Funding Opportunities

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.

Zimmerman Innovation Awards in Brain Science

Currently closed for applications. See "Prior Results" for the most recent round of awards.

The purpose of these awards is to launch innovative projects that have great potential to advance science and benefit society in ways that have major and lasting impact. Projects that are too risky and early stage to be appropriate for NIH or similar funding mechanism are strongly favored. The Carney Institute will invest up to $100,000 per project for one year, renewable for a second year on a competitive basis, to support projects that meet these criteria. 

Carney Institute Junior Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards

Applications closed. The next call for nominations is expected in Spring 2024

The Junior Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards recognize junior faculty members affiliated with the Carney Institute for Brain Science for outstanding research mentorship of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, residents, or postdoctoral scientists. Nominees may be recognized for efforts in supervision of research, contributions to graduate programs, predoctoral or postdoctoral training grants, or advising/career advancement of research-focused trainees.

COBRE Center for Nervous System Function - Pilot Project Applications

Aplications closed.

The Carney Institute for Brain Science COBRE Center for Nervous System Function 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 welcome project submissions that explore the neural basis of attention, decision-making, learning, memory, or other cognitive functions.

Graduate Awards in Brain Science

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2024

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 and one summer beginning in the Fall.

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

Applications closed.

The goal of this exciting multidisciplinary, multi-institutional training program, based at Massachusetts General Hospital and the School of Engineering and the 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.

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA)

Applications closed

The Carney Institute for Brain Science offers summer undergraduate research experiences in coordination with the Brown University Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) program. Each summer, Carney 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.

Judith and Jean Pape Adams Postdoctoral Award

Applications closed

Annually, the Carney Institute announces a call for applications for the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Postdoctoral Award. This award was established with a gift from the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation to support a postdoctoral scientist conducting research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or other neurodegenerative diseases. The award includes up to $75,000 annually to cover the awardee’s salary and benefits, and up to $5,000 for professional development activities including conference travel. This is a one-year award with the potential to renew for a second year.