Frequently Asked Questions
No. Grants are awarded only to 501 (c) 3 organizations.
No. Grants are not awarded to support an organization’s operating budget. No grant monies awarded shall be used for overhead. Up to 10 percent of the budget can be used for purchasing and maintaining equipment.
Meetings with the Foundation staff are by invitation only.
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No, the Foundation provides no grants to individuals. Grants are provided to medical schools, research institutions, and other 501(c)(3) organizations to support scientists' research.
No, the Foundation only funds 501(c)(3) organizations.
No. The Clinical Neuroscience Research program focuses on human research. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program focuses on patient-oriented studies (research with patients or patient tissues) and on brain functioning in health and how functions are altered by diseases and injuries. Research that does not involve patients or patient tissues is supported only when the investigation is directly applicable to human health and functioning but is not yet feasible in humans.
Please visit the pages for each program and read the descriptions. For additional guidance, please view the descriptions of studies funded in each program.
It depends on the program. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program looks for outstanding investigators who are early in their research careers. The Clinical Neuroscience Research program invites junior and senior level investigators, but post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply.
Please see the instructions for each program. The Clinical
Neuroscience Research program is by Foundation invitation only. In addition to
the primary process whereby the Foundation invites an investigator to submit an
application, investigators can provide a brief description of their research and
an NIH-style abbreviated CV to determine whether the Foundation will request a
proposal. Submissions for the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program are through
the RFP process. Please see the program description for details.
It depends on the program. The David Mahoney Neuroimaging program issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) with a specific deadline. Preliminary proposals for the Clinical Neuroscience Research program may be submitted at any time. Please see the program pages for each program’s process and deadlines.
All U.S. Medical Schools receive invitations to submit an application. The RFPs are sent to the deans of each school for distribution to relevant departments in the school. Some institutions distribute the RFP internally or post it on their Web site; it varies from school to school. Select research institutions are also invited by a letter from the Foundation to the institutions president. If you are unsure, please have your sponsored research officer contact:
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No. All proposals received for the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program must be submitted with the endorsement of the dean of a U.S. medical school, or the president of a research institution that receives a letter of invitation from the Foundation. This endorsement ensures that no more than one application is submitted per institution. You must go through your institution’s selection process. If your institution is not a U.S. medical school or a specifically invited research institution, you are not eligible to apply.
Typically, studies are funded for up to three years.
Research grants typically range from $100,000 to up to $300,000 per institution, depending upon the program. Please see each program page for specific information.
Foundation funding covers only direct costs and cannot be used to cover indirect expenses. However, up to ten percent of grant funds may be used to purchase and maintain equipment needed for the study.
The Clinical Neuroscience Research program accepts preliminary proposals from clinical researchers at international institutions. The Neuroimaging program does not accept applications from institutions outside the United States.
Written feedback provided will indicate whether you are invited to reapply. Refer to the correspondence you received; encouragements to resubmit will be clearly indicated.
Rarely, and only by invitation.
Full proposals under the Clinical Neuroscience Research program are considered on an "invite-only basis". Foundation consultants will review preliminary proposals (up to two-page project description with an attached NIH-style abbreviated CV) from investigators who wish to be considered to receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.
Yes, support for the non-U.S. collaborator would be provided under a subcontract from the PI’s institution.
On Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research grants, NIH scientists can be collaborators (co-PIs or co-investigators) on grant applications submitted by a PI from U.S. medical schools or free-standing research institutes. The grant is awarded to the PI’s institution, not the NIH. The NIH receives a subcontract from the PI’s institution.
You may apply. You have one RO1, which makes you a “newly independent” researcher.
Applicants in that situation can apply but should note in a cover letter that they have just received a second RO1.
You are eligible to apply.
Yes, you may.
Dana rarely provides more than one Neuroimaging grant to an investigator. The Foundation anticipates that a Neuroimaging grantee will be positioned to compete for other sources of funding following a Dana grant. You and your institution should consider this situation in deciding whether to compete for a second Dana grant, even though technically you are eligible to compete if your prior grant has ended or will end before the new grant is to be awarded.
The Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research programs focus on research in humans (including human tissues). If research is directly related to human health, not yet feasible to be undertaken in humans, but is anticipated to be ready for human studies following the grant period, the study could be considered. The Foundation’s guidelines are as follows:
“Applications for animal model studies of brain conditions or injuries will be considered only if they relate directly to the human but cannot yet feasibly be undertaken in humans, and are anticipated to be translated into the human following the three-year grant period. Such studies that are not undertaken in humans but directly relate to the human include research on: 1) normal brain anatomy and physiology in the animal model that can help to better understand the roles of cells and networks in specific cognitive functions and how these are altered by disease and injury; and 2) animal models of human diseases, either through insertion of human genes or through naturally occurring or induced disease states, that are directly related to the human condition. Specific criteria for these types of studies are listed in the section on Eligibility.”
No, post-docs are not eligible.
Yes, those in their early years of their associate professorship are eligible to apply for a Neuroimaging grant.
For Clinical Neuroscience Research, associate professors are eligible to apply no matter how far along in their associate professor role they may be.
You are considered a senior investigator and are eligible to apply for a Neuroimaging grant only if your proposal represents a new research direction for you. The award would be limited to $100,000.
You are eligible to apply for a Clinical Neuroscience Research grant.
If you have two RO1’s, you qualify as an "established" investigator and may apply. You and your institution should note, however, that priority is given to assisting new career investigators.
The Neuroimaging program is designed to support early promising career investigators. Therefore, support is focused on faculty researchers who have demonstrated the potential for independent research careers who are at the assistant professor level, or in the first few years of their associate professor appointments. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply. Applications from junior investigators that are an extension of the work of a senior mentor, particularly if from the same institution, are discouraged.
Generally, the Foundation does not provide a second grant to
investigators, since grants are intended to enable investigators to develop
preliminary data that will increase
their competitiveness for larger-scale grants from other sources. Occasionally,
however, the Foundation does award a second grant to an investigator. For
Neuroimaging grants, you would not be
able to apply until the first grant is completed. If the first grant will be
completed prior to the start date of the proposed second grant study, you may
apply and note that fact in your application. For Clinical Neuroscience
Research, you could apply for a second grant prior to the completion of the
first grant, but a second grant is rarely awarded until the first grant study
Yes, with a description of their role. If your application is selected to be developed into a full proposal, you can request financial support for a subcontract in the full budget proposal.
Emphasis in the David Mahoney Neuroimaging program is on
junior-level faculty who are early in their research careers (investigators at
the assistant professor level and those who are in their early years of their associate professor
appointments). Applicants must have faculty appointments. Post-doctoral fellows
are only eligible to apply if they will have a junior faculty appointment by
the time grant funding would begin. If so, they should provide evidence of the
impending appointment. The same situation obtains for post-doctoral fellows
applying to the Clinical Neuroscience Research program; they would have to provide
evidence about the date that they will be appointed to a faculty position.
But because grants are made to institutions and not to individuals, applicants
in institutions without tenure track systems should describe their appointments
and their institution’s commitment to them during the period of the proposed
grant. This applies to both Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research
grants are awarded to institutions and not individuals, institutions should put
forward candidates that have an institutional commitment for the full grant
period. This commitment is especially significant for Neuroimaging applicants,
since grants are intended to assist promising early-career investigators.
Therefore reviewers place significant weight on the investigator’s career
trajectory. Applicants with limited appointments are at a competitive
disadvantage, and institutions should carefully consider the advisability of
selecting such applicants. If an institution decides to put forward a candidate
for a Neuroimaging grant who is on an annual appointment track, the candidate
will be eligible only if he or she submits a written letter from their
department chair stating that the applicant’s appointment will be renewed
through the grant period.
You may apply through your soon-to-be institution if that
institution has received an RFP (is a U.S. Medical School or an institute
specifically invited by the Foundation to submit an application). You will need
to provide evidence from that school or institute that you will have an
appointment by the time grants are awarded.
Grants are made to 501C3 institutions to support research by
investigators; they are not made directly to investigators. If you are
undertaking a study with Foundation support and are moving to a new
institution, you need to request that the grant be transferred to the new
institution, and contact Grants staff to learn what steps to undertake.
Yes. Institutions vary in their tenure situations and
decisions. Applicants will need, however, to describe their appointments and
their institution’s commitment to them during the period of the proposed grant.
This applies to both Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroscience Research program
Yes, you may, but a grant will only be awarded to one
institution. A subcontract from the grantee institution then can be made to the