The following list directs investigators to external funding sources relevant to neurobiological research. Please go to the foundations’ websites for up-to-date information about deadlines and application instructions.

This list is constantly changing; therefore, please let the Neurobiology office know if you are aware of funding sources not listed here.


External Funding Sources

Funding opportunities for predocs
Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity Research on aging and aging-relating health conditions
American Association of University Women  International Fellowships; full-time study or research in the US to women who are not US Citizens
American Psychological Association Graduate Fellowships
Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe and overseas. Applicants should not be over 27 years of age at the time of application
BrightFocus Alzheimers, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma
Clinical Research Opportunity for PhDs (CROPP) Run by Harvard Catalyst; 8-weeks program for PhDs with an interest, but no experience in, clinical and translational research
Dept of Energy predoc fellowship Graduate training in physical and biological sciences
Dept of Energy Computation Science Grad Fellowship Support for students that use high-performance computing to solve complex science problems
Drug Abuse Dissertation Research (R36) Drug abuse doctoral dissertation research
Ford Foundation Fellowships URM in Life Sciences
Foundation Fighting Blindness HHMI-FFB Fellowships for Medical Students
Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study HHMI, Second or Third Year PhD students (MD/PhD students are ineligible)
Graduate Women in Science Encourage science careers for women
Hertz Foundation fellowships Physical, Biological and Engineering sciences
HHMI predoc fellowship for international students International students doing biomedical research in the US
NIH Predoctoral Fellowships F31 Biomedical research
NSF fellowship Research in various disciplines including science and technology
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Support for New Americans (1st generation, naturalized US citizen, or green card holder)
Pharmacology/Toxicology award  Cellular, molecular, and systems biology approach to pharmacology and toxicology research
SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program Supports underrepresented graduate researchers to cultivate long-term success through mentoring and networking, professional skill development, and educational programming (financial benefits-free travel to SfN conference, membership, and $1,500 to support professional development activities)
Travelling Fellowships Up to ~$3000 for researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories

Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences 

Funding opportunities for postdocs

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Alzheimer's drug discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials, and biomarker development research
American Brain Tumor Association Brain Tumor Research
Angelman Syndrome Foundation Angelman Syndrome/autism
AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship Biomedical/Addiction
Burrough's Welcome Underrepresented Minority Postdoctoral Enrichment Biomedical for URMs
Burrough’s Wellcome Award for Career Medical Scientists Biomedical for MD/PhDs
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface Bridge funding for advanced postdocs transitioning to faculty service
Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship Biomedical research
Damon Runyon Biomedical/cancer
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowship  
Eppendorf Prize in Neurobiology Neurobiology research using cell and molecular biology methods
Helen Hay Whitney Basic Biomedical Sciences
Hereditary Disease Foundation Huntington's Disease; current focus: DNA repair pathways, protein degradation, HD neurodegeneration, therapy for HD-induced neurodegeneration.
Human Frontier Science Program Basic Research
HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellowship International and underrepresented scientists
FRAXA-Fragile X  Fragile X Syndrome
Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Medical Research/cancer
L'Oreal USA for Women In Science fellowship program Women in STEM research
Life Sciences Research Foundation Life Sciences
NIH K Awards Career development/from mentored to independence
Pew Latin American Fellows Support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in the United States
Rett Syndrome Mentored Training Fellowship Rett Syndrome/ Autism
SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program Supports underrepresented postdoctoral fellows to cultivate long-term success through mentoring and networking, professional skill development, and educational programming (financial benefits - free travel to SfN conference, membership, and $1,500 to support professional development activities)
Travelling Fellowships Up to ~$3000 for researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories

Funding opportunities specific for junior faculty

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Basic Research
American Academy of Neurology Clinical research
American Federation for Aging Research Aging and Basic Research
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Young Investigators Program
Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Start up monies for new research project
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Physician scientist support
Friedrich's Ataxia Research Alliance Advance understanding of neuroscience; understand the neurodegeneration of FA and implications for therapies; junior faculty encouraged but not mandatory
Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Foundation Cancer Research
Klingenstein Fund junior faculty; basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders
McKnight Foundation Scholar Awards Neuroscience
NYSCF Neuroscience Investigator Award Neuroscience
Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Young scholars
Searle Scholars Program Early career scientists

Funding opportunities for all faculty

ALS Association ALS
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation drug discovery and preclinical development, clinical trials and biomarker development research
Angelman Syndrome Foundation Angelman Syndrome/autism
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) Children's Project A-T and related aspects of A-T, which causes progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a high rate of cancer
Autism Speaks Autism
Brain and Behavior Foundation: NARSAD Cognition/schizophrenia,depression
Brain Research Foundation Scientific Innovation Award Creative and cutting edge research in well-established laboratories
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS
Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation Cerebral Palsy
Citizens United for Resarch in Epilepsy (CURE) Epilepsy
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Spinal Cord Injury
Dana Foundation David Mahoney Neuroimaging program Brain-immune functioning to promote health
Dana Foundation Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant Program "First in Man" studies (based on animal studies; pilot in humans
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation causes, mechanisms, prevention, and treatment of all forms of dystonia
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Basic biomedical research
Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Age-related disease mechanisms
Ellison Foundation Senior Scholar in Neuroscience Fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie normal biological function, and when dysfunctional, lead to illness.
Epilepsy Foundation Epilepsy
Eppley Foundation for Research High Risk Biological research that would not qualify for NIH/NSF funding
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Anesthesia
Foundation Fighting Blindness Blindness
International OCD Foundation OCD and related disorder
International Rett Syndrome Foundation Rett Syndrome/autism
John A. Hartford Foundation Aging research
Keck Foundation (Science and Engineering and Medical Research) Pioneering science and engineering solutions/Purchase of new instruments
March of Dimes Research Programs Biological processes related to development, differentiation, genetics, genomics; social/behavioral studies that affect outcomes of pregnancy, perinatal period, and child development.
Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Research Program Cancers that affect women
McKnight Foundation Neuroscience/cognition and brain injury
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research PD
National Multiple Sclerosis Society MS
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation PD
Resources in Epilepsy Research Epilepsy
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Autism
Sontag Foundation brain cancer research
Tourette's Syndrome Association Tourette's Syndrome
Whitehall Foundation Life Sciences