Carney Institute supports interdisciplinary research through the New Frontiers awards, and highly creative research projects through the Innovation fund.

COBRE Center for Nervous System Function - Pilot Project Applications

The deadline for Pilot Project Applications is Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:00pm.

The Carney Institute for Brain Science COBRE Center for Nervous System Function (CNSF) aims to increase the quantity and quality of research on the nervous system in Rhode Island. One means of attaining this goal concerns identifying and nurturing talented young investigators and enabling established investigators to create a new research line. We announce the availability of two 12-month grants of up to $40,000 for research related to nervous system function, pending funding of our Phase II COBRE. We particularly welcome projects that explore the neural basis of attention, decision-making, learning, memory, or other cognitive functions. We aim to enable an investigator to collect preliminary data in support of grant applications for independent external research funding, especially from the NIH. Pilot project investigators can take advantage of the CNSF community to help guide their science and career development. Pilot project investigators will have access to the CNSF’s Design and Analysis Core and Behavior and Neuroimaging Core to provide expertise for study design and data analysis.

Our Phase II COBRE has its focus on brain mechanisms of attention, perception, learning, and decision making in healthy adults and statistical and computational modeling. We welcome project proposals within this focus but will also consider proposals under the broader area of central nervous system function.

To facilitate recruitment of appropriate reviewers please send, as soon as possible, the title of the proposal to

Carney Institute Innovation Awards

This funding opportunity is now closed and the review process is underway.

The Carney Institute for Brain Science announces a call for proposals for Carney Innovation Awards. The purpose of these awards is to help brain scientists launch new, innovative research projects with great potential that are too risky and early stage for NIH or other external funding sources. The Carney Institute will make significant investments of up to $100K for one year, renewable for a second year on a competitive basis, to support projects with potential for high scientific impact and potential to attract future external funding.

Center for Vision Research Opportunities

The Center for Vision Research (CVR), part of the Carney Institute for Brain Science, has funds to facilitate innovative vision research through pilot grants and temporary support of postdoctoral fellows. Funds are also available to bring speakers to campus and to host workshops.

Applications for these funds will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in April 2018.

Rhode Island Neuroscience New Frontiers Awards

The call for applications is now closed, the results were announced here.

The Rhode Island Neuroscience Leadership Committee (RINLC), in partnership with the Carney Institute for Brain Science, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute and the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island, announced a call for proposals for a special round of New Frontiers Awards. These awards provide up to $40,000 each to support brain science projects involving scientists from any of the institutions represented on the RINLC: Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Lifespan Hospitals, Care New England Hospitals and the Providence VA Medical Center.

Postdoctoral T32 Training Program in Recovery and Restoration of CNS Health and Function

This funding opportunity is now closed.

The goal of this exciting new multidisciplinary, multi-institutional training program based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brown University’s School of Engineering and Carney Institute for Brain Science, is to enhance recovery from disabling brain injuries by filling a pressing need for clinician-scientists and neuroengineers trained to leverage the computational neurosciences and to develop and test device-based and other interventions for patients. We seek post-doctoral (M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) clinician-scientists and post-doctoral (Ph.D.) neuroengineers/computational neuroscientists to train under a multidisciplinary training faculty from anesthesia, biomedical engineering, computational neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and radiology.

Graduate Awards in Brain Science

This call for applications is now closed. The review process in underway, results are expected to be announced by the end of the semester.

The Carney Institute for Brain Science invites applications for Graduate Awards in Brain Science. These awards recognize outstanding and productive mid- to late-stage Ph.D. candidates conducting brain science-related research in a Brown graduate program. Awards cover full costs for two academic semesters plus one summer. Awards will also provide additional support for meeting travel, workshop registration, or research costs.

2018 Translational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering Summer Workshop

This call for applications is now closed.

The Carney Institute for Brain Science and Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering invite Brown Ph.D. students to apply to attend the EPFL/ETH-Wyss-Brown Neuroengineering Summer Workshop being held at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 4-9, 2018. The main theme of the workshop is "Bridging the Gap: From Neuroscience to Translation." It will be comprised of lectures and tutorials directed at Ph.D. students in neuroscience, engineering and related fields. Topics will reflect cutting-edge research relevant to medicine and neuro-prostheses, including theoretical work on neural computation, applied work on micro-electronics and data-scientific methods in computational psychiatry. 

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA)

The Carney Institute for Brain Science offers summer undergraduate research experiences in coordination with the Brown University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) program. The Brown University deadline for Summer UTRA applications is February 5, at 5 pm. Each summer, BIBS supports undergraduate summer research awards as funding permits.  Applications that are not awarded a Carney Institute-specific UTRA will still be considered for funding through the University-wide pool of UTRA funding.